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Phase 1 Documents Package


Atelier Albania, at the request of the Minister of Justice, Ministry of Education and Sports and mandated by the Office of the Prime Minister, is announcing a competition for architecture design proposals, through which, it is searching for best design solutions for the rehabilitation and the adaptation of an existing building site that will become the new headquarter site of the Supreme Court and the School of Magistrates.


The competition for re-designing the  New  Headquarters  of  the  Supreme  Court  and the School of Magistrates will search for best design solution for the accommodation of these two functions/ institutions by improving the current conditions of the existing site and optimizing the institutional operation.

The two institutions – Supreme Court and School of Magistrates – are direct beneficiaries of the initiative, while the citizens of Albania will benefit through the improved function of the juridical system.

Contracting Authority

National Territorial Planning Agency is the contracting authority in this process, on behalf of the Albanian Government.


The outcome of the competition will be design solutions for the new headquarters of the Supreme Court and the School of Magistrates and its setting.

Short-listed competitors are required to work to achieve, as follows:

  • Study the area of the competition and its surroundings;
  • Architecture design proposals for the New Headquarters of the Supreme Court and the School of Magistrates;
  • Search for the mutual programs and activities of the Supreme Court and the School of Magistrates;
  • Study the way extensions (if needed) in the existing building could be designed as harmoniously as possible, referring to the existing historical context;
  • Search for ways of integrating the open space of the competition site with the existing park landscape, without disturbing the institutional privacy;
  • Search for “green concepts” to be implemented in the renovation and adoption of the existing site;
  • Preliminary estimation of the costs of the proposals;
  • Proposal of an action

Any solution should seek high creativity, respect the Albanian legislation in force regarding Monuments of Culture IInd Category, while being adjusted to the local context and set high design standards.

Area of Competition

The site includes the existing buildings of the Faculty of Geology and the School of Magistrates and the area surrounding the complex as marked in the functional zoning map.


Atelier Albania is a unit of the National Territorial Planning Agency, mandated to identify alternative solutions and enrich architecture and planning by thinking beyond the typical planning framework. In this context, we stimulate and support the participation and collaboration of local and international professionals who will work in tandem with each other. We believe that this team-based collaboration will improve the way projects and research is informed with all the appropriate local knowledge as well as an international level of design expertise. Moreover, it is of high importance to look at competitions as co-creative processes, where designers and local actors are involved in an interactive selection process.

Expected Results

PHASE 1: at this stage of short – listing, the candidates present themselves to illustrate their capabilities, methodology and visions to the subject of the competition. Each submission will be reviewed carefully by members of the jury and the teams will be selected based on qualification criteria and evaluation referred to Phase 1.

The jury will short – list the teams that comply with the qualification criteria. These teams will be called to work for a second phase, for a concept in fulfilment of the competition objective and questions. Second phase or stage will be based on elaborate information and brief that the short-listed competitors will receive from the organisers.

PHASE 2: at the stage of “Design proposals”, each group of applicants will be carefully reviewed by members of the jury and, based on the criteria of evaluation of Phase 2, a

winning team will be selected.

Teams of local and foreign professionals

Every international team is encouraged by the organizers to partner with a local team and each local team is encouraged to partner with an international counterpart. The client believes that such cooperation can increase the impact of the proposal and improve implementation. In applying for the first phase it is not a pre-selection criterion to have a local or international partner; having a partnership at this stage however is positive and can help to create a more

coherent and contextualized vision which of course might boost the teams’ chances of selection.


The competition is open to all professional architects or landscape architects, who are able to meet the following requirements.

  1. Be registered or recognized by an official accreditation body in the country of origin of the

applicant; or

  1. Where recognition or registration law does not apply, the applicant is a member of a professional institution, the country of

All applicants must provide proof of the validity of professional registration, recognition or membership in the Team Composition Declaration.

Each team of Phase 1 should be composed of at least, an architect, landscape architect, construction engineer, cultural heritage expert and an estimator. All team members must be identified in the Declaration of Team Composition.

