Competitions siteparc

Why an international UNESCO-UIA competition?

The International Union of Architects has many years of experience overseeing and assisting in the organisation of international competitions in architecture and urban planning. In 1956, delegations of practicing architects from all over the world drew up a set of standard regulations for international competitions in architecture and urban planning, which UNESCO subsequently ratified. The framework and objectives embodied in the UNESCO Regulations have endured for more than sixty years, prioritising equal treatment, transparency, qualified adjudication, quality and innovation. 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. Support from the UIA gives organisers access to architects and architecture students as well as to media and professional institutions worldwide.

Quality competitions, quality architecture since 1956

The UIA promotes excellence in architecture, sustainability and cultural diversity. Student and professional international architecture competitions endorsed through the UNESCO-UIA International Competitions Programme have taken place all over the world and have resulted in some of the most iconic edifices of the 20th century. The experience and authority conferred upon the UIA by UNESCO in 1956 allow us to serve as a reference in terms of ethics in the realm of architecture and urban planning competitions globally.

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. UIA-endorsed architecture prizes have taken place all over the world.



Restricted | Professional

New HQ for the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

Region II - Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East | Kuwait

The UIA endorsed the international, restricted two-phase architecture competition for the design of the new headquarters for the Kuwait Foundation of Sciences (KFAS), a private, non-profit organisation dedicated to progress and to the advancement of the society through science and technology.

Keywords : Institutional


Region IV - Asia and Oceania | South Korea

This open project competition was organised by the DAEGU Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC) and hosted by the city of Samcheok in Gangwon-do. 

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The competition aimed to promote and celebrate the history and culture of Dodo Island and General Yi Sa-bu, and thus sought a creative and specialised space through a modern display of historical facts.

This competition was approved by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and followed the UIA-UNESCO regulations and the UIA guide.


Keywords : Mosques, Reconstruction, Spiritual places
Open | Professional

International Competition for Horse Park in Yeongcheon

Region IV - Asia and Oceania | South Korea

The Korea Racing Authority (KRA), the client, wishes to construct “LetsRun Park Yeongcheon”, a theme park incorporating a racetrack in Yeongcheon. Gyeongsangbuk-do Province that will hopefully become a local attraction […]

Keywords : Sports, Tourism, Urban Landscape
Restricted | Professional

Urban Replanning and Architecture Design of Maspero Triangle

Region V - Africa | Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS) and the Governorate of Cairo organized an international competition by invitation for the development and design of the master plan of the Maspero triangle district, with an area of 35 ha in downtown Cairo.

The goal of this competition was to inspire an urban design that exemplifies community diversity, showcases heritage, protects the environment and preserves the diversity of its residents.

Keywords : Heritage, Tourism, Transformation, Urban Landscape
Restricted | Professional

Olympic House

Region I - Western Europe | Switzerland

The International Union of Architects (UIA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) collaborated to launch a two-stage international architectural competition in 2013.

Keywords : Institutional, Sustainability