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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CZECH CHAMBER OF ARCHITECTS

 

conscious of the need to strengthen the confidence of architects and the general public in the meaning and mission of competitions which enable architects to measure their professional knowledge and skill in finding the most appropriate and best solutions, satisfying the organizers' requirements while respecting a high level of professionalism in the submitted solutions,

 

conscious also of the need to make the system of competitions more transparent in the public interest, and to set forth general rules for their organization,

 

conscious of the responsibility of the members of juries as to the decisive factors for the proper course of competitions,

 

conscious of the significance of well-formulated competition rules as well as contractual terms and conditions which would not be binding beyond the extent necessary, but which would create a sufficient framework for the creative activity of the competition participants as well as a suitable framework for the jury's entirely professional and most independent judging of the submitted designs,

 

and in compliance with the provisions of Section 25 subs. 4 para. b) and Section 23 subs. 6 para. r) of Act no. 360/1992 Coll., on the Professional Practice of Certified Architects and on the Professional Practice of Certified Engineers and Technicians Active in Construction as amended by Acts nos. 164/1993 Coll., 275/1994 and 224/2003 Coll. (hereinafter referred to as the “Act") and implementing some provisions thereof, and with respect to the provisions of Sections 847 through 849 inclusive of Act 40/1964 Coll., the Civil Code as amended, Sections 281 through 288 inclusive of Act 513/1991 Coll., the Commercial Code as amended, and Section 26 subs. 2 para. a), Section 27 subs. 1 para. b) and subs. 5 and Sections 72 through 75 inclusive of Act 40/2004 Coll., on Public Procurement

 

 

declares

 

this

 

COMPETITION CODE
OF THE CZECH CHAMBER OF ARCHITECTS

adopted on the 24th of April 1993,

and amended on the16th of April 1994,

on the 29th of April 1995
on the 27th of April 1996,

on the 28th of April 1998,
on the 13th of April 1999,

on the 11th of April 2000,

on the 20th of April 2002

and on the 24th April 2004
(unabridged version)

 

Section 1

Introductory provisions

(1) This Code sets forth the rules and conditions for the organization of competitions and competitive exhibitions in the professions defined in Sections 17 and 18 of the Act (hereinafter referred to as the ”competitions”) and which are, pursuant to Section 23, subs. 6 of the Act in the competence of the Czech Chamber of Architects (hereinafter referred to as the ”Chamber”), and in professions naturally related; the provisions hereof shall be used commensurately for competitive exhibitions.

 

(2) This Code does not apply to international architectural competitions governed by special regulations, with the exception of limited regional or national competitions with the invitation of foreign citizens in keeping with the provisions of Section 2 para. b) hereof; competitions organized with the participation of architects from the EEA Member States and the Swiss Confederation are not considered international.

 

(3) An architectural competition organized according to this Code is considered to be a public competition for design, and is the basis for public procurement for performance of designing and planning services by means of a negotiation proceeding without public notification according to special legal statute.

 

 

Section 2

Purposes and types of competitions and competitive exhibitions

(1) The purpose of a competition is to choose the best design for the subject matter of the competition from among the submitted competition designs, the author of which will be entrusted with performance of the subsequent planning and design documentation stages.

 

(2) The purpose of a competitive exhibition is to assess already existing plans, designs or buildings and to rank them.

 

(3) Architectural competitions are defined by the subject matter of the design as urban planning, architectural, construction and combined competitions.

 

(4) Competitions are defined by entrant type as:

a) Open public competitions, which are always anonymous,

b) Restricted competitions where the participants are invited by name, and which may or may not be anonymous, and

c) Combined competitions which may only be anonymous due to their public nature.

