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An out of this world challenge...

Welcome to Eleven’s visions of Marstopia, the official sequel to our award-winning international competition Moontopia, and the second challenge in Eleven’s ‘Architecture in Space’ series. In this competition, we set our sights on Mars, and asked the creative community one question: what does Martian vernacular architecture and design look like?

Today, the human race is edging closer to becoming an interplanetary species. The colonisation of Mars, which up to a few years ago existed in science fiction visions, is today just a matter of time. Private industries, public efforts, and prestigious space agencies around the world are set on the Red Planet, and the race is now on for who gets there first.

In this competition, we accepted the fact that soon, man will walk on Mars, but decided to question the methods in which our species will be able to inhabit the planet. The question moved to how rather then if.

Hundreds of people from all across the world responded to this challenge. Some with visions of utopias, others with dystopias. Some focusing on small-scale exploratory units, others with urban models for fully fledged Martian cities. Whatever the intention, one thing is certain: the red planet has been an inspiration for some fascinating concepts, and the idea of a martian vernacular has given rise to some truly creative, out-of-this-world visions, paving the way for a future beyond our planet.

We where so luck to welcome such a fascinating group of creatives judged by an equally mind-blowing panel of judges to this challenge. The awarded entries showcase the sheer vairiety of ideas: each completley different from the next, but all united by the same high caliber quality of their visions. Such inspirational creativity had to be rewarded, and for this reason we decided to expand our Honourable Mention’s award from 6 to 14.

We hope you enjoy all these equisite visions of Marstopia!


Dandelion Shelter

Karl-Johan Sørensen & Sebastian Aristotelis Frederiksen

Every once in a while, great things really do come in small packages. Dandelion Shelter is an exquisitely detailed and refined design which comes to life through beautiful renders of life on Mars. Every detail of this project has been considered and conveyed through a masterclass of how to pitch your vision in architecture. Inspired by Dandelions, this self-building ‘fluffy’ martian shelter is clad with a glowing Triboelectric Harvester which transforms electrostatic energy into power and traps Martian dust as a radiation shield. The pod also employs an Algae Bath as a secondary radiation shield and food source for its inhabitants. Elegant, Smart and Protective: the perfect companion for a Martian adventure.

runner up

Mars H2.0

Aleksandar Bursac & Ivan Djikanovic

Mars H2.0 accurately emphasises our need to steadily test and push boundaries as a species. Behind the enticing visualisations, the fluid design – inspired by honeycombs – promises to be a hypothesis that would be able to persist in a hostile environment such as Mars. The project details a rocket ship which – upon landing – transforms itself into a vessel for habitation and a harvester of Martian water. Mars H2.0 isn’t just a dwelling, but a dynamic generator for life.

Honourable Mentions:

The Peristalsis Project

Anastasia Prosina, Svetlana Krinochkina & Robert Salazar
(Russia, USA)

The Peristalsis Project is an excellent example of nature-inspired design on a technological high. The star of the proposal is a mechanical caterpillar-like, ultralight inflatable structure which is half dwelling, half machine. The design can move around the landscape thanks to a belly of boron carbide scales and kinetic rod pistons enabling peristalsis locomotion through shape-memory tendons that contract its body. The movable architecture is also entirely self-reliant, capable of generating its own energy thanks to wind turbine systems harvesting the harsh storms of Mars.

Mars Paracity

Prerit Kaji, Arijit Sen & Jerrold Moses Ayque
(India, Philippines)

Aside from the stunning visualisations, this project moves beyond a mere Martian colony into a critique of the human spirit. Dark, dystopic, but truthful, it makes us rethink our priorities for future interplanetary conquest and questions our moral compass. As the world prepares to colonise Mars, Mars Paracity forces us to take a moment to reflect on our true intentions, methods and reasons behind our needs to do so. The project is an architectural story which delves into the parasitic side of our human spirit, making us consider our conscience as a race to secure the future of humanity on earth and beyond.


