Ruse: Architecture Illustration Competition

SAVE Ruse: Architecture Illustration Competition

Last Submission Date: October 26, 2021

Last Registration Date: October 25, 2021

Language: English

Country: International

Prizes: 24000$

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

Brief: The challenge for “Ruse” is to design an architecture poster or architecture artwork of an optical illusion, inspired by the concept of Illusory Contours, in two-dimensional illustration.


Illusions are a trick of the eye, and this concept is used far and wide to understand the difference in perception of how we see the world and how it actually is. They are generated when the mind is contradicted between deciding two things that it knows, to be facts. In the late mid-20th century, abstract artists took interest in these illusions and created the genre of optical illusions art, which has blown up ever since. Illusions are used to create a sense of curiosity to attract people to it, and this is used to convey social messages and stimulate minds.

The aim of the competition “Ruse” is to create an immersive user experience that can bring out the essence of the theme in its texture, depth, scale, or shapes, with no constraints. The selection (architectural element, building, space, etc.) is the 1st part of the challenge and the 2nd part is representation – both require be representing and evaluating.


You have to deliver a graphic/visual outcome representing the given theme, based on the following outlines. Only one final graphic design needs to be submitted. The image should be of size [2800px x 3200px] in portrait or landscape digital format (JPEG only).

The graphic may be entirely hand-drawn and rendered, digitally created, or a combination of both. The usage of photographs, stylized/credited or otherwise, directly is strictly not allowed.

The use of lassoed graphics lifted from an existing image is limited to half of the total graphic. (The guidelines are indicative, and are placed only to reduce plagiarized artworks – any infringement detected or reported will be notified, and may be removed from competition if found guilty)

The list of deliverables is:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Artwork
  • A few process images
  • A statement in about 100 words supporting the artwork – You can attach this as an additional image below your artwork.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
The team limit for this competition is 2 members maximum per team.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: October 25, 2021
Submission Deadline: October 26, 2021
Winner Announcement: December 23, 2021

About the Organizer

Unfuse serves as a unit for Uni in the field of Architecture. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture, and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for the promotion of architectural thought at a global level.

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