 

(5) Competitions are defined by their numbers of rounds as:

a) Single round competitions, the subject matter of which is usually lesser in scale and unambiguous in definition,

b) Double round competitions, the subject matter of which is significant in scale and which will usually include gradual refinement of definition. The deadline for the second round shall be set as no later than six months after the announcement of the results of the first round. Both rounds shall be evaluated by the same jury, including the granting of prizes and awards. Where a double-round competition is either open or combined, the participants may, after anonymous evaluation of the first round, be invited by name to take part in the second round, or the second round may also be anonymous. Whether or not the second round of the competition is anonymous shall be defined in advance in the competition rules and conditions. In the case of an anonymous second round, the jury shall entrust a reliable person with the opening of the envelopes containing the names and addresses of the competitors and the invitation of those authors to take part in the second round. This person, who may be the secretary of the competition or a notary public, shall be bound by an oath of confidentiality. The designs submitted in the first round shall not be published before the final announcement of the results of the second round, even in cases of a non-anonymous second round. Publication and exhibition of all competition designs including the competition designs submitted in the first round will always take place after the final granting of the prizes. The publication of any competition design before the final announcement of prizes may result in its elimination from the competition by the jury with no further possibility of its being evaluated outside the framework of the competition or in revocation of the competition by the organizer on the basis of the recommendations of the jury.

 

(6) Competitions announced according to an intended design are concept competitions or design competitions. For solely or mainly concept competitions, the scope of any binding, primarily formal conditions shall be limited to the extent necessary for and commensurate with the solution established.

 

Section 3

Competition participants

 

(1) Natural and juridical persons or consortia thereof may participate in competitions. Participation is open to all those meeting the requirements set forth in the competition rules, terms and conditions. The participants in various types of competitions are limited by the Organizer in the competition rules and conditions.

 

(2) Persons are excluded from competitions who:

a) Have participated directly in the preparation of the competition assignment and in its announcement,

b) Are described in Sections 8 or 9 hereof,

c) Are the spouses, blood relatives, brothers- or sisters-in-law, permanent partners in design or direct superiors of or collaborators with excluded persons. This stipulation also applies to members of local government and administrative authorities; nor may the persons stated in this paragraph participate in a competition with designs submitted outside the competition.

 

(3) Should the Chamber find a competition irregular2a, all persons registered in the Chamber's list of certified or registered architects are also disqualified from participation in said competition.

 

 

 

COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Section 4

Competition Organizer


The Organizer of a competition may be a public administrative authority juridical or natural entity.

 

Section 5

Competition announcement

(1) The date of competition announcement is that date on which the competition rules and conditions are made available to all the competitors eligible under the relevant type of competition. The competition term shall be at least six weeks from the date of competition announcement.

 

(2) The organizer shall inform the Chamber of the announcement of a public open or combined competition. The Chamber will publish such information on its web pages; the organizer will publish it in the Obchodní věstník (Commercial Journal) and/or in the Official Journal of the European Union2b. The organizer will also publish it in at least one national-wide information medium no later than on the date of competition announcement.

 

(3) From the date of announcement of a public open competition onwards, the organizer shall provide potential competitors with the competition rules and conditions. The competition rules and conditions may be provided for a reasonable fee which shall not exceed the cost of their production and which shall be reimbursed to competitors who submit a competition design accepted by the jury for proper assessment.

 

(4) A restricted competition is announced by written notice to all those invited to participate. This notice shall include the competition rules and conditions and shall be sent or personally delivered to all the invited participants on the day of competition announcement. Participants shall confirm their participation in a restricted competition in writing within the term set forth in the competition rules and conditions.

 

Section 6

Cancellation and revocation of a competition or competitive exhibition

(1) A competition may be cancelled only for exceptionally significant reasons. A competition is cancelled by the organizer in the same manner as it was announced.

 

(2) A competition may also be revoked on the basis of the Chamber’s recommendation, should it be proven during the competition that the Chamber’s statement concerning the competition’s fairness was made on the basis of patently incorrect or incomplete information, especially if the organizer has deliberately misled the Chamber, or if the competition terms and conditions directing the course of the competition and decision of the jury have been changed and the competition has thus become unfair. The organizer will revoke the competition in the same manner as it was announced. The Chamber will immediately publish its findings concerning the unfairness of the competition and its proposal for the revocation of the competition, if any, on its web pages.