Adam Fernandez & Lizhen Xu

This proposal of terraformation is trying to understand and solve one of the main problems for a fully breathable and livable Mars: the electromagnetic shield of the planet. It does so by disrupting the idea of ordinary domes in favour for more organic forms built by 3D printing drone robots. The result is the creation of an impressive geometry developed like a blanket, able to adapt to the orography of the planet. The outcome is an adaptable human-made atmosphere which both promotes terraforming and the advancement of two contemporary hot-technologies: 3D printing and drones.

Below Freezing

Shane Powers & Linjie Wang
(USA, China)

The idea of using martian lava tubes as a basis for shelter recently became very popular in the debate of Martian colonisation. This project stands out from its competitors because of the thoroughly thought out mission steps and well-designed construction process of the sealing structures. Below Freezing outlines a relatively large and well-protected space that first explorers will have at their disposal. The best advantage of this idea is the Ice Tower. It is a creative combination of a skydome with a weather shield and a vertical transportation system integrated with it. The project highlights the use of delta 3D printing from above and melted ice as building blocks. It is a rational approach, which maximises the best opportunities from what local conditions can give. All this is presented through beautiful self-explaining renderings and drawings.


Paolo Venturella & Cosimo Scotucci

Hyperdome isn’t about creating a settlement on Mars; it’s about making Mars livable by completely transforming its environmental makeup through the construction of a human-made atmosphere. A very bold proposition which highlights the environmental impact human beings can cause on planets.

Dust to Dawn

Milad Moghary, Yibin Yang, Ismail Seleit & Matthias Wechsler
(Iran, China, Egypt, Germany)

Dust to Dawn is a master plan for a time-driven Martian vernacular which seeks to create a model for a self-growing colonisation system on the red planet. As an ecology of infrastructures, multiple complex systems are overlaid on one another to produce a plan that outlines a multi-stage approach to the inhabitation of this foreign planet. The idea of a new vernacular colony is underlined by the concept of communal growth and the positive exploitation of resources found on Mars itself. The result is a resilient system of survival, able to expand organically, 3D printed from Martian compounds following the Fibonacci Sequence. The decision of representing the sequential growth of the colony in a diagrammatic single-drawing style sheet is a kind of martian ‘Where’s Wally?’, which asks the viewer to explore and discover the ethos surrounding this Martian concept in a fun and effective way.

Kloroplast Mars

Roger Badia Rafart

Aside from the beautiful presentation which displays evident architectural craftsmanship, Kloroplast Mars defines a new start for humanity through a modular martian vernacular seeking to emphasise the core roots of what it means to dwell. We like the simplicity of this concept that by no means undermines the potential of this new martian architectural model. The construction system is clear and straightforward, which adds to the overall potential of this design. In a far frontier such as Mars, flexibility and adaptability are crucial to survival. This system provides this with beauty and style.


Chawapol Watcharasukarn & Prapatsorn Sukkaset

Although the design can be said to be highly unrealistic, the idea of harnessing Earth’s waste to bring life on Mars is killing two birds with one (big) stone! After all, this is a competition about imagining Utopia, which in itself is rooted in ideas rather than realism. This proposal suggests an interesting dichotomy between the symbiotic relationship that Earth and Mars could have: each other benefitting from their disadvantages, working together to help one another survive. On earth, bronchi-like mega-towers suck out the pollutions and greenhouse gasses from our atmosphere. These get sent to Mars, where they are released into the red planet, beginning to form conditions conducive to life. Very conceptual, but graphically stunning, and with a vision that draws you in.


Justin Jed Zumel

An intelligent design for the first Martian explorers. Clove is one of the best examples from the competition which shows us how a landing module could transform and adapt itself to a living unit on Mars. But beyond the initial landing party design, Clove outlines a four-stage phased growth system which would eventually generate a breathable ecosystem for humans to live freely on Mars. Beautiful renders and fantastic detailing bring this project to a new level of realism.

