Retreat Centre | Healing Architecture – Design Competition

Archiol | Artuminate Competitions


“I do not claim to know what space is. The longer I think about it, the more mysterious it becomes. About one thing, however, I am sure: when we, as architects are concerned with space, we are contending with but a tiny part of the infinity that surrounds the earth and yet each and every building marks a unique place in that infinity”. 
— Peter Zumthor

This competition intends to understand spaces of the built environment and its effect on human mind and behavior. Every space has some effect on our mind depending on the quality of that space. We as human beings have an inner connection with our environment by physical, mental, emotional and spiritual means. Architecture that fosters various levels of controlled interaction between people and space.

To understand the effect of built environment on Human Mind.

• A space that induces positivity.
• Design a facility for people to rejuvenate their emotional and physical states.
• A retreat centre focusing on individual self-renewal through several types of retreats. (Types of retreat to be decided by the participant).

Our competitions don’t bind the participant in briefs and let the individual come up with varied approach to a single architectural problem. We provide basic guidelines to design your own brief.

Competition Brief guidelines:
Site Selection:
• The site is not specified as we expect the participants to come up with an interesting site (natural context) to design a retreat centre.
• The site can be in any part of the world.
• The site area can be decided considering your functional needs.

Design Program details:
• Functional requirements to decided by the participant (Mention the selection and reasoning for your functions in the panel)
• The program can consist of a single function or various functions, depending on your approach.

Basic Submission requirements:
• Presentation Board (Min: 1 Maximum 5 no. | size: A1, Landscape format)
• Text summary (min 300 words, explaining the reasoning for the design program and brief)


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All deadlines are 11:59 PM  UTC  (Coordinated Universal Time)



Recognition is the key to success for any design professional. Archiol is providing an opportunity to showcase your creativity at the global level. This opportunity is open to all design students and professionals


Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to acknowledge the excellent performance of all Winners, Honourable Mentions, and Top 20 entries.

Exclusive Interview

The Top 3 Winners will get an exclusive interview in both – written and video formats.

Photos, interviews, and more information about the winners will be published on our website.


The Winners and Honorable Mentions and the top 20 will be published on Archiol’s website and other international architecture websites partnered with us.

The best entries will be featured in Archiol’s Yearbook.

All the participants will receive e-certificates.

and more.




• The competition is open to all designers and design students.

Submission Guidelines

• Do not submit work that has been published earlier.
• A zip folder with all the requirements Text (docx./docs. Format), Presentation board (Jpeg./Jpg. Format).
• Please use the participation code as the name of the submission zip folder.

Submissions to be mailed at

• Subject: RetCen – Your Participation Code
• Body: Link to the submission (Google drive/dropbox)

You can register individually or as a team maximum of 03 members. To register as a team / an individual please complete the payment and then click on the team registration button to complete the registration process.



Early Birds (1stJanuary 2022 – 15th January 2022) :

  • Indian Nationals - ₹  500

  • Foreign Nationals - $10

Standard  Registrations ( 16th January 2022 – 2nd February 2022) :

  • Indian Nationals - ₹ 1500

  • Foreign Nationals - $ 30

Advanced Registrations (3rdFebruary 2022 – 28th February 2022)

  • Indian Nationals - ₹ 2000

  • Foreign Nationals - $ 42


We collaborate with leading architects, designers and academicians of international repute to participate as jury in our competitions.