Religion plays a central role in our lives. In a lot of cultures, it has acted as a guiding factor for their socio-cultural systems of faith and worship. There are thousands of religions in the world which are all different from one another in some aspect or the other but what makes them similar is the presence of Architecture specially designed for religious expression. Sacral ArchitectureThroughout history, we have seen Architecture being expressed most profoundly in religious spaces, and this has allowed them to become influential places in every society. 


Religion today is mostly used as a tool for political gain in almost all the major nations, religious leaders sometimes taking on the role of cheerleaders for political ideologies, and this has pushed it towards an inevitable decline. Although the attraction to religion has decreased, people still believe in ‘values’ and ‘personal faith’. People across the world have developed highly individualized, institutionally unsupported ways of worship and sacred spaces are no longer exclusively in the realm of religion and have become much more secular in nature. This being said, we have still not yet identified a common place for faith and worship. 


The challenge for the participants is to design a Place of Faith that acts as a sanctuary for the secular world. The physical manifestation of this is open to interpretation. The program must be developed by the participants. In simplistic terms, the aim is imagining a space that is Sacrosanct. The people who 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’s secular population. Participants must choose a site where they expect maximum impact from the project. 

This competition is 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. 

You can download the detailed brief by clicking on the DOWNLOAD tab.

Awards & Certifications

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

Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed. A team can have a maximum of three participants. Interdisciplinary teams are also welcomed to join. There is 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 honorable mentions will be published on archdais website.

Queries and Questions:

In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to with ‘FAQ’ subject until competition@archdais.com 20th October 2020. 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 - 05th Sep 2020

Indian National: INR 1500
Foreign National: USD 45

Standard Registration

06th Sep - 05th Oct 2020

Indian National: INR 2000
Foreign National: USD 60

Late Registration

06th Oct - 20th Oct 2020

Indian National: INR 2500
Foreign National: USD 75

Submissions Close

30th Oct 2020

Announcement of Winners

15th Dec 2020

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website archdais.com The participants will receive their TEAMCODE within 24 hours of completing their payment successfully. TEAMCODE will be sent primarily to the email address provided to PAYUMONEY/PAYPAL while transaction. If participants do not receive their teamcode, Kindly attach screenshot of Payumoney/Paypal receipt on competition@archdais.com.

How it Works?




Download the brief



Create an amazing design accordingly



Share your submission via mail on submission@archdais.com



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

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