Sequence Diagrams Competition


Come up with a concept. Break it into steps. Comunicate it clearly. Learn by practicing. Challenge yourself. Improve your skills. Never settle. Aim for excellence. Have fun. Learn from others. Explore and discover.



If you are reading this, we probably don’t need to convince you about how important it is, as an architect, to be able to translate your thoughts and ideas into meaningful drawings, capable of conveying practical information as well as emotion. These visual representations of a space help us show clients, professors, or simply colleagues, what’s going on in our minds.

Initially, being able to produce an image that represents a space, as you imagine it, might be enough. But as your projects evolves and mature, being able to tell a story is what will set your presentations apart. Showing that you are not only able to design beautiful spaces, but also explain how you got there, what’s your concept, and how your design evolved until reaching its final form, can be the difference between standing out to a competition jury or actually winning the competition, or between your teacher giving you an A or an A with honors.

An excellent way to add this kind of value to your presentations is to include a concept diagram, or more specifically Concept Sequence Diagrams. This type of diagram is composed of simple drawings capable of explaining the design and thought process of a space in just a few consecutive steps.

The Challenge

This time we would like to challenge you to create a Concept Sequence Diagram!

We’re going all the way back to the very first stages of a project design, when you are still playing around with simple volumes; stretching them, dividing them, staking them up, moving them around, etc. based on environmental parameters and the specific characteristics of the site.

We want you to practice this very specific skill: Storytelling through diagrams. We have created this imaginary site, which already sets a very interesting context and some challenges.

Your task is to create a building volumetry that represents the idea of a project and show the design decisions that you took as a sequence diagram. The goal in this competition is not the design itself, but to tell the story of how you came up with it.

And to make it even more interesting you have two decisions to make: 1.Where is this site? 2.What will this building be?

Make these choices and then use them as starting points to develop a concept. That’s what your sequence diagram should represent.



  • Oliver Uszkurat

    Architect & Content Creator
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    Oliver Uszkurat
    Architect & Content Creator

    Oliver Uszkurat is an architect and the founder of Upstairs. A platform focused on architectural representation and visualization with more than 270k YouTube subscribers worldwide. He has worked as a Junior architect for a couple of years, but today dedicates himself full-time to this community with YouTube, courses, and digital products.

    Oliver believes that how Architects express themselves is strongly connected to the design process of the profession.

  • Vishakha Tiwair

    Architecture Candy founder
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    Vishakha Tiwair
    Architecture Candy founder

    An Urban Designer at heart, gifted with an eye for details and strong aesthetic sense, Vishakha aimed to combine her skills for developing creative architectural visualizations, thus Architectural candy was born. After completing her masters from University of Westminster, London and working as an Urban Designer she identified the gap between the Illustrations and the concept in the minds of her clients. With a strong purpose of converting her client’s Vision into the Illustrations, she utilizes her knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe llustrator, InDesign and other visualization softwares and develops images which creatively represents the project concepts.

    She is guided by strong values of Integrity, Creativity and Open mindedness. She is a perfect blend of a pragmatist and a dreamer.

  • Max Colin

    Project : Unbuilt challenge winner
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    Max Colin
    Project : Unbuilt challenge winner

    Student in his fourth year of architecture studies at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier – ENSAM, in France.
    Already interested in architectural representation, he discovered a passion for the 3D world and the creation of digital imagery during a gap year.
    Since then, he keeps on practicing and exploring this field, guided by his desire to learn every day.
    After graduation, he aims to become an artist in the archviz industry.



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