The challenge for the participants was to design a Place of Faith that acts as a sanctuary for the secular world. The physical manifestation of this was open to interpretation. The program was supposed to be developed by the participants. In simplistic terms, the aim was imagining a space that is Sacrosanct. The people who will come here will remain true to their own religion, continue to draw from its power, and engage in peaceable dialogue with one another and with members of the world secular population. Participants were supposed to choose a site where they expected maximum impact from the project.

This competition was about making a space for that - a space for all, a space with no boundaries, a space with no aspiration of pleasing any one community, a space with no prejudices, a space of equality, a space for humanity, a space that could also be a place.

We are proud to announce the winners and honourable mentions, along with a list of Top 50 submissions shortlisted by the jury for ‘The Sacred Space: imagining a Place of Faith for the secular world’. We received an overwhelming response from 860+ Teams and roughly 2100+ Participants who joined this movement from all over the world. All the participants have shown a magnificent level of creativity and extraordinary approaches in designing. All the Top 50 submissions are up for viewing on the website and published on various media platforms.


Winners Download Brief Download Certificate

Awards & Certifications

We invited everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas. Participants were free to submit multiple entries but each entry needed to be registered with a separate email ID.

Alongside individual entries, team entries were also allowed. A team could have a maximum of three participants. Interdisciplinary teams were also welcomed to join. There was no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be lead or entered by someone over the age of 18.

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    1st Prize

    INR 125000 + Publication

    + Certification

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    2nd Prize

    INR 50000 + Publication

    + Certification

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    3rd Prize

    INR 25000 + Publication

    + Certification

15 Honorable mentions

Winners and honourable mentions & Top 50 are published on our website.

Queries and Questions:

In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to with ‘FAQ’ under subject. We highly recommend our participants to check the FAQ SECTION on the archdais website as this will provide additional vital information from time to time. All queries regarding registration process, fees, or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the subject.

Important Dates & Fees

Early Bird Registration

15th Jul - 06th Sep 2020

Indian National: INR 1500
Foreign National: USD 45

Standard Registration

06th Sep - 06th Oct 2020

Indian National: INR 2000
Foreign National: USD 60

Late Registration

06th Oct - 21st Oct 2020

Indian National: INR 2500
Foreign National: USD 75

Submissions Close

31st Oct 2020

Announcement of Winners

15th Dec 2020

Registrations for the competition are closed. Results of the competition are announced.

How it Works?




Download the brief



Create an amazing design accordingly



Share your submission via mail on



Our jury panel will evaluate all the submissions



Winners will be awarded prize money & certificates


Prof. Mark Burry

Prof. Mark Burry

Swinburne University (Director)

Sean Godsell

Sean Godsell

Sean Godsell Architects

Nishita Kamdar

Nishita Kamdar

Studio Nishita Kamdar

Prof. Marcus White

Prof. Marcus White

Harison & White Architects (Director)

Hayley Franklin

Hayley Franklin

Sean Godsell Architects

Media Partners

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