The present stateOn Friday, March 18, 2011, the jury decided on the outcome of phase 2 of the international project competition for the "Place Lalla Yeddouna" in Fez, Morocco.
The authors of the three awarded proposals are:

1st prize mossessian & partners, London/UK with Yassir Khalil Studio, Casablanca/Morocco
2nd prize Ferretti-Marcelloni, Rome/Italy with Bahia Nouh, Fez/Morocco
3rd prize Moxon Architects, London/UK with Aime Kakon, Casablanca/Morocco

For further information please go to 'Exhibition'.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 the jury decided on the outcome of Phase 1 of the competition.
In total, 176 design proposals had been submitted by a field of highly qualified competitors. Guided by the high level of quality apparent from the entries and aware of the enormous efforts taken by each competitor, after an intensive discussion the jury selected 8 design proposals for further development.
ProcedureThe competition was organized as an open project competition in two phases. The procedure maintained the competitors’ anonymity in both phases.

The language of the competition was English.

The competition rules were in accordance with the UNESCO Standard Regulations for international competitions in architecture and town planning, as well as the UIA Guide for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning published by the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA).

JuryExpert Jurors:
• Mr. Abbas El Fassi, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Bensalem Himmich, Minister of Culture, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Anis Birrou, State Secretary of Artisanat, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Samuel L. Kaplan, U.S. Ambassador to The Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Mohammed Rharrabi, Wali of Fez,Governor of Fez, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Hamid Chabat, Mayor of Fez, Kingdom of Morocco

Deputy Expert Jurors:
• Mr. Youssef El Mrabet, Advisor to the Prime Minister's Office, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Mohammed Ameziane Hassani, Architecte, Minister of Culture, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Mohammed Msellek, Director of Strategic Development and Cooperation, Secretary of State for Artisanat (SECA), Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Richard Gaynor, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington D.C./USA
• Mr. Abdelkader Nadri, President of the Regional Council of Architects of Fez, Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Fouad Serrhini, Director General of ADER-Fès, Fez, Kingdom of Morocco

Architectural Jurors:
• Mr. Prof. Marc Angélil, Architect, Los Angeles/USA and Zurich/Switzerland
• Mr. Dr. Stefano Bianca, Architect, Geneva/Switzerland
• Ms.Meisa Batayneh Maani, Architect, Amman/Jordan
• Mr. David Chipperfield, Architect, London/United Kingdom
• Mr. Omar Farkhani, Architect, Rabat/Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Prof. Rodolfo Machado, Architect, Boston/USA and Buenos Aires/Argentina
• Mr. Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch, Architect, Berlin/Germany and Boston/USA

Deputy Architectural Jurors:
• Mr. Mohamed Habib Begdouri Achkari, Architect, Rabat/Kingdom of Morocco
• Mr. Prof. Bruno Sauer, Architect, Valencia/Spain

The jury was supported by a number of local and international technical, environmental, and social experts.
Prizes and feesThe promoters provided approx. USD 440,000 for prizes and fees for services rendered. The total amount was determined in relation to the size of the projects and in respect to the competition requirements.
Every participant received a flat-rate fee of USD 40,000 in respect to expenses incurred.

In addition to this, the following prizes were awarded:

