The Impact of Architectural Competitions on the Improvement of the Post-Revolution Architecture in Iran

Document Type : Original Paper


1 Ph.D. Department of Art and Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Imam Khomeini International University, Ghazvin, Iran


The 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran is considered as a turning point in the contemporary architecture of the nation. There have been apexes to the eye catching architectural improvements in the three forthcoming decades after the revolution. One of the most effective isorganizing the contests in architectural that affairs has not only removed the recession in the field but has also discarded the professional monotonicity. It may enhance the possibility of the best selections and invite the younger generation to experience the existing trends of the profession. But, the inconsistency of the competition organizers in fulfilling their commitment to either pay cash prizes or signing contracts with the winning competitors and failure in judging the designs decrease the positive effects. Examining the competitions throughout the three decades after the Revolution suggests that the continuity of such competitions, and revising their structure, can be considered as a suitable and useful approach in developing the contemporary architecture of Iran.