for the central city section
of Dobrich

for the development, improvement
and design

and elaboration
for 25 Septemvri Blvd.,
Vazrazhdane Square
and Svoboda Square


THE MUNICIPALITY OF DOBRICH is pleased to invite all professionals, with a positive approach towards and interest in urban planning and design, to participate in an open and anonymous competition.

Our desire is to challenge participants to put their ideas on paper, to unleash their imagination and to present their concept for the renovation and development of the central part of Dobrich.

International competition

The Contracting Authority will conduct an international competition in strict compliance with all rules and established best practices


participation is open to anyone interested in participating, without restrictions and/or discrimination


a guarantee that the judges will not have access to names and authors, but will judge only the competition projects


fair competition of ideas and concepts, with the objective of the Contracting Authority being to obtain the best solution for the central pedestrian zone and a project to be implemented at a later stage

Scope and design phase

Zone A

concept for the development, improvement and design of the central city section of Dobrich. The scope includes 25 Septemvri Blvd. (from 3rd March Blvd. to Dobrudzha Blvd.), Dimitar Petkov Str. (from Doyran Str. to Svoboda Sq.), Svoboda Sq., Nezavisimost Str. (up to Lyuben Karavelov Str.), Tsar Boris III Sq., Bulgaria Str., Demokratsia Sq., Maxim Gorky Str. (up to St. Cyril and Methodius Str.), Vazrazhdane Sq.

Zone B

conceptual design with scope, 25 Septemvri Blvd. (from 3rd March Blvd. to Svoboda Sq.), Vazrazhdane Sq., Svoboda Sq. and Dimitar Petkov Str. (from Doyran Str. to Svoboda Sq.)


layout of the scope for elaboration of the comprehensive concept and conceptual design


The competition seeks to obtain a comprehensive and sustainable concept for rethinking of the central city section of Dobrich within the scope of Zone A (described in detail above), and, for the scope of Zone B - a conceptual design.

Environmentally friendly and energy efficient solutions
Accessible environment


The Contracting Authority has determined the following prizes and payments to competition participants

first place
EUR 25,000
second place
EUR 20,000
third place
EUR 15,000

+ Two incentive awards of 2500 ЕURO each

Part of the prize is the possibility of commissioning elaboration of the TECHNICAL and DETAILED INVESTMENT DESIGN and implementation of author's supervision.

Award EUR 225,000 excluding VAT


01.08.2022 Start of the procedure
05.08.2022 Official announcement of the competition
15.11.2022 Deadline for registration via the competition website
20.11.2022 Deadline for questions
30.11. 2022 Deadline for submission of projects
19.12.2022 Announcement of the competition results


The competition is open, without limitation, to all Bulgarian and foreign persons or their associations.

There are no requirements for the economic and financial situation of the participants.


The competition projects will be judged
by a nine-member international jury.

prof. dr.arch. Iulia Stanciu

President of the National Commission for the Recognition of Signature Right of the Order of Architects of Romania. Member of the Zonal Commission of Historical Monuments – Bucharest Attested Ministry of Culture Restoration Specialist

Cofounder of

2022 - Competition OAR –UIA – Central Square Brașov – 1st prize

dr. Falma Fshazi

Dr. Falma Fshazi is a Senior Researcher associated at the Centre André Chastel of Sorbonne University in Paris. She has been member and program lead at the Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation/Persyn Chair in ETH Zurich. PhD in History and Civilizations from Ecole des Hautes Études en Sociales Paris. Fshazi in her position of Director of the Center for Openness and Dialogue in Tirana has been coordinating the social and institutional dialogue around the design of SKSQ in Tirana.

arch. Georgi Bachev

Founder of Arhis Studio in Varna. Worked on numerous projects in the field of urban planning, residential and public buildings.

Awards - Union of Architects Varna 2009, Chamber of Architects Award, WhATA, Building of the Year 2011, BigSEE 2021, Bulgarian Architecture Awards 2019, etc.

Nominations - Mies Van Der Rohe 2022, European Prize for Urban Public Space 2018

dipl. ing. arch. Rudolf Graf

Advisor to the Mayor for Integrated Urban Development and SDGs City Hall of Timisoara.

Founder of Vitamin architects

For more than ten years involved in international cooperation projects in the field of urban development in eastern and central Europe.

prof. dr.arch.Nora Lombardini

Associate professor in Architectural Restoration at Department of Architecture, Built environment, Contruction engineering (dABC), Politecnico di Milano. Her research activity is on the following topics: study on history and theory of restoration; studies on the conservation of historic centres. She has international experience in organizing students’ practical work in Italy, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, China. In Bulgaria, she is referent for Erasmus exchange students for Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" (Varna) and University of Architecture, Civil Eng. and Geodesy (Sofia).

dipl. ing. arch. Alexander Kneer

Studied architecture at the TU Munich and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago as a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation, with a main focus on urban design and urban development strategies. He worked for SOM in Chicago and Auer & Weber Architekten in Munich before living for several years in China and the Emirates, involved in mostly large-scale urban development projects. He was a founder of Token, a cross-disciplinary design practice, which won the Europan 10 in Munich. Following an Urban Design Master at the ETH Zurich he joined Hosoya Schaefer Architects in 2012. He has been a project lead in successful urban design competitions such as the Tech Cluster Zug and the Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier masterplan and became a partner in 2019

аrch. Ljubo Georgiev

Graduated architecture at IUAV in Venice (Italy) and TU Delft (the Netherlands). Between 2017 and the end of 2021 he was the director of Sofiaplan - Sofia’s municipal strategic and spatial planning body. He led the team, which coordinated and co-created the long term development plan for Sofia, Vision Sofia 2050. Since the beginning of 2022 he is head of the Urban policies association in Sofia.

arch. Velimir Georgiev

Founder of OUTLINE ARCHITECTS architecture and design studio. Since 2019 he is the chairman of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria - Stara Zagora Society.

Among his distinctive projects are "Beautification and improvement of the physical environment of the pedestrian zone and square space around the Municipality in Stara Zagora, awarded in the international competition of BIGSEE AWARDS.

Among his distinctive projects is "Beautification and improvement of the physical environment of the pedestrian zone and square space around the Municipality in Stara Zagora", awarded in the international competition of BigSEE AWARDS.

еngr. Pencho Kervanov

Deputy Mayor of Dobrich Municipality
Civil Engineer

From 02.01. 2013 to 25.05.2017 Head - Regional Department for "National Building Control" - Dobrich at RDNSK - North-Eastern Region

Reserve members

arch. Martin Hristov

Co-founder of E-Arch Studio winner of numerous architectural awards, BREEAM AP auditor

arch. Kamen Zheynov

Chief Expert at the Directorate of Territorial Planning and Building Control at the Municipality of Dobrich.

Chief Architect of Kavarna Municipality in the period 2011 - 2021. He also works as a freelance architect.


Competition Organizer