Barcelona has been designated as the UNESCO UIA World Capital of Architecture for 2026 and host of the 29th International Union of Architects UIA World Congress.


The city won the competition to its contender Beijing, China by a difference of 18 votes, 147 to 129.  Under the slogan «One Today, One Tomorrow» the 2026 UIA World Congress will address the relationship between the city and its architecture as an agent of cultural, social, environmental, and economic impact, in order to point out current challenges and sustainable solutions for the near future.



It is our pleasure to announce that the BAM Ranking 2021 has been released, thanks to the collaboration of the different Universities that participated in this year’s study and the effort of our highly qualified Committee of Experts, formed by 15 international academic architects from some of the best universities around the world. 

BAM Ranking’s purpose is to evaluate different postgraduate programs offered by the best schools of architecture around the world in order to determine which of them are the most relevant in terms of academic quality, internationalization, and alumni opportunities.



Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, designated Copenhagen as the World Capital of Architecture for 2023, by recommendation of the International Union of Architects (UIA).


On the theme of «Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind», Copenhagen will host a series of events and programmes in which the municipality, working together with the Danish Association of Architects and other native professionals, will analyze how architecture and urban planning contribute to meeting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.



The co-founder and principal of blkHaUS studios, Folayemi Wilson has been appointed as first associate dean for access and equity in the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, effective August 14th, 2021.


Wilson is an artist whose career and projects have been concentrated on uplifting the marginalized, from communities to young people. Proof of this is her Chicago-based studio, blkHaUS, founded in 2016 with designer Norman Teague, as a socially focused collaborative design studio dedicated to using design as an agent of change.



We are pleased to announce that the Expert Committee of the BAM Ranking 2021 is confirmed.


For this edition of our Ranking of International Master’s in Architecture, we have gathered a prestigious team of professionals that will have the task of evaluating international Masters and refining our methodology in order to have an objective and transparent study. 



Ghanaian-British architect and Adjaye Associates founder, Sir David Adjaye OBE received the 2021 Royal Gold Medal on May 26th. An award that is approved personally by the Queen of England and given to people who have had a significant impact on the development of architecture.


Regarding winning this merit Adjaye said: “It’s incredibly humbling and a great honour to have my peers recognise the work I have developed with my team and its contribution to the field over the past 25 years. Architecture, for me, has always been about the creation of beauty to edify all peoples around the world equally and to contribute to the evolution of the craft. The social impact of this discipline has been and will continue to be the guiding force in the experimentation that informs my practice. A heartfelt and sincere moment of gratitude and thanks to all the people who supported the journey to get to this moment.”



Brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been announced as winner of the 2021 UIA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement .


The Jury resolved to recognize Mendes da Rocha’s «unique status as a daring iconoclast whose work has taken architecture to new heights of technical virtuosity», and referring to his conviction that all spaces should be understood as public, the jury said that his «UIA Gold Medal exemplifies a lifetime of achievement spanning seven decades that emphasized architecture as a public act», as stated on the International Union of Architects (UIA) website.



Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which will take place on May 22nd, 2021.


Hashim Sarkis, Curator of the 2021 Biennale di Architettura, recommended Moneo as deserving of the award, stating that: «The Golden Lion for lifetime achievement is only befitting for the architect who took part in the Giudecca housing project of 1983, who won the competition for a new Cinema Palace at the Lido di Venezia in 1991, and who has drawn many a lesson for architecture from Venice». 



The founder of Berlin-based firm Kéré Architecture, Diébédo Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso, 1965) has received in the past days the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in conjunction with the University of Virginia (UVA) awarded the internationally renowned Burkinabè architect with its 2021 Architecture Medal; merit previously received by Mies van der Rohe, Kenzo Tange, Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid,  and Sir David Adjaye OBE, amongst others.



The founding partners and directors of Lacaton & Vassal, with offices in Paris, France, are the winners of the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Architects Anne Lacaton (Pardoux la Riviére – France, 1955) and Jean-Philippe Vassal (Casablanca – Morocco, 1954) established Lacaton & Vassal in 1987, seven years after they graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux.



The 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings has been released. The Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking is perhaps the most significant rankings of Universities around the world. In 2021 their ranking by subject evaluated a total of 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management. The discipline of Architecture is part of the field Arts & Humanities.



We are pleased to announce that the Expert Committee of the BAM Ranking 2020 is finally confirmed.


For the present edition of our Ranking of International Master’s in Architecture, we have gathered a prestigious team of professionals that will have the task of evaluate the international Master’s and refine our BAM Methodology in order to have an objective and transparent study.



The 2020 edition of the prestigious QS Ranking has been released. The QS, or Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking, is one of the most significant (if not the most) rankings of Universities around the world. 


For this year, the podium of the subject «Architecture & Built Environment» is dominated by the same 5 than other editions, which are also considered the best Universities for Architecture worldwide by experts and students. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recovered the first place, followed by TU Delft in the second place. UCL of London is in the third position, while ETH of Zurich is fourth. The top 5 is closed by the renowned Harvard GSD.



The founding partners and directors of Grafton Architects, with offices in Dublin, Ireland, win the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2020. For the first time, a couple of women win the most important laureate for a living architect in the world.



The BAM platform is glad to announce that our PhD and Master’s Searcher will be launched very soon. Thanks to the collaboration of the most important schools of architecture in the world, we will be able to share with all of you a complete offer of academic programs in the field of architecture, urban planning, and architecture history, among others.



We are pleased to share the results of the 2019 Ranking of Best Architecture Master’s with all of you. 30 programs from 30 different universities around the world were selected to participate in our study and our Team of Experts has evaluated them using the BAM Methodology to let you know which are the Best Architecture Master’s in the world.


It is our pleasure to announce that the BAM Ranking 2019 will be released on July 2019, thanks to the collaboration of the different Universities that participate in this year’s study and the effort of our highly qualified Committee of Experts, formed by 16 international academic architects from some of the best universities around the world. 


AIA recognizes the labor and contribution of 9 international Architects to be part of the Institution as Honorary Fellows. The official announcement took place in February 2019, and they were honoured at a ceremony as part of the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 in Las Vegas. 


Architect and Professor Sarah Whiting is the new Dean of the Graduated School of Architecture of Harvard University, where she taught in previous years. The announcement  took place in April 2019 and her new labors start in July. 

Whiting, who was Dean of Rice School of Architecture for over 10 years, will be the Dean of GSD Harvard, in substitution of Prof. Mohsen Mostafavi, who served as Dean of GSD for 11 years. 


French firm Lacaton & Vassal was announced as the winner of the Mies van der Rohe 2019 Prize for Contemporary Architecture, one of the most relevant prizes for a single project in the world. The Transformation of 530 Dwellings in Grand Parc, Bodeaux, was laureate with this Prize given its relevance for reusing architecture and engagement of communities.  

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