Author: admin


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


The international jury includes architect and UIA representative Kasper Guldager Jensen (Denmark), Alumil representative and Innovation Director Nikolaos Salpingidis (Greece), architect Gabriela Carrillo (Mexico), architect Lauren Haiden (South Africa) and economist Dimitrios P. Tsomocos (UK/Greece). Deputy jurors are architect and UIA representative Sara Martin Camara (France) and economist Oren Sussman (Israel).


This competition is open to all architects entitled to practise in their country of residence.


The official language of the competition is English.


1st prize: 20,000 euros 

2nd prize: 15,000 euros 

3rd prize: 10,000 euros

4th prize: 7,000 euros

5th prize: 5,000 euros 

6th prize: 3,000 euros

4 honourable mentions 


9 March 2020: Competition launch 

10 April 2020: Deadline for questions 

25 May 2020: Deadline for registration 

15 October 2020: Deadline entries

25 November 2020: Announcement of Competition results 

11 December 2020: Awards Ceremony and exhibition at Thessaloniki Town Hall 

All projects will be posted online. Alumil S.A. will publish a catalogue of the competition results.

For more information, see the competition website.

Share and Enjoy !

0 0

The Daylight Award 2020

As you may know, The Daylight Award, organised by the UIA’s long-term partner, The VELUX Foundations, is accepting nominations until 1 November 2019.The Daylight Award includes two categories. Daylight in Architecture is awarded to individuals or a group of architects whose projects showcase unique use of daylight. Special emphasis will be put on architecture that considers the overall quality of human life and its value to society. The Daylight Award for Research will be given to an individual or a group of researchers, whose work puts special emphasis on the effects of daylight on human health, well-being and performance.

The winner in each category will receive a financial compensation of €100,000. For more information on the Daylight Award and its laureates from 2018, please see its YouTube channel.We encourage you to share the call for nominations with your Member Sections in order to obtain expert recommendations of qualified expert candidates with notable experience in daylight research and the unique use of daylight in architecture. 

Do note that self-nominations are discouraged. However, nominations of distinguished architects by their peers are welcome. Send an email to the Special Advisor with the nominee’s name and contact information.The UIA is proud to be able to offer The VELUX Foundations our valuable expertise and global reach in the service of the innovative and prestigious The Daylight Award. We welcome your valuable contributions!
THOMAS VONIERPresident, International Union of Architects

Share and Enjoy !

0 0


UIA – NewsletterOnline version
WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY – 7 OCTOBER 2019The UIA marks World Architecture Day on the first Monday of every October, to celebrate the power and value of architecture. It is an occasion for its Member Sections throughout the world to stage events and actions that advance architecture in the public eye.This year’s theme will be “Architecture… housing for all”, exploring how architects can contribute to solutions ensuring universal access to safe housing. The UIA invites its Member Sections to share information about events for this year’s World Architecture Day at: news@uia-architectes.orgFind out more and download the poster
UNESCO-UIA WORLD CAPITAL OF ARCHITECTUREThe Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, launched the Rio 2020 Council for the first UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture programme on 10 September 2019. UIA Working Bodies and Member Sections are invited to participate in the World Capital of Architecture Programme by submitting proposals for events to Rio de Janeiro City Hall.Find out more
UIA WORLD CONGRESS COPENHAGEN 2023The Danish Association of Architects, part of the Nordic Member Section of the UIA, has launched the website of the UIA World Congress of Architects: Copenhagen 2023. The event will take place on 2-7 July 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress theme will be “Sustainable Futures: Leave No One Behind” examining how architecture can contribute to the achievement of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.Find out more
2020 INTERNATIONAL VELUX AWARDRegistration is open for the International VELUX Award (IVA), a biennial ideas competition for students of architecture. It invites students from all over the world to create projects investigating the role of daylight in our everyday lives. The award has been endorsed by the UIA since 2004.Find out more
LIANG SICHENG ARCHITECTURE PRIZEThe nomination process has begun for the 2020 Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize. Organised by the Architectural Society of China, the prize awards architects, architectural theorists and architectural educators who have made significant achievements and outstanding contributions in the architectural field. The deadline is 10 December 2019.Find out more
UIA-CBC INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOPThe 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop reached its conclusion on 18 August. The workshop, co-hosted by Siyang County People’s Government, CBC (China Building Centre) and the Tianjin University School of Architecture, is the first, and currently the only, competitive construction workshop in China to receive official recognition and support from the UIA.Find out more
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS COMMISSIONArchitects around the world are invited to submit exemplary architecture projects to be included in the second edition of ‘An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals’. The Commission is accepting architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning projects that illustrate the different ways in which architecture can contribute to the achievement of one or several of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline for submission is 20 October 2019. This Commission will meet on 16 October in Cairo (Egypt).Find out more
ARCHITECTURE AND CHILDREN WORK PROGRAMMEMembers of the Architecture and Children Work Programme will take part in Denkraum Bauhaus, the 6th international symposium on the mediation of Architecture on 27-29 September 2019 in Weimar, Germany. They will present the UIA publication “An architecture guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals” and discuss the importance of educating children about the built environment.Find out more
Email : news@uia-architectes.orgWebsiite : www.uia-architectes.orgFacebookSign up for our newsletter

Share and Enjoy !

