Institutional access (IA)
Enabling knowledge exchange for universities globally.
What is Institutional Access
Institutional access is first of its kind platform enabling institutions to have a knowledge exchange for their students where they work on an international design problem listed/hosted on UNI in a synchronous time-frame. This enables participants to draw the international design scene to enter their studios and scale their studio's ideas-philosophy to the global level.
Why get Institutional Access
Challenging problems are fun to solve together. We understand how tough things can be when managing both academic courses and working on challenging design problems together. "Why not bring both together?"
World class challenging problems
Every semester we work on multiple design problems. Most of these problems stay in the limited classroom environment where the best is determined by the knowledge pool of the institution. Here is your chance to pick the kind of design problem you want for your academic portfolio or for your students. Choose a brief with resources that are challenging not just by their nature, but with people who compete in.
Gain international industry experience
As the gaps between our society and borders reduce, the design is no more a local profession with set clients. Problems like these propel your work from local to global recognition.
Make your institution go world class
We match your institute with another institute internationally, so that you can exchange your ideas, knowledge, and skills to develop yourself and solve some of the most challenging problems across the globe.
How Institutional Access works
The fundamentals of IA
Registration process for Institutional Access is similar to individual/ team registration. Registration could be done either by student or mentor on behalf of entire class. You will receive a confirmation upon registration.
Verify your identity
We will get in touch with you within 72 hours to complete the verification process with your institution. We’ll ask you for list of students participating and a letter from institution.
Make your teams or play individual
Like working solo? You Can!
The combinations to participate can range from all students working solo (Eg: 1 participant per entry = 20 Submissions) to all students in maximum size of team permitted in competition (Eg. 4 participants per entry = 5 submissions), or any custom structure of teams, solo duo, trio – only condition is 20 registered students are allowed to participate per Institution Access pass. An institute can buy multiple passes to fit their entire classroom.
Add entries for the competition
You can add a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 entries for the competition. All the entries will be supervised by 1 faculty member (this information cannot be changed later)
Submit your entries using UNI’s submission portal before the submission deadline as specified in the brief
Meet your partner institution
Soon after the submission deadline is over we will announce your partner institution so that you can discuss upon the ideas and exchange resources. Faculty will explore the entry of the partner institutions and students can start discussing their project with partner institution students. Incase there’s only one IA registration, there are no partner institutes.
Result declaration and Awards
Once the competition period is over, we declare the result openly with one winner for every institutional access and an international winner of the competition.
What's inside Institutional Access
Institutional Access (IA) is eligible for currently enrolled students during the competition tenure. Under Graduate/Graduate both participants are allowed.
20 Students 1 Mentor
We offer 20 registered students to enter a competition with one faculty supervisor (who mentors /coordinates this endeavor) to participate in an eligible competition of your choice.
Flexible participation mode
We will offer you a choice to flexibly form your group - solo or duo or full team as per your preferences.
Be a part of the jury
We offer supervisors/mentors to evaluate an institutional access submission set, and transfer entries to an eligible institution for parallel knowledge exchange. The best entry coming from each institute wins an Institutional Excellence Award - coming from the particular institute.
Get constructive inputs from the eminent jurors
All the entries submitted through this channel will also be transferred to the Lead jury panel (like an individual participant entry) for the final reward as well.
These many renowned institutions have already joined hands with us
University of Virginia, USA
Kansas State University, USA
University of Cincinnati, USA
Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
TOBB University of Economics and Technology
Parul University, India
Hindusthan School of Architecture, India
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Ion Mincu Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism, Romania
University of Salford, United Kingdom
Herriot Watt University, UAE
Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Cankaya University, Turkey
Ajman University, UAE
Zayed University, UAE
NIT Hamirpur, India
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
Louisiana State University, USA