International Union of Architects

International Architecture Competition for the Reconstruction & Rehabilitation of Al Nouri Complex in Mosul, Iraq

cultural rehabilitation & reconstruction

professional single phase open competition

UNESCO with the support of the Government of United Arab Emirates, the Prime Minister of Iraq and the UN Secretary-General, announces the launch of an international, single stage, open and anonymous architecture competition for the Reconstruction & Rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Complex in Mosul, Iraq. 


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The UIA has endorsed the competition, which is part of UNESCO’s initiative called “Revive the Spirit of Mosul”, a call for the restoration of one of Iraq’s iconic cities.


The Rehabilitation of Al Nouri Mosque Complex calls for a conceptual design for the construction of new buildings with diverse functions; the rehabilitation of all three of its historical buildings and their integration into the new designs; and the landscaping design of the entire site. By creating new spaces dedicated to the community - for education, social and cultural activities - the project envisions a space to serve community beyond its principal religious function.


The Reconstruction of Al Nouri Prayer Hall calls for the concept design for conserving the remaining, standing structure of the prayer hall and its integration into the new building, which is a reconstruction of the prayer hall, as it was in 2017 before its destruction.



The official language of the competition is English.



Launch: 16 November 2020

Registration Deadline: 21 December 2020

Deadline for entries: 26 March 2021

Jury Meeting: 4-11 April 2021

Announcement of the Winner: 15 April 2021

Competitors will have the opportunity to ask questions to the Secretariat by email




Five awards will be allocated:


First prize: 50,000 USD

Second prize: 30,000 USD

Third prize: 20,000 USD

Fourth prize: 15,000 USD

Fifth prize: 10,000 USD


The jury may also allocate honorary mentions at its discretion for entries with special merit.




Howayda Al-Harithy (Saudi Arabia), Professor of architecture & design and Director of the School of Design at the American University of Beirut


Ahmed Yousif Mahmood Alomary (Iraq), Department head, architectural engineering, University of Mosul


Raya Ani (Iraq), Architect, RAW-NYC Architects


Xavier Casanovas (Spain), Professor and expert in sustainable regeneration, Polytechnic University of Catalonia


Amel Chabbi (United Arab Emirates), Head of Conservation, Departement of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi


Shahira Fahmy (Egypt), Architect, Shahira Fahmy Architects


Dominique Perrault (France), Architect, Dominique Perrault Architecture


Wang Shu (China), Architect,  Amateur Architecture Studio, UIA Representative


Marina Tabassum (Bangladesh), Architect, Marina Tabassum Architects


Jerzy Uścinowicz (Poland), Professor, Bialystok University of Technology, UIA Representative


Doris Wälchli (Switzerland), Founder and Director of Brauen Wälchli Architects