UIA International Poster Competition, to celebrate World Architecture Day 1 October 2018! The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the International Union of Architects.

Entries were evaluated by an outstanding international jury consisting of graphic designers Michael Bierut (USA), Trix Barmettler (Switzerland) and Sulki & Min (Korea).

A big thank you to those who participated in the first UIA World Architecture Day poster competition.  We are honoured that our first World Architecture Day Poster competition enjoyed such wide global participation consisting of 184 posters from 62 countries from all 5 UIA Regions.

Due to the high number of quality posters submitted, the jury decided to attribute, in addition to the First Prize, a Second Prize, a Third Prize and an Honourable Mention.

The jury awarded First Prize to Design ID No. 575 by Ana Rute Costa & Rúben Ferreira Duarte (Portugal), writing: “We like the simple message – the earth as a home, cherished by the sun. It immediately makes us feel better.” Your poster, the jury stated, conveys the “simplest, most powerful message. The world is our home, we make our homes in the world, and architecture is the means which we mediate our inhabitation.”

Evoking Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a “magical hint,” the jury appreciated the childlike execution and narrative hand drawing, which “achieves the comforting effect with childlike painting.” For one juror, yours was the poster that made them think: “Oh, I wish I would have had that idea.”

The Second Prize was attributed to Mattia Salvà (Italy) for his bright yellow poster, No. 610.

According to the jury: “The poster draws attention with striking and simple forms often found in architecture.  The powerful colour yellow leaves an optimistic mark and goes well with message of the guiding principle. The forms and shapes allow for a lot of room for interpretation and provoke interest. The circle could be a sun, a head of a figure or is it a maze? The theme of the poster is easily recognizable and can be applied well to the various different media. Depending on the medium, the simple forms can take on different shapes and come to life. The clear typography helps to build stability and convey a clear statement.”

The Third Prize went to Davide Folador (Italy) for project No. 527.  Regarding the design, the jury observed: “The stark composition depicts a simple view, a house under the sun. We like the stark, black-and-white composition, and how the short description of the design idea is included in the design itself.”

The jury attributed an Honourable Mention to a designer from Hong Kong who registered under the name Reena L., describing her project as “one of the most accomplished executions along the 184 submissions.”

The UIA Secretariat is organising an online exhibition of the 70 projects most highly ranked by the jury, to be released one by one for 70 days via social media starting on 23 July. The UIA is very proud of the enthusiastic response we had to this competition and would like to express its thanks to all participants.