2021 International Conference

27th World Congress of Architects


December 10, 2019

Submission Deadline: Papers & Design Works

February 2020

Notification of Acceptance for Papers / Design Works

June 30, 2020

Submission of Final Revised Papers / Design Works

Call for Papers and Design Works

Submission Deadline: December 10, 2019

Calling on architects to submit a proposal for participation in the 27th edition of the World Congress of Architects – UIA 2020 RIO – which is being held from 19 to 23 July, 2020. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture, urbanism, landscape design and urban planning are invited to submit proposals for the development of initiatives and design works that make a meaningful contribution for the central theme of the Congress.

With the title ALL THE WORLDS. JUST ONE WORLD. ARCHITECTURE 21, the 27th World Congress of Architects, addresses the contemporary urban condition and its intense asymmetric flows as a main thematic axis. The Congress will be organized around four tracks that define the core structure from which all the conferences, round tables, exhibits, workshops and other events will be grouped by affinity. Tracks are interconnected, rather than isolated. They allow the organization of specific approaches within the broad range of hot issues in the field of contemporary architecture and urbanism. Proposals involving a similar set of questions will be aggregated, bringing together people with common interests within a diversity of places, scales, programs and approaches.


Track 1. Diversity and Mixture
This theme emphasizes the practice of architecture and urbanism attentive to diversity and mixtures of cultures and the interrelationships with other professional fields, such as anthropology and politics, as well as political, social, cultural, and economic issues.

Track 2. Changes and Emergencies
This theme debates the intense changes in the contemporary world and its reflections in the fields of architecture and urbanism, with emphasis on their social, environmental and technological dimensions.

Track 3. Vulnerabilities and Inequalities
This theme has focus on the social dimensions of architecture and urbanism, taking as its theme the worldwide challenges in confronting urban vulnerabilities and inequalities, the large contingents of people living in precarious conditions in slums, tenement houses, temporary shelters, and housing units produced by self-construction or self-management.

Track 4. Transience and Flows
This theme guiding thread rests on displacements in general, trying to expand understanding of transience and flows on the planetary and local scale as well as their demographic, temporal and human dimensions.

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Submissions for Papers
  • Submissions shall be in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Papers shall have no more than four (4) authors.
  • Papers shall not exceed 2,500 words and include no more than five (5) images placed within the paper.
  • Abstract (no more than 250-words)
  • Omit all author names and affiliation from the submission and any other identifying information to maintain an anonymous review process.
Submissions for Design Works
  • 3 DIN A3 Files, Landscape – PDF
  • Abstract (no more than 250-words). Conceptual description of the project.
  • Submissions shall have no more than eight (8) authors, and may not be authored by a organization or company.
  • Submissions shall be in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
Online Submission Process

The deadline for submitting a paper or design work to World Congress of Architects – UIA 2020 RIO is 10 December 2019. Authors must submit through the ACSA online interface. Follow the steps below to complete your submission. The ACSA online interface will guide you through the remaining steps.

  1. Click the Submit Now button.
  2. You will be directed to the entrance portal for the ACSA submission site. Click Enter Now at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Click the link under New to this Site? to create a new account with your email address. This account will not be the same as your ACSA username and password.
  4. From the dropdown menu, click Paper or Design Work and click Create New Submission.
  5. Click Add Myself as Author and then add other authors, if applicable.
  6. On the next page, fill in the text boxes for title and abstract. These are simple copy/paste text boxes.
  7. Click select, and then choose your file for submission. Click Upload.
  8. Select a track: Diversity and Mixture, Changes and Emergencies, Vulnerabilities and Inequalities, or Transience and Flows. Then select your language and click continue.
  9. On the Proofread page you have the opportunity to review your work before finalizing your submission.
  10. Click Complete My Submission. You have completed your submission and should receive a confirmation email for verification.

Following the double-blind review process, the UIA Scientific Committee makes final acceptance decisions. All authors will be notified of the status of their submission and will receive comments from reviewers. Accepted submissions will be invited to present at the World Congress of Architects – UIA 2020 RIO. At least one author must register for the conference and present the submissions. Authors that present at the Congress will be included in the Congress Proceedings.

Michelle Sturges
Conferences Manager

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs