On December 19, 2018, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC) in Kyiv has launched the international design competition and is inviting architects from all around the world to submit their expressions of interest to participate in the competition. The invitation is aimed equally at experienced and young architects, large and small offices. The highest degree of creativity, innovation, inspiration, sensitivity and commitment is expected.


Subject of the competition is the design of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, a Center with at least 20,000 sqm GFA. This document provides information regarding the project and explains the competition procedure.

• The Architectural competition is focusing on the design of two project areas: Project Area 1: total area 22.000 sqm, due to the overlap with the old Jewish cemetery only 11.000 sqm can be used for construction Project Area 2: landscape design of the immediate surroundings with an area of approx. 55.000 sqm and organization of access to the building

• A total sum of Euro 165,000 (net) for prizes and honoraria

• Working period: Stage 1. February to April, 2019 Stage 2. May to July, 2019

• Participants will be selected through an open pre-qualification procedure, inviting architects from around the world

• Stage 1: 8 to 10 participants, Stage 2: 4 to 6 participants

• An internationally renowned professional jury to review the submissions

• Deadline for the submission of applications is January 21, 2019

For further information regarding the competition and application process please follow the link: www.phase1.de/byhmc-competitio…

Competition Type 

The competition is organized by invitation, in two design stages with an open pre-qualification procedure. Through an open pre-qualification procedure, 8 to 10 architects shall be selected to enter Stage 1. Between 4 and 6 competitors will be selected by the jury to proceed with Stage 2. Architects selected for Stage 1 have to team with a landscape architect. The government of Ukraine represented by the Kyiv City State Administration is supporting the project and will be involved in the competition. The languages of the competition are Ukrainian and English.


The evaluation of the submitted proposals, as well as the selection of award winners, is carried out by the jury, composed of the following persons (to be completed):

• Sir David Adjaye, Principal of Adjaye Associates, Architect, London/United Kingdom

• Jánosz Kárász, Founding partner of Aubök + Kárász Landscape Architects, Landscape Architect, Vienna/Austria

• Prof. Wolfgang Lorch, Founding partner of Wandel Lorch Architekten, Architect, Darmstadt/Germany

• Prof. Rainer Mahlamäki, Founding partner of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, Architect, Helsinki/Finland

• Yuri Seryogin, member of the National Union of Ukrainian Architects, Architect, Kyiv/Ukraine

• Alexander Svistunov, Chief Architect of Kyiv, Kyiv/Ukraine

• Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding partner of Snøhetta, Architect, Oslo/Norway