Seminar on Holcim Awards 2013/2014 at Architecture Department


The 4th International Holcim Awards competition celebrates projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment and features total prize money of USD 2 million. To promote and brief potential student participants, representatives from Holcim delivered a seminar presentation at the Architecture Department on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Ms. Tasneem Tayeb, Deputy Manager [Brand & Communications] and Ms. Engr. Sonia Hasan, Quality Manager [CIAC] made the presentation on behalf of the Holcim Foundation. Respected faculties were present at the seminar. The presentation session was followed by a Q & A session and students participated enthusiastically for clarification of different issues. After the seminar, Department Coordinator M. Arefeen Ibrahim delivered a thank you note to the presenters and inspired the students to participate in such competitions for gaining much needed valuable experience.  He also reminded the audience about previous achievements by AIUB Architecture students in similar competitions in past and wished them good luck.

Overview of the Competition

[Ref:  http://www.holcimfoundation.org/AwardApplication/holcim-awards/overview]

The competition is open for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products and construction technologies that contribute to the five “target issues” for sustainable construction. The competition has two categories with different requirements. Holcim Awards (main category)
  • Project has reached an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution 
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 1, 2013
  • All authors must be at least 18 years of age (date of birth March 24, 1996 or earlier)
"Next Generation" (young professionals and students category)
  • Visionary projects and bold ideas
  • All authors must be between 18 and 30 years of age (date of birth between July 2, 1982 and March 24, 1996)
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 1, 2013
Evaluation process Renowned technical universities lead the independent juries in five regions of the world. They evaluate entries against the “target issues” for sustainable construction.