The Cities for our Future Challenge is open to interested applicants all over the world to participate in a global competition for 2018. It is a competition run by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with UNESCO UKNC and the ACU.

Are you an imaginative, problem solving young professional, start-up or student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

Worth of Award

  • A £50,000 prize will be awarded to the winner, and their idea could be made into a prototype that makes a positive contribution to the world.
  • You will also get the chance to build your professional profile at an international level, potentially kick-start a rewarding and varied career, and work with experts within the surveying industry.
  • The winner will receive mentoring with industry experts to bring their idea to life.


Anyone can enter, but they’re really interested in hearing from:
  • Students in the fields of surveying, design, architecture or engineering.
  • Start-ups who want to boost the prospects of their protected, green or built environment business.
  • Young professionals in the fields of surveying, design, architecture or engineering.
  • Exciting, innovative ideas that help solve Rapid Urbanisation, Resource Scarcity and Climate Change.
  • Judges will rate your idea based on impact, excitement, scale, relevance and feasibility.

How to Apply

  • First, choose the topic you want to tackle: Rapid Urbanisation, Resource Scarcity or Climate Change, then select the city you’d most like to create a solution for
  • Read the brief and download the entry document.
  • Fill in the document with your entry and then submit it online by 31 May 2018. All entries must be in English.
  • Submit your idea by selecting a challenge by core topic and region of the world.
  • The best entries will be shortlisted in June 2018, and each entrant will receive mentoring from a RICS professional to help develop their idea ready for the final global judging.
  • An international judging panel will select the final winner from the shortlisted applicants in November 2018.

Deadline: applications close May 31, 2018.

Click here for more details and to apply

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