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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.

The conference was jointly organised by the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) and the International Union of Architects (UAI). It has been co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU Commission and has received the patronage of UNESCO.

The conference brought together architects, urban planners, the public sector and international organisations. The talks 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.

Georg Pendl, President of the Architects' Council of Europe, and Thomas Vonier, President of the International Union of Architects, gave a welcoming speech at the conference.

Renowned French architect and planner, Dominique Perrault, gave a keynote speech at the event. Perrault gained international recognition after winning the competition for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 1989, at the age of 36. His large and distinguished body of work includes the Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool of Berlin (1999); the extension of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2008); the campus of Ewha Women’s University in Seoul (2008- Korean Partner Baum Architects); and the Fukoku Tower in Osaka (2010).

The rest of the day was dedicated to a series of 3 expert panels exploring the benefits and challenges of architectural competitions and how to promote high-quality outcomes:


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

Panel 2 // How to promote quality?

Panel 3 // Architectural competitions creating opportunities.


Azerbaijan at the International Conference ACE-UIA at the UNESCO Headquarters was represented by the Chairman of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan Elbay Gasim-zadeh and Advisor on International Relations Sheyda Novruz-zadeh

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. 

Following the link, you can familiarize yourself with the jointly adopted UIA-ACE declaration:

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