Procedure : Category : Student
Region IV - Asia and Oceania | Australia

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the Next Generation of Stroke Rehabilitation Centres international single stage student ideas competition open to all students in architecture of the world.

The competition is organised by the UIA Public Health Group and the NOVELL Redesign Team. It is co-sponsored by the Australian Health Design Council (AHDC).

Read the questions and answers.


Due to the significant number of applications received, the Jury had to postpone the evaluation meeting. The results will be published on 5 June. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

After consultations, the competition organiser of the Next Generation of Stroke Rehabilitation Centres International Ideas Student Competition has decided on the need to allow participants to exceed 1,600 sqm if they wish to include ancillary facilities (catering, stores, logistics, service and administration ) in their design proposal.

Furthermore, the submission deadline has been extended and will take place over a period of several days, that is, 15-21 April 2023.

Submissions were accepted until 21 April, 23:59 France time (GMT+2).

Keywords : Health

Theme and objectives

To respond to recent global health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic and other devastating disasters, the UIA General Assembly in July 2021 declared “2022: UIA Year of Design for Health.” This commitment urges all UIA Member Sections to encourage architects and their clients to use evidence-based design to promote health in buildings and cities, and promotes “Design that protects health, design that develops Better Health, and design that restores health once it is impaired.”

This competition aims to encourage architecture and design students interested in design for health and to advance new ideas and futuristic concepts to solve current challenges identified by brain-injured (stroke) patients, family members, and medical staff. It invites students to design a rehabilitation centre for 30 stroke survivors and seeks creative and ambitious designs to meet stroke survivors’ needs during their recovery.


The competition is open to full-time university architectural students from all over the world. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. However, only architectural students can serve as team leaders or authors. Full-time university students from other disciplines, including interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, and others, can be co-authors or team members acting as specialists.

All team members (authors, co-authors, specialists) must be enrolled as university students by the time of the project submission to the competition website. Each team may have 1 to 5 university students, with 1 or 2 advisors. Having an advisor for this competition is not mandatory. Advisors must be named as consultants.

Jury Members

  • John Cooper, Architect, UK (jury president)
  • Fani Vavili-Tsinika, Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UIA Council member, Greece (UIA representative)
  • Philip Patrick Sun, Architect, USA
  • Jane Repin Carthey, Architect, Australia
  • Innocent Okpanum, Architect, South Africa

Alternate jurors:

  • Pei Ing Tan, UIA Secretary General, Malaysia (UIA representative)
  • Henning Lensch, Architect, Germany

Key dates

2022-08-01Competition launch
2022-11-15Deadline for questions
2022-12-15Deadline for answers
2023-03-15Deadline for registration
2023-04-15Deadline for submission of entries
2023-06-05Announcement of results


A total amount of 12,500 euros will be distributed among the authors of the winning projects:

  • 1st prize: EUR 5,000+ a certificate
  • 2nd prize: EUR 3,000 + a certificate
  • 3rd prize: EUR 2,000 + a certificate
  • 4th prize: EUR 1,500 + a certificate
  • 5th prize: EUR 1,000 + a certificate
  • Honourable Mentions: a certificate

NOVELL will invite the prize winners to become co-researchers at the NOVELL Redesign.