Blue Award 2012 – International Student Competition for Sustainable Architecture

Blue Award 2012 – International Student Competition for Sustainable ArchitectureBlue Award 2012 – International Student Competition for Sustainable ArchitectureDeadline: 1 Februar 2012

Open to: university students of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs, as well as students working on a diploma thesis or dissertation, in the academic fields of , or , with proof of enrolment in one of the following semesters: Summer Semester 2010, Winter Semester 2010/11, Summer Semester 2011 and Winter Semester 2011/12. Professors and assistant professors are not eligible.

The from the organizes the BLUE AWARD.

The Blue Award is a biennial, international student competition and awards projects addressing the topic of sustainability in the academic fields of architecture, regional planning and urbanism. The economical, cultural and social dimensions of sustainable development should be equal in significance to the classical problems of technique and function.

The competition is an open invitation to future-oriented and sustainable solutions.  How will our built environment present itself in the coming years?  Not a one-dimensional approach leads to results, but rather a comprehensive view of the tasks at hand is necessary in order to provide solutions and protect an environment worth experiencing.

The Blue Award 2012 is making its second appearance as an anonymous, international, single-phase competition, and is intended for students of architecture, regional planning and urbanism.

163 projects from 86 faculties and architecture schools spread across 49 countries were submitted for the first edition, Blue Award 09.

The Blue Award 2012 will be handed out in three categories.

The Blue Award 2012 will particularly emphasize and support architectural efforts in hot and dry climates.  Projects located in crisis areas and in areas environmentally threatened will be given special consideration.  This, however, forms no grounds for exclusion or discrimination of projects that deal with other topics in sustainability.

Participants can submit projects in the following three categories:

Category 1 – Urban Development and Transformation, Landscape Development

Category 2 – Ecological Building

Category 3 – Building in Existing Structures

Prize sum of 20,000.- Euros

The prize sum of 20,000.- Euros will be divided by the jury among the three categories of the competition.  The jury may decide upon a number of honorable mentions.

In addition, independent of the categories, a special award will be handed out by the jury, chosen from among all entries.

International Jury Blue Award 2012

Honorary President of the Jury

Architect Sir Michael Hopkins

Jury Members

Arch. Albert Dubler

Member of the UIA, represented by its Vice President

Arch. Dominique Gauzin-Müller

Journalist of architecture and specialist for sustainability

Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens

Professor of Regional Planning, TU Vienna

Arch. Dominique Alba

Urban Planner and Director of Pavillon de l´Arsenal Paris

Arch. Nikos Fintikakis

Architect and Director UIA work program ARES

Presider and Moderator of Jury (not entitled to vote)

Dr. Robert Korab


No person from the organizational staff is to participate in the jury.

The preliminary evaluation is to be carried out by an assigned team of examiners.


The competition will be announced May 16, 2011.

Registration begins on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 and ends on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

Submissions starts on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and ends on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

All projects have to be submitted by post (analogue documents) and have to be uploaded in digital form (digital documents) on the homepage www.blueaward.at.

Submission of Digital Documents:
The time period for submitting projects in digital form begins on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and ends on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 23.59 UTC.

Submission of Analogue Documents by post:
Projects will be accepted within the time beginning from Saturday, October 1, 2011 until exactly Wednesday noon, February 1, 2012.
Postal stamps or receipts will not be considered.  Participants are responsible in ensuring that projects sent per carrier arrive by the deadline of Wednesday noon, February 1, 2012. This also applies to projects submitted in person.


Vienna University of Technology

Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design

In cooperation with the

Society of Architecture and Spatial Design

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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