Architecture NBH Award

Architecture NBH Award

Architecture is a core necessity of humankind, not only as a basic requirement for the provision of shelter but as an art that elevates civilization and inspires humankind. Architecture is a main incubator for various human activities; we can hardly conceptualize human endeavors, minor or major, unless we consider the ways in which society, culture and development interact with and are affected by architectural space. Good architecture provides a supportive environment for human life and interaction through the consideration of social, economic and environmental aspects of life, while taking into consideration environmental aspects of site, climate, building materials and situational context.

The Architecture NBH Award aims to highlight, develop and enhance the pursuit of good design for aspiring young architects as well as established professionals through a competition that focuses on Adaptable Architecture as a key design element.

“Adaptability at the intersection of sustainable development and holistic wellness.”

Adaptability is the built-in ability to adapt and adjust to change by meeting different uses, allowing various spatial and functional configurations, and updating technologies without requiring significant disruption of the building, the ongoing activities and the environment (Robert Kronenburg, 2007).

Buildings are one of the most important assets in our lives. When designing and constructing our work, it is our responsibility to ensure that the built environment co-exists in harmony with the natural environment. It is also our responsibility to design buildings that promote physical and mental wellness of the users, creating the conditions to satisfy the user’s physiological and safety needs, as well as their interpersonal and self-actualization needs.

Adaptability allows reducing resources and energy consumption and ensures a minimum environment perturbation. Also allows for the possibility of lasting through time while the building spaces and components continue to change, ensuring a long term value.

Adaptability promotes the creation of spaces that can enhance the user’s wellbeing and safety by achieving comfort, health, security, indoor environmental quality, life quality as well as a good interactivity with the building and other users.

An adaptable building can anticipate the accelerating rhythm of change, and absorb its consequent effects, addressing changes of use, technology, occupancy, socio-economic conditions, and external environmental factors.

Complementing the effort of Bahrain in fostering development of the next generation of designers, the theme of the 2021 Architecture NBH Award will focus on the design of a Mixed Use building that will house Co-Working spaces and Co-Living areas for users and residents between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. Through their project proposals, competition participants should demonstrate their understanding of the needs of this generation of users, fully comprehend the requirements of the proposed building and its programmatic relationships and to create an innovative architectural form and interior spaces to facilitate those activities.

The organization of the following programmatic requirements for the design is flexible.  It is up to the participants to decide how to organize the different functions within the site.  Please find below detailed requirements for three major programmatic components for the building: Co-Working Spaces; Workshop / Lab Spaces; and Co-Living Spaces.

  1. Co-Working Spaces:

Provide an area of the building for a flexible co-working space, open to residents and non-residents from the general community.  Assume that desks and facilities are rented on a membership basis to individuals and start-ups and that common facilities such as kitchenettes, lounges or meeting rooms can be reserved and shared.  Refer to models such as We-Work (, The Hive ( or Impact Hub ( as a reference for how communal working spaces have been set up across the world.  Areas for each program activity may be determined by the competition entrants, but should be reasonability sized and flexible/adaptive in nature to fit with the Competition theme.  Some program spaces may have double uses or overlap in plan or volume.


Provide the following:

  • Reception space and lobby
  • Exhibition space (Approximately 100sm)
  • Lecture space for 100 persons (maybe a separate enclosed space or an assembly/presentation space that is part of an open plan)
  • (Minimum 3) Private Meeting/Classroom spaces (for up to 15 persons each)
  • Kitchenette/Coffee bar
  • Printing facilities
  • Lounge(s)
  • Minimum 25 Work-stations / desks
  • Director’s office with space for an administrative assistant
  • Toilets and support facilities


  1. Workshop / Lab Spaces:

An area of the building should be dedicated to spaces for testing, prototyping, working and teaching.  These areas of the building may be open for use by the residents and a smaller community of users that may be linked to the nearby university.



