Competitions

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.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDEAS COMPETITION, Student

Great Green Wall Single Stage Student Ideas Competition

Region V - Africa

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the Great Green Wall single stage student ideas competition open to all students in architecture of the world.

2022-05-20Deadline for Questions
2022-08-20Deadline for Registration
2022-09-30Deadline for Entries
Restricted | Professional

European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Region I - Western Europe | Spain

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) organized a restricted international multidisciplinary project competition for the design of the new JRC Site Headquarters in Seville, Spain.

Keywords : Institutional, Sustainability
Restricted | Professional

European Parliament – Paul-Henri SPAAK Building

Region I - Western Europe | Belgium

The Official Journal of the European Commission announced the international architectural design competition for the renewal of the European Parliament – Paul-Henri SPAAK Building Brussels on 26 May 2020. The international, single stage architectural design project competition with an open pre-qualification followed by a restricted procedure is conducted according to the UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning and the UIA best practice recommendations.

 

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Keywords : Institutional, Sustainability
Student

RESULTS: 2021 UIA-HYP CUP INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COMPETITION

Region IV - Asia and Oceania

The UIA-HYP Cup, today in its 10th edition, is the only student architecture competition in mainland China. The UIA has endorsed the competition since its conception in 2012. Each edition of […]

2021-09-20Deadline for registration
2021-10-10Deadline for submissions
2022-11-12Jury meeting
Keywords : Education, Rural planning, Transformation
Restricted | Professional

Thessaloniki ConfEx Park

Region II - Eastern Europe and the Middle East | Greece

TIF-HELEXPO, a national exhibition and conference organizer based in Thessaloniki, Greece, organised an international multidisciplinary project competition with prequalification for the design of Thessaloniki ConfEx Park, located in the heart of Thessaloniki, currently home to 1.1 million people and Greece’s second largest city.

Keywords : Urban Landscape
Open | Professional

Bamiyan Cultural Centre

Region II - Eastern Europe and the Middle East | Afghanistan

UNESCO, with the collaboration of the Government of Afghanistan, organised an international open competition in 2014 for the design of the Bamiyan Cultural Centre.

Keywords : Culture, Heritage