The Schindler Global Award

The Schindler Global Award is a student urban design competition. It is focused on mobility, understood as a key driver of desirable change in urban areas around the world. The SGA is a chance for young designers to match their skills and imaginations against the challenge of shaping the cities of today and tomorrow. Students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design are invited to come up with holistic design proposals in response to a specific brief. The biannual competition will next take place in 2016-2017, with a site in São Paulo, Brazil.

Schindler Award - Escalator

What / When / Where

The Schindler Global Award (SGA) ideas competition asks students to put their skills to the test and participate in the making of livable and sustainable urban environments – with mobility in mind. Mobility systems move people, goods and ideas over road and rail, sea and air, and through neighborhoods, regions and the world. Mobility is a catalyst and a conduit for globalization and urbanization – and for the creation of better lives and neighborhoods.


Competition 2016 / 2017

The Schindler Global Award 2017 will have a site in São Paulo, Brazil. The schedule for the Schindler Global Award 2017 will be provided in early 2016.

Who / How

The SGA is open to all Bachelor and Master’s Degree students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, from degree-granting educational institutions worldwide. Participation in the competition gives students a platform for knowledge sharing, comparison and recognition. Through the use of the open competition format, common in professional design practice, students have the opportunity to gain career-oriented skills and contact with internationally renowned practitioners and experts.


The majority of people now live in urban areas, influenced by global forces in a world of deepening complexity. The trends of urban population growth and increasing global interconnectivity will continue. Interdisciplinary responses and adaptable approaches are urgently required for the cities of the future. Three key concepts are part of the Global Schindler Award Competition: Shared Global Responsibility; Future Cities as a Resource and Urban Through Mobility.