IUPA 2020 – conditions of participation


More than ever, architecture has to prove that it is strong. To date, technological advancements, climate change, digitisation as well as demographic shift, new developments in our working and mobility environment have been the drivers of transformation in planning and design. Now, the necessary response to the current pandemic crisis can be added to that list. Therefore, it demands resilient and, at the same time, flexible solutions in architecture and urban planning.

But the buildings in our neighbourhoods are not lumps of clay that can be reshaped at short notice to meet our needs. This is why there can only be one conclusion: we need strong architecture and urban development which can not only react flexibly, but which is also resilient and permanent.

Bauwelt magazine from Berlin and World Architecture WA magazine from Beijing believe that exemplary projects, once implemented, can provide an incredibly important impetus.

The second edition of the IUPA – International Urban Project Award – supported by Messe München – aims to engage the debate on the values of architecture in an international discourse. The main criterion for the selected projects is a strong urban design that not only withstands challenging times, but also empowers. Their realisation in recent, visible areas are no more than five years old.


Eligible to participate are architects, urban planners and landscape architects from all over the world, individuals as well as working teams. The nominees are selected from Europe, Africa, the USA, UK and Asia-Pacific region.

Documents and Submission

The submitted project is to be presented on four sheets in vertical format A3, which together result in an A1 format. Participants may freely design the sheets at their own discretion, but should follow the submission guidelines below:

1. On the first sheet, the project should be presented with a single photo only and the name of the project as title.

2. Please put down all relevant information about the project in writing on the second sheet. In addition to the author’s details and key data on the project, the project should be briefly explained here. The explanatory report should not total more than 400 words. The competition language is English. You can supplement the text with pictures and drawings.

3. Please show more project pictures on the third sheet.

4. On the fourth sheet, you should present your work in drawings, comprehensively and clearly in its entirety and in detail. The documents will not be returned. Legal recourse is excluded.

The closing date of the digital submission is 31 July 2020.


The jury meeting will take place in September 2020 in Berlin and Beijing. The jury members are:

Zhang Li Professor at Tsinghua University/editor-in-chief of WA magazine/founder of TeamMinus, Beijing

Boris Schade-Bünsow editor-in-chief of Bauwelt, Berlin

LI Cundong Secretary-General, the Architectural Society of China (ASC)

Jiaming Cao Vice President of the Architectural Society of China (ASC) / President of the Architectural Society of Shanghai China (ASSC)

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss Director of AEDES, Berlin / 2013-17 Member of the jury of the Pritzker Architecture Prize / 2012 Member of the international jury for the Architecture Biennale in Venice

Sergei Tchoban Architect BDA, Partner Tchoban Voss Architekten, Honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts


There will be a first prize and two honourable distinctions. The prize money is €3,000. Additionally for the honourable distinctions, €1,000 will be awarded each. The jury is entitled to split the sum differently. The award ceremony will take place as part of BAU Congress China 2020 on 29 October 2020 at the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC), Beijing, China .


All award-winning projects and a selection of further entries will be published in the catalogue of BAU Congress China 2020, WA and Bauwelt as well as shown on the fairgrounds of the New China International Exhibition Center Beijing, China during BAU China 2020 from 29 October to 1 November 2020. The festive prize award ceremony and exhibition opening will be on 29 October 2020 as part of the conference BAU Congress China. All participants in the competition declare their acceptance of the conditions of participation by participating in the competition. The participants in the competition assure that they are the creators and authors of their competition entries. Furthermore, they declare their consent to the cost-free publication of their submission. The participants are solely responsible for obtaining allowances for the right of use of third parties (especially with regard to photographs).


By email to: IUPA@bauwelt.de

By phone: +49 30 88410644

Redaktion Bauwelt

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10707 Berlin Germany