  • Four Workshop spaces (Approximately 400 SM each):
  1. Maker space with 3D printing and laser cutting facilities
  2. Wood / Fabrication workshop
  3. Art space for drawing, painting & sculpture
  4. Robotics and Science lab
  • Adequate storage space for each workshop/lab
  • 4 Instructor/Lab Manager offices conveniently adjacent to workshops
  • Common room or lounge
  • 2 Meeting/Class Rooms (for up to 25 persons)
  • Computer lab for work or teaching (25 workstations)
  • Toilets/ Mechanical Space and Circulation Spaces as necessary


III. Co-Living Spaces

Provide Co-Living spaces for a group of temporary residents.  These residents may be artists or technicians-in-residence, students, scholars or academic fellows who will live at the facility for a few days, two weeks or an entire semester.




  • A male Co-living Suite for up to 8 residents
  • A female Co-living Suite for up to 8 residents


Co living suites should provide single or double bedrooms, private or shared bathrooms, adequate storage, with communal living, cooking, dining, working (desk) spaces.


  • 2 private suites for married residents or senior fellows.


These suites may offer more private bedroom and bathroom spaces for mixed gendered residents with access to communal dining, cooking, and living spaces.


General Requirements:


Schematic design level attention and provision for security, fire safety, elevator access, egress, building structure and envelope is required.  Balconies and active use of roof terraces are permitted.  Attention to building massing and façade materiality to respond to solar heat gain and sun exposure is strongly encouraged.


Site Constraints:
Front setback: 6m (can be used for car parking)
Side and back setbacks: 2m
Maximum height: 3 floors (15m). A basement can be added at the discretion of the participants for parking, service and utilities only, in which case the maximum height will be 16.5m

1     Participations are accepted from anywhere in the world, either individually or by group (professionals or students).

2     Group sizes must not exceed five (5) members and cannot be changed after submission. The Proposal should only be submitted once (by the group representative).

3     Participation is open for the Second and Third Age Groups only.

4     Each of the Drawings of the Submission Requirements must be combined and submitted collectively in a single A0 board in landscape orientation, digital PDF format, of not more than 10 MB in size.

5     The Participant name(s) should not be shown on or anywhere within the Project Submission (including Drawings).

6     Numbers and text used in the submission must be in English.

  1. Each competition Entry is required to provide a succinct conceptual description about the Project through the submission portal (maximum of 200 words).
  2. The Participant must provide the following Drawings according to the scales listed:
Drawing Scale
Site & Conceptual Analysis As Appropriate
Site Plan 1/200
Ground Floor Plan 1/100
First Floor Plan 1/100
Second Floor Plan 1/100
Two Perpendicular Elevations 1/100
One Section (minimum) at a critical area of the design 1/100
Exterior and Interior Renderings of key views and spaces As Appropriate

Any additional Drawings, Diagrams, or Models that support the Design Proposal are optional.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity and Innovation of the Proposal
  2. Adherence to the design brief/program and competition theme
  3. Quality of conceptual design and graphic representation
  4. Thoughtful consideration and response to the site conditions and climate.

Art NBH Award

Art NBH Award

Drawing and modulation are main elements in the contemporary art and a way by which youth express themselves. Art itself is a free space for thoughts and visions that varies according to changes in generations and surrounding effects. The Art NBH Award focuses on creativity and modern ideas to develop Artworks enhancing the art.



Creativity flourishes in the presence of optimism. A clear correlation exists between the two. Living through a global pandemic and unpredictable times, young artists have the opportunity to respond positively with a renewed “optimistic” view of the future. A future full of promise and hope as the world unites together.

Positive feelings and emotions expands ones focus, way of thinking and methods increasing the likelihood of trying new ideas and techniques.

This competition explores not only the idea of optimism but its representation. The literal visibility of the proverbial bright side.

In selecting the idea of optimism as the competitions theme, we are seeking works of art that explore progress, hope, and possibilities.

1. Participations are accepted from all over the world, individually.

2. Participants can participate with a maximum of three (3) different and original Artwork(s), each submitted and treated as a separate Participation.

3. The Art NBH Award theme can be captured on canvas, sculpture, or any other form of Visual Art.

4. Digital Art is not allowed in the Art NBH Award competition.

5. Participation must be in the form of photos of the original Artwork(s) created by the Participant himself/herself.

6. Artworks must have never been presented before in any exhibition.

7. It is prohibited to use Photoshop or any other similar software programs to retouch the submitted photos of the Artwork(s).

