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Experience of prequalification in Swedish competitions for new housing for the elderly
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (arc•plan)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
2013 (English)In: Architectural Competitions - Histories and Practice / [ed] Jonas E Andersson, Gerd Bloxham Zettersten och Magnus Rönn, Hamburgsund: Rio Kulturkooperativ, KTH , 2013, 106-132 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents results from a study of prequalification in architectural competitions for senior citizen housing. The aim is to develop knowledge of how the organizer appoints candidates to restricted competitions. Prequalification is a selection procedure used early in the competition process to identify suitable candidates for the following design phase. Three to four teams have in this study been invited to develop design proposals. The overall research question is to understand how organizers select design teams for competitions aimed at developing innovative design solutions on housing for elderly persons in an aging society.


The methodology includes an inventory of competitions, case studies, document review and interviews with key persons. Three municipal competitions have been examined. In these competitions 10 informants have reported their experiences of prequalification. They responded to an interview guide with questions on the background of the competition, development of the invitation, and the need for information about the candidates, assessment process and experience from the selection of design teams.


The invitation emerges during negotiation at the organizing body, which includes discussion with the Swedish Association of Architects and the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology, who provide economical support for the competitions. General conditions, submission requirements and criteria for the evaluation of applications are parts of an established practice. The assessment procedure has two distinct stages. First the selection committee checks whether applications meet the specific “must requirements” in the invitation. Thereafter follows an evaluative assessment of the candidate’s professional profile. Reference projects are important in this final stage. From the study nine general conclusions can be drawn regarding the influence on the competition by the organizer, the Swedish Association of Architects and the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology, starting with the decision to organize a competition and ending with how the selection committees experienced the prequalification.

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Hamburgsund: Rio Kulturkooperativ, KTH , 2013. 106-132 p.
Keyword [en]
prequalification, invitation, selection, architectural competition, organizer.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123401ISBN: 978-91-85249-16-9OAI: diva2:626359

QC 20130610

Available from: 2013-06-07 Created: 2013-06-07 Last updated: 2014-04-30Bibliographically approved

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