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The Cities for our Future challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with the UK National Commission of UNESCO.

They are inviting imaginative problem solvers from the wider field of surveying, urban design, architecture, and engineering to submit transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining challenges of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change, and Resource Scarcity.




  • If you have e got a transformative idea for a project or policy and you want to make a positive contribution to the world, potentially build your professional profile at an international level and kick-start a rewarding and varied career, then this is the competition for you.
  • If you win, there’s also a £50,000 prize up for grabs and the chance to work with experts and mentors from within the surveying industry.
  • Your idea could be made into a prototype that makes a positive contribution to the world.


  • The competition is open to anyone, apart from employees of the RICS.
  • They are particularly interested in hearing from young professionals, students or startups in the field of surveying, urban design and engineering, and green technologies.
Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

  • Visit the official website, choose a brief from the 3 available topics, and select one of the questions to answer. Read your chosen brief and download the entry document, then complete the entry document and submit it online.
  • You can enter between 09.00 GMT on 17 January 2018 and 23.59 GMT on 31 May 2018. If you enter before or after this then your entry won’t be valid.
  • They will announce the shortlist by 23:59 GMT on 30 June 2018, and the final global winner will be announced by 23:59 GMT on 30th November 2018.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018 (72 Days Remaining)

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