The UIA supports the Sandy Hook Memorial Competition
Urban renewal of one Schuman square in Brussels

International architecture competitions broaden the horizons of design by calling on the creativity of architects throughout the world.

In 1956, UNESCO commissioned the International Union of Architects to ensure respect for international standards in the launch and operation of international architecture and urban planning competitions. These standards are laid out in the UNESCO-UIA Regulations that give guidelines for the project brief, procedures, jury composition, winner's compensation, schedule, and publication of results.

The iconic structures in the following list were all realised through international competitions approved by the UIA and carried out under its oversight:


• Sydney Opera House, Australia, Jørn Utzon architect
• Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France, Renzo Piano, Richard Rodgers architects
• Foreign Affairs Ministry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Henning Larsen architect
• Tokyo International Forum, Japan, Rafael Viñoly architect
• François Mitterrand Library in Paris, Dominique Perrault, architect
• Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria, Egypt, Snøhetta architects

The experience and authority conferred on UIA by UNESCO allows us to serve as a reference in terms of ethics and prestige in the realm of international architecture and urban planning competitions.

The UIA also advises on the organisation of international architectural prizes. Launched by public or private organisms these prizes spotlight specific architectural realisations, materials, technologies, themes, or research.

last results

3rd Edition of Baku International Architecture Award - 1st Prize Cat. B
07 October 2017
The Third Edition of the Baku International Architecture Award has been successfully concluded. The open, biennial award organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan is endorsed the International Union of Architects (UIA).
09 September 2017
No prize was awarded.
01 August 2017
Organised every two years since 2005 and endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Barbara Cappochin Prize recognizes architectural work spotlighting the vital role of architecture plays in the evolution of our landscape. It focuses on the periphery of cities, bio-architecture, energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning…

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