International Urban Project(IUPA)

The International Urban Project Award (IUPA), presented by Bauwelt (Berlin) , World Architecture Magazine (WA, Beijing) , Messe München and MMU BAU Fenestration Co., Ltd. and guided by the Architecture Society of China, recognizes every year new and outstanding urban and architectural works that transform cities worldwide. The prize draws attention to the social and cultural strength of architecture and urban development to improve public space for civic life, ultimately celebrating urbanity.


Buildings and urban space can contribute to a more inclusive city. Both have the power to enable openness to different users and uses. Public space act as the backbone of cities. Libraries, theatres and other buildings with a public or urban devotion just as well as squares, streets and parks knit society together. In an ever more globalised, individualised and privatised world, shared physical social and cultural places in the city gain importance. Public space has multiple commissions to fulfill: mobility, recreation, meetings, arts and education, climate protection, sports and movement… How can new buildings be integrated in the urban context and give something back to the city? Where are potentials for new public uses hidden? Which urban design strategies can foster more accessible, flexible and diverse public spaces? With the third edition of the IUPA, we are looking for architecture, landscape architecture and urban design projects dedicated to the public realm. Projects that extend the playing field and scope of the creative practice, indoor as well as outdoor, at micro or macro scale, all around the globe, are welcomed.


Projects should be completed and less than five years old (2017-2021). Urban design projects might not be fully, but  should be largely completed.

Eligible to participate are architects, urban planners and landscape architects from all over the world, individuals as well as working teams.


The submitted project is to be presented on an A1 portrait panel consisting of four single A3 sheets. Participants may freely design the panel at their own discretion, but should follow the submission guidelines below:

  1. On the first A3, for instance in the up-left corner, the project should be presented with a single photo and the project title.
  2. Put down all relevant information about the project in writing on the second A3. 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 A3.
  4. On the fourth A3, present the work in drawings, comprehensively and clearly in its entirety and in detail

Legal recourse is excluded.

Please send the submission until June 30, 2021 via e-mail or wetransfer or similar transfer tool to or Log in to to submit project information


The jury meetings will take place in Beijing and Berlin in July 2021. The jury members are:

LI Cundong

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

CAO Jiaming

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

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

Matthias Sauerbruch

Prof. AA Dipl, Dipl. Ing. Architekt, Hon. FAIA, Founding Partner and Director Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin

Boris Schade-Bünsow

editor-in-chief of Bauwelt, Berlin


The First Prize will be awarded 3,000 euro, two Special Prizes will be awarded 1,000 euro each. The jury is entitled to split the sum differently. The award ceremony will take place as part of the BAU Congress China on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.


All award-winning projects and a selection of further entries will be published in the catalogue of BAU Congress China 2021, WA and Bauwelt as well as exhibited on the fairgrounds of the Shanghai New International Expo Center during the BAU Congress China 2021. Submitters 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. Submitters are solely responsible for obtaining allowances for the right of use from third parties, especially regarding photographs.


World Architecture Magazine is a leading architecture journal in China published monthly. Founded in 1980, WA establishes a prominent platform for Chinese architectural debate and acts as a key bridge in architecture between China and the international scene. For the last two decades, WA has also created and organised the highly revered architecture award program WAACA (WA Award for Chinese Architecture).

Bauwelt is a German architecture and urban design journal published biweekly. The last issue of each quarter is published as StadtBauwelt and focuses on current urban planning issues. Bauwelt was founded in 1910 and has its registered office in Berlin. Bauwelt reports in a politically independent, critical, demanding and unbiased manner about contemporary architecture in Germany, Europe and around the world.


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