Architecture Tender | Key Steps to Respond

Practical Tips and Best Techniques for Deciphering and Effectively Responding to Architecture Tenders.

Responding to Architecture Tenders | Strategies and Tips

In the world of architecture, public procurement tenders represent valuable opportunities for agencies seeking to expand their portfolio and enhance their reputation. However, the process can appear to be a labyrinth. OOTI simplifies your journey and offers practical advice to help you navigate the tender landscape with confidence and efficiency.

How to win any Architecture Tender |
4 Simple Steps

The process of responding to an architecture competition can seem both straightforward and complex. To clarify it, we have broken it down into four essential steps:

Step 1: Finding Architecture Tenders

Before securing new contracts, one of the first steps in responding to a tender is knowing where to find these public procurement opportunities. Several public and private platforms regularly publish such tenders – genuine chances for growth.
The go-to website in this regard is, the Official Journal of Public Procurement Announcements in France. This government service disseminates public procurement announcements across various sectors, including architecture, construction, and engineering – a real goldmine!
Certain professional journals and architecture magazines also frequently publish tender announcements. To stay updated on new opportunities, consider subscribing to newsletters and setting up personalized notifications.
Once you have found the public procurement announcement that aligns with your company's activity, carefully read it to understand what it entails. Each tender has its own specifications, requirements, and selection criteria. It is crucial to gather key information such as the budget, deadlines, project type, location, and technical and regulatory imperatives. Understanding the tender is the first step in preparing an effective response.

4 simple steps

Step 2: Analyzing the Company Consultation File

After identifying the tender, the next step is a meticulous analysis of the Company Consultation File (DCE). This document, often extensive and intricate, contains all the necessary information for preparing your response.
A typical DCE includes several essential documents for consultation:

  • The consultation regulations, specifying response modalities, selection criteria, and deadlines.
  • The Technical Specifications Booklet (CCTP), providing detailed technical specifications of the project.
  • The Administrative Clauses Booklet (CCAP), detailing contractual conditions.
  • Plans, diagrams, and other technical documents useful for understanding the project.

Your company must analyze these technical documents and the basis of selection (price, technical quality of the offer, completion time, and sometimes environmental or social criteria). Participation conditions, such as required technical and financial capabilities and references, may be decisive factors.
Understanding the technical and legal requirements involves true interpretation work. You must read between the lines, grasp the buyer's intent, and assess the implications for your architectural firm.

Step 3: Crafting and Submitting Your Candidacy

After a thorough analysis of the DCE, how do you draft a response to the tender? Crafting the candidacy dossier requires organization and precision. It must be logically structured, with clear and distinct sections, each corresponding to a specific part of the DCE. Ensure that your proposal addresses all the tender criteria, especially those for the specific public procurement market in question.
Highlighting your strengths in the response is essential:

  • Your team's expertise and experience.
  • Similar projects you have undertaken (your references).
  • Your technical capabilities.
  • Your financial stability.

These elements will reassure the buyer about your aptitude for successfully executing the project.
Not to be overlooked: graphical presentation and references in your candidacy. In the field of architecture, they play a crucial role. Plans, diagrams, and images can effectively illustrate your vision for the project beyond words alone. Ensure they are of high quality and seamlessly integrated into your proposal.

Step 4: Tracking the Progress of Your Candidacy

Your dossier is submitted? Keep track of it! Most tender platforms offer means to monitor the status of your candidacy. You can usually check it on the website where you submitted it. If not, don't hesitate to contact the buyer for updates. Demonstrating your interest in the project and commitment to delivering quality work.
If your dossier is rejected, request feedback to understand the reasons behind the decision. This will help improve your future responses to tenders.If your dossier is accepted, congratulations! It's time to take action. Ensure you fully comprehend the next steps, such as contract signing, project preparation, or commencement of work. Maintain proximity and communication with the buyer and mobilize your team to meet the project's technical requirements.

And for even more opportunities: take advantage of our management tool to optimize your time and follow-ups.
Request a free demonstration!

Try OOTI Free for 14 days

No contracts, no credit card.
Get started now
The first 7 days are on us
Easy set up and premium onboarding
No credit card needed