Cities and Refugees Global Student Design Competition

Cities throughout history have been formed by influxes of people. One of the major challenges for this is the assimilation of forcibly displaced people into cities in ways which create healthy and equitable living places for all.

Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW Sydney, with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, UNHCR, and the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program Hub have organized a competition to address this challenge.

Registrations/expressions of interests have been received from places across Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, USA, and West Africa.

Juries include academics across universities, experts from ARUP, Australian Red Cross and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Alexander Tzannes, the 2018 Australia Institute of Architecture Gold Medallis.

Prize winners

1st place (AUS$5000)–
Yale-NUS College
Lucy Madeline Davis, Sharan Kaur Sambhi, Ernest Tan Sze Shen, and Nguyen Ngoc Luu Ly
Physical Sciences (Chemistry), Anthropology, Urban Studies, and Urban Studies

2nd place (AUS$2500)-
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux & Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg
Cécile Elbel & Ipek Erker

3rd place (AUS$1000) –
UNSW Sydney
Samuel Jones
Masters of Architecture Student

Honorable mentions

University of Auckland
Dennis Byun, Angela Lai, Harry Tse, Todd Min, Sungoh Choi, John Woo, Scott Ma, and Jingyuan Huang
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) representing Portal Studio

Shahid Beheshti University
Solmaz Arzhangi, Sara Arzhangi, and Narges Rajaeipour
Post-disaster reconstruction in architecture and urban study, Master of Architectural engineering and Master of Architectural engineering

University of Technology Sydney
Allan Soo


The winners were announced at the 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes conference held at UNSW Sydney on August 29 – September 1, 2019.