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

07 July 2017

The UIA 2017 Seoul International Ideas Competition for Students and Young Designers has been succ

31 May 2017

The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards were founded to encourage and acknowledge architects

30 May 2017

The Jury for the International Urban Design Ideas Competition for the Financial District and the

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