Current StatusEarly December 2018, the jury has selected Topotek 1 (Zurich/Berlin) as winner of the design competition among ten finalists.

On March 26, 2019, KFAS issued a press release to officially announce the results and the winners of their international design competition. The press release and selected images of the winning design can be downloaded from the press section.

The 1st and 2nd stage submissions are displayed on this website in an online gallery.

An exhibition of all stage 1 and 2 competition entries will be in Berlin and probably in Kuwait soon. We will inform you, as soon as the dates are available.

ClientKFAS Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
Ahmad Al Jaber St., Sharq, State of Kuwait
P.O.Box 25263 Safat 13113 Kuwait
ProcedureThe competition was organized as a restricted, international, 2-stage project competition with prior open pre-qualification procedure. The procedure maintained the competitors’ anonymity. The only language to be used in the competition documents was English.

The procedure was organized in agreement with the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA).

ParticipantsThe competition invited professional teams from all over the world to apply for the challenge of designing the new KFAS Headquarters and Convention Center. KFAS was inviting architects from all around the world to submit their application. The invitation was aimed equally at experienced and young architects, large and small offices. The highest degree of creativity, innovation, inspiration, sensitivity and commitment was expected.

60 architects or groups of architects or architect consortia were selected to participate in the stage 1 of the competition.

The jury selected in its meeting at the end of Stage 1 10 participants for participation in Stage 2 of the competition.
Prizes and FeesThe promoter provided the net amount of USD 530,000 (net) for prizes and honoraria for services rendered.

As compensation for the expenses incurred, a budget of USD 400,000 (net) was divided in equal parts as honorarium among all competitors who advance to Stage 2 and who submitted a detailed and assessable design concept in accordance with the requirements laid down in the competition brief.

In addition, a total of USD 130,000 (net) was awarded as prizes in Stage 2 with the following distribution:

1st prize: USD 50,000.00
2nd prize: USD 35,000.00
3rd prize: USD 25,000.00
4th prize: USD 20,000.00
JuryA jury composed of the following individuals evaluated the design concepts submitted and determined the selection of prizewinners.

Architectural Jurors
Prof. Markus Allmann, Architect at Allmann Sattler Wappner Architects, Stuttgart
Technical University, Munich/Germany
Prof. Nezar AlSayyad, Architect, UC Berkeley, Berkeley/USA and Cairo/Egypt
Prof. Luca Molinari, Architect, Milan/Italy (UIA representative)
Prof. Hasan-Uddin Khan, Architect, Roger Williams University,
Bristol/USA and Karachi/Pakistan
Prof. Mark Mack, Architect, UCLA, Los Angeles/USA and Austria

Alternate Architectural Jurors
Prof. Amale Andraos, Architect at Work Architecture, Columbia University,
New York/USA and Beirut/Lebanon
Dr. Mohammed AlJassar, Architect, Kuwait City/Kuwait

General Jurors
Mr. Abdlatif Yousef Al-Hamad, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General
of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Kuwait City/Kuwait
Ahmed Abdullah Al-Manfouhi, Engineer, Director General of
Kuwait Municipality, Salmiya/Kuwait

Alternate General Juror
Khaled Al-Mashaan, Engineer, KFAS, Board Member, Kuwait City/Kuwait
Sabah Abi Hanna, Architect, Beirut/Lebanon

Honorary Guests
Dr. Adnan A. Shihab-Eldin, KFAS, Director General, Kuwait City/Kuwait
HE Dr. Yousef H. H. Al-Ebraheem, KFAS Board of Directors, Kuwait City/Kuwait

Technical Experts
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer, Fraunhofer-Institut, IAO, Stuttgart/Germany
Prof. Dr. Klaus Daniels, HL Beratungs- und Beteiligungs GmbH, Munich/Germany
Maisaa Kayali, Kuwait Municipality, Kuwait City/Kuwait
Stefan Rief, Fraunhofer-Institut, IAO, Stuttgart/Germany

Pre-qualification procedureMarch 26 to April 18, 2018
Issue of Stage 1 competition materialsMay 7, 2018
Participants' colloquium Stage 1May 13, 2018
Online forum Stage 1May 7 to 22, 2018 (extended)
Submission of entries Stage 1July 4, 2018
Submission of models Stage 1July 11, 2018
Jury meeting Stage 1July 31 and August 1, 2018
Issue of Stage 2 competition materialsAugust 16, 2018
Participants' colloquium Stage 2September 4, 2018
Online forum Stage 2August 16 to 30, 2018
Submission of entries Stage 2November 1, 2018
Submission of models Stage 2November 8, 2018
Jury meeting Stage 2December 1 and 2, 2018
ExhibitionEarly March 2019
In case of contradiction of information provided on this website and the competition brief, and information provided during the process the latter shall prevail. However, we would kindly ask you to inform us.