Frequently asked questions

1Is there any height restriction for the building?

Yes, the total height of the building should not exceed 15.6 m


2What is the design challenge?

The challenge is to design an inclusive and accessible educational centre for the visually impaired that offers a transformative experience for learners.


3What is the emphasis on sensory engagement in the design criteria?

As the primary users are visually impaired, the design should provide a rich sensory experience – including touch, sound, and smell – to compensate for the lack of visual cues.


4Are there any parking requirements?

Yes, parking should be minimum 20% of the Site-up area as per the competition brief.


5Who should consider entering this competition?

This competition is a perfect fit for anyone passionate about innovative architecture and social change, especially architects, architecture students, urban planners, and design enthusiasts. If you believe in the power of design to reshape experiences and transform lives, especially for blind learners, this competition is a platform for you to manifest your ideas.


6What are the competition deadlines?

The competition follows a timeline with three registration periods: 1. Early Registration: Ends on 31st August 2023 2. Standard Registration: Ends on 25th September 2023 3. Late Registration: Final date for registration is 30th September 2023 Please note, all participants have until 5th October 2023 to submit their design proposals. Plan accordingly to make sure you don't miss these important deadlines!


7What are the design criteria?

The design criteria include wayfinding and navigation, sensory engagement, flexibility and collaboration, and safety. These are described in detail in the competition brief.


8Is there a specific location for this project?

Yes, the project is located in Guwahati, Assam, India. A detailed description of the site context, as well as a 2D CAD file and photographs of the existing school, can be downloaded from our website. Search the location of the site through these coordinates: 26°06'06.8"N 91°47'54.3"E


9What is the nature of the competition and is it open for all?

Vision Beyond Sight: A School for Blind Learners" is an open ideas competition, looking to ignite imagination and innovation worldwide. We aim to encourage designs that serve the distinctive needs of blind learners, but there are no plans to construct the winning designs. This competition is open to anyone passionate about design - whether you're a student, an architect, or a design enthusiast. It's an invitation to reimagine, innovate, and shape a brighter future for blind education.


10Is there any specific theme for the competition?

The central theme is 'Inclusive Design for Blind Learners', but we encourage creative interpretations. We're looking for designs that cater to blind learners and transcend conventional design approaches. Feel free to explore your creativity within this inclusive design framework.


11Why was the site in Assam chosen for the competition, and what is the significance of the existing school on the premises?

The location in Assam was selected due to the region's need for more educational facilities for the visually impaired, despite its dense population. Its strategic position offers better accessibility, connecting remote areas with urban hubs. As for the existing school, this competition is purely hypothetical and is designed to stimulate innovative design ideas for schools catering to blind learners. The suggested replacement of the existing school is part of this idea exploration process, not an intent for actual construction.


12Can you elaborate on the space allocation, zoning, and public accessibility in the design? Can additional spaces be proposed?

The brief suggests areas for education, culture, and administration within a total built-up area of 5000 sq m. Participants have the freedom to propose additional spaces and determine space allocation. Public access is permitted in areas like the exhibition spaces, cultural center, and cafe during specific events. Innovation is encouraged, considering the needs of visually impaired individuals.


13How many team members can participate and can we change team members after registration?

A team can have up to 3 members and cannot exceed this number. Participants who desire to participate individually can do so by filling and submitting the details for the team leader. Teams can add new members as long as their total members do not exceed 3. To do this, please send us your request on competition@archdais.com with the details of the new team member along with the team Unique Teamcode.


14What would the size of the submission sheet be?

The participants are required to use 1 (ONE) A1 sheet i.e. (841 x 594 mm), (33.1 x 23.4 inch). The sheets must be composed in Landscape orientation, with the Unique Team Code on the top right corner.


15What should be the submission file size?

The file size should not exceed more than 10MB.


16What is the judging criteria for this project?

The competition's judging criteria focus on four key areas: the inclusiveness and innovation of your design, the originality and creativity it demonstrates (the 'X-Factor'), how comprehensively your design meets the competition requirements, and how effectively you present and communicate your design idea. Ultimately, we're looking for thoughtful designs that can truly serve and enhance the learning experience for blind students.


17Who is the Jury for ‘Vision Beyond Sight’ Competition?

We will be announcing an exciting panel of seasoned experts specializing in inclusive design and educational spaces for the visually impaired for the 'Vision Beyond Sight' competition. Stay tuned to archdais.com for the big reveal soon.


18How do I register, receive my unique team code, and submit my competition entry?

To register, visit ‘Vision Beyond Sight’ Competition page on archdais.com and click on the 'Participate Now' button. Fill out the registration form with your team's details and make the payment. You will receive a unique team code via email upon completion of the registration process. If you don't receive the team code after making the payment, retrieve it by visiting the competition page, clicking on 'Get my Teamcode', and entering your transaction ID and registered email ID. If this doesn't work, email us at competition@archdais.com with the subject line "Unique Identification Code Issue" and include a screenshot of your payment receipt. We aim to resolve such issues within 24-36 business hours. Participants can submit their entries through the 'Submit' button found on the competition page after registering. Your submission should adhere to the guidelines provided, which include design proposal sheets and a project description. For issues, entries can be sent to submission@archdais.com. Detailed submission requirements can be found in the competition brief.