8. The Judging Panel has the right to request to see the original Artwork(s) – shipping and handling costs of original Artwork(s) from and to the Participant will be at the expense of the NBH Award.

9. Participations that include written texts or anything that can bee resembled as the signature of the Artist will not be accepted.

1. The Participant is required to provide an Artist profile through the submission portal (maximum of 150 words).

2. The Participant is required to provide a brief description of the Artist’s interpretation of the artwork (maximum 300 words).

3. A maximum of three (3) high resolution photos of the Artwork(s) should be attached to the Participation.

4. The Participant should mention (Title, size, medium and year of each artwork)

1. Uniqueness, Originality, and Concept

2. Selection & applications of materials

3. Innovation in employing Artistic techniques to capture the Art NBH Award theme.

4. Interpretation and Clarity of the Art NBH Award theme to the viewer.

5. Quality of Artistic composition, complexity and overall design based on the Art NBH Award theme.

Film Making NBH Award

Film Making NBH Award

Cinema is considered as the language of the modern era, as there is no media, communication, or closeness without such an attractive language; the language of the moving pictures.

Consequently, the Film Making NBH Award seeks to make the world full of pictures and opened windows to communicate with a world rich of cinematic expressions, listen and watch to what the youth have scripted in their recordings.

With the set vision and objectives, the Nasser Bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award aims to develop the Film Making education and skills locally, regionally, and to the whole world by providing the opportunity to the creative youth to present their films and develop their future projects.

Participants are allowed to participate with any short fiction, short documentary, or animation.

1      Participations are accepted from all over the world, either individually or by group.

2      The submitted Film should not contain any cast names.

3      The duration must not be more than 30 minutes.

4      The production date must be after the 1st of January, 2016.

5      Before submission, the submitted Film must not have been previously transmitted, broadcasted upon any TV channel, Internet website, mobile, and/or any recognizable general means.

6      After the submission, the submitted Film must not be made available through any of the means, mentioned in the previous point, until the announcement of the Film Making NBH Award winners of the current edition.

7      The submitted Film must not be a TV program, or a separated episode of a serial program, a TV commercial, or a public service message.

1      The Participant is required to provide a synopsis through the submission portal (maximum of 200 words).

2      The Participation should be submitted with an electronic press kit, as the NBH Award has the right to use these materials for promoting the Participation and the NBH Award, through any channel/medium.

3      All participations must be have English translation.

4      The Film should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, and the link to the Film must be provided through the submission portal.

5      The uploaded and submitted Film must be kept private, and the Participant must provide the password along with the link to the Participation through the submission portal.

1      Story

2      Technical Abilities

3      Filming

4      Directing

Graphic Design NBH Award

Graphic Design NBH Award

Graphic Design is a tool of expression, communication, and interaction between the viewer and subject. Through its many mediums and characteristics, the field has the ability to influence and help shape the direction of social, cultural, and environmental issues. With the use of modern technologies, this field can facilitate the designers’ ability to formulate the appropriate methodology to create his/her work of art. As such, the designer is able to access greater and wider prospects in innovation and development. A designer’s end product is a synthesis of creativity, thought development, perceptions, opinions, methods of expression and messages with a distinct vision.

The Nasser Bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award believes that there are no limits for dreams and imagination. Every day you live is a new and different day. Everything we consider to be masterpieces in this age began as designs, images and perceptions in the imaginations of the people who designed them. The Graphic Design NBH Award was found to promote creativity through design messages, values and ideas that deserve to be experienced and shared.

“Sustainable Cities and Communities” – There is a strong link between the quality of life in cities and how cities draw on and manage the natural resources available to them.  To date, the trend towards urbanization has been accompanied by increased pressure on the environment and accelerated demand for basic services, infrastructure, jobs, land, and affordable housing, particularly for the nearly 1 billion urban poor who live in informal settlements around the world.


