Rethinking the Future Awards 2017

Rethinking the Future Awards 2017

After the huge success of Re-thinking The Future Awards, RTF Sustainability Awards 2015, IATA, and RTF Sustainability Awards 2016 and now RTF in its fifth year, launching the Rethinking The Future Awards 2016. The RTF Awards 2016 are the absolute global architectural award event with 35 categories and 15 esteemed judges across the globe. Winners from previous Awards include Bjarke Ingels Group & DIALOG, Perkins Eastman, Page, RTKL, AHR, Sanjay Puri Architects, and more. With Professionals and Creative people around the world, It’s your chance to be distinguished around the best in the profession.


Last year, we created the biggest award program for architects and designers, in the world in the field of sustainability. We received

Registrations from more than 84 countries.

RTF Sustainability Awards 2016 Results Rethinking The Future Awards 2015 Results

Designed to develop an architectural language that would ‘sustain’ and ‘survive’ the impacts of new age challenges, and evolve into an architectural language of the future – taking sustainability one step ahead.
The Rethinking The Future Awards will carry extraordinary eminence to your work. Our reputable judges will Award

Three winners in each Category.

Also depending on the Jury’s Decision, Some projects will receive Honorable Mentions. Last year, there were about 5-6 Honorable Mentions in each Category.

Qualifying Entries will get Participation Certificate.

A panel of 15 judges choose three (3) Winners and Honorable Mentions in each category. Chances flourish, however you can’t win in the event that you don’t enter.

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  • Categories
  • Entry Fee
  • Jury Members
  • Schedule
  • Eligibility
  • Submission Requirements

Note: All Categories are further divided in ‘Built’ and ‘Concept’.


Commercial: This award recognizes the architectural excellence and innovations in commercial buildings which includes retail and shopping centres. 

Cultural: Projects that serve the need of cultural spaces such as Museum, Gallery, Hall or Theatre, Pavilions and Religious & Memorials with innovations.

Hospitality: Architectural Excellence and Innovations projects like Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs and Wellness Centres.

Housing: Best housing project with innovations and efficiency in design cateriing to present and future habitat will be awarded.

Residence: This award recognizes the best residential projects that provide a comfortable and attractive living environment for a private house.

Institutional Building: This award recognizes the architectural excellence and innovations in the Institutional Buildings such as Schools, and Hospitals.

Mixed Use: Featuring a combination of one or more categories, such as hospitality and commercial or residential and commercial or a mixture of all the three categories.

Office Building: This award has been instituted to recognize architectural excellence for office designs that seek the new architectural language to fulfill the functional requirements.

Pop-Ups & temporary: This award recognizes the year’s best architectural temporary structure or pop-ups that come in events like exhibition and installations etc.

Public Building : This award has been instituted to recognise architectural excellence for buildings or complexes in public or private sector for government, social, cultural, or religious purposes. Designs that seek the new architectural language to fulfil the functional requirements.

Sports & Recreation: Stadium or Arena and Recreation Centers with innovation in design that gives the new directions and provide the new generation a food for thought.

Transportation: Transport terminals such as Railways, Airports, Bus Stations, Boat Piers, Port facilities etc. that take transport architecture to a new level and define some new directions.

Landscape Design: Featuring innovations in providing the comfortable living outdoor environment that characterizes the new models for site planning.

Urban Design: A proposal responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, socialization and globalization.


Residential Interior: Interior design project featuring innovations in providing the comfortable living environment for inhabitants that characterizes the new models for living.

Commercial Interior: This award recognizes the perfection and excellence in commercial interior spaces like retail, hotels, foodcourts etc with innovations as of already known to us.

Corporate Interior: This award has been instituted to recognize the best projects in corporate interior spaces. Designs that look for the new building dialect to fulfil the utilitarian necessities.

Product Design

Households: Cleaning devices, Fans, Household appliances, Ironing systems, Sewing machines, Textiles, Tumble dryers, Vacuum cleaners, Washing machines, Waste systems, etc.

Fashion, Lifestyle and Accessories: This award recognizes the perfection and excellence in product design for the fashion, lifestyle and accessories which define the new trends.

Interior Design Elements: This award has been instituted to recognize the best projects in interior design elements which contribute to the comfortable living.

15th Feb – 21st June     –      50$


Antonello Stella

Professor of Architectural Design, (Partner)
University of Ferrara, (n!studio)
From November 1990 to March 1998 he carries out didactic and educational activity within Design studio I and II held by prof. Giangiacomo D’Ardia in University of Chieti-Pescara, School of Architecture, holding design seminaries entitled “Infrastructure Design”, with particular attention to rail and river infrastructures. Within the course he carries out a series of theoretical lessons and is assistant supervisor to some graduation thesis. Works by students in 1993-94 and 1994-95 are exposed at the exhibition “Inventing a new landscape – 50 projects for the port area of Ortona” in Ortona, Palazzo Farnese february 9 to march 1 1996 and published on the catalogue “Progetto Ortona” within the series “Ossimori” by D.A.U. from University of Pescara. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY: In 1991 he founds, with others, n!studio of architecture starting a common theoretical and design research. From 1997 he founds within n!studio the Professional Association FerriniFumoSaniStella architetti associati and from 2002

Carmelo Zappulla

External Reference Architects
Barcelona, Spain
Carmelo Zappulla is a PhD architect and founding partner of Barcelona based External Reference Architects. He argues that the use of patterns, can connect architectural theory with practice, by representing, at the same time, the most relevant strains of research in contemporary design. He studied architecture at the Università degli Studi di Palermo, graduating with Honors and special mention, and holds a PhD (European Mention) with Honors from Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. After working in Rotterdam and in London, he moved to Barcelona where he started collaborating with RCR Arquitectes and Foreign Office Architects. Together with Nacho Toribio, Zappulla runs, External Reference Architects, a firm active in design and research in the fields of sensorial spaces, interior design, architecture, and landscape design.