Particle Regeneration

Chi Bhatia, Joanna Maria Lesna, Bryan Rincon & Wala' Sahloul
(India, Poland, Colombia, Syria)

Particle Regeneration is one of the few projects which tackles some of the most severe threats of Martian living – being the lack of water and the frequent violent sandstorms – and harnesses them to its advantage. “Forms follows environment” is the underlining thesis of this project. A real example of human ingenuity in turning adversities into opportunities, which comes to life in a functioning, sustainable vertical community inhabiting stunning architectural forms.


Wenyi Zhu, Qizhen Tang & Xiaohan Ding

It looks like Elon’s red Tesla is back, and this time it’s landing on Mars! But nevermind about Mr Musk’s space-car, City Crater is a vision of life on Mars which defines a vernacular urban model for the red planet. This concept imagines cities built into the rims of Martian craters, with a strong emphasis put on the refinement of Martian water in the pursuit of self-sustaining life. The ring-cities take a geological element and turn it into an architectural plinth, maximising on the in-situ geomorphology and minimising the visual impact of development on Mars despite the large-scale proposal. Did we already mention the red Tesla?


Gleb Goncharenko & Ksenia Zabardygina

Project Leviathan 01 is a clever, feasible and organised overground concept. It’s functional and linkable block design allows for additional connections and extensions. Its modular nature provides a system that is allowed to grow, move and transform in time, reflecting the needs of its inhabitants. The design is made from a rigid-frame structure which creates both unity in style but also flexibility within, as it allows for a whole series of functions to inhabit it. We like the origami-like foldings that give the project it’s distinctive look, but also serve an essential role in adding strength to lightweight muli-core panels. The inspiration behind the ‘look’ is Leviathan, a once mythical creature believed to live on Mars. Now long dead, its bones are turned into architecture.


Bonnie Gordon

When asked to imagine a colony on Mars, this project leaps forward beyond architectural form and into the very foundation of life itself. Based on Dr Michio Kaku’s scientific possibility that DNA originated on Mars and was brought to earth by galactic debris, and linking this theory with Dr Robert Zubrin’s observations that life on earth is responsible for terraforming our planet, this project introduces a natural process of Martian colonisation that surpasses the human species itself. How do you colonise Mars? You let Mars create it’s own life forms… with a little help from human science. Colony is about ensuring the process of life on Mars instead of planting an alien human settlement on its soil. Stunning concept. Stunning graphics. Utterly mesmerising. The idea that a colony on Mars should be about terraforming and create in-situ martian life rather than impose human domination is poetic, unique and highly original.

S.E.E.Ds of Mars

Nicholas Ho & Darren Chan
(Hong Kong, UK)

The project’s opening narrative shows a deep understanding of the ‘why’ behind the mission and each step that follows from the technologically-based construction, through the various project stages, and the overall design concept carries the same force and determination on this singular mission. Most compelling is the new architectural and engineering language that is given birth and life in the illustrations and renders that are profoundly thoughtful and composed. This phased city, inspired by concepts derived from natural systems, includes the use of advanced robotics and drones.

people's choice

Desert Snowflake

Robert Salazar, Anastasia Prosina & Svetlana Krinochkina
(USA, Russia)

This self-erecting, ultralight, deployable Geodesic Dome takes Buckminster Fuller’s ideas into the new Millenium. Desert Snowflake, the winner of the people’s votes, is an ode to architectural origami form. It showcases the value of flexible, lightweight yet highly-robust construction systems paramount for extraterrestrial colonisation. The spore-like structure has been designed with adaptability and modularity in mind, allowing for continued growth of the Martian colony in time.


Meet our panel of world class experts, pioneers and fellow designers:

Stefano Boeri

Founding Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri

Founding Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri, architect and urban planner, is full professor at Politecnico in Milan and has been guest professor at several international universities. As Director of a post-doctoral research program at the Tongji University in Shanghai, he is developing the international research platform Future City Lab, which explores the future of the cities under the perspective of biodiversity and urban forestation. Together with Tongji University, Boeri developed the project Seeds on Mars, presented at the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS 2017). Stefano Boeri Architetti studio, based in Milan, with offices in Shanghai and Tirana, is currently involved in international projects such as General Local Plan Tirana 2030 and the development, in several cities in the world, of the prototype of Vertical Forest, built in Milan in 2014.