Due to their high concentration of people, infrastructures, housing and economic activities, cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change and natural disaster impacts. Building urban resilience is crucial to avoid human, social and economic losses while improving the sustainability of urbanization processes is needed to protect the environment and mitigate disaster risk and climate change.


Resource efficient cities combine greater productivity and innovation with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts, while providing increased opportunities for consumer choices and sustainable lifestyles.


As such, the theme of this years NBH award falls under the SDG of ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ and its importance as a primary goal for humanity to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The brief drives participants to explore how graphic design could be used as a catalyst to illustrate, tackle, and communicate this concern.


By the notion of ‘Design as a tool for sustainable development’ participants should explore design opportunities to help narrate the status of sustainable cities and communities through a fictional/nonfictional campaign. This visual campaign is meant to engage participants to use graphic design methodologies and tools to depict, shed light, and positively influence change.

1. Participations are accepted from all over the world, either individually or by group.
2. The Judging Panel Committee has the right to contact the Participant in order to provide justifications regarding the Project if required, and/or to present and demonstrate their Project to the Judging Panel.
3. All Publishing Rights and Copyrights should be presented upon Project creation and submission.
4. Subject & Size:

The Participant must create a fictional/Non-fictional graphic campaign to engage participants to use graphic design methodologies and tools to depict, shed light, and positively influence change to the concern of sustainable cities and communities.
◦ The campaign should be communicated through posters, leaflets, and/or any visual mediums they feel necessary.
◦ Size of visual mediums must not exceed (A3).
◦ The Design must be of a high quality and its resolution must be 300ppi.

• Content:
◦ The campaign should include supporting text/annotations which the designer should address a certain clear message to the targeted people.
◦ The Participant shall have the right to use photos taken by him/her and to use prepared photos, graphics and visual elements provided that these prepared elements shall not be subject to intellectual property rights and to respect the property rights for any of the used visual elements.

• Used Programs:
Any program of designing software may be used to create the campaign.

1- The Participant is required to provide a brief description about the Design through the submission portal (maximum of 200 words).

2- The Design must be saved in the following format; high quality JPEG. Note: Make sure to save the original file (soft copy) for example PSD (if Photoshop was used) in case the judging panel request it.

The Design shall be submitted in .JPG format.

Photograph NBH Award

Photography NBH Award

Photography is a timeless medium to express our thoughts and feelings, to document moments of highs & lows, a medium so powerful, it has the ability to change the world with a click of a button. The NBH Photography Award aims to empower the youth of today and tomorrow to share their world, as everyone has a story to tell.

Life has certainly changed over the past year, forcing us to adapt and change the way we carry out our daily routines. The visual medium of photography enables us to narrate our experiences as a way to express our thoughts and feelings. Moreover, lockdowns around the globe have set about restrictions that have led to isolation for some, and have placed many of us in a bubble environment. These restrictions have slowed down time in a way. Have you been able to stay creative and embrace the situation, allowing yourself to appreciate surroundings you may have taken for granted previously?


The aim of the NBH 2021 Photography Awards is to showcase the highs of the pandemic, the wins that give us hope, the goals that can lead us to a brighter future and to symbolise the strength of humanity. As we collectively stand together, we experience the same obstacles in front of us, however, we all come from different cultures and beliefs, yet the power of photography connects us in a way that allows us to share what makes us human, a reminder of the beauty of life’s blessings.


The theme is open to all genres of photography. Share your moments and experiences, whether portraits, street, or conceptual, that reflect hope, strength and positivity in this time of global challenges. This is your story to tell.


Photography categories are divided into three.

They can be submitted as :

  • Individual Photo, in which the participation shall be judged based on the individual photo.
  • Mini Photo Story of maximum three (3) images, in which the participation shall be judged based on the full portfolio as a group and not through the individual photos.
  • Photo Series of no less than three (3) photos and no more than ten (10) photos – in which the participation shall be judged based on the full portfolio as a group and not through the individual photos.


