The UIA Award for Innovation in Architectural Education

The International Union of Architects (UIA) Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the diverse nature of innovation across cultural and geographical boundaries. It intends to promote inspiring pedagogical practices that contribute to the creation of sustainable environments. Architecture schools, programs and educators worldwide are invited to submit academic programmes and courses demonstrating the following themes:

  • Excellence in Pedagogical Practice based on evidence of pedagogical innovation and enhanced learning outcomes
  • Excellence in Addressing Sustainable Development Goals based on evidence of innovation in content, identifying challenges and developing of solutions.

The Awards jury will award one prize for one school/programme located within each of the five UIA regions, i.e. Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania.

Eligibility Criteria

The Award invites nominations from university level or any study programme for professional architectural education worldwide, including university level independent schools/programmes or schools/programmes within public or private universities.

The following conditions for the nomination to the awards apply:

  • The school/programme must have been established for at least ten years.
  • The school/programme must offer a professional degree in architecture which is recognised by its local higher education authorities and/or local validation/accreditation body.

UNESCO-UIA validation is not a requirement for entry.

More information about how to participate, further queries about the nomination process/criteria, and award jury members can be found here.