Vera Mulyani

CEO and Founder of Mars City Design™

Vera Mulyani

CEO and Founder of Mars City Design™

CEO & Founder of Mars City Design™ LLC, President and Founder of Mars City Foundation, Executive Director and Founder for Spaceport LA, CEO & Founder of 8ense™, Organizer and Team of Women In Space, Yuri's Night, World Space Week.

A lifetime innovative and visionary leader, with multidisciplinary skills in art and in business.

Mulyani is the CEO, the Founder and the Executive Director for Marschitecture of Mars City Design™ and the President of Mars City Foundation (501c3).

Mars City Design www.marscitydesign.com is an innovation platform that unites thought leaders and visionaries from multidisciplinary STEAM background to pioneer in designing the blueprint of the urban infrastructure and human lifestyle for Mars, applicable to future cities on Earth.

Mulyani is also a Founder and an Executive Director for SpaceportLA, www.spaceportla.com an event based non-profit organizations, connecting the biggest space community in Southern California with space entrepreneurship, education and collaboration.

Recognized as "Santa Monica Renaissance Woman", Mulyani’s innovative visions as a conceptual architect and urban design, had brought her to also become a critically acclaimed filmmaker, photographer and author of children books. The last book that Mulyani is publishing this December is a poetry book, titled: Persistent Themes of Martian Dreams (Verses and Visions of the Red Planet), Available on Amazon.

ZA Architects

Founders Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva

ZA Architects

Founders Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva

"We are looking for the designs that are innovative, feasible, resilient and thoroughly thought out, for the daily needs of the people living in the harsh conditions. Try to think of construction and operation scenarios. The project shall be resource-efficient and flexible for further expansion as well as for an emergency situation."     
ZA Architects is an architectural office founded in 2009 by two partners Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva. Started in Ukraine, boosted in Bauhaus, matured in Switzerland, currently based and operating in Germany. We blend achievements of different cultures, and industries. ZA Architects is active in architecture and industrial design. In our practice, we are trying to make a step beyond today, beyond normal, yet we stay feasible. We create new experiences, new forms of existence, new social models. Among others, we developed a number of experimental projects, e.g. Mars Colonization and Revitalization of Chernobyl Zone. Projects of ZA Architects were exhibited at MoMA; published in WIRED and National Geographic. Among other activities, we are currently collaborating with 4th Planet Logistics, a US-Based Company whose goal is to create and test Martian habitats from naturally occurring terrestrial lava caves.


First Place in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars


First Place in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars

SEArch's Mars Ice House project was the winner of NASA's 2016 Centennial Challenge for a 3D-Printed Habitat on Mars.

About the SEArch Jury Team Members:

Michael Morris

Michael Morris is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Architecture and Parsons School of Design Environmental Design and Fulbright recipient. With his late partner-and- wife Yoshiko Sato, Morris founded the New York City based Morris Sato Studio Architecture in 1996 and the Space Exploration Architecture (SEARC) in 2006. Morris Sato Studio’s multi-disciplinary architecture, art and science collaborations have garnered the firm international commissions and recognition.

Concurrent to their practice, Morris (and Sato) have continuously held positions in leading university’s including their alma mater’s Cooper Union, Harvard, and Parsons, co-founding Space Studio’s I-X at Columbia University and Pratt Institute. Awarded the NASA X-Hab Innovation Grants in 2016 and 2017, Morris and Rebeccah Pailes–Friedman with Melodie Yashar worked with Pratt architecture and industrial design students to define and prototype Mars transit and surface habitats.In 2016, the team’s Mars transit habitat project- MOTH was exhibited at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum and featured in Scientific America.