 

(3) If a competition is to be cancelled or revoked, the organizer is obligated to provide reasonable compensation to all those competitors who fulfilled the competition conditions either in part or in full prior to its cancellation.

 

(4) The organizer may cancel or revoke a competitive exhibition only for exceptionally significant reasons and in the same manner as it was announced. The organizer is obligated to provide reasonable compensation to those competitors who fulfilled the conditions of the competitive exhibition prior to its cancellation only if this is explicitly stated in the competition rules and conditions.

 

Section 7

Competition rules and conditions

(1) The competition rules and conditions shall normally be drawn up by an expert authorized by the organizer, where necessary in collaboration with the Czech Chamber of Architects.

 

(2) At least 15 days before the competition announcement, the competition rules and conditions shall be submitted to the Chamber’s Office to be considered by the Chamber with respect to their compliance with the Competition Code. Subsequently, and usually at the constituent meeting of the jury, the competition rules and conditions must be bindingly approved by the signature of all jury members and the organizer or his duly authorized representative. The Chamber as the final instance will confirm these approved competition rules and conditions from the point of view of issues decisive for the fairness of the competition according to general legal statute and this Competition Code, within 10 days at most. The competition rules and conditions approved and confirmed in this manner are binding. The Chamber is entitled to cancel its approval of the competition rules and conditions even during the competition, should it learn that it was misled during its considerations.

 

(3) At the written request of the organizer and on grounds meriting special treatment, particularly humanitarian grounds, the Chamber may consider as fair even those competition rules and conditions which do not comply with the provisions concerning sizes of prizes and awards stipulated herein.

 

(4) The competition rules and conditions shall include in particular:

a) The name and address/registered address of the competition organizer and name and address/registered address of the competition secretary and examiner and the name and address/registered address of the competition auditor, if nominated,

b) The type of competition - in the case of restricted and combined competitions, also the list of invited participants,

c) The subject matter of the competition and the scope of design. The organizer shall provide all binding requirements for drawing up the design limited to the necessary scope, compliance with which he considers mandatory and, therefore, the legal basis for a contract,

d) The purpose of the competition pursuant to Section 2 subs. 6,

e) The mandatory criteria for the evaluation of the competition designs,

f) The competition time limits: the date, hour, place and method of submission for competition designs, the competition deadline, and the time limits for questions and consultations,

g) The list of competition data documents and their mode of handling,

h) A list of the names of jury members,

i) A means of designating competition designs and their appendices, securing the anonymity of participants where appropriate,

j) The number and sizes of prizes and awards, where appropriate provisions for the compensation of costs to invited competition participants,

k) Provisions on the organizer's rights to use the prize- or award-winning competition designs, including the right to exhibit and reproduce the competition designs and binding method of utilization of competition results,

l) Provisions on the protection of the copyrights residing in the authors of submitted designs3; the jury specifying the competition rules and conditions for the second round of a double-round competition is obligated to respect the copyright of the participants in the first round unless it is explicitly stated in the competition rules and conditions that the participants of the first round have approved utilization of their competition designs for specification of the competition rules and conditions for the second round,

m) Provisions concerning the settlement of possible disputes,

n) Provisions concerning customs clearance and other requisites in cases of a competition open to foreign competitors,

o) The Chamber statement on the fairness of the competition.

 

(5) The competition organizer is obligated to provide an explanation concerning the organizational requisites of the competition to all persons who have collected the competition rules and conditions, unless replies to these questions and information are within the jury's competence. In the case of a dispute, the chairman of the jury shall make a decision. The responsible competition bodies shall answer no further questions after the deadline set forth in the competition rules and conditions.

 

(6) The competition organizer commits himself by announcement of the competition rules and conditions to taking responsibility for the submitted competition designs, until the official termination of the competition.