Jonas Sangberg

POLYFORM Architects
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jonas Sangberg is a partner in Copenhagen-based POLYFORM Architects. Jonas works in all areas of the architectural field ranging from planning, buildings and to product design, and he is involved from research and concept development to planning and design. His forte is tying projects together in such a way that unique, whole solutions are created based on the given conditions, and where the context and the financial aspect are thought into the project.

Luis Etchegorry

Director, Founder,
NE—AR stands for Nixdorff Etchegorry — Architecture Research, an international brand specialized in the fields of architecture and design. NE—AR is based in Frankfurt, Germany and led by Lars Nixdorff and Luis Etchegorry.

NE—AR is setup as a platform for exchange within a local and global context, our approach mixes keen analysis and formal experimentation into uniquely responsive designs. NE—AR envisions an optimistic yet critical view towards the world by researching its trends and behaviors. This enables our firm to understand research as a generator of new concepts and ideas.

Maria Hurtado de Mendoza

Associate Professor,
New Jersey Institute Of Technology
New York,USA
International, award winning architect and the co-founder of estudio.entresitio, Maria Hurtado de Mendoza is an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to NJIT, she was a faculty member of the Madrid School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University for 15 years, and visiting critic at the School of Architecture, Cornell University.

Nacho Toribio

External Reference Architects
Barcelona, Spain
Nacho Toribio graduated in Escuela Técnica Superior de arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM).
Later, he has worked in offices of international importance as FOA (London), NO.MAD (Madrid),
Currently, he is partner director of EXTERNAL REFERENCE ARCHITECTS, (recently awarded with the prize New Italian Blood 2011) with projects undertaken as the Spanish Pavilion at the World Expo Korea 2012, exhibition pavilions for Yota Devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the loft – plateau for Uroz Chu, staging project for Barcelona Shopping Night 2013 and the computer room (for Intel) for FC Barcelona. Projects under development as the traveling exhibition that will display the dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations at the UN in Geneva, by the artist Miquel Barceló and projects under competition as the Spanish Pavilion at the World Expo Milano.

Randa Tukan

Director of Hospitality, Management Board Member,
Toronto, Canada.
Based in Toronto, Randa Tukan, IDC, LEED AP BD+C, has more than 25 years of experience in interior architecture and design, both in Canada and around the world. As a leader of HOK’s Hospitalitypractice, she uses design to advance clients’ branding and positioning. Randa is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Simon Jackson

London, UK.
Based in London, Simon is a highly creative individual and an award-winning designer with broad experience across many industry sectors. During his 27 years in professional practice, he has become an acknowledged expert, bringing an intellectual, challenging and strategic viewpoint to his clients. He is renowned for fostering dynamic relationships with end users, developers and real estate brokers to ensure that his innovative and creative design solutions will have a positive impact.

Trevor Lee

Philadelphia, USA.
With over fifteen years of experience working both in the private and academic sectors, Trevor brings a wealth of public realm and urban planning expertise as well as strategic leadership and project management experience to any project. In his previous position as Associate at James Corner Field Operations, he led the concept phase of The High Line section 3 and the winning competition entry for Chicago’s Navy Pier. He also led the design of the Central Green in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard and was a senior designer for the Tsim Tsha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong, a waterfront nearly 1 mile in length.

Vicki Scuri

VS Siteworks,
The focus of my practice is community-based design for infrastructure, with emphasis on community identity through awareness of place, history and culture. For more than 25 years, I have participated on design teams across the US, creating holistic environments, often becoming local landmarks, reflecting collective values, shared histories and symbolic meanings that enrich and extend our lives through day-to-day experience and collective memory.

Feb 15, 2017                Registration Begins.
May 10, 2017                Last date of recieving queries
May 31st, 2017                Last date for answering all queries
June 21, 2017                Registration Ends
June 21, 2017               Submission Deadline
June 25, 2017               Jury Meeting – Evaluation period begins.
July 15, 2017               Winners Announcement

  1. Open invitation for ‘Rethinking the Future Awards 2017’.
  1. Entries are invited from all the nations.
  1. The projects submitted are considered by the author that submits the entry for the Award. Every violation of copyright will be punished with immediate disqualification.
  1. Signing up at and participating in the awards, you are accepting the ‘General Rules’ and the ‘Terms of Use’ of
  1. The works reached out of time will be excluded.
  1. It is absolutely prohibited the participation to the awards of a Jury member, a relative or a person or body connected professionally to the jury.
  1. Submissions may contain any or all of the following, i.e. text, diagrams, plans, sections, sketches, photographs, graphics, collage etc, in a combination without restrictions that can convey the visual summary of the design intent of the entrant comprehensively illustrating the:

(i)  Response to challenges outlined in the Brief.

(ii) The emergence of unified and relevant image of Design

  1. Submission must contain Design Brief (not more than 500 words) in .doc file.
  1. Max. of 6, A3 size sheets (420mm X 297mm), in horizontal format and submitted as digital, coloured, high-resolution files, meant for printing in JPEG format needs to be upload at Re-thinking The Future Website prior to the submission deadline.
  1. Each submission must contain the ’Registration ID’ provided by the RTF at the time of registration, this ID must be written in bold Arial font, 5 mm in height on the top right corner of each submission entry.
  1. Submission must be free from any kinds of identifying marks, such as and including firm logos, name of participant.
  1. The submissions will ONLY bear the Registration ID, given to an entrant after their successful registration, as a means of identification and any other identifying mark will make the entrant liable for disqualification.
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