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Rural Futures Award



Rural Futures Award


Design Shenzhen collaborates the Chinese young architect community APT (Architecture Practice Talks) to launch China’s first architectural practice award for sustainable rural construction — Rural Futures Award, designed to recognize the architectural practice in rural construction field with deep exploration of the value of sustainability, and to form a positive value guide for a sustainable rural revitalization.

The "Rural Futures Award" adopts a combination of nomination and self-submission. Architectural practices that have been completed and implemented in rural areas of China can participate in the registration, which are not limited to professional architects, since the award focuses more on practice itself rather than professional threshold. The award is open for entries from 20th October to 15th November 2022, and the final presentation and award ceremony will be held on the 27th of February at Design Shenzhen.

Awards Category

Construction Award

Construction Award recognizes the projects which actively adopt the way of local construction, reduce the environmental load and resource loss caused by rural construction, and creatively excavate, use and translate local materials and construction "gene", help the inheritance and protection of rural construction wisdom.

A total of 3 finalists, including 1 final winner, with a prize money of 20,000 RMB, and 2 finalists, with a prize money of 3,000 RMB each.


Reactivation Award

Reactivation Award recognizes the projects that create spaces as the functional carrier really needed by the countryside, and realize the long-term vitality in the actual operation process, providing a catalyst for the continuous activation for the rural daily life and long-term development of the countryside.

A total of 3 finalists, including 1 final winner, the prize money of 30,000 RMB, and 2 finalists,with a prize money of 3,000 RMB each.


Symbiosis Award

Symbiosis Award recognizes the architects who have in-depth exploration in rural construction practice and insights on a healthy and sustainable rural construction mode, actively participate in the construction of long-term operation mechanism, and devote continuous work to the field of rural development. The award aims to encourage deeper observation to explore the underlying logic of local rural development, deeply integrate their own architectural practices into rural construction, and form a long-term symbiotic think-tank model and practice mechanism.

A total of 3 finalists, including 1 final winner, with a prize money of 40,000 RMB, and 2 finalists, with a prize money of 3,000 RMB each.

In addition, all nominated and final winners have the opportunity to be directly recommended and entrusted to participate in the relevant rural revitalization construction projects in Shengze Town, Wujiang, Suzhou, the sponsor of the first “Rural Futures Award”.



Huang Yinwu

Director of Jianchuan Shaxi Center for Rural Cooperation; Associate Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Design; Honorary Associate Professor of The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture


Li Honggu

Chief Editor of Sanlian Lifeweek Magazine; General Manager of Sanlian Lifeweek Media Co., Ltd


Liu Daizong

Director of the China Sustainable Cities Program of the World Resources Institute


Liu Yuyang

Founder and Principal of Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects


Meng Fanhao

Co-Founder & Chief Architect of Line+Architects


Qu Yan

Contemporary Artist / Curator; Director of the Institute of Urban and Rural Art Construction, Guangdong University of Technology



Rong Yao

Founder of Shanghai Yunhe Dragon Architectural Design Co., Ltd.; Chief designer of Yunhe Dragon Forest School



Zhao Yang

Founder and Principal of Zhao Yang Architects; Design Instructor of Tsinghua University School of Architecture


Zuo Jing

Curator; Village builder; Chief editor of Bishan Magazine