 

(7) The competition deadline is met when a competition design is delivered to the organizer in the manner stipulated in the competition rules and conditions within the given time for so doing.

 

(8) By delivering a competition design the competitor accepts the competition rules and conditions.

 

(9) The organizer and the jury commit themselves as of the announcement day to adhere to the competition rules and conditions as first announced.

 

(10) Should the organizer change the competition rules and conditions in full or in part during the course of the competition, or should the Chamber announce the unfairness of the competition during the competition (Section 6 subs. 2), a competitor may withdraw from the competition and claim adequate compensation for the costs incurred in connection with his/her participation.

 

 

 

THE JURY

 

Section 8

The function and composition of the jury

(1) The function of the jury is to judge the competition rules and conditions, discuss and approve them, evaluate the submitted competition designs and decide upon the prizes and awards to be given according to the mandatory criteria set forth in the competition rules and conditions.

 

(2) The jury shall consist of regular and substitute members. The substitute members shall be in a number proportionate to regular members, usually one third.

 

(3) The jury shall always have an odd number of members, with a minimum of three and a maximum of eleven members. All the members of the jury shall participate in its sessions but the substitute members only in the advisory capacity. In cases of substitution for an absent regular member, the substitute member shall acquire the status of a regular member with a full vote, in which manner a regular member independent of the organizer (in accordance with the provisions of Section 8, subs. 4 hereof) may be replaced in decision making only by an independent substitute member.

 

(4) The organizer shall designate jury members from among qualified specialists, primarily architects and urban planners. The jury shall always include certified architects or urban planners. Representatives of the organizer, of the future user and of the relevant local authority may be members of the jury. To ensure an independent decision, the majority of the jury members deciding on the subject matter of the competition shall be independent of the organizer and the authorities deciding on the utilization of the competition results, and shall have qualifications appropriate to the subject matter of the competition.

 

(5) Should the Chamber be asked to nominate independent jury members, it shall nominate candidates from among certified persons only.

 

(6) The jury may invite experts to assist, if required by the nature of the submitted competition designs, but only with the prior consent of the organizer. These experts shall attend the sessions of the jury to which they have been invited, but only in an advisory capacity.

 

(7) The activity of the jury members shall be remunerated as a very highly qualified activity, with special regard to the demanding nature of the performance of the jury chairman. Members of the jury shall not subsequently accept any contractual commitments connected with any assignment resulting from the competition.

 

Section 9

Staff assisting the jury

  1. Staff assisting the jury shall include:

a) the competition secretary,

b) the examiner of the competition designs;

neither the competition secretary nor the examiner of the competition designs may be members of the jury. The assisting staff shall be appointed by the organizer.

(2) The competition secretary is responsible in particular for:

a) Accepting the competition designs and confirming their receipt,

b) Marking the delivered competition designs with a number and the date and hour of their receipt,

c) Drawing up a list of delivered competition designs, depositing such designs and ensuring their protection and safety, organizing their exhibition and drawing up a report,

d) Carrying out other activities as instructed by the jury chairman.

 

(3) The examiner of the competition designs shall

a) collaborate in the specification of the competition rules and conditions,

b) monitor the course of the competition,

c) review the delivered designs with regard to their compliance with the requirements concerning form and content specified by the competition rules and conditions, and submit a written report on the formal course of competition’s preparations and on the completeness and compliance of the competition designs with the competition rules and conditions,

d) make preparations for the activity of the jury, collaborate with the jury as instructed by its chairman and prepare the necessary data for the jury, on the basis of which the jury shall decide on the admission of the competition designs for due evaluation; the jury shall determine the details of the examiner’s activities.

 

(4) The jury may invite experts to assist, if required by the nature of the submitted competition designs, but only with the prior consent of the organizer. These experts shall attend those sessions of the jury to which they have been invited, but only in an advisory capacity.

