International ideas competition for architecture students

Страна: Бразилия;

Дедлайн: 30.03.2020





Every three years, the UIA (International Union of Architects) organises an international congress of architecture. From 19 to 23 July 2020 it will be holding its 27th World Congress of Architects in Rio de Janeiro, entitled ‘All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21’. An international urban student ideas competition will be held to promote young talent in the field of architecture and related fields. The international ideas competition MARÉ-CIDADE is organised by the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB - Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil) and the International Union of Architects and is supported by UN Habitat.

The competition site is located between an important and busy expressway (Avenida Brasil) and a cluster of favelas (Complexo da Maré). This territory is currently occupied by warehouses and industrial buildings, most of which are abandoned or in disuse. The competition invites students to propose innovative urban solutions for the area, considering the local population, and their connection with the city.


The objective of the ideas competition is to invite students of architecture and related fields to propose innovative urban design and architectural interventions in order to integrate the Maré (an informal settlement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) to the city that would contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Read more about UN SDG Goal 11 here.


This single-stage student ideas competition is organised and conducted in accordance with UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town planning and the UIA best practice recommendations (see UIA Competition Guide for Design Competitions in Architecture and Related Fields)

The General Coordinator of the competition is architect and urbanist Dr. Thiago T. A. de Soveral (CAU/BR 85000-4), being the Assistant Coordinator architect and urbanist Rodrigo M. F. Bocater (CAU/BR A91667-6).




The competition is open to any full-time registered students of architecture (individual or team) from all over the world. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Nevertheless, only students of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, urban design or urban planning can register as authors or co-authors. Students from other disciplines can register as team members, collaborators, or consultants.

All participants must be enrolled as students by the time of proposal submission.

Teams may have from 1 to 5 students, with the possibility to have from 1 to 2 advisors/tutors.

Competitors are only allowed to participate in one team.

Students, employees and family members of jury members and persons involved in the preparation of this competition are not allowed to participate in the competition.


The official language of the competition is English.


Participants will be required to register on the official competition website. All the relevant reference documents are available therein.

After the registration, each participant will receive the following by email:

  1. the registration code, which must be indicated on all submitted boards;
  2. the login and password, which will allow participants to upload their entries.


Competitors may ask questions regarding the competition online at the competition website until the indicated deadline. Questions will be continuously answered until the indicated deadline.


Participants should ensure anonymity while submitting their entries. The name of the competitors (students, tutor, schools and their countries) should not be indicated on any part of the submitted material. All entries should only indicate the registration code provided by the competition organisers.

The submitted files must not display the author’s, advisor’s, university’s, course’s or school’s name or logo, nor signature of drawings that would allow the identification of the entry.


The following will not be accepted:

  • Entries submitted after the deadline;
  • Entries that do not respect the conditions for anonymity;
  • Entries that violate authors rights of third parties;
  • Proposals with links, animations, videos, animated GIFs, QR codes, Barcodes or features other than still images and text;
  • Presentation of attachments except for those documents required by this document.

Entries that do not meet the requirements set forth in this document or those that in any way contain any kind of irregularity, shall be indicated by the Coordinator of the Competition and submitted to the Jury, which shall decide on its possible disqualification, registering the decision in the Report of the Jury Decision.

Under no circumstances shall competitors participating in this Competition use their participation, at any time, to promote their names or their products, brands and/or services by means of making association with UIA2020RIO; and they are otherwise prohibited from using in any form the UIA2020RIO symbols that are its trademarks.


a. Declaration of Authorship

  1. The team coordinator and members shall confirm their academic affiliation with the educational institution, and the authorship of the project by completing and signing the “Declaration of Authorship” (see Annexe I);
  2. All team members shall be included in the “Declaration of Authorship” as proof of their participation;
  3. Submission of the “Declaration of Authorship” is confirmation of the submitted project and guarantees that the entry does not violate intellectual property rights of any third parties;
  4. The “Declaration of Authorship” shall be duly completed and executed by the student leader or by the tutor, professor or coordinator;
  5. Along with the “Declaration of Authorship”, proof must be submitted that all students are enrolled as undergraduates (PDF upload: student registration or student card).


b. Panels

Entries shall be submitted in four (4) vertical A2 (42.0 cm x 59.4 cm) panels, with up to 30 Mb each panel, in PDF format and in English, inserted into the presentation template (see Annexe II).


c. Graphical requirements

  1. Adoption of the metric system as a reference in the presentation of graphic materials is mandatory.
  2. The presentation is free, and the author is allowed to use any colour, collages, drawing techniques, electronic models etc. The use of graphical scale is recommended, thus allowing better visualization of the project on screen. The competitor must pay attention to the readability of the texts and drawings, so as to allow their perfect comprehension and assessment, as well as the future printing of the panels, in the case of the projects awarded, to be performed by the organization.
  3. Only the photographs provided in Annexe V (of the competition area) may be used, for example, on collages or photomontages background. The use of photographs of the competition area from other sources, even from the author him/herself, may constitute grounds for disqualification. This measure aims to equalize opportunities for all competitors. Photos used from Annexe V, either in their original format or in collages, must indicate the credit of the author of the original photo. The names of the authors are identified in the file name of each image.


Recommendations for submission of panels

Representational modes:

  • Plans;
  • Sections;
  • Elevations;
  • Isometric drawings;
  • Diagrams and visualizations;
  • Models cannot be directly submitted, but photographs of models may be included in the drawing set.


d. Report with description of the concept and the project

A report with a short description of the entry must be included (3,000 characters with spaces). Such abstract may be submitted for review by the jury and, therefore, it must not be identified with the author’s, advisor’s, university’s, course’s or school’s name, thus respecting the total anonymity requirement in the file submitted.

The report should be uploaded together with the submission of panels.

Recommended outline

The project and its concept;

  • Concepts and principles;
  • Innovation and creativity;
  • Integration to the urban context;
  • Landscaping aspects;
  • Environmental and social sustainability (UN SDG’s).



The international jury is composed of 05 (five) official members:

  • Verena Andreatta, Architect, Brazil
  • Alejandro Echeverri, architect, URBAM, Medellin, Colombia
  • Nadia Tromp, Director of UIA Work Programme Community Architecture and Human Rights, South Africa
  • Gustavo Utrabo, Architect, Aleph Zero, Brazil
  • Elkin Velasquez Monsalve, Regional Director of UN-Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-Habitat, Colombia

The jury evaluation is final and sovereign; decisions of the jury are not subject to reconsideration by the competition organiser, in whole or in part.


Preliminary examination
The entries submitted shall be examined by the competition organisers, in order to assess their compliance with the submission rules before being formally delivered to the jury at the beginning of the evaluation procedure. The entries will be examined under following aspects:

  • Submission of the entry until the deadline and compliance with the formal requirements;
  • Submission of complementary details of the project presentation.


The jury shall be entitled to accept or reject the findings, allowing or preventing the inclusion of such entries for evaluation in the competition.

Evaluation criteria
The entries shall be evaluated on an integrated basis, with main focus on the whole project submitted. The evaluation criteria mentioned below do not include any hierarchy or elimination nature:

  • Adequacy of the architectural and urban design concept
  • Quality of common use areas
  • Integration between local and urban context
  • Environmental and social sustainability
  • Creativity and innovation of the proposed solutions
  • Potential to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants
  • Pertinence of overall concept


Evaluation process
The evaluation process is divided into two phases.

The first stage will be an assessment of each individual entry in an online platform.

The second stage will be a virtual meeting to allow jurors to discuss and rank the short-listed entries and allocate the three prizes, as well as the honourable mentions.


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