Architecture in Transformation

Theme of the Competition


THEME: Architecture in Transformation 
TOPIC: Concept and Notation 
JURY CHAIRMAN: Bernard Tschumi 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 24:00 (GMT+8:00) July 31, 2016 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 24:00 (GMT+8:00) August 31, 2016
JURY CONVENES: September, 2016




Architecture in Transformation should make responses to current situation and era. What concerns us is the relationship between architecture and city, and between architecture and natural environment. The competition aims at searching and constructing human space with a sense of place in the increasingly fragmented cities and unordered villages, exploring environment-friendly and sustainable ideas in the information age, and integrating creative design concepts with solid basic skills effectively in architectural education. The competition requires the participants to make detailed examinations and reflections on architectural history, exploring complicated requirements to architecture and environment by current users, pay attention to events in specific sites, and configure viable urban and architectural spaces.




2016 marks the fifth edition of UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design, the sole annual international architecture competition for students in Mainland China that receives the support of Union International des Architects (UIA). It is a platform for global architecture students to approach the theme “Architecture in Transformation”, and for the rest of the world to check out the latest trend of Chinese architectural education. The jury members include the leading architects, deans and directors from top architecture schools. With its challenging topics, prestigious jury panel as well as professional operation, UIA-HYP Cup competition has grown to become a major student competition in China and its global profile continues to rise.




JURY CHAIRMAN:Bernard Tschumi
Theme: Concept and Notation

-Architecture is not so much a knowledge of form as a form of knowledge.
-Architecture is the materialization of concepts.
-Concept, not form, is what distinguishes architecture from mere building.
-A bicycle shed with a concept is architecture; a cathedral without one is not.
-Architecture is the discourse of events as much as the discourse of spaces.
-Architecture is not only what it looks like, but also what it does.
-Vectors activate; envelopes define.

Architecture almost exclusively uses visual means to outline what it does: Plans, Sections, Elevations, Perspectives, Axonometrics. But what about movement—the movement of bodies in space? Are there modes of notation applicable to what has been excluded from architectural discourse? What about the other four senses—touch, sound, smell, and why not taste? In this competition, you will invent new modes of notation that not only include the proposed movement of bodies in space, but also lead to an architectural concept, namely an overriding idea that directs the development of your scheme.

The program will act as an urban generator. By this, we mean a place that can foster and encourage new modes of living unknown till today.

Precedents: Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Sergei Eisenstein and John Cage

1. Participants must choose one of the following five programs: library, museum, clinic, love hotel, cemetery.
2. The site is a hypothetical freestanding block in an urban area anywhere in the world. Its size is 30m by 60m and 30m high.
3. Language and Measurement Unit: English is the official language of the competition.
(Note: The title, school name, name of participants, and introduction of design must be 
described in English at least); the unit of measurement is metric scale.




1. This is a fair competition open to all architecture students around the globe. Full-time on-campus architecture students from accredited institutions (including graduate school students, PhD candidates and those who graduate in 2016) can participate alone or as a team with team members of no more than four people and advisors of no more than two. 
2. Only the team leader will be contacted when necessary if students participate as a team. 
3. Log on, click “Online Registration” to fill out the registration form and submit online. Participants will get a serial number (please take care to preserve it as each participant/participating team has only one serial number). The registration concludes on June 30, 2016. For international participating teams/individuals it is free to register. Please make sure ALL the required information is provided, otherwise the registration system will count the registration as invalid.
4. Please submit the digital entry and related documents to before the submission deadline. The organizing committee accepts no printed version. Entries will be printed and exhibited together at the entry review meeting.
5. With the assistance of the committee, the jury will meet and decide the winners.
6. The committee will announce the winners in September 2016. In December 2016, the winning entries will be exhibited and there will be a prize-awarding ceremony early next year.
7. Inquiries related to the competition will be replied via e-mail:
8. Schedule:
Registration Deadline: 24:00 (GMT+8:00) July 31, 2016
Submission Deadline: 24:00 (GMT+8:00) August 31, 2016 
Jury Convenes: September, 2016
Results Announced: September, 2016




1. Individual participants and groups must agree with and follow the competition requirements and regulations. The organizing committee reserves its right of final interpretation. 
2. Entries with words or pictures indicating participants’ names and schools in drawings will be disqualified from the competition. 
3. All entries are accepted with the explicit free right of publication, reproduction, and promotional use by competition organizers and sponsors without need for further approvals. Names of authors will be specified in the publication.
4. Entries that have been submitted to other competitions, published on other public occasions or found to be similar to other works in terms of design ideas will be disqualified from the competition.
5. Any participant that contacts jurors about the competition during the entirety of the competition process will be disqualified from the competition.