Jönköping Tekniska Högskolan (JTH) is pleased to invite students enrolled at Jönköping University to take part in the 2019 LEARN Design Competition (Lifelong Education And Research Network).

This design competition aims to gather contemporary ideas for supporting lifelong learning and its connection to research activities by embedding curiosity, critical thinking and creativity. The competition welcomes ideas that redefine the learning environment through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital world. LEARN is understood as a forum that studies the relationship between the learner and the natural and built environment, the learner and the community throughout a lifespan.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new learning methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary learning including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure.

The LEARN design competition is an investigation on the public and private learning space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive learning community.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is lifelong learning in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of this engagement?

JTH is committed to stimulating the imagination of visionary thinkers, who initiate a new discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as lifelong learning.


Students of JTH and JU are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage you to have multidisciplinary teams.

  • Participants must register by January 29, 2019.
  • One registration = One project.
  • Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry.
  • There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are accepted.
  • After your registration has been approved, PED group at JTH will send the registration number (within 24 hours), which will be necessary for the digital submission.



  • December 11, 2018 – Competition announcement and registration opens.
  • March 30, 2019 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours)
  • April 4, 2019 – Winners’ announcement at PED conference at JTH


This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are accepted. Entrants must submit their proposal no later than March 30, 2019 (23:59 hours) via email to LEARN2019@ju.se.

The project submission must contain the following files:

  1. A board with the project information including various visual communications, for instance, plans, sections, and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal. These boards should be 70 cm (h) X 50 cm (w) in HORIZONTAL format (landscape). The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode and saved as JPG files. The upper right corner of each board must contain the participation number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The files must be named after the registration number followed by the board number. For example: 0101-1.jpg and 0101-2.jpg.
  2. A DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max). This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “statement”. For example: 0101-statement.doc.
  3. A DOC file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, student affiliation, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “info”. For example: 0101-info.doc.
    All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example: 0101.zip


Géza Fischl, PhD, Department of Construction and Lighting Science, JTH

Myriam Aries, PhD, Department of Construction and Lighting Science, JTH

Andrea Resmini, PhD, School of Economics, JIBS

Lars Eriksson, Industrial Product development, Production & Design, JTH


  1. This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification.
  2. The official language of the competition is English.
  3. Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  4. PED group at JTH, as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.
  5. Participants retain all copyrights of their designs. PED group at JTH is granted permission to publish in print and digital publications all projects submitted to the competition.
  6. Entrants will be disqualified if any of the competition rules are not considered.
  7. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.


1st place – 5000 kr + additional press distribution by JU
2nd place – 2000 kr
3rd place – 1000 kr

Winners and special mentions will be published by PED Group at JTH and several print publications.


Who can participate in the competition?
Every student from JU is invited to participate.

Can we submit more than one entry?
Yes, but each project must be registered individually.

Can we submit printed boards?
No, this is a digital competition and all submissions must be in digital format as outlined in the competition brief.

Is there a specific requirement for the LEARN environment?
There is no specific requirement from the organizers.

Is there a specific program requirement?
No, participants have complete freedom to establish their own program, site and conceptual agenda.