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The Cities for our Future Challenge is a global competition run by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in partnership with UNESCO UKNC and the ACU.

Are you an imaginative, problem solving young professional, start up or student involved in surveying, urban design, architecture,or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

The winner will receive a £50,000 prize and mentoring with industry experts to bring their idea to life.


The amount of people, equal to the population of Greater Manchester, England, that move to cities every week.
International Organisation for Migration


The world’s population forecast for 2050.


Submit your idea by 31 May 2018.

Submit your entry by selecting a challenge by core topic and region of the world. The best entries will be shortlisted in June 2018, and each entrant will receive mentoring from a RICS professional to help develop their idea ready for the final global judging.

An international judging panel will select the final winner from the shortlisted applicants in November 2018.

  • Competition opens
    17 January 2018
  • Competition closes
    31 May 2018
  • Regional shortlist announced
    30 June 2018
  • Global winner announced
    November 2018


£50,000 for a city changing idea

A £50,000 prize will be awarded to the winner, and their idea could be made into a prototype that makes a positive contribution to the world. You will also get the chance to build your professional profile at an international level, potentially kick start a rewarding and varied career, and work with experts within the surveying industry.

How to enter

  1. First, choose the topic you want to tackle: Rapid Urbanisation, Resource Scarcity or Climate Change, then select the city you’d most like to create a solution for
  2. Read the brief and download the entry document.
  3. Fill in the document with your entry and then submit it online by 31 May 2018. All entries must be in English.

What we’re looking for

Exciting, innovative ideas that help solve Rapid Urbanisation, Resource Scarcity and Climate Change. Our judges will rate your idea based on impact, excitement, scale, relevance and feasibility.


Anyone can enter, but we’re really interested in hearing from...

Students in the fields of surveying, design, architecture or engineering.


Start-ups who want to boost the prospects of their proptech, green or built environment business.


Young professionals in the fields of surveying, design, architecture or engineering.