Quest :
Deep thought and path-breaking methods.
Assignment :
Creative work to enable solutions to problems,
or astonishing forms, or contributions to society and human culture.
Compensation :
Recognition and prize money as appropriate.

This competition is a call for methods and forms that inspire hope and dreams
through new technology, creative logic, and aesthetic intuition.

Its purpose is to encourage the development of new design methods for better architecture and better cities (and, broadly, better design in general), and to recognize groups and individuals who have taken up this challenge.

By introducing outstanding achievements to a wider public, we hope to encourage the further development of new methods in this field.

To that end, this international competition will recognize computer programs that make outstanding contributions to algorithmic design, and outstanding works of architecture created by means of such programs.

We look forward to innovative entries that meet and surpass our expectations.


QP category (ALGOrithmic Design Program category)

Category for original compter programs created by the applicant that embody algorithmic design.

QA category (ALGOrithmic Design Award category)

Category for outstanding works of actually built architecture, designes by using an original computer program that embodies algorithmic design and submitted together with the program.

Here and below, "program" refers to programs written in general-purpose programming languages (C++, C#, etc.) and also to programs written in visual programming languages (Grasshopper, Processing, etc.) as well as to programs that depend on specific applications.

Entry qualifications

Researchers, architects, designers, planners, system engineers, students, and all others with an interest in the field of algorithmic design worldwide.


Grand Prix (one): 1,000,000- Yen, Outstanding achievement prizes by category, and Subcategory prizes

Application procedure

Visit the ALGODeQ website (this website) to complete all procedures related to the competition.

1. Download the competition guidelines.
2. Register for the competition, and receive your registration number by e-mail.
3. Complete the required registration information, and upload your first-stage submission file.
4. If your entry is selected for the second-stage short list, upload your second-stage submission file.

Materials to be submitted

First-stage presentation materials
1 : Presentation file
2 : Short movies
Second-stage presentation materials
3 : Program (executable file, etc.)
4 : Data
5 : Required documents


November 4, 2013
Competition announced and registration starts
December 9, 2013
End of inquiry period
December 23, 2013
Application period starts
February 3, 2014
Registration deadline
March 31, 2014
First stage application deadline
May 26, 2014
Notification to entries passing first stage selection,
applications accepted for second stage
June 23, 2014
Second stage application deadline
September 8, 2014
Publication of award candidates short list
November 03​​, 2014
Award announcements (changed)​

Jury evaluation criteria

Algorithmic design program evaluation criteria (common for QP and QA categories)

Overall merit : Objectives, problem resolution strategies, and results are on a high level.
Innovation : Viewpoint, methodology, and results are new.
Elegance : The methodology is elegant. For the same function, simpler.
Technical merit : Creative use of programming technology and techniques.
Ease of use : Users can achieve the desired results with simple operations.
Genetic influence : Likelihood that the demonstrated method will have successor programs (descendants).
Appeal : The approach is appealing and makes you want to use it.

Architecture evaluation criteria (QA category):

Merit : The overall merit of the design as a work of architecture
Use of algorithmic design : The importance of those aspects of the design that use algorithmic design, and the quality of the results.

Evaluation criteria will not weighted equally, but according to the judgment of the jury members.


ALGODeQC (ALGOrithmic Design Quest international programming competition Committee)


ETH: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, CAAD (Switzerland)
Graz University of Technology, Institute of Architecture and Media (IAM)(Austria)
Tamkang University, Department of Architecture (Taiwan)
Tokyo City University, Faculty of Urban Life Studies (Japan)
Architectural Institute of Japan (Japan)