 

 

Section 9a

Competition auditor

 

(1) Should the organizer request, on the basis of the preliminary offer made by the Chamber, independent professional supervision over the preparation of the competition program, the competition rules and conditions (especially competition data and content, the scope and form of the competition design) and/or the course of the competition, the Chamber shall nominate a competition auditor.

 

(2) The competition auditor is an independent qualified person registered in the list of competition auditors kept by the Chamber who performs independent professional supervision over the preparations for and the course of a competition.

 

(3) The competition auditor supervises only formal compliance with the time schedule and organization of the competition and the legal requisites of the procedures according to this Competition Code and the announced competition rules and conditions, discussed and approved by the Chamber. For this purpose, the competition auditor collaborates with the organizer, the secretary, the competition examiner and the jury, and participates in their meetings and decisions but only in an advisory capacity.

 

(4) The competition auditor must not, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 subs. 2 hereof, participate in the competition, and shall comply with the conditions set forth in Section 8 subs. 4 hereof. The establishment and filling of this position shall be the subject of a separate arrangement between the organizer and the Chamber.

 

(5) Should the competition auditor find any discrepancy between the competition rules and conditions or the Competition Code or any legal regulation and the jury’s actions, he/she will warn the jury. If the jury persists in its procedure or decision, the competition auditor will record this in the competition report. The competition jury shall justify its actions in detail in the report.

 

Section 10

Jury Sessions

(1) Prior to announcing the competition, the organizer shall convene the appointed members of the jury for a constituent meeting and shall send them the competition rules and conditions, which shall already have received the preliminary approval of the Chamber, within a reasonable period of time (but a week in advance at the latest). At this meeting, the jury members shall adopt the competition rules and conditions and commit themselves in writing to work as jury members; the organizer shall inform the jury and its collaborators of the remuneration for their work. The regular members shall elect a chairman and a vice-chairman from amongst themselves, and set the details of the competition examiner’s activity. Members who for serious reasons cannot attend this meeting shall send the secretary of the jury their written approvals of the competition rules and conditions, their opinions as to the election of the jury chairman, and their commitment to sit on the jury.

 

(2) At the first meeting of the jury after the submission of the competition designs, the chairman shall ask all of the jury members and the assisting staff to state in writing that they will perform their tasks impartially, and that they have not, directly or indirectly, taken part in the preparation of the submitted designs, and that, in the case of an open or combined competition, they do not know the names of the authors of the submitted competition designs. This statement by independent members of the jury shall also include, pursuant to Section 8 subs. 4 hereof, a guarantee of their independence of the organizer.

 

(3) During the competition term, the organizer and authorized jury members may hold a meeting where questions of the competitors will be answered and supplementary information provided, if competitors have expressed an interest in same. The manner of dealing with and answering questions shall be set forth in the competition rules and conditions. The answers shall not modify the binding provisions of the competition rules and conditions. After the established deadline, the answers shall be sent to all of the registered competitors without delay or given to all those competitors who ask for the competition rules and conditions.

 

(4) Within two weeks of the expiry of the competition deadline, the organizer or his delegated representative (the competition secretary) shall convene the jury members. Only competition designs approved by the jury may be accepted into the competition. In the event of a competition with foreign participation or an international competition, the two-week deadline may exceptionally be extended to one month.

 

(5) The jury shall be considered to form a quorum when all the regular members are present. If not otherwise stipulated by this Code, the jury shall make decisions by a simple majority of the regular members' votes. The regular members have the right to state their own opinions into the report, if these differ from the opinion of the majority of the other regular jury members.

 

(6) The jury shall eliminate

a) from the competition, all those designs that do not comply with the binding rules and conditions of the competition, with the exception of minor formal deviations that do not reduce the comprehensibility of the submitted design, do maintain its anonymity in the case of an anonymous competition and do not induce any advantage for the design; in such a case, the jury may decide by a four-fifths majority of its regular members to keep such a design in the competition,

b) from the judging, any part of a submitted competition design which was not required by the competition rules and conditions and whose judging together with the mandatory parts is explicitly excluded in the competition rules and conditions; the jury may eliminate a design for circumstances discovered during the competition at the latest before opening the envelopes containing the information about the competitors. After opening the envelopes, a design may be eliminated only for reasons that could not have been verified before opening the envelopes.

