ACE-UIA International Conference on Design Competitions

The ACE-UIA International Conference on Design Competitions, took place on 25 October 2019, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The conference brought together architects, urban planners, the public sector and international organisations. It provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of quality in the built environment and how architecture competitions can act as a tool for the promotion of higher-caliber outcomes.

Read the UIA-ACE joint declaration here.
Listen to the Podcast here.

Keynote 1
Alain Berset, Minister of Culture, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA, Switzerland.

Keynote 2

Dominique Perrault, Founding architect of Dominique Perrault Architecture (DPA), France

Panel 1 // Why do we need quality in our built environment

Christoph Chorherr, Vienna city councillor and advisor for urban planning, Austria
Presentation available (in German) here.

Emma Miloyo, Immediate Past President, Architectural Association of Kenya 

Valeria Hazan, Executive Director, Organizing Committee Rio 2020 - World Capital of Architecture, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jane Duncan, Past President RIBA, Principal at Jane Duncan Architects & Interiors Ltd, UK 

Panel 2 // How to promote quality?

Hughes Becquart, Programme Officer, Creative Europe programme European Commission

Curt Fentress, Head of design, Fentress Architects, USA

Ramatu Aliyu, Architect and principal of Planned Shelter Consult, Abuja, Nigeria 

Eva Jiřičná, Architect & Founder AI Design (Czech Republic) and Atelier A&D Ltd (UK), Czech Republic 

Panel 3 // Architectural competitions creating opportunities

Diego Zoppi, National Counselor for the Design Competition in the city of Genoa, Consiglio Nazionale Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori, Italy

Fuensanta Nieto, Architect & Co-founder of Nieto Sobejano, Spain

Friedrich Passler, Architect & Co-founder of AllesWirdGut (AWG), Austria

Christophe Dalstein, Managing Director of Snøhetta Paris


Architectural design competitions (ADCs) are among the most effective ways to achieve excellence in building and community design. They yield optimal concepts and plans for a given building programme, planning or landscape design task. Because they are based solely on the quality of proposed solutions, focused on the specific needs of a carefully defined project, competitions result in high-value solutions of great benefit to end-users, adding to the overall quality of life and design excellence in the built environment.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) urge policymakers and government bodies to include architectural design competitions as a recommended procedure in public procurement laws, in order to promote enduring, excellent and responsible solutions for buildings and communities.  

Read the UIA-ACE joint declaration here.



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