At a glance

2019 edition

2019 EDITION: Woodside Pavilion is a temporary structure designed to house practical art activities for the local community. Conceived as an informal, pop-up space, the purpose of the pavilion is to engage and offer dialogue and collaboration between groups of people who do not normally have the opportunity to meet with or collaborate with practical artists.

The prize

THE PRIZE: The International Finsa Award prize for the 2019 edition goes further. We want to add value to the competition by building the winner(s) project. Plus, the supervision and management of the construction by the designers. This will kickstart their careers considering that the competition is only for students or recent graduates (check the Competition Guidelines for more information about elegibility).

Competition guidelines

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The Jury

John Hyatt

Liverpool John Moore's University

John is an artist: painter, digital artist, video artist, photographer, designer, musician, printmaker, author, landscape designer and sculptor. Since 2010, Hyatt has exhibited in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, the UK and the USA. He has a long and varied career and involvement in cultural practices, pedagogy, industry, urban regeneration, and communities.

A transdisciplinary theorist, he is a polymath with an interest in arts and sciences. Hyatt recently received global popular media attention for his digital photographs of Rossendale Fairies. Music fans know John in many incarnations and collaborations but primarily as singer/songwriter with legendary post-punk band, The Three Johns.

As a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, following 10 years as Head of Fine Art, Hyatt originated and developed the Research Institute, MIRIAD, and as its Director for 15 years he made it the UK’s 5th highest-rated arts research centre. In September 2016, John moved to become Professor in Contemporary Art at LJMU’s School of Art and Design.

In October, 2016, John became Director of ART Labs (Artistic Research and Technologies Laboratories) at LJMU, a network of specialist research labs.

In February - March 2017, a large innovative exhibition of his creative work, ROCK ART, was on show at HOME, Manchester. In May, 2017, he became artist-in-residence at Sensor City, Liverpool.

In November, 2017, he took up his new post looking after after scholarship, research and Knowledge Transfer for the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, covering art, design, architecture, fashion, humanities, creative writing, dance, drama, social science, education, law, policing, film and TV etc...

Specialties: Whilst being an experienced manager and project leader, John is a polymath adept at spotting and realising creative opportunities in many fields and has a multitude of skills, crossing boundaries and linking people being prime talents.

Paula Basnett

Wirral Chamber of Commerce

With many years experience in supporting business development in Wirral, Paula brings enthusiasm and commitment in developing services and support which encourage growth and economic prosperity.

Never one to stand still, she has been at the forefront for many successful business initiatives, encouraging her team to work closely within Wirral’s business community. By using her drive and leadership qualities for the benefit of the Wirral Chamber membership, she leads by example and ensure that the very best service is available and continues to be developed at all times.

Ligia Nunes

ASF International

Lígia Nunes is graduated in Architecture by FAUTL - Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal and a PhD in Heritage and Architectural Rehabilitation by the Construction Department of ETSA - Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Coruña, España.

Architecture teacher since 1997 in the areas of Project, Theory, History of Architecture and Cooperation for Development in Architecture. Its a member of CEAU - FAUP - Centro de Estudos em Arquitectura e Urbanismo da Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, in the PACT group - Patrimonio Arquitectura Cidade e Territorio in the field of Architecture, city and territory heritage. Is member of AWB - Action Without Borders - UIA - International Union of Architects, in Social Habitat Group.

Founded ASF_P - Arquitectos Sem Fronteiras Portugal and is president of ASF- Int - Architecture Sans Frontieres - International.

Caspar Rodgers


Caspar Rodgers is a co-founder and director of alma-nac, a London based, award-winning architecture practice with a wide ranging portfolio sitting across residential, commercial, cultural and arts sectors.

alma-nac has built a reputation for its imaginative yet pragmatic work. In 2015, alma-nac was named as one of the top 20 ‘emerging architectural talents’ by Wallpaper* Magazine and one of the top 25 ‘Architects du jour’ by The Sunday Times. alma-nac has previously won the NLA’s Don’t Move Improve Award, and have exhibited their competition winning research proposals at the Royal Academy, London.

Caspar is an ARB registered Architect, and sits on the RIBA Client Liaison Group. alma-nac is an RIBA Chartered practice, and through its directors has taught and lectured at universities throughout the UK.

Andrew Crompton

University of Liverpool
Outgoing Head of School of Architecture

Andrew Crompton is an architect and researcher who is interested in multifaith and other ambiguous types of modern space. He has visited over 250 multifaith spaces around the world since 2010 to see how space is shared by people from different cultures as described in his paper: The architecture of multifaith spaces.

His publications include articles addressing the bonds between music, maths and graphics visualizations, like the The Checkerboard of Tunes; in which as a by-product of an unsuccessful attempt to define what a tune is he created a model of all the tunes in the Western musical canon as a single solid object.

He is interested in the design of things that are easily overlooked or in other ways hard to describe or remember, such as found objects, and structures with hidden meanings such as gasholders, and the Cenotaph, which contains an image of Excalibur.

He has written about less well known architects who did not take the modernist path such as E. Vincent Harris, FX Velarde, and Edgar Wood, thus showing what an alternative world history of architecture might look like.

He is one of a group organising a gathering and conference at Liverpool University on the 8-10th of August 2019 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of G. Spencer-Brown's book 'The Laws of Form,' a work of experimental mathematical philosophy that explains how the world can understand itself, and which is undergoing a renaissance of interest.



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Registration Period opens

October 15, 2018

From the 1st of October 2018, you and your team can register to take part of the contest

Registration period closes

February 28, 2019

The period to register you or your team closes at this date.

Submission period opens

March 1, 2019

From this date, you can upload all the required and extra data through the site

Submission period closes

April 30, 2019

You can upload your project files to the platform until this date

Assessment by Judges

May 1, 2019

The judges start the assessment from this date.

Winners announcement & Final Event

May 24, 2019

The winners will be revealed according to all the assessments.

All of the dates shown above are deadlines. Please make sure you perform all the tasks on or before the deadline.


Frequently Asked Questions
1Do I have to pay to submit my project?
No, participation in the International FINSA Award for Students of Architecture & Design is free.
2Do I have to be a student for being allowed to participate?
No, you don't need to be signed up as a student, but you can have graduated longer than 5 years ago.
3Can I participate if I have not registered before the registration deadline?
No, you need to register before the registration deadline to be able to submit your project.
4Do every member of a project team need to sign up personally?
No, only the team captain per project should register. The team captain will be the contact person and he/she will be responsible for the provided information about team members, teachers and school names.
5Can I participate with more than one project?
Yes, you may submit more than one project (or be participant in more teams) if you have registered specifically for the different projects - and if every project is backed by named teachers. However, we recommend that you participate only with one elaborated project.
6Does the teacher have to be a professor or PhD to back up a student project?
A named teacher at a named school of architecture is enough, not necessarily a professor or a PhD.
7Can a teacher back two student projects and is it possible to have two teachers backing the submitted project?
Yes to both questions. Teachers may back several student projects, and one project may be supported by two teachers.
8Is there a limit to the number of team members in a project?
Yes, two is the maximum number of team members, excluding the teacher.
9Do I need to have a teacher supporting my project?
YES, and the teacher’s name needs to be included in your project registration details before you submit your project.
10If we are participating as a team with different schools, can we have only one teacher from any of the schools?
YES, you can select one teacher from any of the schools.
11I am an ERASMUS student. In the profile should I put name of my home university, or the hosting university?
You should register your hosting university.

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