Essay writing competition, 4th cycle competition


4th Cycle Essay Writing Competition, 2022 Architecture Competition, AJC Orating History

April 22, 2022

Open Call: Essay Writing Competition: “Orating History”

Essay writing competition, 4th cycle – competition in 2022

The Essay Writing Competition, 4th Cycle is the twentieth initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization founded by architect Pappal Suneja to raise awareness about this topic and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about architecture and related fields from an explorer’s perspective.

The theme of the series of this cycle is “Orating History”

Essay writing competition, 4th cycle competition
Poster design © Rutuja P. Sahane


We believe that history is a collection of factual data. Do we wonder if it is subject to interpretation? When a historian writes history, isn’t that his vision of the events of history? As learners of architectural history, we should reflect on recorded events and their impacts on architecture or vice versa. It is possible that one can realize and/or conclude scenarios that have not yet been discussed. History is not stagnant if it is constantly questioned and re-looked at.

This essay competition expects you to immerse yourself in the history of architecture and bring back fruits of wisdom that can fuel discussion in the discipline. One could decide based on various versions of the history of a particular time/place. One could also compare the stories of various geographical locations. To further the relevance of history, one can discuss past events and architecture in the context of today. These are just a few ways to dive into the story and get nourishing thoughts out of it. We invite participants to contemplate, comment and concretize; the questions, thoughts and opinions that cross your mind as you dig into the caverns of history.

We welcome applications from College Students, Professionals, Academicians; Researchers and design enthusiasts (open to all)

Submission Guidelines

– Submissions are open to all authors in English. International submissions are welcome.
– A maximum of two entries/trials per registrant is allowed.
– The essay/entry may be accompanied by an illustration/photograph (optional).
– Each essay should not exceed 800 words.
– The entry along with the entry screenshot should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line Essay Writing Competition, 4th Cycle – Category (College and Open) in a document Word with 12 pt., Arial font, single-spaced.
– All entrants must mention one of their social media handles with the submission (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook etc.)
– The submission must be an original work of the entrant and will go through a plagiarism test.
– We will announce the winners in the first week of July 2022.


The Competition Jury includes:

– J. Subramanian, architect and design educator, Middle East and India
– Fatema Kabir, architect and researcher, Pune, India
– Pappal Suneja, PhD Scholar, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
– Lola Kleindouwel, Architectural Designer, Netherlands
– Miguel Castaño, product designer and researcher, Germany and Colombia
– Sarah Emminger, poetry slammer and journalist, Vienna, Austria


The submission and entry window for the series opens from April 4, 2022 to June 3, 2022 (11:59 p.m. IST/8:29 p.m. CEST)

– Early bird registration until April 28, 2022 (750 INR for Indian participants and 18 Euro for international participants)
Indian participants can follow the link to register, and international participants can enter here.

– Standard registration until June 2, 2022 (1000 INR for Indian participants and 26 euros for international participants)

For questions contact: [email protected]


The winning prizes of the competition are:

Quotation Price
A set of books curated by AJC worth INR 15,000/USD 200.

Special mention
A set of books curated by AJC worth INR 7,000/USD 100.

In addition to this, we will send attested electronic certificates of participation to all participants and the winning works will be presented on several web architectural portals. Additionally, the best entries are to be compiled as an anthology with ISBN number upon successful completion of all cycles in that series.

Note: AJC supports underprivileged children in society. We are also expanding our reach; thus, interested organizations can contact us in this regard. For more updates on outreach activities and events, visit the Organization’s Instagram and Facebook account.


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