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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.

In January, we issued a challenge to imaginative, problem solving young professionals, start ups and students involved in surveying, urban design, architecture, or engineering. The challenge was simple: 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 competition is now closed, and our regional and global judges are deciding who will reach the shortlist and have the chance to win £50,000.


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.


The competition is now closed.

Our international judging panel are now selecting the regional and global shortlists, in order to decide who will win £50,000 and the opportunity to receive mentoring from an RICS professional. Learn more about our judging panels.

We will announce our global winner in November.

  • Competition opens
    17 January 2018
  • Competition closes
    31 May 2018
  • Global shortlist announced
    18 July 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.