World Stage Design is delighted to announce the launch of The 11th OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2022. This is an in­ternational ideas competition, aimed at students and emerg­ing architecture practitioners, and is organised by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, The­atre Architects and Technicians).

World Stage Design is a major international theatre design exhibit and event, which takes place every four years under the auspices of OISTAT. Winning entries will be exhibited at World Stage Design 2022, to be held at The University of Calgary, Canada from August 6-16th, 2022.

The entry fee for the competition is $60 USD per entry and prize money will be awarded to winning entries as follows:

first prize                               $5,000 USD

second prize                          $2,500 USD

third prize                              $1,000 USD

3 additional prizes                $500 USD each

Competition Theme 

The challenge of the competition is to design an adaptable outdoor performance space for a beautiful site at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, 100km to the west of Calgary.

This is an ideas competition and there is no intention to build the winning entry but prize winners will have the opportunity to visit and participate in the World Stage Design event in Calgary. Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students of those fields will be welcomed. The closing date for the competition is 30th April 2022.

The design brief, terms and conditions and drawings and photographs of the site can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Announcement of TAC 2022 Winners

The OISTAT Architecture Commission and World Stage Design are pleased to announce the results of The 11th Theatre Architecture Competition, sponsored by Charcoalblue.

Following the Jury Meetings held on 23-25 May the jury decided to award two equal first prizes, with the prize money for these two positions divided equally between them. The prize winners are as follows:

PROJECT NO. 357845
Elevate Performance Pavilion

Chris Johnson / Keller Ziesmann (Canada)

PROJECT NO. 280015
The Ring

Tayssir Takieddine / Saeed Al Raddawi (Syria)

PROJECT NO. 102623
Parasite Theatre

Karolína Gavroňová / Nina Olekšáková (Slovakia)


PROJECT NO. 220426
Lake in the Forest

Jun-You Huang / Han-Yu Lai (Taiwan)

PROJECT NO. 842168
Theatre at the Park

Shelly van Gogh / Robin Peijnenburg (Netherlands)

PROJECT NO. 901220
Chunky Shell

Ching-Wen Huang / Iano Huang (Taiwan)

Prizes will be awarded at The World Stage Design award ceremony in Calgary on Friday 12 August 2022.

The prize winning entries and six other entries will be exhibited at World Stage Design in Calgary from 6 to 15 August 2022 and subsequently at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

The full jury report and a PDF version of this notice can be found below:

TAC Questions & Answers

Q: Can a TAC entry have multiple team members?

A: Yes.

Q: Do the trees on the sides of the stage have to be taken into consideration?

A: The trees should be considered, but the loss of existing trees is possible. Please note that respect for the qualities of the site and the landscape will be a consideration.  

Q: Applicants are asked to design a new structure that will extend the summer season. Should the suggested design be on the existing amphitheater or can the new covered theater be relocated to the surrounding landscape?

A: The existing amphitheater does not have to be retained. Although, please keep in mind that the location is part of the brief. Respect for the qualities of the site and the landscape will be a consideration.  

TAC Prizes Generously Provided by Charcoalblue