Open Call | Architecture LGBT+ presents: DESIGNING ‘OUT’ | Deadline for submissions – Monday, August 16, 2021

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Architecture LGBT+ are launching an OPEN CALL for an exhibition of talent from beyond professional practice to be exhibited at the Roca London Gallery for the month of September. The exhibition will be part of the Open House festival, London Design Festival and within the Pride In London month. Alongside the opportunity to be part of the physical exhibition, selected participants will be invited as guests onto our upcoming podcast and featured on our website. All work submitted to the Open Call will be presented in an online showcase that chronicles LGBTQIA+ voices emerging across the built environment. A panel of judges (listed below) will make a selection of submitted work to be part of the physical exhibition at Roca London Gallery and all those that submit will be invited to an exhibition opening event at the gallery. We hope this will be a great opportunity to show off the remarkable talent in our community and a chance to come together and reflect on the importance of LGBTQIA+ perspectives in architecture; especially given all those that have missed out on the opportunity to show their work physically over the past two years as a result of lockdown restrictions.  

We are looking for work across architectural academia from Undergraduates, Postgraduates, PhD candidates, Tutors and independent researchers who identify as LGBTQIA+ or community allies who have created work pertaining to the wider Queer community.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  1. The project must be concerning the fields of architecture and the built environment and must have been created outside of professional practice.
  2. If produced at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level priority will be given to academic year 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, projects from outside of these years will be judged on their merit.
  3. If produced at PhD level, by an Independent researcher or by an academic tutor it must be from the past ten years or an ongoing project.
  4. Those applying must identify as LGBTQIA+ (there is no requirement for the project to include LGBTQIA+ themes) or be an Ally who has created a project directly pertaining to the LGBTQIA+ community.

After checking your eligibility and collecting information about you and your project we will ask you to submit an A1 Portrait presentation board no larger than 15MB. The board must include your project title and your name. The presentation board will be used in the judging process and in the online showcase of all submissions. A selection of submitted projects will be made by a panel of judges for participation in the physical exhibition.

The Open Call for submissions will close on 16th August 2021, selected participants will be contacted from 19th August via email. 

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