19Are the teams allowed to share their work for the competition before the winners are announced by the organizer?

The participants are only permitted to share their proposal for the competition on social media or any other platform once the winners are revealed officially. Archdais will also publish each submission at this date and will be working with many design platforms to attract publication opportunities.


20What is the competition brief?

The competition brief is a document that explains the design problem you'll be solving. It includes site details, design requirements, and criteria for judging. This document can be downloaded from our website.


21Are multiple entries allowed for submission and can hand-drawn sheets be submitted?

Participants are free to submit multiple entries or projects, but each entry must be registered by a separate email ID. One sheet will have one project only. Hand-drawn sheets are allowed for submission, participants can scan and mail them to us on submission@archdais.com. Follow all the submission guidelines carefully.


22How can I get a discount on the competition fee?

Discounts can be obtained in two ways. Firstly, through a promo code, which is a tool to obtain a discount on the competition fee. It's not mandatory for registration, but it can help reduce the cost. You can get a promo code either from an Archdais influencer or by writing to us at competition@archdais.com. Secondly, if you are registering a group, a discount is available for a minimum of five teams. During registration, continue adding teams and their information using different email IDs for each team registration. If you encounter any issues while availing this discount, please write to us at competition@archdais.com with the subject line "Group Discount Query”.


23Where all do the participants need to use their unique team code?

All the participants would be using their team code on the top right corner of their sheets, as the name of their submission and wherever requested by the organizer. This code will be their only identification for the process related with this competition. Kindly read the submission guidelines given in the brief carefully.


24Is there an entry fee for the competition?

Yes, participating in the competition does require an entry fee. Archdais.com is a community-supported platform and the entry fees help us manage competitions sustainably. They also support us in publishing and promoting outstanding submissions across the Archdais community throughout the year. You can find specific entry fee details in the competition brief.


25Further Help and Support

For additional inquiries related to the competition, visit the 'Ask us a Question' section located under the FAQ page of the competition. Please note, this section becomes visible after you've logged in. Feel free to write your queries there, and our team will respond as soon as possible. We also encourage you to browse through our FAQ section, as it addresses most common concerns.


26Are there any restrictions on who can participate in the competition?

We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas. Interdisciplinary teams are also welcome to join. There is no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be led or entered by someone over the age of 18.


27Can team members be from different firms or colleges?

Yes, team members from different firms or colleges can participate together. There is no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be led or entered by someone over the age of 18.


28How many team members can participate and can we change team members after registration?

A team can have up to 3 members and cannot exceed this number. Participants who desire to participate individually can do so by filling and submitting the details for the team leader. Teams can add new members after registration, as long as their total members do not exceed 3. To do this, please send us your request on competition@archdais.com with the details of the new team member along with the team Unique Teamcode.


29What does the participant do when they don’t get a unique identification code after the payment is made?

If you do not receive the team code after making the payment, retrieve it by visiting the competition page, clicking on 'Get my Teamcode', and entering your transaction ID and registered email ID. If this doesn't work, email us at competition@archdais.com with the subject line "Unique Identification Code Issue" and include a screenshot of your payment receipt. We aim to resolve such issues within 24-36 business hours.


30What should the participants do in case the payments are not available in our country?

We request the participants to send us the queries on competition@archdais.com to get an alternate payment method. We would send you all the possible payment methods.


31What happens if there is a technical issue with the submission?

If you find any technical error while uploading the submission on the website, you can share your submission materials via email to submission@archdais.com with the team code as the email subject.


32Where & how can I submit my sheet?

You have two methods to submit your design proposal, declaration form, and Project estimation : 1. Website Submission: ● Log in at www.archdais.com with your registered email ID. ● Navigate to "Competitions," log in, and select the related competition. ● Click on the "Submit" button at the top right corner (This button will appear only if you have registered in the competition). ● Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your submission. A confirmation will be displayed after successful upload. OR 2. Email Submission: ● If you cannot submit via the website, email your documents to submission@archdais.com ● Use your TEAMCODE as the email subject.


33What are the consequences of not adhering to the competition rules?

Breaching the norms and terms defined in the brief or the Terms and Conditions on the Archdais website will lead to immediate disqualification of the team without any refund of payments made. Teams will be disqualified if they fail to comply with any of the competition rules or submission requirements. Participation implies acceptance of these regulations.


34Where can we find the complete list of rules and regulations for the competition?

Participants can find a complete set of rules and regulations in the brief of the competition and on the website.


35What is a promo code? & How to get one? Is it mandatory for registration?

Through Promo Code participants can avail discounts on the competition fee. You can get it from an archdais influencer, or by tagging 5 friends in any recent post or resharing the post on your stories of the competition shared on social media handles of @archdais.competitions . It is not mandatory for registration.