Christina Ciardullo

Christina Ciardullo has a background in astronomy and philosophy and has held positions at Columbia University’s Space Architecture Lab, the Habitability Design Center at NASA Johnson Space Center, as well as the Ann Kalla Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where she taught interdisciplinary studios designing closed-loop sustainable ecosystems for Mars.

Her terrestrial practice focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to integrating the built and natural worlds at the NYC Department of City Planning and the architectural practice of Ennead Architects and helped guide her as one of the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Institute Fellows. In her work off the planet, she has consulted in the extraterrestrial endeavors of Foster+Partners. She is currently pursuing a PHD at RPI's Center for Architecture Science and Ecology.

Monika Lipinska, Inci Lize Ogun & Laura Olivier

Moontopia Competition Winners

Monika Lipinska, Inci Lize Ogun & Laura Olivier

Moontopia Competition Winners

"We look forward to seeing designs, which would inspire people to discover new worlds and would participate in a discussion on how the new societies, that we’re going to build, could work. I’m excited to see how this 'human oriented’ designs could be combined with the extreme challenges that we have to face thinking of long duration missions and environmental conditions on Mars."
Monika Lipinska, Inci Lize Ogun & Laura Olivier are three talented young architects who together won our 2016 award-winning competition Moontopia. To view their stunningly beautiful Lunar Test Lab project, click here. Monika, Inci and Laura's full biographies can be found here in Eleven's Hall of Fame.

Marc Guberman

Team Leader of Mars Habitat Project and Partner, Fosters + Partners

Marc Guberman

Team Leader of Mars Habitat Project and Partner, Fosters + Partners

"The open-ended and simultaneously inviting nature of MARSTOPIA will create a diverse and far-reaching set of perspectives that as a collective point towards the next chapter of human civilization."
Marc Guberman is a Partner at Foster + Partners’ San Francisco design studio. He has worked on a broad range of international projects and is currently completing the design and construction of Apple’s new campus in Silicon Valley. He is deeply committed to innovation in design, science and technology and is interested in how an organization’s unique structure and culture is reflected in its building design. Marc was also Fosters + Partners' team leader for the 3D Printed Mars Habitat project that won first prize in NASA's 2017 Centennial Challenge. He has worked for a number of architecture offices including Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York, the Takenaka Corporation in Osaka, Japan and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven, Connecticut.  Marc received his M. Arch and MBA from Yale University and a BA from Brown University.

Jessie Andjelic

Co-founder of SPECTACLE & Head of Mars Studio, University of Calgary

Jessie Andjelic

Co-founder of SPECTACLE & Head of Mars Studio, University of Calgary

"A human mission to Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to open a new chapter for humanity. Jessie is seeking thoughtful and innovative speculations on the identity of human civilization on a second planet that combine a cultural response with ideas for solving technical challenges."
Jessie Andjelic co-founded SPECTACLE Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism in 2013, an internationally oriented office working across the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape, and object design. Jessie also teaches as an architecture studio sessional instructor at the University of Calgary and in 2017, led a senior research studio that explored innovative habitats and architectural identity on the surface of Mars. Working with notable architecture firms in Calgary and Rotterdam, Jessie has led design teams on several competition wins and her range of project experience includes private houses, multi-family and mixed-use housing, civic centres, university buildings and masterplans. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2009 and was recognized with the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design Gold Medal, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Gold Medal and was nominated for the Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners.

