Maré-Cidade - Sveriges Arkitekter

International ideas competition for architecture students
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil (IAB) invites students of architecture from all over the world to submit projects that propose innovative solutions for sustainable urbanisation in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The student competition is supported by the UIA and UN-Habitat.

The competition seeks to promote young talent in the field of architecture and urbanism. It focuses specifically on Complexo da Maré, one of the largest of informal settlements in the city of Rio. The competition site is located between an important and busy highway (Avenida Brasil) and a cluster of favelas (Complexo da Maré). This territory is currently occupied by warehouses and industrial buildings, most of which are abandoned or in disuse.

Participants are invited to propose solutions to integrate the Maré-Cidade to the city that would contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 ”to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

Read more about UN SDG Goal 11


The competition is open to any full-time registered students of architecture (individual or team) from all over the world. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged with students of architecture or urban planning being authors or co-authors. Students from other disciplines can register as team members, collaborators or consultants. Teams may have from 1 to 5 students and from 1 to 2 advisors.


The Jury will award 3 prizes and up to 3 honourable mentions

First prize: 3,000€
Second prize: 2,000€
Third prize: 1,000€
3 honourable mentions: certificates


Verena Andreatta, Architect, Brazil
Alejandro Echeverri, architect, URBAM, Medellin, Colombia
Nadia Tromp, Director, UIA Community Architecture: Architecture and Human Rights Work Programme, South Africa
Gustavo Utrabo, Architect, Estúdio Gustavo Utrabo, Brazil – UIA representative
Elkin Velasquez Monsalve, Regional Director of UN-Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-Habitat, Colombia


Launch: 2 December 2019
Deadline for registration: 30 March 2020
Deadline for questions: 20 February 2020
Deadline for answers: 28 February 2020
Deadline for submission of entries: 30 April 2020
Jury meeting and evaluation of entries: 15-25 May 2020
Announcement of Competition results on web site: 1 Juin 2020
Award ceremony at the World Congress of Architects : 21 July 2020


For more information visit UIA2020RIO.