 

(7) Competition designs bringing particularly remarkable ideas, which, however, do not comply with the competition rules and conditions or the requirements stipulated by the announcement, and which were consequently disqualified from the competition, may be given a special award by a decision of at least a two-thirds majority of the regular members of the jury. This shall be done after completion of the evaluation of the designs but before the announcement of the prizes and awards.

 

(8) The jury shall judge all of the competition designs and determine the granting of the announced prizes and awards. Exceptionally, particularly in cases of a competition with low participation or a competition with an evident lack of prize- or award-worthy designs, the jury may decide not to grant some of the announced prizes or awards and not to distribute the corresponding monies, or to distribute them differently. The jury shall decide unanimously in cases of the non-granting of prizes and by a four-fifths majority of its regular members in the case of the non-granting of other awards. This decision shall be justified in detail in the report.

 

(9) The report covering the jury’s work shall contain in particular

a) the minutes of jury's meetings, including the results of all votes,

b) decisions as to the elimination of certain designs from the competition and a list of all the evaluated competition designs,

c) the method of application or specification of the criteria used in evaluation,

d) an evaluation of all the competition designs,

e) the decision as to the granting of prizes and awards or special awards, including justification thereof,

f) attendance lists for all sessions of the jury;

the report content shall be confirmed by the signatures of all regular members of the jury and the competition auditor.

 

(10) The jury's decisions concerning the ranking and the granting of prizes and awards as well as the sums allocated are final under the provisions of Section 13 hereof.

 

Section 11

Competition Results

(1) The jury's decision is final and becomes the basis for the organizer's decision regarding further use of the competition designs, unless the competition rules and conditions stipulate otherwise. Further use of the competition designs shall not infringe the copyrights of the participants3.

 

(2) In cases of public open competition, the organizer shall return non-winning and non-awarded designs to the stated return addresses within one month of the announcement of the competition results or after the end of the exhibition. If a return address has not been stated on the submitted competition design, the organizer need not meet this obligation.

 

(3) Prize-winning or awarded individuals or consortia whose designs will be kept by the organizer shall retain their copyrights. These designs shall be used for the purpose of the competition only; any other use is subject to the prior consent of the author(s) concerned. Architects may publish and use their competition designs elsewhere, with the exception of an implemented design, unless an explicitly different agreement has been reached between the author(s) concerned and the competition organizer.

 

(4) The organizer shall publish the competition results in an adequate manner, in particular through public exhibition of the competition designs or by their publication in professional journals, in scope and content commensurate to the competition rules and conditions. The competitors shall be notified of the competition results by delivery of the report to them personally, no later than five days following the final decision of the jury. The organizer shall make all competition designs available to the competition participants during the period starting with the distribution of the reports and ending ten days after receipt of the report by the last competition participant.

 

(5) The report shall also be delivered to the Chamber under the conditions set forth in Section 4.

 

Section 12

Financial rules and conditions of competition


(1) An adequate total sum for prizes and awards means a total sum amounting to

a) 1% of the estimated investment or budgetary funds for the implementation of the competition subject matter for concept competitions or the first round of double-round competitions,

b) at least 1 to 1.5% of the estimated investment or budgetary funds for the implementation of the competition subject matter for design competitions or the second round of double-round competitions, or 1% to 2% for single-round competitions;

when setting this total amount, the scope and level of difficulty of the competition in particular and, in case of doubt, the provisions of the ”Services and Remunerations of Architects” shall be taken into consideration. In the case of an urban planning competition, the size of the first prize shall be set adequately with regard to the provisions of the ”Services and Remunerations of Architects for Urban and Land Planning”.

