AnnouncementsApril 26, 2023

CSU Announces Scholarship to UIA23 Copenhagen July 2023

Photo by Svend Nielsen from Unsplash
Photo by Svend Nielsen from Unsplash

The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for two students from architecture and design schools in New York City to attend the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in Copenhagen in July 2023. We are especially excited that the UIA is bringing the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the global design community.


UIA23, Copenhagen, July 2-6, 2023

Leave No one Behind: Sustainable Futures

International Union of Architects Congress

Preliminary Program

With its Sustainable Futures | Leave No One Behind theme and the aim to “to make architecture a central tool in achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” the July 2-6 Congress in Copenhagen will bring the importance —and potential — of the SDGs to the attention of practitioners, educators and students from around the world.

The New York City-based Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) believes the UIA World Congress will be a unique opportunity for students to network with and learn from leading thinkers and doers in critical areas relating to sustainability in the built environment. CSU’s mission includes bringing design to policy making arenas including the United Nations and UN Habitat, and supports the UIA’s effort to focus on the UN SDGs.


The scholarships are open to architecture, planning, landscape architecture, sustainability, or urban design students in the following New York City and New Jersey schools: CCNY, New York City College of Technology, Columbia University, Pratt, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, The Irwin School of Architecture Cooper Union, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the New York Institute of Technology. Students graduating this semester are eligible to apply.


CSU is offering two scholarships to students to attend UIA23 in the amount of $2,500 each. The scholarship is intended to cover a round trip flight to New York- Copenhagen, accommodation in Copenhagen on July 2-7 (5 nights), and the student registration fee.  Successful applicants will need to provide their own travel insurance.


Applications close May 12 at 12 noon, with results announced May 26 by 12 noon.

About the Congress

The Congress will focus on six themes to be explored by  invited speakers  and over 300 individuals whose papers were accepted  for the Science Track on:  Climate Adaptation, Health, Inclusivity, Partnerships for Change, Resilient Communities and Rethinking Resources.  A Next Gen  perspective  is central to Congress programming. Before making an application, please take a thorough look at the UIA23 website.

During the Congress scholarship recipients will be expected to coordinate their activities which will include attending:  selected speaker events; Science Track paper sessions;  Next Gen sessions and activities. Recipients are also expected to engage and share their perspectives at these events.You will be expected to make two or more short videos ( 2-4 minutes) which may include interviews with selected  people, and /or coverage of events  at the Congress or  in the city that convey your key  takeaways, and help you communicate what you experienced and learned at the Congress to others.

After the Congress deliverables

By August 15, 2023

Prepare a report (750-1500 words and images) for publication in the CSU Newsletter

Edit and complete short videos, for use in presentations and for posting on the CSU site.

By October  15

Share your experience of UIA23 with your peers, including a presentation at your school and at a hybrid event to be organized by CSU.


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