Night Architecture | ArchWeekly


Posted on: November 25th, 2021

Night Architecture | ArchWeekly

Night Architecture’ is a theme that is part of the contest series ArchWeekly, a new brand of journal competitions inviting participants to engage in critical conversations on selected themes from several disciplines of architecture and design.


Humans invented buildings to cater to the basic shelter necessity. With time, monumentality became an underlying definition of building in architecture. The character of a building was evident during the daytime and it went missing at night. With this, a trend began in the 19th century to give buildings a unique expression at night.

The concept of night architecture was introduced by combining light with architecture to provide an expression to building at night time.The definition of night architecture has evolved over years with advancement in technologies. It can be temporary or permanent depending upon the function or event. With evolution and advancement, lights led to ramification and created a new issue about its liability.

The brief aims to open a dialogue that fosters the concept of night architecture through stories, accounts or even observations.


  1. What is night architecture?

In the 19th and 20th century, night architecture flourished in many parts of the world. The concept was evolved to enhance the image of building at night. Who started it? What qualities does it add to the design? How does it provide a different identity to building at night?


  1. List examples where it is broadly used?

Various architectural elements can be enhanced through lighting. How is it done? What are the different techniques? What are the building types that can incorporate it?


  1. How are the lighting systems designed? 

Every building element requires a specific kind of lighting and effect. Why study light and its effects? What type of lighting system to use in night city architecture? What types of software can be used?


  1. What are the concerns related to architecture at night?

Creating a perfect effect at night to give a special effect is very critical. The lighting effects and fixtures can have adverse effects during daytime. How to create a perfect balance? How efficient is it?


  1. How does night architecture contribute to defining the visual character of a space/place?

Some lighting effects enhance the character of a space? How does it exaggerate certain architectural features? Explore some places and cities. How is lighting used? (Eg. Singapore)


  1. Why is the concept losing popularity in the 21st century? 

We usually take things for granted. Similarly the night lights were used extensively with time. What were the drawbacks? How did it contribute to pollution?


  1. What are the different modes to document and understand architecture by night? 

Application of this knowledge in future is possible only if we document a movement or style for the coming generation. (Eg: Night architecture photography)




  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate only as an individual in the ArchWeekly program. Co-authoring essays is not allowed.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.
  • Anybody working with UNI or associated with us are not eligible to participate or receive awards in competitions hosted on UNI. That includes currently working employees at UNI, jury members, community moderators or contract agencies, and their direct relatives.

Base Rules

  • You can submit more than one project under a single theme, but the entries have to be registered separately.
  • You can submit entries for multiple themes under ArchWeekly at the same time, but the registration for each theme must be done separately.
  • Participants can submit content submitted/published previously on any other website. The copyrights to the article must be owned by the participant.
  • Your submission as part of any competition is linked to your UNI user account which stands as your identification, we do not have any identification codes. Hence, your submission should not include any form of identification or personal information such as your names, organization, city, etc.
  • A single participant is eligible to win multiple awards in the ArchWeekly program.
  • The official language of the competitions is English.
  • If there are any changes in competition brief or schedule, they shall be updated on the website.
  • When you register for a competition, you are automatically agreeing to the terms and conditions of UNI.


Participants shall deliver a written article of about 1000 – 1500 words with no more than 3 images, in a cohesive piece that answers the above questions or arguments presented. A cover of size [2000px x 1000px] must also be uploaded with the writing submission.

The images must be copyright free or the participant must own the rights of the images used.

Series Schedule

ArchWeekly’ is a journal series organised by UNI, consisting of a set number of contests being released to discuss various themes in architecture and design. All participants are invited to take part in as many contests as they can and take their chances at winning exciting prizes.

The subjects for discussion in the field are countless, but we have tried to narrow it down to these specific themes. Each theme has been carefully curated to initiate conversation on a weekly basis. All the themes for 12 weeks are being released at once, to give participants the opportunity to explore and start work on their preferred themes at the same time.

We invite participants to submit written content relevant to these subjects:

  1. History of Architecture
  2. Women in Architecture
  3. Furniture Design
  4. Architecture for Healing
  5. Recycled Architecture and Adaptive Reuse
  6. Resilient Architecture
  7. Travel and Architecture
  8. Night Architecture
  9. Temporary Architecture
  10. Place Making
  11. Biomimetics
  12. Future of CIties

The last date for submission is 31st January 2022. Entries can be submitted anytime before this deadline (Check Schedule). Participants can partake in multiple contests of ArchWeekly i.e. all 12 themes that have been released, but registration for each contest must be done separately.

There is no maximum limit for the number of competitions that participants can register for. The registration for ArchWeekly contests is free. The awards and schedule details are provided in respective tabs and participants are required to take a look at these sections to find submission deadlines and prizes.


Submission Guidelines

Participants have the freedom to choose any type of submission mentioned above as long as the content is relevant to the theme. The content should be around 1000-1500 words. Participants can combine the above submission types if they wish to do so. They can use images (no more than 3) to supplement the content written.


  • Ensure that the final sheets submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • Citations of quotes, content or images must be included at the end of the written submission. References will not be included in the word count.
  • Submit JPEG images only.
  • Self promotion is permitted i.e content covering personal works can be submitted as an entry. Do not present the content as an advertisement or commercial post/spam.
  • Copyright responsibility of the submitted content is with the author.
  • If participants refer to any existing work like text, theory, images, or ideas, in their entries, giving due credit is mandatory. Otherwise, it will be counted as plagiarism.
  • Content that may be hurtful, discriminatory or defamatory will be removed from the site. Explicit content will not be tolerated on the website. If a writer posts content that violates our terms or goes against our guidelines, we will remove the post and contact the writer when necessary.



Judging Criteria

The judging criteria will have equal importance on Subject, Audience, Relevance and creativity. Along with this emphasis would be given on organization of the thoughts. As these are story driven evaluation benchmarks, the judging criteria are only able to provide a subjective understanding of the parameters. The holistic nature of articles will generally prevail over objective evaluation criteria.

The Jury for ArchWeekly will involve the multi-disciplinary editorial team at UNI. For the grand jury, UNI is hosting a network of respected academicians and experts who can provide their insights on every subject. They are passionate about writing and the role of documented research in the architecture and design fields.

Important dates

  • Registration deadline: 5th January 2022
  • Submission deadline: 5th January 2022
  • Result announcement: 25th February 2022

All deadlines are 6:30 GMT +5.


To be announced.


For further details visit the website.


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