 

(2) The number of prizes and awards and their proportions shall be established taking into consideration the nature of the competition and the binding competition rules and conditions. In special cases when the designs awarded prizes are of a similar level, the jury may, by a four-fifths majority of all the regular members, decide on a different distribution of the total amount, or may, instead of giving two or three different prizes, give two or three equivalent amounts out of the same total amount. The total amount set aside for awards shall not exceed 50% of the total amount set aside to prizes, while a single award shall not exceed 80% of the amount fixed for the third prize.

 

(3) The competition rules and conditions may stipulate that

a) The first prize paid shall be included into the total remuneration in the case that a contract between the organizer and the author of the winning design will be signed for the commission concerned for customary remuneration,

or that

b) The first prize shall not be paid if, during the term of its payment, a contract between the organizer and the author of the winning design is made for preparation of the planning or design documents for the commission concerned, including its introductory phases (especially the draft design) and for customary remuneration.

 

(4) The prizes and awards shall be paid no later than fifty days after the jury's decision. The organizer of a public open or other competition shall transfer the prizes and awards directly to the authors of the competition designs concerned. The organizer shall pay, in accordance with general legal statute4, the special tax rate imposed on prizes and awards.

 

Section 13

Settlement of Disputes

(1) The competitors may lodge a protest against the formal practice of the jury. When resolving a protest, all parties involved are obligated to exert demonstrable effort aimed at achieving an amicable settlement within ten days of the delivery of the competition result, and to report them. Delivery is governed by the provisions of the Rules of Administrative Procedure4a.

 

(2) Should the settlement proceedings not lead to any result or should the deadline stipulated in Subsection 1 elapse in vain without any fault on the part of the parties involved, the dispute between the competitors and the organizer shall be resolved through arbitration proceedings by an arbitration committee comprising three members: a representative of the organizer, a representative of the competitor who submitted the motion and a representative of the Chamber appointed by the chairman of the Professional Court. If the motion was submitted by two or more competitors, these competitors will appoint a proxy who will represent them during the proceedings and the decision making of the arbitration committee.

 

(3) The condition for lodging a protest and beginning arbitration proceedings pursuant to Subsection 2 is the lodging of a security deposit amounting to 5% of the first prize set forth in the competition rules and conditions; the security deposit shall not exceed an amount which in Czech currency corresponds to EUR 500. The security shall be deposited on the account of the Czech Chamber of Architects. In the event of a dismissal of the protest the security forfeits; in the event of the admission of the protest the security is returned; should the protest be admitted only partially, the arbitration committee shall decide as to the amount to be returned in its arbitration award. The amount shall be returned at the latest within seven days of the issuance of an arbitration award which partially or fully admits the protest.

 

(4) The subject matter of the arbitration negotiation or proceedings shall not be a decision of the jury concerning the evaluation of the competitors or a decision concerning the granting of prizes and/or awards and their sizes, unless such a decision was made directly in relation to a breach of the binding provisions of the competition rules and conditions. The arbitration award shall be final.

 

Section 14

Recommendations

It is recommended that an architectural competition be announced in particular in cases where the subject matter of the competition:

a) Is situated in a location or area significant from an architectural or urban planning perspective5,

b) Is situated on a property or a site belonging to the community or to the state,

c) Is bound to public funding2,

d) Is entirely new,

e) Is highly complex.

 

Section 15

Final provisions


This Competition Code was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Czech Chamber of Architects held on the 29th of April 1993.


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ARTICLE II/1994

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 16th of April 1994.

 

 

ARTICLE II/1995

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 29th of April 1995.

 

ARTICLE II/1996

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 27th of April 1996.

 

ARTICLE II/1997

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 29th of April 1997.

 

ARTICLE II/1998

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 28th of April 1998.

 

ARTICLE II/1999

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 13th of April 1999.

 

ARTICLE II/2000

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 11th of April 2000.

 

ARTICLE II/2002

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 20th of April 2002.

 

ARTICLE II/2004

This Code as amended was adopted and came into effect at the General Assembly of the Chamber of Architects held on the 24th of April 2004.