September 9, 2016 by 2019-2020 Equity & Diversity Task Force, 2019-2020 Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force, 2020-2021 Council of Global Representatives, 2020-2021 Learning & Teaching Culture Advisory Group, 2021-2022 Professional Development Advisory Group

The AIAS has partnered with Blank Space to put on the 2017 Fairy Tales Competition. After the record-breaking success of last year’s competition which drew over 1,500 participants from 67 countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the 2017 edition is open for registration. Now in its fourth year, Fairy Tales is the largest annual architectural competition in the world.

Blank Space has partnered with the AIAS along with the National Building Museum, Archdaily, Archinect, Bustler and Design­Milk. The competition will be capped with a special celebration at the National Building Museum in February 2017 for all winners, participants, jurors and VIPs. Fairy Tales is open to all and invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.

“Every week or two we are approached by someone that has used the Fairy Tales competition as a spring­board to something larger. Some have gone on to host exhibitions or to put together wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns. Many have been published internationally and others have been expanded to become films, books, theses, research papers and comic books,” say Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani, Founders of Blank Space. “This is the ultimate goal of the Fairy Tales competition ­to prove that architecture can do more.”

This year’s entries will be reviewed by some of the most influential authorities in architecture, design, storytelling, and business. The jury includes our very own President and Vice President, Sarah Wahlgren and Rachel Law, amongst others: John Maeda (Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers), Dan Wood (WORKac), Chase Rynd (National Building Museum Director), Martin Moeller (National Building Museum Senior Vice President and Curator), Michel Rojkind (Rojkind Arquitectos), Antti Nousjoki (ALA), Sarah Balmond (Balmond Studio), Marion Weiss (Weiss/Manfredi), Michael Maltzan (Michael Maltzan Architecture), Jing Liu (SO­IL), Alan Maskin (Olson Kundig), Minsuk Cho (Mass Studies), Michael Van Valkenburgh (Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates), Robert Hammond (The High Line), Gro Bonesmo (Space Group), Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Alexander Walter (Editor in Chief of Bustler), Becky Quintal (Executive Editor of Archdaily), Matthew Hoffman and Francesca Giuliani (Blank Space Founders).

Speaking of their winning entry to last year’s Fairy Tales competition, Alan Maskin (Principal, Olson Kundig) said “Our Fairy Tales 2016 submittal became a tangential detour from Olson Kundig’s ongoing investigation into urban rooftops, the largely neglected uppermost layer of cities. The idea of applying a narrative filter to both built and conceptual projects became another way to look at and critique design ideas.” He continued, “The truth is, the Fairy Tales competition introduced a connection to visual narratives and architecture that is now morphing to other ideas and projects in the studio. Submitting to the competition was the best provocation for us.”

Participants can register for a $40 Early Bird Discount until Wednesday, September 14. Following that, Regular Registration ($60) will be open until November 2, and Late Registration ($80) until the Submission Deadline on December 9, 2016.

Any AIAS member that registers for the Fairy Tales competition will receive a free copy of the newest Fairy Tales book – which includes 25 beautifully rendered architectural Fairy Tales. Information will be in your membership benefits email.

To register for Fairy Tales 2017 and for more detailed information, please visit:


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Until September 14, 2016 ($40)

REGULAR REGISTRATION: Until November 2, 2016 ($60)

LATE REGISTRATION: Until Submission Deadline ($80)


WINNERS ANNOUNCED: February 2017 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC



1ST PRIZE: $2000 USD Prize + $500 Travel Stipend

2ND PRIZE: $1000 USD Prize + $500 Travel Stipend

3RD PRIZE: $500 USD Prize + $500 Travel Stipend

HONORABLE MENTIONS: The jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions.

AIAS PRIZE: Awarded to top entry from an AIAS member + $500 Travel Stipend

FAIRY TALES: VOLUME IV: The life of the submissions doesn’t stop at the conclusion of the competition. Following the competition, Blank Space will publish the fourth volume of “Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells A Story.” Select entries will be included in the book, as well as featured prominently on the Blank Space website. The book is sold at museums and bookstores around the world including The National Building Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NAi Booksellers and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

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