1st prize: US$ 55,000.00
2nd prize: US$ 40,000.00
3rd prize: US$ 25,000.00

CompetitorsArchitects, and urban planners in association with architects, have been eligible to participate in the competition. Architects and urban planners were only permitted to participate at the competition with one project.
Considering the competition requirements, it was suggested to secure the collaboration of landscape architects. Competitors were encouraged to seek expertise about the building heritage of Fez and planning in Morocco. In Phase 2, the involvement of building engineers as well as cost and other experts, such environmental and social specialists, was highly recommended.
If participants qualified for Phase 2 were not authorized to practice architecture in Morocco, they were asked to team up for Phase 2 with an architect authorized to practice in Morocco who has not participated in Phase 1 of the competition.
EligibilityEligible for participation are individuals who, through recognition by the professional body in their country of residence, on the day of the announcement of the competition were entitled to use the occupational title “Architect” in their country of residence and, in collaboration with Architects, individuals who on the day of the announcement of the competition were entitled to use the occupational title “Urban Planner”. Individuals from countries where the occupational title “Architect” or “Urban Planner” is not subject to statutory regulation are eligible, provided they hold a degree or similar certificate of professional aptitude that is recognized in the EU under 2005/36/EC (EU directive on recognition of professional qualifications). See B.03 for further requirements to participate at Phase 2.
Eligible for participation are also architect consortia formed of individuals and legal entities that include at least one person eligible according to paragraph above. Legal entities are only eligible in such consortia if their statutory objectives include planning activities relevant to the competition task. Legal entities and architect consortia must name a single authorized representative who will be responsible for the fulfilling of the competition requirements according to the previous paragraph. The authorized representative as well as all authors of competition entries must meet the eligibility criteria applying to competitors. Notwithstanding the designation of a single authorized representative, each member of any consortia shall be jointly and severally liable for any submission from its consortium.
Impediments to participationSubject to the limitations below, eligibility is unrestricted in terms of countries and regions.
However, ineligible for participation are those who, due to their collaboration in the preparation or running of the competition, might be in a favored position or able to influence the jury’s decision, including, without limitation, members of the jury and the promoter’s staff, employees and other permanent collaborators of participants as well as those who were involved with it in any way, as well as their spouses, first- and second-degree relatives or in-laws, their permanent business or project partners, and the immediate superiors and staff of ineligible persons.

Ineligible for participation are also those having a business interest in the object of the competition beyond the scope of the competition’s planning services, if this is apt to influence bidding processes for services required for the physical implementation of the competition object.

A competitor will be ineligible for participation if such competitor would be excluded from an APP procurement pursuant to Part 10 Eligibility Verification Procedures of Millennium Challenge Corporation Program Procurement Guidelines, as may be amended from time to time:

This would also remove from eligibility any individual, firm or entity that is organized in or has its principal place of business or a significant portion of its operations in any country that is subject to sanction or restriction by law or policy of the United States, as such list of countries may change from time to time.

In addition, competitors will be ineligible for participation if:
• as a matter of law or official regulation, The Kingdom of Morocco prohibits commercial relations with the country of such competitor;
• by an act of compliance with a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Kingdom of Morocco prohibits any import of goods from the country of such competitor, or any payments to persons or entities in such country; or
• such competitor is otherwise deemed ineligible by MCC pursuant to any policy or guidance that may, from time to time, be in effect as posted on the MCC website at
For the avoidance of doubt, the eligibility principles outlined in this brief shall apply to each member of any consortium.
An eligibility review will be conducted on all competitors chosen by the jury to proceed to phase 2 of the competition to ensure compliance with all eligibility requirements. Notwithstanding a positive determination of eligibility at the end of phase 1 of the competition, any competitor may be disqualified from the competition at any time if it is determined that the competitor fails to meet the eligibility requirements.
Competition Schedule
Registration for Phase 1August 16 to October 15, 2010
Jury colloquiumAugust 30, 2010
Download of materials Phase 1September 20, 2010
Site visitSeptember 30, 2010
Online forum Phase 1September 20 to October 15, 2010
Submission of entries Phase 1November 8, 2010
Jury meeting Phase 1December 13/14/15, 2010
Distribution of Advanced Competition ManualDecember 20, 2010
Online forum Phase 2December 20 to January 21, 2011
Participants’ colloquium Phase 2January 6, 2011
Submission of entries Phase 2 “Set A”February 19, 2011
Submission of entries Phase 2 “Set B”February 24, 2011
Jury meeting Phase 2March 18 2011
ExhibitionApril 20 to 30, 2011

NoteIn the event of any inconsistency between the information on this website and the Competition Brief, the Competition Brief shall prevail.