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Submission Deadline: Feb 19th 2020



Bulgaria is a country in Southeastern Europe that is in process of development of inclusive education and early intervention services for children with special needs and their families. One of the leading NGOs, actively involved in this process is Karin Dom Foundation. 

Karin Dom is among the first organizations in Bulgaria to create alternative to the institutions model for services and care for children with special needs and their families. It was established in 1994 by the diplomat Ivan Stancioff, who attracted and inspired donors and specialists in order to prove that there are not “uneducable” children. Currently, Karin Dom supports over 300 children and families and trains over 1200 specialists and parents per year. All these activities are carried out in an old building that doesn’t meet the needs of the organization for development.

This is the context for the architecture competition which Karin Dom organizes with the support of the VELUX Foundations, Varna Municipality, the Chamber of Architects and the Union of Architects in Bulgaria. Karin Dom invites all architects from all over the world who are willing to work on, and are interested in social projects, to participate in this competition for schematic design for a new Karin Dom building.


The competition aims to find the most inspired, innovative and at the same time functional and appropriate project for a new building for Karin Dom, that will serve as a model for services for children with special needs and their families and will include a training center through which this model could be disseminated.

Theme: services for children with special needs and their families

Participation eligibility criteria: All Bulgarian and foreign persons or their associations with full architectural design legal capacity in the respective country of registration may participate in the competition without restrictions. This means that at least one of the team members in his/ her country must be entitled to prepare project documentation, sign and stamp it, submit it for approval to the competent institutions and obtain a building permit on the basis of the documentation. The designer must have the right to monitor the construction process, to exercise author’s supervision and to sign the documents that put the building into operation.

Criteria for elimination: When some of the projects are found to be in a way that would violate their anonymity, the Organizers shall, if possible, remove the identifying data. If the projects cannot be presented to the jury without any identifying data, the participant will be removed from the competition.


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First prize – EUR 5,000 + contract + publications

Second prize – EUR 3,000 + publications
Third prize – EUR2,000 + publications

The first-ranked participant will be invited to sign an agreement for development of a technical and working investment project and author’s supervision for the new building in the amount of EUR 100,000.

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