Organised by the UIA Architecture & Children Work Programme since 2011, the Award accepts nominations in four award categories:
1. Audio-visual Media (films, audio-visual educational material, web sites…)
2. Written Media (books, magazines, non audio-visual educational tools)
3. Institutions (organisations, institutions, museums…)
4. Schools (directors, teachers, students)
During the National phase, each UIA National Member Section participating in the Award will organise a selection process and nominate one entry for submission for the International Awards.
In the International phase, the International Jury will evaluate the Nominated Entries and select one UIA Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Award in each category. Note that this cycle will be entirely digital on international level, and projects must be submitted to the UIA Prize Platform.
Awards will be presented at the 28th UIA Congress ‘UIA 2023 CPH’.
Take a look at the brief here
Theme and objectives
The Golden Cubes Awards (GCA) honour people and organizations that help children and young people to develop a better understanding of architecture and the built environment. Entrants will be invited to submit entries describing activities or products designed to teach children and young people, from pre-school up to and including the age of 18, about architectural design and the processes by which our environment is formed.
The Awards recognise, encourages, and supports individuals and organisations that lay the foundations of an architectural culture and help children and young people, from pre-school up to and including the age of 18, to understand architectural design and the processes by which our environment is shaped. This will help them, as adult citizens, to participate effectively in the creation and intelligent use of high quality architecture that is humane, sustainable and respectful of its context.
The following issues should be considered by the entrants in preparing their submissions. Not every criterion must be met.
- Are the educational objectives – what the children will learn and what skills they will acquire – clearly stated?
- Does it increase their understanding of architecture?
- Does it support their understanding of social, economic and ecological sustainability?
- Does it encourage sensitivity, creativity or critical thinking?
- Does it have the support of the educational authorities or of the community?
- Does it involve collaboration or interdisciplinary partnerships?
- Can it be implemented on a continuing basis?
The UIA Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Awards invites competitors to present submissions relating to an activity, which is currently active, or to a product produced, or an event which has taken place.
Entries should mirror activities or publications digital or physical performed or produced during the 2020 to 2023.
The International Jury (below) will evaluate the entries at the International Phase:
Carla Rinaldi (Italy), Pedagogue, President of Reggio Children
Angela Uttke Million (Germany), Professor
Krisztina Somogyi (Hungary), PhD – Communication Specialist, UIA A&C WP member
Jorge Raedo (Colombia), Media specialist
Heba Safey Eldeen (Egypt), Professor, UIA WP Architecture & Children Co-Director
Ken-ichi Suzuki (Japan), Professor, Nagoya City University
Peter Exley (USA), American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2021 President, Architecture is Fun
The prize for each winner in the International Awards is a Certificate and/or a Trophy. Winning and special mentioned entries will be included in the UIA Architecture & Children Work Programme exhibition at the UIA Congress in Copenhagen, July 2023.
Winning and special mentioned entries will be exhibited in the UIA Architecture & Children Work Programme exhibition at the UIA Congress in Copenhagen and, together with the Jury’s Report, will be published on the UIA BEE Website. The results will be published in UIA Newsletters and promoted through the international press and media.