Competition type

International, open, single stage design competition. There is no entry fee, but competitors are to register with the organizers by email at competition [at] city-adm [dot] lviv [dot] ua


Competition announcement


Registration deadline


Questions submission deadline


Answers to questions


Deadline for submission of proposals


Jury session


Announcement of the prize winners and exhibition



Individuals and teams of professionals and/or students (with the minimum degree of bachelor or equivalent) in the fields of architecture, landscape design and/or urban planning.

Persons involved in the organization and judging of the competition, including members of their families and professional colleagues are not eligible to participate.


1st prize – 3000 euro

2nd prize – 2000 euro

3rd prize – 1000 euro

up to 2 honorable mentions – 600 euro


Each participant or team can submit one project only. Submissions are to consist of:

  • Two (maximum three) A0 drawings showing the following:

  • Site plan, scale 1:500;

  • Sections through a minimum of two of the competition areas (see area descriptions page … of this document) scale 1:200or 1:500

  • Graphical explanations of the proposal’s concept, especially with regard to the proposal’s integration into the existing urban context;

  • Drawings of a characteristic part or parts of the design showing materials, lighting, etc., at an appropriate scale

  • 3D visualizations;

  • Detailed drawings of typical design feature (at e.g. 1:20)

  • Up to two A4 pages of explanatory text

  • A cost estimate for realizing the proposal on one A4 sheet

  • Declaration of authorship in a sealed, opaque envelope(see “Anonymity” below)

  • Copies of the drawings in A3 format

  • An A4 sheet with a list of all the submitted items

  • CD/DVD containing all the submitted material with drawings at high resolution (.pdf or .jpg format)


The languages of the competition are Ukrainian and English. Annotations and explanatory texts are to be in both Ukrainian and English or in English only.


Competition submissions are to be anonymous.

Entries are to be identified by a six-digit identification number, which should be placed on the upper right hand corner of each submitted drawing. This identification number and should occupy a space of 3 x 9 cm. Each drawing should be numbered in sequence at the upper left hand corner. Each of the A4 explanatory and cost estimate sheets should also show this identification number at the upper right hand corner.

The statement of authorship (Annex 1), acceptance of the competition rules (Annex 2) and confirmation of copyright conditions (Annex 3) should be printed, filled in and put into the opaque sealed envelope, which should be securely attached to the submitted material.

Submissions should be sent of delivered in a single package. In order to preserve the anonymity of postal or courier sent submissions, the address of the sender should be the same as that of the recipient.

Any indication of the identity of the author(s) on the submitted material or its packaging will result in the disqualification of the entry.

Submissions are to be sent to the following address:

Bernardine Monastery Complex Competition,

Center for Urban History of East Central Europe,

6 Bohomoltsia St,

Lviv, Ukraine, 79005

The costs of sending submissions are to be paid by the participants.

None of the submitted material can be sent back to their authors.


Authors retain a copyright for their work. However, all submissions become the property of the City of Lviv which has the right to publish all or any part of the submitted material.

Competition task

To create a design for the public open spaces in and around the Bernardine Monastery complex, located in the inner city of Lviv, Ukraine:

  • that reflects the historical, spatial, social and environmental characteristics of the area;

  • that preserves the unique existing characteristics of each of the open spaces and develop their;

  • qualities with new treatments and elements;

  • that creates a unifying concept for the site as a whole and incorporate it into the existing urban context;

  • that enhances the site’s potential as a public recreational amenity.

Proposal requirements

  • The buildings of the Bernardine Monastery complex are historical landmarks under state protection and cannot be altered;

  • The design should carefully address the historical context of the site;

  • The design should respect the interests of those living and working in the vicinity of the site in terms of usage, noise pollution, privacy, safety, etc;

  • The competition area is to be pedestrianized. Allowance should be made for the parking of up to 20 cars. The design has to allow for emergency vehicular access to all parts of the site;

  • All parts of the site should be accessible to people with disabilities;

  • Certain trees have to be retained according to the information in the “tree plan” (page … of this document).

Judging criteria

  • The clarity of the proposal and its conceptual appropriateness;

  • Fulfillment of the competition tasks and compliance with its mandatory requirements;

  • The technical and economic feasibility of realizing the submitted proposal.


Carl Fingerhuth (Zürich, Switzerland): architect, city planner and author, Chief Architect of the City of Basel, Switzerland 1979-1992, since 1995 Honorary Professor for Urban Planning at the University of Darmstadt, Germany;

Romana Cielątkowska (Gdansk, Poland): architect, designer, and critic of modern architecture; Chair of Landscape Design at the Gdansk Polytechnic Department of Architecture;

Andriy Kutnyy (Lviv, Ukraine): architect urbanist, ICOMOS member, lecturer at the Institute for Building Archaeology and Heritage Conservation at the Technical University of Munich, Germanу;

Bogdan Shumylovych (Lviv, Ukraine): art historian, lecturer in cultural studies at Lviv National University; curator of the multimedia library at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine;

Lilia Onyshchenko-Shvets (Lviv, Ukraine): Head of the Office for Historical Preservation of the City of Lviv;

Yuriy Dzhyhil (Lviv, Ukraine) architect, professor at the Department of the Design of Architectural Environment atLviv National Polytechnic University, member of the National Ukrainian Union of Architects;

Philipp Sattler (Berlin, Germany) landscape architect, partner at Bernard und Sattler Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin, Germany;

Ingo Andreas Wolf (Leipzig, Germany), architect, urbanist, advisor to various city governments, Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig, Germany;

Andrian Hutnyk (Lviv, Ukraine) member of the Lviv City Council, chairman of the council’s Committee for Architecture, Urban Planning and Historical Preservation.