Andrew Aldrin

Director, Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI)

Andrew Aldrin

Director, Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI)

"At BASI we are always looking fresh ideas on permanent human habitation of Mars.  We are looking for ideas that go beyond the aerospace engineering driven concepts we often see in Mars architectures, to human, purpose driven concepts that make engineering sense."
Dr. Andrew Aldrin serves as the Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI) and is an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. BASI is a multidisciplinary institute created to advance space exploration and development toward the goal of establishing and maintaining a permanent human presence on Mars. Dr. Aldrin is also the President of the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation. Prior to FIT, Dr. Aldrin was President of Moon Express, responsible for day to day operations for the company. Prior to coming to Moon Express, Dr. Aldrin was Director of Business Development and Advanced Programs at United Launch Alliance where he oversaw development of corporate strategies, business capture, senior customer relations and advanced program development for civil space markets. Before ULA, Dr. Aldrin headed Business Development and Advanced Programs for Boeing’s NASA Systems, and Launch Services business units. He has also served as a Resident Consultant at the RAND Corporation and Professional Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Dr. Aldrin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, an MBA from TRIUM, a MA in Science Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a MA in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at International Space University and has been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston and California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Aldrin serves on the Board of several foundations including: The Secure World foundation, the Sea-Space Symposium, and the Tau Zero Foundation. Dr. Andrew Aldrin is also the son of legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Alberto Villanueva Galindo

Lecturer, Researcher and Director of IDEA Architecture

Alberto Villanueva Galindo

Lecturer, Researcher and Director of IDEA Architecture

"During many years everything related to Mars was just pure science fiction. We are living a moment where everything is possible. This is a great opportunity to share and shape your ideas throughout an exciting research where extreme conditions, new technologies and design will be key. Let's anticipate the solutions for future civilizations."
Alberto Villanueva BA (Hons) MArch MA (Distinction) PGCertEd (Candidate) is an architect and transdisciplinary designer. After completing master’s studies in architecture and environment design in Madrid and London, he started his own practice, IDEA architecture office, combining it with his work as a lecturer and researcher. His expertise covers technical and innovative concepts applied to creatives industries.

During his MA in Environment Design at Ravensbourne, Alberto developed a project researching the possibilities of 3D printers and new materials in the colonization of planet Mars, as a solution to generate architectures in extreme environments. Project noted by The Royal Academy of Arts and featured in publications like Dezeen, designboom, Archdaily, The Spaces or DesignCurial.

Currently, he is a sessional lecturer for the different departments: Contextual Studies, Postgraduate Courses or Fashion Promotion. Alberto also coordinates the Postgraduate Mentoring Programme and is a tutor for the Greenwich Digital Skills. Alberto is visiting lecturer for other universities like the University of the Arts London (UAL), Universidad Europea de Canarias (UEC) or ETH in Zürich. Alberto is the Head of IDEA architecture office,  a multi-disciplinary firm based in London that creates and innovates in architecture and design. IDEA's projects have a strong connection to the natural environment, new technologies and anticipate the demands of society. He has been recently appointed Spanish Ambassador for Science in the UK, in an innovative programme that merges diplomacy and science.

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

Eloise joined Eleven Magazine in 2016 as Editor and Communications Director.

She was born in England in 1985 and grew up in a small village a stone’s throw away from Windsor. The world of art and design has attracted her from a young age and saw her experimenting with fine art, graphics, fashion design, photography, printmaking, textiles, screen-printing, jewellery design and digital media throughout her personal and professional life.

Eloise gained her BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles degree in 2006 and later moved into the world of interior architecture obtaining a MA (Hons) Interior Design in 2011. She has worked on many diverse projects including collaborations with Tatty Divine, Cole and Son and the London Olympic Games.  

She is a full member of the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors).

Eloise loves to travel to experience different cultures and sights, which inspires her creativity. In her spare time she enjoys designing at multiple scales, taking far to many photographs, going to the gym and returning home to a healthy dinner of wine and cheese!

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

Andrea founded Eleven Magazine in 2015 and currently works as its Editor in Chief and Creative Director.

He was born in Bologna in 1984 and spent his childhood and teen years growing up in Italy, Hungary, Russia and Austria. At the age of 17 he moved to the UK to pursue his higher education in Architecture.

Andrea holds a BA (Hons) Architecture degree (2006), a Diploma in Architecture (2009), and in 2010 was awarded a fully-funded doctorate studentship, which he successfully completed with a PhD in Architecture and Urban Regeneration in 2014.

