AECOM’s Global Student Competition

Deadline: 21 August 2015
open to: undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of higher education around the world
Prizes: $15,000 in prizes, which may be divided among one or more teams, $25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to support the implementation of a prototype


All Systems Go is the sixth student design competition in AECOM’s Urban SOS program. Urban SOS was created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and allowing them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals in their field. This year, the program is presented in concert with the Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities –Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.


The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of higher education around the world. Entrants must be enrolled in a certified program during the 2015 academic year at Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. levels. Submissions must come from multidisciplinary teams of up to four members; individuals may not participate alone. Students from the design fields (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning) who form teams must include members from at least one other discipline outside of their own, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, international development, sustainable economics, engineering, ecology, natural resource science, food policy, and other relevant fields.


Three short-listed teams will be invited to present their proposals before an interdisciplinary panel at the A D Museum in Los Angeles in October 2015. Urban SOS: All Systems Go jurors will award $15,000 in prizes, which may be divided among one or more teams. In addition, AECOM will make available up to $25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to support the implementation of a prototype of the winning team’s strategies.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 21 August 2015. For successful application, please fill out the online application form.

For more information, please check the official web-page.

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