Competition: win a place on a workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet
Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with Domaine de Boisbuchet in south-west France to offer the chance to win a place on an architecture and design workshop this summer (+ slideshow).
Congratulations to the winner! Camila Ojeda from the USA won a place at a Domaine de Boisbuchet workshop.
Taking place in the extensive grounds of a historic French chateau, Domaine de Boisbuchet Summer Workshops offer students and professionals the chance to work on week-long projects with experts in a range of architecture and design disciplines.
Started by Alexander von Vegesack, founding director of the Vitra Design Museum, the workshops have been running for 22 years, producing pavilions by architects including Simon Velez, Jorg Schlaich and Shigeru Ban that are now scattered around the chateau's grounds.
During the courses, participants will be involved in practical activities experimenting with tools, materials and technologies, and evening activities will include shared meals, plus talks and presentations by course leaders.
The courses will conclude with the presentation of models and proposals, which sometimes lead to construction or production.
Maarten Baas, Benjamin Hubert and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance are among designers leading programmes this year - see the full list of workshops, mentors and dates here.
Workshops with Matteo Zorzenoni, Paul Haigh and Patricia Urquiola are no longer available, but the winner can chose from any of the other one-week programmes.
The value of a one week workshop is €795,00 for students, €1025,00 for professionals. The prize does not cover the cost of travel or additional costs.
This competition is now closed.
The winner will be selected at random and notified by email. The winner's name will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.
Here's some more information from the organisers:
Domaine de Boisbuchet - Summer Workshops 2013
This summer the idyllic country estate, Domaine de Boisbuchet in southwest France, is once again the destination for a renowned series of architecture and design workshops. Over seventeen years, internationally established artists, designers and architects have taught courses on current themes.
For four months, participants from around the world arrive every week for the unique experience of a workshop at Boisbuchet - always a memorable time as, far removed from the demands and pressures of daily life, they enjoy living and working with fellow colleagues and experts from a wide range of disciplines.
A glance at our teachers names - Oliviero Toscani, Patricia Urquiola, Maarten Baas, DesignMarketo, Tomas Alonso, Benjamin Hubert, Pierre Favresse, Jordi Enrich Jorba, Shin Azumi, Pedrita, Snarkitecture, Paul Haigh, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, FREITAG, Sandra Piesik, Cristian Zuzunaga, Amina Agueznay, Mischer'Traxler, GroenlandBasel, Marcelo Rosenbaum, Maria Blaisse, Katja Gruijters, Anna Heringer, Tomas Kral, Daniel Michalik, Andrew Ondrejcak, Peter Marigold, Matteo Zorzenoni, Sigga Heimis, Ron Gilad, Nikolay Polissky – makes the ultimate choice of a course quite challenging!
The daily schedule of exploration, experimentation and practical activity with tools, materials and technology is complemented by talks on design theory and presentations by course leaders in the evenings. Each day ends in a convivial atmosphere with shared meals around long dining tables while the courses conclude with the presentation of models and proposals, sometimes leading to construction or production in industry.
The 150-hectare estate with its lake, river and woodland, features an Architectural Park with a guided tour for visitors to discover the wide range of traditional, experimental and international buildings and structures (from an authentic Japanese Guest House, donated by the Prefecture of Shimane, Japan, to several bamboo pavilions) and the site is located in the triangle between Poitiers, Limoges and Angouleme. In previous years, workshop projects have produced pavilions by internationally prominent architects such as Simon Velez, Jorg Schlaich and Shigeru Ban, which provide an inspiring backdrop and remain in place as a fascinating contrast to the historic buildings on site. The most recent installation at Boisbuchet is “Le Manege”, the largest in a series of bamboo pavilions designed by German artist and architect, Markus Heinsdorff and is a gift of the Goethe Institute and the People’s Republic of China. This striking building will become a venue for meetings, performances and various events.
Alexander von Vegesack, founding director of the Vitra Design Museum and originator of Boisbuchet, first had the idea for the workshops twenty-two years ago and has developed Boisbuchet as one of the most renowned international sites of experimentation in design and architecture. The 2013 program is a measure of his connections with those at the leading edge of design and industry as well as education internationally.
The non-profit organization CIRECA co-ordinates all cultural activities including education, exhibitions, events and publications and since 2011, Boisbuchet has been designated by the French government as a “pole d’excellence rurale”, indicating its notable role as a non-urban center of excellence for culture and education.
The Summer Workshop Program and a new Advanced Design Course vividly demonstrate the full potential of the creative industries. In recognition of this, prominent institutions have lent their support and cooperation to Boisbuchet over the years such as Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art, Limoges (ENSA) Charente Developpement, Conseil General de la Charente, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) USA, Xue Xue Institute Taiwan, Artconsulting Korea as well as the Vitra Design Museum.
Students are sent by universities from around the world such as; Parsons the New School for Design New York, the School of Visual Design New York, the Pratt Institute New York, Pasadena Art Center College of Design US, Instituto Europeo di Design Spain, Fabrica Italy, Keio University Tokyo and the UNAM and UAM universities in Mexico City.
Companies and producers like Hermes, IKEA, Vitra, 3M, Kvadrat, Bosch, Jablonex, Kaupo, Fiskars, Ansorg, Papier Direkt, Belux, Modular, Power Film Solar, Pocko, Legrand, Bernardaud, Corticeira Amorim and many others also value the international summer academy and the close collaboration with participants.
In response to the unique character of this forward-looking project, they have served as regular partners and provided both materials and workshop leaders.