0 0

2020 International Velux Award

View online version


The International VELUX Award (IVA) is a biennial ideas competition for students of architecture. It invites students from all over the world to create projects investigating the role of daylight in our everyday lives. The award has been endorsed by the UIA since 2004.
The theme of the 2020 edition is “Light of Tomorrow”. It seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment with an open-minded and experimental approach. Its objective is to widen the boundaries of daylight in architecture, including aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and environment.

The International VELUX Award has enjoyed increasing numbers of participants since its inception in 2004. The last edition saw over 4 000 registered students and over 600 submitted projects from ambitious, innovative and thoughtful future architects.

Teams or individual future architects (assisted by an architecture professor from their accredited institution) may choose between two categories: Daylight in Buildings (“projects that demonstrate applicable principles for providing daylight and sunlight into buildings”)
and Daylight Investigations (“projects that look at the physical properties of light, basics of optics and materials, as well as technological developments, new materials, storage or transportation of daylight”). Multidisciplinary teams, including students in the domains of design, engineering and landscaping, are encouraged.

The jury will select 5 regional winners in each category, who will then progress to the final round, presenting their projects to the jury at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The jury will then select two global winners, one in each category.

Projects are evaluated according to the following criteria:
The work with daylighting as a premise for architecture.
How the project is researched and documented.
How the project addresses contemporary and future challenges.
The level of experimentation and innovation.
The overall graphic presentation of the project, how the project presents itself.

The names of the jury members will be announced shortly.

Registration opens: 1 September 2019
Registration closes and submission period opens: 1 April 2020
Deadline for questions: 1 April 2020
Submission deadline; project upload: 15 June 2020
Jury meeting: 25-26 June 2020
Winners announcement and online exhibition: December 2020
For more information, visit the award website

Share and Enjoy !

0 0

Invitation to the 7th Edition of The Real Estate Development Summit – West Africa – RED West Africa

The 7th  Edition of The Real Estate Development Summit – West Africa is all set to take place at the

Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on the 28th & 29th October.

The West African edition brings together a wide canvas of 80 Solution Providers, 30+ Speakers, 150+ VIP delegates and a fleet of industry thought leaders, Hotel Owners, Hotel Operators, Developers, Architects, Designers, Consultants, Solution Providers, Technology Consultants and Investors. The summit encompasses session around challenges that Project Holders and Solution Providers face on common grounds and evaluate the best practices in revisiting strategies that bring about a paradigm shift in the way real estate industry functions.

With growing challenges in the real estate sector each day, the summit aims to address a gamut of issues and challenges with respect to finding suitable suppliers with quality and pricing, while also maintaining their internationalstandards and practices. The summit also serves as a ground for face – to-face meetings that add a personal touch in fostering meaningful business relationships that will help investors and suppliers to seal prospective business opportunities.

The key attendees for the RED summit include executives and key decision makers from the Residential, Hospitality, Commercial, and Mixed-use sectors. Hospitality sectortops the list with 45% attendees. The Residential sector follows with 30% and commercial ranks third with 15%.

An expert-led panel discussion forum with thought leaders will throw light on the latest market trends that will educate and inspire change in the real estate sector. The event will also serve as a ground for suppliers to showcase their niche products and services to Project Holders.

The RED summit will be apotential ground forendless opportunities to connect with people pertaining to theirrespective fields on many different levels through B2B meetings. The predefined agendas in B2B meetings will facilitatein in-depth analysis of preferences of buyers and suppliers and lays a strong foundation forbusiness transactions.

To participate in the Summit, orto know more, visit orcontact GBB at

Share and Enjoy !

0 0

IV Baku International Architecture Award

Dear Colleagues,

The Union of Architects of Azerbaijan informs that it continues accepting applications for participation in the Fourth Edition of the Baku International Architecture Award, held with the support of the International Union of Architects:    

Deadline for the reception of entries – May 20, 2019.

The Award is held every two years by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan and is a significant and authoritative event not only for architects around the world but for the entire cultural community.

This year the Award will take place in the framework of the International Architecture Forum on Mass tourism in historic cities to be held on June 7-9, 2019 in Baku ( ). In this context, the categories of the Award are changed to reflect the topics of the Forum.

Participation in such a prestigious event, during which the best works are recognised, will allow architects to demonstrate their high level of creativity and to strengthen their professional authority.

The geography of previous editions covered almost all the continents of the world – from North America to Australia, from Europe to the countries of the African continent. In addition to monetary awards, the winners of the competition also receive the winner’s Cup – a symbol of the Baku Award and a Certificate. Their names and works are published in the Award Catalog and are also displayed on the UIA website. The Award jury consists of world-famous architects.

We invite all colleagues to participate in the competition. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your creativity to the whole world!

The Union of Architects of Azerbaijan

Share and Enjoy !

0 0