His architecture career has seen him active in both research, academia and practice. He has worked for Grimshaw Architects in London and taught at University in both undergraduate and post-graduate levels on subjects ranging from architecture/urban history and theory, sustainable design, emergent architectural trends, modular/movable architecture, responsive dynamic design, and nature-inspired design.

Andrea is a full member of the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors).

In parallel to Eleven, Andrea works as a freelance designer and architect on experimental projects and international collaborations.

In his spare time Andrea enjoys traveling, photography and (English weather permitting) riding around on his motorcycle avoiding woodland creatures on country lanes.

Eleven's competitions are the ideal arena for generating pro-active international think-tanks in a whole variety of contemporary hot topics and contexts: from social issues to environmental threats, new technologies, shifting urban landscapes, exotic ecological havens, product design, fashion and - why not - even outer space!

We love competitions because they are instrumental in highlighting emerging talent and starting design-led revolutions around the world.

Our challenges have had exhibitions in Europe and the USA,  published in multiple international magazines such as the Architecture Review, the AJ, Dezeen, Archdaily and Designboom, and consistently win awards year after year.


2015 - Our inaugural competition 'Cambodia' wins the 3rd place in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year' Awards, and Eleven is officially in business.

2016 - 'Moontopia' is featured as 7th in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year' Awards.

2017 - Eleven becomes the most popular competition portal in the world with a double-whammy placement two competitions - 'Rome' (winning 3rd place) and 'Planetarium' (arriving in 5th place) - being featured in the top-5 places in Bustler’s ‘Top-10 Best Competitions of the Year' Awards.

2018 - Watch this space...

Cambodia 2015 Jury Team:

Andrew Maynard (Andrew Maynard Architects), Arthur Andersson (Andersson-Wise), Camillo Boano (The Bartlett, UCL), Christine Murray (Editor in Chief, Architectural Review), Elena Douvlou (Metropolitan University of Athens), Ingrid Bille (BilleByeSheid), Massimo Forese (+39 Architects), Mathilde Marengo (IAAC, Barcelona), Perry Hopper (Grimshaw), Shaun O'Rourke (BAC), Tom Kundig (Olson Kundig), Andrea Verenini (Editor, Eleven).

* This event was run in support of the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) charity.

San Francisco 2016 Jury Team:

Amy Frearson (Deputy Editor of Architecture, Dezeen), The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), Carlos Arnaiz (CAZA), Chris White (BIG), Hasdai Westbrook (Editor, Impact Design Hub), John Barton (Dean of Architecture, Stanford University), Jonny McKenna (Metropolitan Workshop), Karen Nelson (Dean, BAC), Leon Roast (BIG), Lewis Knight (Gensler), Kristi Loui (Gensler), Matthew Mazzotta (MIT), NAP+P Architects (Winner of Cambodia 2015: consisting of members Natthapol Pongplanchai, Planin Chantalert, Porncharoen Orbanratmanee, Pratchaya Lertruck Sadee), Roger Hawkins (Hawkins/Brown), Trent Tesch (KPF), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event was run in support of the Project Night Night charity. 

Moontopia Jury Team:

ASPECT Studios (Winners of San Francisco 2016), Alberto Villanueva Galindo (IDEA Architecture Office), The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), Brent Sherwood (NASA), Christina Ciardullo (Carnegie Mellon University), Kriss J. Kennedy (NASA), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Biomimicry Jury Team:

Alexander Walter (Editor, Archinect & Bustler), Jan Utzon (Utzon Associates Architects), Richard James MacCowan (Biomimicry Institute UK), Timothy McGee (LikoLab), Yaniv Peer (Exploration Architecture), Marko Brajovic (Atelier Marko Brajovic), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Rome 2017 Jury Team:

Patrik Schumacher (Director, Zaha Hadid Architects), Francesco Gatti (3Gatti), Francesco Lipari (OFL Architecture / Cityvision Magazine), Emanuel Jalbert (In Situ), Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci (SET Architects), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Planetarium Jury Team:

