2020 International Velux Award

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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

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

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

2019 World Architecture Day International Poster Design Competition

On Monday, 7 October 2019, people everywhere will celebrate World Architecture Day 2019. It is traditionally celebrated every year on the first Monday in October to coincide with the United Nations World Habitat Day.The UIA has chosen the theme “Architecture… housing for all”. It will focus on how architects can contribute to the realisation of affordable housing for all; the implementation of the New Urban Agenda; and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 11, “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable”.Countries all over the globe will highlight the importance of architecture through events, exhibits, lectures and other activities, for the profession and the public.The International Union of Architects (UIA)—the only global organisation representing the world’s 3.2 million architects—is now launching a competition to design the poster for World Architecture Day 2019. The winning design will become the unifying visual identity for the programmes and activities organised throughout the world on 7 October this year.
ELIGIBILITYThis competition is open to anyone. Submissions can be made as an individual or as a team.
TIMELINELaunch: Tuesday 2 April 2019Deadline for submitting questions: Friday 31 May 2019 at 18h Paris timeSubmission deadline: Friday 21 June 2019 at 18h Paris timeJury meeting: Friday 19 July 2019Announcement of results: Wednesday 31 July 2019

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Winners announced in KFAS headquarters design competition (Kuwait)

Topotek 1 (Switzerland/Germany) has been officially announced as the winner of the international competition for the design of the new headquarters of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences  (KFAS).The competition was organised as an international, restricted two-phase architecture competition preceded by an open pre-selection procedure. Its objective was to design the new KFAS headquarters and conference centre as part of a master plan aiming to develop an attractive location for science in Ras-Al Ard area, the northeastern tip of the Salmiyan peninsula in Kuwait. 

Speaking during the presentation, the winning team, led by Dan Budik and Martin Rein-Cano, described its design explaining that the “concept for the KFAS site envisions an inviting green public space along the harbour that merges seamlessly with the existing coastal promenade and – like an elegant necklace that accentuates sparkling jewels – connects two striking new landmarks to the KFAS Science Centre, further enriching Kuwait’s exciting architectural landscape.”
The jury praised the winning design “as a courageous, consistent contribution whose conceptual and structural approach delivers the implementation of all functional requirements and sensitivity towards a traditional context.”
Subsequent prizes were awarded as follows:
2nd prize: Metaform architects (Luxembourg)
3rd prize: Querkraft architekten zt gmbh (Austria)
4th prize: Nasrine Seraji Architect (France), with Petitdidierprioux Architects (France), VS-A (Hong Kong, China), and Djao-Rakitine LTD (United Kingdom)
The competition  was organised by KFAS and managed by German agency [phase eins]. It was launched on 26 March 2018 with the endorsement of the UIA, which was represented on the jury by Italian architect Luca Molinari.
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Dhaka Declaration – UIA Sustainable Development Commission

Over the last few decades, tremendous progress has been made in improving the health, education, and well-being of people around the world. However, this development has been accompanied by environmental damage, climate change, and resource depletion as well as social and cultural challenges. In 2015, the nations of the world came together and laid out the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. Architecture interacts with each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and architects can help the goals to be achieved. As architects, we have the responsibility to contribute to the built environment and make choices that change the world for the better—through better buildings, settlements, landscape architecture and urban planning. The UIA, UIA SDG Commission, Arcasia and the Institute of Architects Bangladesh signed the UIA SDG Dhaka Declaration on 13 April 2019, calling on architects to strive for these Goals in their own practice and as civic leaders.Dowload the full declaration here


The 2020 President-elect, the 2019-2020 Secretary, and an At-large Director were elected in New York City

Three new leaders were elected at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018, including the 2020 President-elect.

2019 First Vice President/2020 President-elect

L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, from AIA South Carolina, was elected 2019 First Vice President/2020 President-elect.

From 2016 to 2017, she served as an At-large Director on AIA National’s Board of Directors while chairing the Public Outreach Committee and serving on the Board Visibility & Engagement Task Force. Previously, she was the South Atlantic Regional Director from 2012 to 2015. She also chaired the Small Firm Round Table’s Executive Committee in 2014 and served as president of AIA South Carolina in 2010.

“To create a future with better buildings, better communities, and a better world, we have to be flexible, nimble, and seize opportunities to turn dilemmas into advantages,” she says. “As architects, when we are at our best, we don’t talk about the future—we create it.”

A principal at Frederick + Frederick Architects since 1989, she received her B.Arch. from Auburn University.

2019-2020 Secretary

Jason Winters, AIA, from AIA Chesapeake Bay/AIA Maryland, was elected 2019-2020 Secretary.

He recently served on AIA’s Strategic Council, both as the moderator and liaison to the National Associates Committee. His AIA service includes terms on the Continuing Education Committee, the Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee, and the Federal Architecture Task Group. In 2014 he served as president of AIA Maryland; he was also president of AIA Chesapeake Bay in 2008.

