The Stairs Design Awards competition is organised by the PBM Group.

PBM is a French group specialising in precast concrete components for the construction sector.


The Stairs Design Awards encourages candidates to come up with an innovative staircase design, with a strong identity, that will become a key architectural element, going far beyond its basic functional application.
It gives candidates an opportunity to express their creativity and showcase their project.


Get creative and design a staircase that is dramatically different. While concrete must be the main component, the design can include other, complementary, materials. The staircase must retain its fundamental role, be conform with accessibility rules and regulations, and be technically feasible.


Registration is free of charge and open to all Ecole d’Architecture students in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany or Spain.

Rules for participation

Candidates may apply individually, or in teams of a maximum of 3 persons. Each team member must possess a valid student membership card.


Each candidate or team of candidates must register and submit their dossier online via the applications platform.

The dossier must contain the following items:

  • Description of the project (choice of artistic focus, technical performance, technical specifications, details on its appearance)


  • A picture of the full staircase in-situ


  • Any additional details or images that are deemed necessary to understanding of the project


  • Drawings to A2 size, portrait format, that must include:
    – A 1/50 scale drawing of the staircase
    – A 1/50 scale elevation of the staircase




  • 17 October 2022: registration opens (midday)
  • 13 January 2023 NEW DATE 31 January 2023: registration closes (up to midnight)
  • 17 February 2023 NEW DATE 28 February 2023: deadline for project submission (up to midnight)
  • 6 March 2023 NEW DATE 16 March 2023: announcement of the 10 finalists
  • 6 March NEW DATE 16  to 26 March 2023: public vote (up to midnight)
  • 3 April 2023: Awards ceremony


The Stairs Design Awards competition is organised by the PBM Group.