Romanian Creative Week (RCW), the most important event dedicated to the Romanian creative industries, which will take place in the capital of Moldova from 19-28 May 2023, and the Romanian Order of Architects, Iasi branch, launch the first edition of the Architecture Festival “Iași opens its courtyards”.

The architecture competition within the festival, with prizes worth a total of 45,000 lei, is open to students and graduates in the field of Architecture, Art and Design, with at least one student architect or architect in the team. The architectural installations will be specially designed to be placed in harmony with the courtyards of outstanding historical monuments or buildings of prestigious architectural value in the city of Iași.


During the first edition of the RCW Architecture Festival, six courtyards will be improved, where the installations of the six winning projects will be installed. Each of these six projects will be awarded 7,500 lei.

Competitors must submit a project that includes a graphic and written presentation of the proposed architectural installation as well as a description of the idea, concept and construction details.

Projects must be submitted to or uploaded directly to between 27 February and 19 April 2023.

COMPETITION RULES can be found here.

COURTYARDS: photos, mapping and point cloud scanning:
360 images of courtyards:

27.02.2023   |   Announcement of competition theme
11 – 12.03.2023   |   Courtyards visit
19.04.2023   |   Handing in of documentation at 20:00
21 – 23.04.2023   |   Preliminary analysis of competition projects
24.04.2023   |   Publication of results of preliminary analysis
24 – 25.04.2023   |   Registration of objections (online)
26.04.2023   |   Settlement of appeals
27.04.2023   |   Drafting of minutes of the decision on the appeals and publication of the final results.
28.04.2023   |   Announcement of winners
29.04 – 15.05. 2023   |   Production of winning installations
15 – 17.05.2023   |   Installation of winning installations
19 – 25.05.2023   |   Exhibition of competition projects
19 – 25.05.2023   |   Architectural installations exhibition
26 – 27.05.2023   |   Awarding of prizes during the Events held under the aegis “Iasi opens its courtyards”


Francoise Pamfil is an architect, editor, critic, teacher and theorist. Since 2009, she is Doctor in Architecture of the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest. She holds two master’s degrees in architecture in the USA – University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and France – INEAA.

Marius Cătălin Moga studied architecture at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and graduated from the Ecole d’Architecture in Grenoble. He has worked for Planwerk, Cluj-Napoca and B.A.U., Cluj-Napoca. He participated in the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Claudiu Toma is a graduate of the Faculty of Construction and Architecture in Timișoara, a master’s student of the same faculty, a graduate of the postgraduate course “Restoration of Surfaces” organized by UNESCO and the Faculty of Architecture Timișoara and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest.

Maria Bilașevschi is an art critic and curator from Iasi, interim president of the Union of Fine Artists, Iasi branch, PhD lecturer at the Pedagogy of Fine and Decorative Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, National University of Arts “George Enescu” Iasi.

Ioana Ciolacu is an architect graduated from the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest. She studied at the University of Arts Bucharest, where she obtained a PhD, and at the London College of Fashion. She is a member of the RCW organising committee and is known for organising numerous fashion festivals.

For more information about the festival and the architecture competition, as well as to follow all the updates related to the event, you can visit the websites of the Romanian Order of Architects, Iasi branch and Romanian Creative Week, as well as their social media pages.

Good luck and creativity!