Ketham's Atelier International Competition 04-2020


Press Release

“Lets flourish this time of isolation from covid-19 with creative thoughts and design ideas to empower and help neglected communities for sustainable future”     – Ketham Santosh Kumar 

Competition Brief Competition is open to everyone including students and professionals. Design a furniture, which is ergonomically sound, cost effective, environment friendly and feasible to build in neglected communities. As we all are aware, inhabitants in slums and other neglected communities lack space to accommodate. The furniture designed shall fit and transform from smaller spaces to larger spaces, based on adaptive user need, help them to store, sit, sleep, read, and write and more.

Ketham’s Atelier Architects is international practice based in India. Earlier, Ketham’s Atelier had made low cost furniture called Curve-X, R300 and trained, widow women and others in neglected communities in making and donated the same to these communities. Ketham’s Atelier would fund these competition winner designs and helps in developing design further and construct prototypes of it and will donate it to Thinking Hand NGO India. NGO, who will share it with neglected communities.

Prize and awards: First, Second, Third and Two special mentions

  1. Winning Project will be Build by Ketham’s Atelier
  2. Winning projects will be in Exhibition
  3. Winning projects in Publication
  4. Winning project will receive Trophy
  5. Winning project will receive Certificate
  6. Built furniture will be Shared in Neglected Communities

Evaluation criteria:

  • Innovative
  • Quality in design
  • Material (Environment friendly)
  • Stability and structure
  • Buildable idea
  • Expressing idea clearly on paper


Ketham Santosh Kumar 
Architect and Educator
Founder and Principal – Thinking Hand NGO & Ketham’s Atelier Architects

Rudroj Ravi Kumar 
Assistant State Architect and Urban Designer
Government of Telangana, Hyderabad

Dr. Tanushree Gupta
Art Conservator
Staff Member, Institute of Conservation University of Applied Arts Vienna

Mehrshad Atashi
Architect and Researcher
Studio Mershandlee
External lecturer at Institute of Urban Design, University of Innsbruck

Thanasis Farangas 
Researcher and Educator
Architect at CoopHimmelblau, Austria

Registration (closed): 30 June 2020 (Extended till 9 July 2020) – Anyone can participate who is interested in designing (only one person in team

  1. Why you would like to participate in competition
  2. Name
  3. School/College/Profession
  4. Age
  5. Address
  6. Phone number

(Once registered you will receive unique ID number by email)

Project submission format:

  1. Online submission to
  2. Maximum Two A3 size sheets (landscape format)
  3. Maximum Text 500 words, which expresses idea clearly. Scale of the drawings is up to participant’s choice.
  4. Please mention your Unique Registration ID number on top right hand corner of the sheet.
  5. Please submit your entry on or before 10 July 2020 at 11:59 PM IST  (Indian Standard Time)

Important Dates:

Competition Poster and Design brief release: 04 April 2020

Panel Jurors: 31 May 2020

Registration last date: 30 June 2020 (Extended till 9 July 2020)

Deadline for online submission: 10 July 2020

Results: 31 July 2020

For questions and queries please contact:

International Competition 1

Wall of Winners 2020

 Organised & Funded by Ketham’s Atelier Architects

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