Hello Sarah! Thank you for your question.

You should start designing with the areas provided in the competition brief. The jury will not be measuring each project to check if the area of your buildings matches exactly what the brief asked for, but their expert eye can tell if something is way off just by looking at it.

That being said, this is an ideas competition, which means that if you have an idea you think is good and will make the project better, but falls outside of the requirements of the brief, you are welcome to explore it, as long as you justify it in your presentation.

For example, you might have noticed the brief does not ask for a parking area. That means the client (or in this case, the organization) does not consider it necessary to include a parking area in the project. However, you might find a study that shows that students will user cars a lot more in the years to come, and might think that, even the brief didn’t ask for it, including some parking space could be a good idea. In this scenario you are free to include a parking space, as long as you reference that study in some way in your presentation so that they jury can understand y our motives for making that decision “against” the brief. If provided with such information, the jury might agree with you and are free to award your project if they believe everything else in your project also deserves award.

In other words, modifying the spaces and dimensions provided in the brief will NOT be reason to be disqualified if the modifications are properly argued.

Good luck!

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