Rules of the Europan 16 Competition

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The jury work in EUROPAN Austria is characterized by certain particular procedure.



In accordance with the requirements of EUROPAN Europe, the judging will be carried out in two evaluation stages. Minor deviations from international regulations within the process are described below.


Technical commission
A nationally designated technical committee determines the technical conformity of each project submitted.


1st stage evaluation: Jury on local level
Due to the experience of the positive influence on further project implementation, local experts are integrated in the decision-making process of the 1st stage evaluation on the level of each site: the seven-member jury is composed of 

• two members of the international jury of the 2nd and final evaluation, 

• two national experts of architectural and urban design in knowledge of the local specifics, and 

• three site representatives. 

As defined in the international EUROPAN guidelines the commission appoints one of the two international members for the Chair and agrees on the evaluation procedure. 

The jury then decides on the projects that do not comply with the rules and whether they are to be disqualified or not. The projects remaining in the evaluation are evaluated according to their conceptual content and their degree of innovation in relation to the EUROPAN16 topic. As a result, the commission selects 25% (or a minimum of 5 entries) of the submitted projects for the final evaluation.


2nd stage evaluation: International jury
The international jury commission, appointed by EUROPAN Austria and approved by EUROPAN Europe, consists of seven votes: 

• two experts of the urban order representing the clients‘ view, 

• four experts from the urban and architectural field, and 

• one outstanding professional (in an associated field of the topic.)

By appointing two of the four international experts to the local jury the transfer of information between 1st stage and 2nd stage is guaranteed.


The jury examines, without consultants and independently of local liabilities, the shortlisted projects and selects the Winners, Runners-Up, and Special Mentions according to the assessment criteria formulated by EUROPAN Europe (see international competition description).

Each country budget includes the equivalent of a Winner’s and a Runner‘s-Up prize per site. However, each project is judged on its sole merits and the winning teams are not chosen on the basis of an equal distribution between sites. Therefore, the jury may distribute the prizes among entries of its choice or decide not to award all the prizes. In this case, the reasons have to be published. The jury may single out projects for a Special Mention. These projects are recognised by the jury as presenting innovative ideas or insights, yet not sufficiently suitable for the site. The authors of such projects do not receive any reward. 

The jury’s decisions are final in compliance with the rules of EUROPAN Europe.