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Statement by the President of the UIA, Esa Mohamed,
on the occasion of the 2015 Edition of the UIA-HYP Cup International
Student Competition in Architectural Design


Today’s young architecture students face great challenges with boundless optimism. They have reasons to be anxious, yet are brimming with new ideas and confidence. While rapid changes in technology have erased all social, geographic and technological boundaries, this generation finds itself working within limits imposed by ecology, the environment and accessibility. Yet these challenges also present new opportunities and endless possibilities for creativity and innovation.


The International Union of Architects (UIA) firmly believes that architectural education must keep pace with the daring and inquisitive nature of young architects. As evidenced by our Young Architects Committee, and our Architecture and Education work program, the UIA is deeply committed to young architects and students. Student architecture competitions are an important component of the UIA’s emphasis on architectural education and on the professional insertion and advancement of young architects. The International Union of Architects is therefore proud to endorse the UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design, a major architecture competition for students in China.


Since its inception in 2012, the UIA-HYP Cup has thrived, drawing thousands of students from all over the world to its innovative theme “Architecture in Transformation,” refined each year to a specific topic varying from the academic and theoretical to the practical and concrete and selected by the most celebrated figures in architecture today: Sir Michael Hopkins, Daniel Libeskind, Dominique Perrault and now, in 2015, Meinhard von Gerkan.


Young architects and architecture students view themselves as global professionals, competing in an international context and learning from their colleagues in other nations and cultures. In the face of a challenging global economic climate, young architects depend upon open design competitions, such as UIA-HYP Cup in order to showcase their talents. The sophisticated discourse fostered by the organizers of UIA-HYP Cup engages the students in practical and pertinent directions, throwing light on today’s design issues and encouraging them to conceive concrete solutions while preserving the inventiveness and creativity of the theoretical. On behalf of the International Union of Architects, it is my pleasure to endorse and to encourage the Fourth Edition of the UIA-HYP Cup, and at the same time, to salute the future leaders of our profession.


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