Entries For This Year’s Saint-Gobain Student Contest To Focus On Paris!

We invite university students 

to use their designs to give life to Saint-Denis, 

an industrial region of Paris.

This year, the motto of the 20th edition of Saint-Gobain Student Contest, finals of which are to be held in Paris, is “Sprout Life with Your Design”. Students are to give life to Saint-Denis, an industrial region of Paris, with their designs. 

The Student Contest, which İzocam holds every year under a different theme as part of its social responsibility efforts, will be held for the 20th time this year with the participation and contributions of all Saint-Gobain companies. The theme of this year’s contest, which is held by Saint-Gobain in 35 countries across the world and by İzocam, Saint-Gobain Rigips and Saint-Gobain Weber in Turkey, is to sprout life. University students are to convert the industrial region of Saint-Denis into a hotbed of green life, learning and recreation respecting both the historical legacy of the region and the necessities of modern-day districts. 

The procedures of the contest, which operates based on the principle of “Idea to Project” and is open to students from all faculties and departments, will be handled at For the first stage of the two-stage contest, the students are expected to come up with concept designs following the theme “Sprout Life with Your Design” and a draft project showcasing their ideas. The participants are to submit their draft projects on the website until March 9 2020.

The passing projects will be announced on March 16 2020. The teams, who make it to the second stage, will receive feedback from the jury for the improvement of their projects and submit their final projects by April 15. The participants will present their projects to the jury on April 18 and compete to attain a high ranking. 

The top-ranking teams in the nationals will win TL 10,000, TL 7,500 and TL 5,000 respectively and have the opportunity to represent our country and compete for the international prizes at the international finals to be held in Paris on June 3-6 2020. 

The prizes for the international stage of the contest are as follows: € 1,500 for first place, € 1,000 for second place, € 750 for third place, € 500 for special prizes and student prizes. The jury consists of Prof. Abdurrahman Kılıç, Teaching Fellow at İTÜ Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, High Architect Ali Erkan Şahmalı, General Manager at Günarda Proje Yönetimi, High Architect Durmuş Dilekçi, Founder at Dilekçi Mimarlık, Associate Professor Gülten Manioğlu, Teaching Fellow at İTÜ Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, High Architect Hakan Demiral, Founding Partner at Suyabatmaz Demirel Mimarlık, and Prof. Mehmet Çalışkan, Teaching Fellow at ODTÜ Faculty of Engineering.  

Contest schedule:

9 March 2020 - Draft project submission 

16 March 2020 - Announcement of passing projects 

15 April 2020 - Project submission

18 April 2020 - Open studio jury: (Location: Hyatt Centric Hotel, Istanbul)