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DesignBuild - a holistic teaching approach

Realization, reflection, reformulation

Design first, then build: Behind the "DesignBuild" architectural approach is an alternative teaching approach that links the concrete planning and implementation of social or non-profit buildings in all countries of the world. The student self-build projects raise awareness of sustainable practice and promote an open-minded perspective. However, the world is changing and some of the goals of completed projects no longer reflect the spirit of the times. The task of the research competition is to critically examine the past and the future. The results will be published as a book in our Sto Foundation book series.

From looking back to looking ahead

In 2021, the Sto Foundation realigned the DesignBuild competition and created a third category. With Research, we specifically promote the ideas and research work of young talents in architecture. The funding scope is broad: Theoretical basic research as well as constructive planning solutions or the sustainable optimization of specific components, building structures or building materials are eligible for funding.

With our DesignBuild competition, we support student projects in the following three disciplines:

DesignBuild PROJECT

Projects with social added value for which young architects are solely responsible.

DesignBuild REFLECT

A critical examination of the DesignBuild teaching method - for reflection and readjustment.

DesignBuild RESEARCH

We focus on architectural research and promote visionary projects by young talents.

News about our DesignBuild projects

["en"] DesignBuild 2024: entwerfen, bauen, reflektieren

Wir schreiben die neuen DesignBuild Wettbewerbe für Fakultäten und Fachbereiche für Architektur an deutschen und europäischen Hochschulen sowie gemeinnützige Organisationen aus. Bis zum 15.12.2023 können Bewerbungen für die Kategorien PROJECT und REFLECT eingereicht werden.

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DesignBuild: Sto Foundation announces competitions for 2022

Three grant opportunities for architecture students

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Funding for DesignBuild projects and reflections in book form

Sto Foundation launches summer school competition 2021 in two categories

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