International Union of Architects

2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop


Pear Orchard Cabins

The UIA is endorsing the 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop. Created in 2016, previous editions have been successfully organised in China and acquired recognition at national and international level. The UIA has chosen to support the Workshop for the first time in 2019 and invites architecture students from all over the world to submit their designs. 


The Workshop is organised by the Siyang County People’s Government, CBC (China Building Centre) and the School of Architecture, Tianjin University. The theme of this year’s edition is “Pear Orchard Cabins”.

The Workshop takes place in a pear orchard in Guoyan Village in Siyang County, China. It is in urgent need of revitalisation as the village faces the consequences of industrial development.

The participants will work in joint teams (each team will have students from an institution in mainland China paired with students from an institution from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and abroad). They will use a limited space to design and construct their cabins with a view to improving the quality of living in the village. They will also design the infrastructure connecting the whole community. The goal is to revitalise the century-old pear orchard and explore a path for changing villages through the power of design.


The competition consists of two stages with two rounds of corresponding review.

Design stage: the teams submit their designs to the jury for review. The jury selects 15 joint teams.

Construction stage: the 15 selected joint teams will implement the on-site construction. The jury will review the final built work and select the winners.


28 February 2019: Registration deadline

31 March 2019: Design proposal submission deadline

Early April: 15 joint teams are selected to implement their designs

1 July: Submission of final design proposals, lists of required materials and tools.

31 July: Advance preparation of the site for construction

1-15 August: On-site construction


All questions concerning the Workshop should be emailed to the CBC

More information about the Workshop is available on its official website



Siyang County People’s Government

CBC (China Building Centre)

School of Architecture, Tianjin University



First prize: 3 teams, trophy+certificate+20,000RMB bonus (around 3,000USD, before tax)

Second prize: 6 teams, trophy+certificate+10,000RMB bonus (around 1,500USD, before tax)

Third prize: 6 teams, trophy+certificate+5,000RMB bonus (around 750 USD, before tax)


The jury members will be announced shortly

  • 15 Jan 2019
  • 28 Feb 2019
  • 31 Mar 2019
    Submission deadline