Global Schindler Award Competition 2015 for Students Worldwide (100,000 Euro in prizes)

Global Schindler Award Competition 2015 for Students Worldwide (100,000 Euro in prizes)

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Students worldwide are now invited to register to participate in the 2014/2015 Global Schindler Award competition. The new Global Schindler Award student competition asks for outstanding concepts for new urban forms related to mobility, in response to global urban change. Students are asked to present original design concepts that engage the specific spatial conditions of Shenzhen, China, in response to a defined task.

The Global Schindler Award competition will enable students to participate in the vital consideration of livable and sustainable urban environments – in all their complexity. Mobility networks provide access to basic human needs, such as housing, health and welfare: accessibility must be improved. The inaugural competition will take place in 2014-2015 for a site in Shenzhen, China.

Competition task

Considering the interface between mobility and the city. The task of the competition is to create an urban design-based response to a specific brief about mobility related to Shenzhen and its local and regional relationships in the Pearl River Delta. The interface of mobility networks with the built environment of the city and region must be considered in a global context.

Students are asked to address the social, economic and environmental challenges presented by globalization and urbanization. Analytical design proposals should use mobility as both a catalyst and conduit for urban change. The goal of the Global Schindler Award is to create an open forum for new thinking about the challenges and possibilities of a global, urban shared future using mobility systems for greater inclusion, connection and accessibility for all.


With over 100,000 Euro in prizes, the Global Schindler Award will recognize one winning competition scheme along with runners up and grants.


  • The competition is open worldwide to students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning.
  • The juried competition will ask for detailed design proposals about mobility.
  • Participation in the competition gives students a platform for knowledge sharing, comparison and recognition.
  • Through the use of the open competition format, common in design practice, students have the opportunity to gain practical professional skills and contact with internationally renowned practitioners and experts.
  • The competition is open for entry by enrolled students: Bachelors degree candidates in their final year and Masters degree candidates, along with their international equivalents in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning.
  • Collaboration and consultation with students and expert advisors from outside fields is encouraged, but the submission must remain an urban design proposal, following the given requirements.
  • Students are asked to work as individuals or in teams, under the oversight of a university faculty member.

For more information, visit Global Schindler Award.