International Union of Architects

International Architectural Design Competition for the Thessaloniki ConfEx Park


professional project competition

landscape architecture & urbanism

TIF-HELEXPO, a national exhibition and conference organizer based in Thessaloniki, Greece, is organizing an international multidisciplinary project competition with prequalification for the design of Thessaloniki ConfEx Park, located in the heart of Thessaloniki, currently home to 1.1 million people and Greece’s second largest city.

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The project seeks to redevelop the entire area around the fairgrounds, and includes the construction of an energy efficient Convention Centre and a new urban park.


The site occupies 17,5 hectares (175.000 m2) of land surrounded by two important university campuses (Aristotle University and Macedonia University), the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Town Hall and the Regional Military Base. The organisers hope that an architecturally distinctive combined exhibition & conference center and park will transform downtown Thessaloniki, putting the city on the map for international business as well as tourists.

TIF-HELEXPO S.A is expecting “innovative and unique architectural proposals for a visionary project that aspires to become an exceptional example of future cityscape developments.”

All applicants to the preselection must submit a CV and a list of works as well as three reference projects online to the competition website.


The Technical Committee will check that the legal, regulatory, technical and professional capacities of the Applicants correspond to the requirements of the competition.

The international Jury will shortlist fifteen applicants based on the architectural quality, creativity and innovation of the projects figuring on the list of works submitted by the applicant as well as on the composition of the multicultural design team.

 At the end of the Prequalification period, the selected Applicants, who will be referred to as “Competitors”, will be entitled to participate in the Design Competition. 



Launch of Prequalification: 29 September 2020

Application submission deadline: 13 November 2020

Announcement of selection of 15 competitors: 10 December 2020

Evidence submission deadline: 22 January 2021

Competition Starts: 1 February 2021

Submission Deadline: 31 May 2021

Winners announced: 1 July 2021



All competitors selected to participate in the competition and who submit entries to the competition will receive an honorarium of 15.000,00 Euros each.


The jury will award the winners the following prize-money:


1st Prize: 50 000 Euros

2nd Prize: 30 000 Euros

3rd Prize: 20 000 Euros


Jury members:

  • Joan Busquets, architect and urban planner, Jury chair (Spain) 
  • Farshid Moussavi, architect (Great Britain)
  • Rena Sakellaridou, architect (Greece)
  • Simone Ewings, architect (Norway)
  • Samuli Miettinen, architect, UIA representative  (Finland)
  • Areti Markopoulou, architect (Greece)
  • Irene Djao-Rakitine, landscape architect (France)
  • Dimitrios Kerkentzes, International Bureau of Exhibitions General Secretary  (Great Britain)
  • Kyriakos Pozrikidis,TIF-HELEXPO CEO  (Greece)


Alternate jurors:


  • Fani Vavili, Prof., Architect (Greece) 
  • Simon Hartmann, Prof., Architect, UIA Representative (Switzerland) 
  • Daniel Fügenschuh, Architect, (Austria) 
  • 29 Sep 2020