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2021 SHIFT Challenge - Call for Entries
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2021 SHIFT Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge - Call for Entries
Deadline: January 18, 2021

The SHIFT Architecture Challenge is a biennial Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) program created to highlight the distinct contribution architects and architectural thinking bring to addressing key societal issues. It aims to showcase the profession’s belief that good design can bring about positive change.

The program invites Ontario architects and their collaborative teams to respond to an identified area of concern using their skills and insights. Each edition of this new program will have a specific theme, having begun with the SHIFT 2019 Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge.


Whether in a literal sense or in a figurative one, the concept of resiliency can be seen as a type of flexibility, characterized by its inherent strength and elasticity. It is a quality in objects to hold or recover their shape; it is an ability in people to stay intact in the face of challenges or to rebound quickly from difficulty. When applied to the built environment, resiliency is a powerful concept that can take on many dimensions, from the physical, economic, and environmental to the cultural, social, virtual, and spiritual.

At scales from small spaces to whole buildings to entire ecosystems, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) challenges the profession to explore the intersection of architecture and resiliency, and to propose innovative ideas that advance our design thinking to reach new heights.

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Those SHIFT 2021 submissions selected by a jury comprising architects and other experts will then become the basis of a broader conversation on the issue promoted by the OAA, including a book publication, media outreach and an exhibition that makes its debut at the 2021 OAA Annual Conference in May 2021.

Don’t miss you chance to participate in this exciting program! Submit today!

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Submission Deadline: January 18, 2021

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Questions? Organizer: Tamara King -