The International Union of Architects (UIA) 2030 Award is now accepting applications.
The goal of the UIA 2030 Award is to highlight architects’ contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.
The biennial award, which is held in conjunction with the World Urban Forum, invites all architects from around the world to submit entries in six categories for built projects that demonstrate design quality and make significant contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UIA Award’s inaugural cycle is presently accepting submissions.
There has never been a more essential time for architects and built environment experts to contribute to this vital global issue, given the difficulties of climate change, rising urbanization, and deepening inequality caused by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UIA is devoted to assisting in the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.”
Goals for SDGs
- Open Category: will recognize a project that, in the judges’ judgement, has made the most substantial overall contribution to the fulfillment of the Global Goals, recognizing that architecture and the built environment contribute to sustainable development in a variety of ways.
Goal 7 of the SDGs
- Improving energy efficiency: This category will honor a project that has made a major contribution to increasing energy efficiency while also demonstrating design excellence, as defined by the principles supporting SDG7 Target 7.3.
- category will recognize a project: that has made a substantial contribution to the provision of accessible, appropriate, safe, and affordable housing, urban regeneration, and/or slum upgrading, in accordance with the objectives underlying Target 11.1 of SDG11.
- Participatory, land-use efficient, and inclusive planning: This category will honor a project that has made a substantial contribution to the provision of participatory, integrated, land-use efficient, and inclusive human settlement planning, as outlined in Target 11.3 of SDG11.
- Access to green and public space: This category will honor a project that has made a substantial contribution to ensuring that everyone has access to secure, inclusive, and accessible green and public space, in accordance with the principles underlying SDG11’s Target 11.7.
- Using local materials: This category will honor a project that has made a substantial contribution to the construction of sustainable and resilient structures using local materials, in accordance with the principles underlying SDG11’s Target 11.c.
Awards for The International Union of Architects
- On completion of Stage 2, a medal will be handed to one winner in each of the Categories 1-6 (i.e. one winner per Category), as well as Commendations to the remaining regional finalists.
- Architects of any nationality who are authorized to practice in their country of residence should have developed and produced the projects.
- Submissions should be for finished and occupied projects that were completed and occupied between 1 and 5 years previous to the date of submission.
Application for The International Union of Architects
There will be two phases of the tournament. Stage 1 entries will be judged on a regional basis, with each of the five UIA regions being represented.
In each Award Category, the Jury will choose at least one and up to three Regional Finalists to advance to Stage 2.
The UIA submissions platform is required for all entries. Postal or e-mail contributions will not be accepted.