The UIA-HYP Cup, today in its 10th edition, is the only student architecture competition in mainland China. The UIA has endorsed the competition since its conception in 2012.

Each edition of the prize is chaired by an internationally renowned architect, who selects its specific focus. In 2021, Rem Koolhaas, from the Netherlands, has selected the topic “Countryside Dilemmas: New Rural Planning”.

The 2021 jury awarded First Prize to Zhao Chenchen, Ma Qirui and Zheng Qi from the School of Architecture, Tianjin University (People’s Republic of China) for their project, “Civilization to the Years”. Jury chair Rem Koolhaas admired the student winners’ idea of combining the rehabilitation of the countryside with the reinvention of education, which the students “explored in a creative and sensitive manner.”

See the launch press release


Keywords : Education, Rural planning, Transformation

Theme and objectives

The subject of the competition, organised annually by the School of Architecture at Tianjin University and Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine, is Architecture in Transformation, a theme which explores the tensions between architecture and the city as well as between architecture and nature in an increasingly interconnected contemporary world.

Using the destructive fire in the ancient Chinese village of Wongding as a catalyst, Rem Koolhaas asked students to think deeply about rural development, its benefits and costs, which are thrown into high relief by the larger global challenges of preservation and growing migration crises. Planning the countryside has never been more important for a shared future, and requires exploration of fundamental dilemmas that go beyond replacing the village’s thatched roof tops and intricate wood constructions.


This competition is open to all students enrolled in accredited architecture schools or programmes in their country of residence.

Jury Members

Rem Koolhaas (The Netherlands), jury chairman

Cui Kai (China), UIA Representative.


The international jury recognised 34 works including 1 First Prize, 3 Second Prizes, 8 Third Prizes, 22 Honorable Mentions.

The international jury selected 3 teams for the 2nd Prize:

  • “New Life of Dilemma” by Wu Chang, Wang Fengyin, Yang Yike and Cheng Tieyan with teachers Wen Jiaxin and Wang Ziyan from the Guangdong University of Technology, Shenyan Jianzhu University and Nanjing Institute of Technology (People’s Republic of China)
  • “Rural Olympic Games Planning Manual 2048” by Shen Shenge, Luo Ziyu, Li Tong and Ji Weijie with instructors Tan Lifeng and Yuan Sinan from Tianjin University and South China University of Technology (People’s Republic of China)
  • “Planning Utopia” by Guo Yuying, Zhao Yunan, Wu Wenan and Yuan Jingwen with instructors Jin Yuan and Wen Jiaxin from Central South University, Beijing University of Technology, College of Science and Technology, Ningbo University and the Nanjing University of Technology (People’s Republic of China)

Third Prizes were attributed to eight (8) teams. The jury also recognised twenty-two (22) Honorable Mentions and fifteen (15) Finalists.

Key dates

2021-09-20 Deadline for registration
2021-10-10 Deadline for submissions
2022-11-12 Jury meeting


1st Prize (1 team) : Certificate and 100,000 RMB (approx.15,000 USD) (before tax)

2nd Prize (3 teams): Certificate and 30,000 RMB (approx.4,500 USD) (before tax)

3rd Prize (8 teams):  Certificate and 10,000 RMB (approx.1,500 USD) (before tax)

Honorable Mentions (several teams): Certificate and 6-month free subscription of UED magazine

Advisors of prize-winning projects will also be awarded with certificates.