‘Haiga’: Haiku Competition Series (1st cycle)


Theme: Ruins

The plasticity of ruins allegorically leads to both natural or man-made calamities and the omnipresent threat of evacuation of meaning from the landscape of human existence. Sublime violence, again either human, historical, natural catastrophe are processes of creative destruction that offer ruins as potential perspectives in the social, psychological, emotional, environmental & ecological interpretation.

The Competition is Open to All – students and professionals

Submission Guidelines

– Submissions are open to all enthusiasts and are welcome from all parts of the world.

– Maximum 2 entries per registration are allowed.

– The Haiku should be accompanied by an Illustration/Photograph or a Painting (optional).

– The hand crafted Illustration and Painting of your ideas is a choice and could be drafted in a digital platform as well.

– If a photograph is supported with the Haiku, either it should be self-clicked or the proper credits of the Photographer should be mentioned.

– Each Haiku should have 17 syllables divided, in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

– The entry should be sent to the following email: with the subject line: ‘Haiga’ Competition, 1st Cycle – Name of the Participant as a jpeg/png file with 14pt, Arial font/Calligraphy of choice, single-line spacing Haiku text typed upon the Illustration/Photograph/Painting

And the Haiku text (.doc file) + Illustration/Photograph/scanned painting attached separately without the haiku written/typed upon it as well with minimum 300 dpi and Image size of not less than 2 MB.


The submission should include the payment screenshot as attachment in the email.

– Medium of Submission is English Language.

– All entrants must mention their social media handles with the submission (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook)

– The submission should be an original work of the entrant and will go through a plagiarism test.

–  In addition to three winners, Honorable mentions if assigned by jury shall be featured.

– Only paid entries will be eligible to participate


Winning Prizes

All winners and honorary mentions will be featured in the upcoming publication.

Selected works will receive the following publications as well as editions of ADA:

The courtyard Wada of Maharashtra’ by Dr. Rupa Raje Gupta
‘If stones could speak’ by Iftikhar Salahuddin
‘Myriad Disciplines of Architectural Writing’ by Pappal Suneja.
Poetry & Architecture Competition Series 2018-19 by Pappal Suneja


Deadline Extended to 31st August, 2020  (11:59 pm, CEST/ 2:59 am, PKT/ 3:29 am, IST)

Important Dates

– Standard Registration till 30th August 2020, (11 Euros)
– Submission deadline: 31st August 2020


Maria Aslam

Maria Aslam is a prolific writer, architectural historian, and environmental activist, working in the fields of interior design, architecture, and heritage conservation. As the founder and editor-in-chief of ADA Magazine, she has pioneered the ADA Awards, the first of its kind, in the disciplines of Architecture, Design, and Art.
Alongside her architectural and interior design practice, ArchWorks, she is the chairperson of Pakistan’s Institute of Interior Designers, and has published a book ‘Interiors of Pakistan Volume I’ in 2016.With a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and a Master’s in Architecture from McGill University, in her career of over two decades, she has represented Pakistan on a multitude of platforms as a juror, critic, convener, and speaker.
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Pappal Suneja

In the great field of Architecture, Writer & Architect Pappal Suneja personally believes that there are no Boundaries and limitations to our imagination and aspirations. Following the same, he has been an active contributor to Architectural Journalism with more than 150 publications and five books
related to Architecture & Design to his credit till date and several accolades in Ideation based Design Competitions, Curations and paper presentations. He is the Country Editor for the World Architecture Community and the founder of Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organisation. He is also Fellowship Guide and Mentor for University of Rome; Tor Vergata, Italy. Currently, he is pursuing his research at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Germany.
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Herve Matin

Herve Matin completed his Fine Arts from University of Tehran-IRAN before coming to France in 1982. He got his PhD in Fine Arts from Paris Diderot University (Université Paris 7) in 1987. From 1986 to 1992, He had various work experiences from teaching to working as graphic designer, art director in communication agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi -London, ILC
– Paris, Landais Print & Communication – Paris. He founded HM Studio Graphic Design Agency in 1993, then became co-founder and general manager of Genie Interactif Communication Agency from 1996 to 2006. In 2000, Hervé Matine initiated Mediavillage, the first co-working space, offering freelancers, communication and web agencies a high tech, plug and play open space office of 1600m2 in heart of Paris. From 2002 to 2008 he curated several exhibitions and hosted 2002 Greenpeace auction against global warming. President of 4 Tomorrow Association, he is the founder of poster for tomorrow, an international project whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect us all. For 10 years, several editions of poster for tomorrow were under patronage of Council of Europe and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is endorsed by charities such as Amnesty, Reporters Without Borders, FIDH, and collaborated with different department of United Nations.
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Rupa Raje Gupta

She is a New Delhi based architect and an educator. An alumnus of the prestigious Chandigarh College of Architecture, and an M.Phil, Ph.D from the Welsh School of Architecture, UK. She has had an interesting range of projects and career experience. She is a keen researcher, with particular interest in vernacular architecture since the time of her undergraduate thesis on the
redevelopment of slum settlements in Dharavi, Mumbai. Her interest in low cost technologies as well as vernacular systems in construction has made achieving results with limited funds a prime area of focus. A doctoral research opportunity at PRASADA, (Practice Research Advancement in South Asian Design and Architecture), in the UK came to her as a dream. For this she was offered a bursary and worked under the guidance of Dr Adam Hardy at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. The research was based on the documentation and analysis of a 350 year old house form called the Wada in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
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Katja Klaus

Katja Klaus is a research associate for the Academy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, focusing on the fields of education, design and communication. She has published and edited numerous books in these areas. She currently heads an international university program at the Bauhaus, the Bauhaus Open Studios. From 2005 to 2014 she worked as the personal
consultant to the Director. Before that, she gained an M.A. in media, theatre and education in Leipzig and Scandinavia and worked as a freelance journalist.
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Javed Jabbar

Senator (R) Javed Jabbar is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and advertising mogul. As an elected member of the Senate of Pakistan, he has with extensive experience in public affairs, grass-root development, welfare organizations, international affairs, and a variety of government departments. Beyond his political career, he is the founder of MNJ Communications (Pvt.), known
for producing distinctive and unique advertising content. He wrote and produced the Pakistani film ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ and ‘Beyond the Last Mountain’ (1976) which was critically acclaimed at international film festivals; the film was celebrated due to its realistic and gender-sensitive portrayal of women. Through his vast experience, he has mentored successful marketing and advertising practitioners; additionally, he was also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the AdAsia 2019, promoting more impactful and thoughtful advertising in the country.
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