International Union of Architects

Student Ideas Competition for a Prefabricated Modular Community Health Centre Completed!

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prefabricated modular health centre

The UIA is proud to announce that its own Work Programme, the Public Health Group, has concluded an exciting student competition for the design of a prefabricated modular community health centre. 


The UIA is happy to announce that its Public Health Group has successfully concluded its student competition on the theme of “A Prefabricated Modular Community Health Centre”.  Student participants in the open, international ideas competition were asked to plan a 30-bed hospital providing specialist care in obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, paediatrics and dental medicine. 

The proposed project was based on similar facilities in India, where Community Health Centres are part of a three-tier system, an intermediary between Primary Health Centres and Regional Hospitals.

The evaluation criteria were:

• Originality and daring of vision

• Design quality and attractiveness in illustrating this vision

• Response to the program

• Inventive use of prefabricated modular elements

• Attention to the demands and needs of patients and their social environment

• Quality of working environment for staff

• Positive economic, social and environmental impact.


The competition was conducted according to the UIA Competitions Guide and the UNESCO Regulations for International Architecture Competitions. 


 UIA Public Health Group Work Programme


95 students registered from 24 countries.  


38 projects were received from 14 countries.


The jury determined that the projects submitted were excellent, in terms of creativity and innovation. It attributed three prizes and ten Honourable Mentions.



First Prize

Participant: Priyanka Sreekanth, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Advisor: Prasant Jyaprakash, Freelance Architect Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu India


Second Prize

Participant: Alice Zaffarana (Team Leader) Mateo CarboneAndrea Sichi, University of Florence, Italy

Advisor: Paolo Felli & Roberto Bologna, University of Florence, Italy


Third Prize

Participant: Katherine Tuten, Clemson University, NC, USA

Advisor: David Allison, Clemson University, NC, USA



First Prize: €5,000 + Certificate

Second Prize: €3,000 + Certificate

Third Prize: €2,000 + Certificate

Honourable Mentions: Certificates


• Chair: Clifford Harvey, OAA, MRAIC, Canada official representative and Director of the Public Health Group, Toronto ON (Canada)

Philip Patrick Sun, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, San Francisco, CA (USA)

Astrid Maria Debuchy, PhD Arch, Research/Lecturer, CIRFS, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Prof (Dr) R Chandrashekkar, Ph. D. Arch., Consultant, HLL Lifecare Limited, Delhi (India)

Jean-Philippe Pargade, Architecte, Paris (France)

Fani Vavili-Tsikina, UIA Representative, Architect, Professor, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (Greece) 

Mr. Martin Fiset, M. Arch., MRAIC, Montréal, non-voting Advisor (Canada) 


  • 01 Dec 2017
  • 30 Mar 2018
  • 30 Apr 2018
    Submission deadline
  • 29 May 2018
  • 31 May 2018
    Award Ceremony