International Student Competition for Sustainable Architecture

Submission: May 10, 2016
Registration: May 10, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 10.000 Euros in three categories
Type: Student Competition


The competition selectively recognizes and awards prizes to design projects (on paper or realized) that deal with the topic of sustainability in architecture, urbanism and regional planning as well as in civil engineering and which have been elaborated as part of an academic design program. A special focus is placed on students’ projects that have been developed in cooperation between the disciplines of architecture and civil engineering.


The award’s main purpose is to establish and reinforce the topic of sustainability in architecture, urbanism and regional planning as well as civil engineering in universities worldwide. The Blue Award shall recognize and award students and teachers dedicated in pursuing this topic in their studies.

The Blue Award intends to organize a collection of student design work, which addresses the issue of sustainability in architecture, urbanism and regional planning as well as civil engineering. The Blue Award shall provide an impulse for improving teachings in the area of sustainability.


The Blue Award aims at creating an international network of architecture schools and faculties as well as faculties for civil engineering that have included the topic of sustainability in their teachings.

The Blue Award is supporting and intensifying the international exchange between different faculties and architecture schools as well as schools for civil engineering that are developing innovative and promising proposals in the area of sustainability and these fields of study.

The Blue Award 2016 WORKSHOP: for the first time, in 2016 the Blue Award Workshop will take place in Vienna. The workshop aims to promote a discussion between students and teachers. The workshop takes place after the award ceremony as part of the WCTE in Vienna from August 29, 2016 to September 1, 2016. Students and teachers from the selected projects and students and teachers of the TU Vienna (architecture, spatial planning and civil engineering course) are invitated to participate. The subject of the workshop will be sustainability in architectural education, the elaboration of a common emphasis as well as one workshop subject.


The competition is 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 architecture, urbanism or regional planning as well as civil engineering, with proof of enrollment in one of the following semesters: Summer Semester 2014, Winter Semester 2014/15, Summer Semester 2015 and Winter Semester 2015/16 and Summer Semester 2016.

The submitted project must be part of a supervised coursework, having taken place during one of the above- mentioned semesters. Projects completed by a group of students may also be submitted. Every member of the group must fulfill the terms of eligibility, including proof of enrollment. Professors and assistant professors are not eligible.

In the Identification Form (Identification Form, Download form online under www.blueaward.at) the professor or academic supervisor confirms the coursework by the participant and the supervision of the project.


Prizes totaling 10,000 Euros will be awarded in three categories.

Category 1) Urban Development and Transformation, Landscape Development

Category 2) Ecological Building and Building in Existing Structures

Category 3) Innovative Systems and Detailed Solutions

The prize sum of 10,000 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 for the field of timber engineering or for the use of wood. A project will be chosen by the jury for its unique constructive, technical or design solution, specifically through the use of the material wood, in terms of sustainability.


The competition documentation will be announced on March 1st, 2016 on the homepage www.blueaward.at.

All questions are to be submitted per email in writing at the latest by April 25, 2016 and addressed to office@blueaward.at. The questions along with their answers will be published on the www.blueaward.at (FAQ) website no later than April 29, 2016.

Registration begins on March 1st, 2016 and ends on May 10, 2016, 23:59 UTC.

The prize ceremony will take place on August 24 as part of the WCTE, the World Congress on Timber Engineering, in the University of Vienna (main building).


Registration for the Blue Award 2016 has to be done online at www.blueaward.at (Registration). Participants can access online registration forms (Registration) and competition documentation for the Blue Award 2016 on the website www.blueaward.at, beginning with March 1st, 2016. Registration ends on May 10, 2016.


Competition documentation and forms (Identification Form, Project Description) are available on the website www.blueaward.at. The documentation submittal period begins on March 1st, 2016 and
ends on May 10, 2016, 23:59 UTC.

With the submission the entrant is declaring that he/she acknowledges and accepts the rules and guidelines of the competition (competition documentation). A claim for reimbursement of costs does not exist.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: March 18, 2016