Three winners (1st, 2nd 3rd) will be selected from each of the following age groups:

First age group (14-17 years)

Second age group (18-24 years)

Third age group (25-35 years)

  1. Submissions must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.
  2. Submissions must not contain border(s), logo(s), copyright marks, identifying marks, or any other visible references, marks and/or text on the image.
  3. Basic editing, including colour enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of the Photo(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the Photo(s).
  4. Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding and removing of significant elements within the frame is prohibited.
  5. Participations are accepted from all over the world by anyone who has any type of camera (DSLR, Film, Mobile, etc.).
  6. Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channel. Entries not submitted through the proper channel will not be considered.
  7. Entries will be judged by the photography judging panel selected by NBH Awards. All decisions are final. NBH awards reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to the stated contest rules.
  8. By entering the contest, participants agree that photos submitted were taken and are owned by the participant who entered the photograph.
  9. By entering the contest, participants agree that photos submitted may be used by NBH Awards for advertising purposes.

Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.

  1. The Participant is required to provide a title and brief written description about the submission(s) through the submission portal (maximum of 200 words).
  2. Participants must submit their photography in digital format file (JPEG) and in a high quality (300 dpi), provided that the size of photograph shall not be less than 1020 pixel in width.
  3. Participants are judged within their age group range.

Submissions will be judged by an average grading system based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity & Originality (0-5)
  2. Technical composition and lighting (0-5)
  3. Post-Processing (0-5)
  4. Story impact and relativity to theme (0-5)

Science NBH Award

Science NBH Award

Nasser Bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award has launched the Science category to encourage creativity in the scientific world. It aims to formulate the scientific researcher’s mind and develop the creativity spirit in the Participant.

The Science NBH Award allows Participants to compete, based on the scientific path and innovations, through presenting innovating projects by an individual or through a team/group.

Participants are allowed to participate with any Scientific Project or Research.

  • Participations are accepted from all over the world, either individually or by group.
  • If a group submits their Participation, i.e. a team submission, the number of members should be specified in the application and cannot be changed after submission. The Participation should only be submitted once (by the group leader).
  • The Submitted Project should be a functional and working prototype, with the ability of being demonstrated live and in front of the Judging Panel. Also, theoretical based projects can be participate as well.
  • The Judging Panel Committee has the right to contact the Participant in order to provide justifications regarding the Project if required, and/or to present and demonstrate their Project to the Judging Panel.
  • All Publishing Rights and Copyrights should be presented upon Project creation and submission.
  • The Participation should be compatible and must not have a negative effect/impact on the Society or the Environment.
  • If the Project is tangible, its base area should not exceed one (1) meter square.

1  The Participant is required to provide a brief description (abstract) about the Project through the submission portal (maximum of 200 words).

2      The Participant is required to prepare and attach a document in PDF format containing only the following:

◦      A descriptive justification of the problem or the theory to be tested along with the expected results (hypothesis) from the Project,

◦      A scientific explanation of the research methodology used in the Project,

◦      An explanation of the tests that were executed to verify the validity of the results and effectiveness of the Project,

◦      Scientific Project or Research results,

◦      Conclusion,

◦      References and Bibliography used in the Project,

◦      Photos of the Scientific Project.

3      A two (2) minute video in which the Participant demonstrates how the Scientific Project functions (not required for Research Projects).

1       Motivation, Contribution, and Significance

The project must have a clear objective and tackle an important scientific issue. The project must have a significant contribution to the field or to society.


2      Originality and Creativity

The submission should include a sufficient discussion of related work and background information. The submission should clearly explain how the submitted project/research advances prior work or addresses a gap in the field. Projects should demonstrate new ways of thinking about a problem, or new solutions that have not been explored or implemented before.


3      Scientific Thinking

The submission should demonstrate scientific thinking and proper implementation of scientific methods. The design and execution of the research should be robust and unbiased. The submission must clearly explain the methods used and the analysis/implementation process.


4      Thoroughness and Clarity

The participant has to show that the project was completed within the scope of the stated objectives. The project’s purpose, procedure, and final results should be clear and concise.


5      Health, Safety and Environment

The submitted project must adhere to safety guidelines where applicable. Environmental and ethical guidelines should be explained and followed where applicable. Any risks should be evaluated and mitigated.

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