2022 Lucian Blaga Highschool, Cluj-Napoca

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The jury evaluation of the projects submitted in the Lucian Blaga Highschool and adjacent streets International Design Competition, officially launched on December 23, 2022, took place between the 3rd and 5th of March 2023. The Competition was organized by the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR), with the support of OAR Transylvania Territorial Branch, together with the Contracting Authority – The Municipality of Cluj-Napoca.

The main objective of the competition was to select the best solution for the modernization of Lucian Blaga Highschool and adjacent streets, for the award of the design contract. The specific objectives of the competition are (1) to find the optimal balance between the functional modernization of the school buildings, the integration of the extensions into the site, the architectural aspect, the technical solutions, the economic solutions, the functional solutions for the extension of the high school in the competition area, and (2) to transform the adjacent streets into a vibrant urban space of good quality.

The results of the competition were announced on Monday, the 6th of March 2023, during a Press Conference hosted by Casino – Urban Culture Centre, Address: Central Park „Simion Bărnuțiu”, Cluj-Napoca. The event was live streamed on the Facebook pages of the Organizer – The Romanian Order of Architects and of the Contracting Authority – Municipality of Cluj-Napoca.


1st Prize – the estimated value of the design services contract: 3 564 809 LEI without VAT
2nd Prize – 75.000 LEI VAT included
3rd Prize – 40.000 LEI VAT included  

Following the Jury debates the winning projects were selected:


Project no. 119 – JZ1984 – ARHI BOX SRL

Main authors: Andrei Andone, Ștefania Pustai, Mihai Racu, Hunor Bako, Călin Lada
Architectural collaborators: Ștefania Pașca, Dragoș David, Luisa Azamfirei, Gabriel Sevan, Vlad Filip, Daniel Negrea
Specialty collaborators: eng. Horia Pop.

The winning proposal responds holistically to all aspects of the complex brief and offers an outward looking exemplar solution. This is particularly innovative for the current Romanian educational infrastructure. The team’s scheme has given careful thought to how best to design for young people in an all through school.The proposal is a delightful response to the surrounding urban fabric, as well as the wider landscape and topography.– appreciation of the Jury.


Project no. 131 – SA3840 – STUDIO 82 SRL and VLAD SEBASTIAN RUSU BIA

Main authors: arch. Vlad Sebastian Rusu and arch. Octav Silviu Olănescu
Coauthors: arch. Andra Vlădoiu, arch. Andrada Pinte and arch. Petrică Maier-Drăgan
Speciality collaborators: eng. Ovidiu Rusu.

The proposal sets another, different example as a very strong, clever, and effective response to the internal brief requirements, thus showing how an entire educational infrastructure could be transformed for the 21st century. This is by contrast to the winning scheme an inward-looking exemplar solution. The proposal, is very efficient in extending towards the street site of the schools, doing without the large external spaces between the pavement and the edge of the building and maximising the school grounds to the east. – appreciation of the Jury.



Main authors: Fleșeriu Alexandru Nicolae, Péter Eszter, Andrieș Andreea Minodora, Farkas Kinga Timea, Filip Oana Antonia, Hrenciuc Andra Gabriela, Stoica Radu Nicolae, Szilveszter Szabolcs.
Specialty collaborators: Dobrican Ștefania.

This scheme is a very strong response to the urban and wider landscape context. It splits the secondary school between both sites which was questioned but we agreed that this could be a managed solution where the younger pupils of the secondary school remain on the primary school site to the north. This is to be confirmed as appropriate by the school management. – appreciation of the Jury.


Project no. 113 – NM2023 – SIMPLE ARCHITECTURE SRL

Main authors: Chioran Bogdan, Boca Ștefania, Rădac Florin, Pintea Dan Andrei, Hăprian Alexandru
Coauthors: Pop Monica Rodica
Specialty collaborators: Claudia Petrasciuc.

This proposal gets a special mention because of its sensitive integration with the wider context and the delightful architectural expression that puts equal emphasis on the old and new giving the school community a sense of pride. This scheme successfully balances the old and new. – appreciation of the Jury.



Main authors: Mr Gereben, Péter and Mr Marián, Balázs
Coauthors: Gereben Marián Architects Ltd.
Architectural collaborators: Ms Ivicsics, Júlia; Mr Percz, Gábor; Ms Tábi, Sára (Gereben Marián Architects Ltd.)
Specialty collaborators: Ms Tihanyi, Dominka; Mr Kovács, Árpád; Mr Szohr, Gábor (Újirány Tájépítész Ltd.), Mr Módi, Miklós.

We appreciated that the edge treatment to both schools are different: a garden given to the community separates the school building with the road for the northern building. The southern building that houses the older pupils has the addition of a curved podium creating the boundary to the school. This proposal gets a special mention because of its sensitive proposals around greening and sustainability. – appreciation of the Jury.

The exhibition of all the projects participating in the competition can be visited at the Casino – Urban Culture Centre, Address: Central Park „Simion Bărnuțiu”, Cluj-Napoca.

The Contracting Authority of the competition is The Municipality of Cluj-Napoca, the beneficiary of the project which will be contracted following the competition.

The competition is organized by the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR), in accordance with the OAR Good Practices Guide for Design Competitions (edited in Romanian – Ghidul de bune practici în organizarea concursurilor de soluții OAR, rev. 2022), in compliance with the provisions of the legislation in force regarding the award of public procurement contracts. The Design Competition is a public, single-stage competition, open to Romania, all countries of the European Union, of the European Economic Area, and to the Swiss Confederation. The design competition is organized as an independent procedure, in accordance with art. 105 letter a) of Law no. 98/2016 regarding public procurement, and subsequently, pursuant to provisions under art. 104 para. (7) of the same law, the design services contract is to be awarded to the winner of the competition, following a negotiation procedure without prior publication of a participation announcement.


Full Members:

  • arch. Michál Cohen (UK)
  • arch. Anca Mihalache (UK)
  • arch. Tamás Fialovszky (HU)
  • arch. Daniel Tellman (RO)
  • arch. urb. Vera Marin (RO)
  • arch. Irina Tulbure (RO)
  • arch. Eleonora Dulău (RO) – Representative of the OAR Territorial Transylvania Branch

Deputy members:

  • arch. Andreea Mureșan (RO) – Representative of the Contracting Authority
  • arch. Dragoș Dascălu (RO)

Apart from the jury, the following persons were present without voting rights:

  • arch. Elena Stoian – Professional Advisor;
  • arch. Mirona Crăciun – OAR Competitions Counsellor, Competition Coordinator;
  • arch. Raisa Parpală – OAR Competitions, Jury Secretary;
  • urb. Louisiana Stoica – OAR Competitions.

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