Application documents

Entrants must submit a number of documents, in order to be in compliance with the requirements of the competition for the first and second phase of the contest. These documents are of a legal and informative character. Any details regarding the documentation that needs to be submitted in order to be eligible for the competition will be given in addendum 6 of the Standard Tendering Document (STD). The list below is only informative; please refer to the above-mentioned document for the formal requirements.

Documents Phase 1:

  • Declaration of Team Composition,
  • Primary Staff CV,
  • Methodology of work,
  • Vision Statement
  • All other documents relevant to application according to the Agency for Public Procurements

Documents Phase 2:

  • Design Proposal

Qualification Criteria

The jury will evaluate the applicants that will be selected for the first phase based on these initial qualification criteria:

– Clarity and fulfilment of required documents for Phase 1

– Professional composition of the team (architect, landscape architect, construction engineer, architecture heritage specialist)

  • Similar experience of the studio and its main collaborators
  • Clarity and efficiency of the proposed Methodology
  • Relevance of what is proposed in the Vision Statement to the scope of the competition and issues of the site

Details about suitability are given at addendum nr.6 of the STD.

Evaluation Criteria

The jury will evaluate the applications of Phase 2 based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Suitability of the design proposal to the required functions
  • High implementation factor
  • Links and impact of the proposal to the context

– The cost-impact ratio (low cost, high impact)

Final Product

The competition will end with the selection of a well-equipped team, who will be able to engage in the post-competition process.

The winning team will be engaged in the next phase, which consists in the preparation of tender documents for the implementation of the New Headquarters of the Supreme Court and the School of Magistrates. The post-competition process will be determined through a negotiation process between the winning team and the client.

Post – Competition Process

To coordinate better the work between the winning team and the client of the project, organizers anticipate the first meeting between the team, the client and local stakeholders during the process of elaborating the design proposal. The underlying reason is to bring together the design team and all the stakeholders and to share among them ideas, proposals and suggestions at the curatorial stewardship of the members of the Jury and other specialized institutions. This meeting will be conducted in Tirana.

Competition Awards

The winning team will begin contract negotiations with the Client for an agreement to prepare the tender documents for the implementation of the New Headquarters of the Supreme Court and the School of Magistrates.

Competition Platform

Competition Type: Design Competition with a Shortlist
Phase 1: Open Call for Interest
Phase 1 Requirement: AS PER Addendum Nr.6 of the  Standard Tendering Documents.
Advantage Criteria: Local-Foreign Architecture studio partnerships
Jury Evaluation Short Listed Teams
Phase 2: Design Proposal
Phase 2 Requirements: Submission of design proposal illustrations
In-between Phase: Site visit and workshop with local stakeholders
Jury Evaluation: Best Design and fulfilment of criteria
Prizes: Prize of the winner: 15,000 Euro and Contract Negotiation for the Detailed Design


Competition Calendar 2015 

Open call for interest: 7 September
Phase 1 Deadline: 30 September, 10.00 (local time)
Short-listing: 1-2 October
Design Proposal Competition Invitation: 9 October
Preparation of Design Proposal: 9 October-15 November
Workshop in TIRANA: 19 October
Finalization of Brief and any further planning: 9 October
Phase 2 Deadline: 15 November, 18.00 (local time)
Public Presentations: 16 November
Jury Evaluation: 16 November
Announcement of Results: 16-17 November


Post Competition 2015

Contract Negotiation November-December
2015 Contract Signing for Implementation Design: December 2015
Implementation Design: 2016
Meetings with AA/Jury and Stakeholders: December 2015- January
2016 Implementation Design Submission: 2016



Short listing phase will be conducted via electronic system to website:
Tender documents may be obtained electronically in the same website:
Foreign competitors, in order to use electronic procurement system should register on-line as an economic operator website:
Further instructions for international competitors may be obtained from the user manual “EPS user manual – Economic Operators”, which can be downloaded from the webpage


Each of the Terms of Reference can be found on the official website of the organizer of the competition:

Or, in the pages dedicated to these competitions:

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Information regarding procurement procedure should be asked through electronic procurement system.