Call for Entries: University Island

University Island Competition:

  • Cash prizes: 20.000 €
  • Subject: open architectural competition
  • Target: Designers, Architects, Students, Professionals
  • Location: Venice (Italy)
  • Website:

A stone’s throw from charming Venice, is the island of Poveglia, a peaceful uninhabited land skimmed by the languishing waters of Venetian Lagoon. Once commercial crossroads and cultural melting pot, since 14th century Poveglia has gradually been abandoned by its inhabitants hosting first a leper hospital and then a geriatric hospital. Today, only a thick vegetation and some ruins live on the island featuring as a perfect setting for the grimmest tales and fantastic rumors.

Almost consigned to oblivion, Poveglia may arise from its ashes becoming a focal point in cultural international life. YAC has launched an architectural competition aiming at urban renewal of this island by transforming it into an excellent university campus. The idea is to create a multi-function facility for sevecral suggestive academic, leisure, sport and cultural activities open to students, citizens and tourists gathering in Venice and its surroundings.

How to transform a desert island into a spearheading study and research center? Which architecture should be integrated in one of the most delightful locations in the Venetian Lagoon in order to create an international campus to equal the value of one of the most stunning cities in the world?

On these questions, YAC, with the support of RIAM, lays the foundations for University Island inviting all the designers to feel completely fascinated by the magnificence of one of the most breathtaking places of the Venetian Lagoon. YAC thanks all the architects who will take part in this challenge.


An outstanding international jury will evaluate the projects submitted :

- Peter Cook (CRAB),

- Patrick Lüth (Snohetta),

- Iannis Kandyliaris (Bjarke Ingles Group),

- Francesco Dal Co (Casabella),

- Alessandro Marata (C.N.A.P.P.C.),

- Alberto Ferlenga (Iuav University of Venice),

- Andrea Boeri (University of Bologna),

- Pierluigi Cervellati (Chief Architect of Studio Cervellati)

- Francesca Graziani (Real estate office)


There is a total amount of 20. 000 € in cash prizes for the winner proposals:

1° prize: 10.000 €

2° prize: 4.000 €

3° prize: 2.000 €

4 gold mentions: 1.000 € each.

In addition, there will be 10 honorable mentions and 30 finalists awarded, like the winners listed above, with a one-year subscription to Casabella magazine and with the publication of their projects on YAC’s website and main architectural magazines and websites.


- 21st March 2016 – start

- 8th June 2016 at 12:00 GMT – registration deadline

- 15th June 2016 at 12:00 GMT – material submission deadline

- 29th July 2016 – results announcement

Discover more on:

  • Title

    Call for Entries: University Island
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    June 08, 2016 12:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    June 15, 2016 12:00 PM
  • Venue

    Venice, Italy
  • Price

    € 75

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Cite: "Call for Entries: University Island" 04 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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