“I believe the Secretary should continue to fulfill the vision of repositioning the Institute,” he says, “placing AIA as a robust professional organization with prominent leadership in all aspects of the built environment—past, present and future.”

A principal at Kezlo Group since 2013, he received a B.Arch. from Drexel University, a M.Arch. from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

2019-2021 At-large Director

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, from AIA New York Chapter/AIA New York, was elected an At-large Director.

In 2018, she served on AIA National’s Board Knowledge Committee after a three-year stint as a New York Regional Representative on the AIA Strategic Council. She was also named an AIA Louise Bethune Fellow in 2018 and received an AIA Young Architects Award in 2017.

“We are experiencing a pivotal moment at AIA,” she says. “Connecting with our membership is more important now than ever. We need to be ambitious and proactive. AIA must think boldly and aspirationally about our profession.”

A senior associate at Mancini Duffy since 2017, she received a B.A. in Visual Arts and Architecture from Oberlin College and her M.Arch. from the Rhode Island School of Design.

To view the full AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council, visit


1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Prize for Responsible Architecture

1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Prize for Responsible Architecture Corporate partner | SEOUL 2017 | Architectural Education | Competitions | Schools

The Education Commission of the International Union of Architects (UIA) is pleased to announce the 1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Design Prize for Responsible Architecture for the 2015-2017 triennium.  Administered by the UIA, and sponsored by the UIA and MIDO Watches, this program is intended to provide architecture students in the ten UNESCO-UIA validated and candidate schools, working individually or in teams, with a platform for recognition and reward for their best academic design projects focused on Responsible Architecture.  The prize is also intended to promote the UNESCO-UIA validated schools and the UNESCO-UIA Validation System.

The theme of the competition is Responsible Architecture.  This is in response to the call of Habitat III for the New Urban Agenda as follows, (excerpted from “Habitat III New Urban Agenda”, 10 September 2016):

“By 2050 the world urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. As the population, economic activities, social and cultural interactions, as well as environmental and humanitarian impacts, are increasingly concentrated in cities, this poses massive sustainability challenges in terms of housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety, and natural resources, among others.

We are still far from adequately addressing these and other existing and emerging challenges; and there is a need to take advantage of the opportunities of urbanization as an engine of sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection, and of its potential contributions to the achievement of transformative and sustainable development.

We commit to urban and rural development that is people-centred, protects the planet, and is age-and gender-responsive, and to the realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, facilitating living together, ending all forms of discrimination and violence, and empowering all individuals and communities, while enabling their full and meaningful participation. We further commit to promote culture and respect for diversity, and equality as key elements in the humanization of our cities and human settlements.”


  • 8 December 2016 – Prize announced and launched
  • 1 February 2017 – Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2017 – Submission Deadline
  • 19-20 April 2017 – Jury
  • May 2017 – Winners announced
  • September 2017 – Winning projects displayed at the UIA Congress, Seoul, Korea


The deans and/or their designees of invited schools are asked to submit and enter up to three student design projects from each school.  All student entrants are required to have worked under the direction of a faculty sponsor.  Entries will be accepted for individual as well as teams.  Teams must be limited to a maximum of three students.  Submissions should be principally the product of work in an upper-level (last year of a degree program) design studio or related class.  Entries should be work principally developed between December 2015 and March of 2017.  (It is understood that the students of some of the submitted work will have received their degrees, and no longer be students, but the work must have been completed by them prior to their graduation.)

First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded, in addition to a selected number of honourable mentions, all at the discretion of the jury. MIDO has provided a total of 5,000 CFH will be distributed to the winners, divided at the discretion of the jury, as well as watches for the prize winners.

The First Place winners will also receive a stipend to attend the 2017 UIA Congress in Seoul, Korea. Award winning projects will be displayed and winners will be recognized at the UIA Congress.


Entries will be judged on their success in proposing Responsible Architecture to fulfil the aspirations of the New Urban Agenda.


The jury of esteemed architects are associated with the work of the UNESCO-UIA Validation Commission.  None of the jurors have any associations with the validated schools.

  • David Gloster, UK
  • Vity Claude Nsalambi, Angola
  • Dr. Jana Revedin, (UNESCO representative and President of the jury), Austria
  • Kate Schwennsen, USA
  • Vladimir Slapeta, Czeck Republic
  • Nuno Soares, Macao
  • Fani Vavili, Greece


The deans and/or their designees of invited programs will register their entries via email by 5:00 pm GMT 1 February 2017, to:

Emily Bonin
UIA Officer in Charges of UIA Prizes and Competitions
UIA-International Union of Architects
Tel. +33 1 45 24 72 45