A new architecture design competition has been launched for a modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon. Open to all architects of Lebanese origin, the international design competition calls for an innovative and contemporary architectural design to house the museum.

The design competition, A Museum in the Making was announced by the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL). Launched on October 1, 2015, the competition will be judged by an independent jury consisting of renowned international and regional experts, and led by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The jury will also include Zaha Hadid, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe Khoury, Lamia Joreige, and Fares Al Dahdah, in addition to representatives from APEAL and Université St. Joseph.

One of the most significant developments for Lebanese art and culture in a generation, the museum is envisioned as a multidisciplinary hub of art and design dedicated to showcasing modern and contemporary Lebanese culture. Situated on a historic and symbolic site across from the National Museum in the Achrafieh district of Beirut, the museum is set to open in 2020.

Through this international design competition, APEAL seeks to select an innovative architectural design that is dedicated to its core mission of nurturing and promoting art from Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora, both regionally and within an international context. The competition is open to architects of Lebanese origin practicing either in Lebanon or abroad. The finalist will be an exceptional architect who identifies with the project values and understands the significance of designing a cultural institution in the current urban, social, economic and political context of the country and region.

Stage One of the two-stage selection process will require all entrants to submit Request for Qualifications (RFQ), based on which, a shortlist of up to ten architects will be established. The closing date for Stage One submissions is 4 January 2016 at 6pm (Beirut standard time; GMT+2 hours).

Stage Two will see the shortlisted architects being invited to participate in a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) to envision strategies for the site and develop a concept scheme design for the museum, along with technical and commercial elements.

The winning proposal will be selected in Fall 2016.