Christina Ciardullo (Architectural Designer and Educator), Thomas Wang (Partner, Ennead Architects), Lars Lindberg Christensen (Head of Education and Public Outreach, ESO), Dan Goods (Artist in Residence, NASA JPL), Eric Hanson (Founder and Partner, xRez Studio), Jim Sweitzer (Astrophysicist and Museum Consultant), Stephen Dubois (Secretary, Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society), Charles Beichman (Executive Director, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech / NASA JPL), Dennis Cohen (Creative Director and Experience Designer, Ralph Applebaum Associates),  Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event was run in partnership with Christina Ciardullo and sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS)

Shelter 48 Jury Team:

Abeer Seikaly (Architect & Cultural Designer), Narinder Sagoo (Partner, Fosters + Partners), Hakan Gürsu (Founder & CEO, Designnobis), Amro Callam (Executive Director, Architecture for Society), Karina Ashrapova (Winner, Eleven's Biomimicry Competition), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven) Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* Poster graphics designed by Concept BRE

Safari (Matobo, Zimbabwe 2017) Jury Team:

Beks Ndlovu (CEO, African Bush Camps), Derek Solomon (Animal Behaviour and Communication Specialist/Author/Private Guide), Rob Janisch (Biomimicry and Genius of Nature Guru/Private Guide), Chris Browne (Owner, Fox Browne Creatives), Debra Fox (Owner, Fox Browne Creatives), Charlene Hewat (CEO, Environment Africa), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event was run in partnership with African Bush Camps and also in support of their charity African Bush Camp Foundation.

Marstopia Jury Team:

Andrew Aldrin (Son of legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Director of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute), Alberto Villanueva Galindo (Architect and Academic, IDEA Architecture Office), Jessie Andjelic (Founding Partner of SPECTACLE and Head of Mars Studio at the University of Calgary), Marc Guberman (Team Leader of the Mars Habitat Project and Partner at Fosters + Partners), Stefano Boeri (Founding Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti), SEArch Architects (Awarded first place in NASA’s 3D Printed Mars Habitat Challange), Vera Mulyani (CEO and Founder, Mars City Design), ZA Architects (Directors and Co-Founders Dmitry Zhuikov and Arina Agieieva), Monika Lipinska, Laura Olivier and Inci Ogun (Winners of Eleven's Moontopia Competition), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* Competition friend: Mars City Design

Macro to Micro Jury Team:

Adam Vickers (Managing Director of Squareyard Landscape Architecture), Wayne Hemingway (Chairman at CABE and Founder of Hemingway Design), Max Farrell (Senior Partner at Farrells), Lisa Kinch (Associate Architect at Farrells and Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture), Katy Lock (Policy Manager at Garden Cities and New Towns, Town and Country Planning Association), Steve Sheen (Housing Strategy and Partnerships Manager at Manchester City Council), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

* This event is run in partnership with BETA Events, sponsored by Square Yard, and is part of the event BETA Housing 2018 (12 July, Manchester, UK).

Malecon (Havana) Jury Team:

Peter Noever (Professor, Principle at No/Ever Design and original member of the 'Havana Project'), Wolf D. Prix (Professor, Principle/CEO at COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and original member of the 'Havana Project'), Theodore Hoerr (Founding Principal, Terrain Work), Paul Bulkeley (Design Director, Snug Architects), Carl Prusha (Professor, Director at CP Architects and original member of the 'Havana Project'), Carlos Arnaiz (Founding Partner, CAZA), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

Plastic Worlds Jury Team:

Chris Precht (Founding Partner, Penda), Luca Maccarinelli (Associate, Spark* Architects), Michael Pawlyn (Founder, Exploration Architecture), Richard James MacCowan (Founder, Biomimicry UK), Safia Qureshi (CEO, CupClub), Shannon Royden-Turner (Founder, Actuality), Eloise Carr (Editor & Creative, Eleven), Andrea Verenini (Founder, Eleven).

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