UNESCO-UIA ENDORSED 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.

Restricted | Professional

European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Region I - Western Europe | Spain

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

18/05/2021Launch
07/07/2021Deadline for application
Keywords : Institutional, Sustainability
Open | Professional

Ideas competition for the Design of the New Central Business District of Thessaloniki

Region II - Eastern Europe and the Middle East | Greece

The UIA endorsed ArXellence 2, an open, one-stage, international ideas competition for the Design of the New Central Business District of Thessaloniki, Greece. The competition was organised by ALUMIL S.A., an international company dealing in aluminium and advanced architectural aluminium systems based in Greece. Its goal was to contribute to the regeneration of a declining urban area of Thessaloniki by presenting innovative designs for the new central business district.

Visit the competition website.

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