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Severance Jelly - An Architectural Competition


PSA is hosting a design competition to create edible design in the form of an architectural jelly under the theme of “severance”, or the seemingly permanent social, cultural, and political divisions that typify our current era.


A jelly can be defined as: A fruit-flavoured dessert made by warming and then cooling a liquid containing gelatin or a similar setting agent in a mould or disk so that it sets into a semi-solid, somewhat elastic mass.


Using a single or multiple cuts with a kitchen knife or other tool, you will photograph the carving of your jelly to perform the severance of which your jelly is a representation.



1. You will first need to decide on and create a subject that your jelly will represent. 

2. You will design the jelly. 

3. You will then need to create a negative/mould for the jelly, this could be vacuum formed or 3D printed (for example).

4 You will then cast your jelly to produce a fruit-flavoured dessert in the shape of your selected subject. 

5 Using a single or multiple cuts with a kitchen knife, you will carve your jelly to perform the severance of which your jelly is a representation.

6 You will give your Severance Jelly a title.



Early Entry Fee: 30 € (Before 1st February 2023)
Late Entry Fees: 50 € (Before 1st March 2023)

Deadline: Saturday 8th April 2023
Entry Format: A single A2 (540mm x 420mm) sheet emailed digitally in PDF format to  Entrants are strongly advised to make their jelly and include photographs of the design process.

Submission: Via email to

Register to enter the Competition


First Prize: The winning jelly will be exhibited (and potentially consumed) at the opening of the Paris School of Architecture’s End of Year Show on Friday 16th June 2023, where a “permanent” version of the jelly will also be 3D printed and exhibited.  The winners will have accommodation in Paris arranged for Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June in order to attend the Show, as well as receiving €250.

Honourable Mentions: Two honourable mentions will have their jelly's forms 3D printed and exhibited at the Show.



The jury will be composed of members of the school’s Academic Council, as well as a selection of current students at PSA.

The winner will be announced on 1st May 2023 on this page and via email.

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