February 12,2022
International Higher Education Park, Chongming District, Shanghai

I. Title

The 2022 SJTU International Competition on the Design of a Carbon Neutral Campus

 II. Location

International Higher Education Park, Chongming District, Shanghai

 III. Organiser

China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

IV. Project Overview

As one of the most prestigious and oldest Chinese universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University(SJTU) is leveraging its interdisciplinary research capabilities in ecology and the low-carbon development to explore new ways of building a smart, international and carbon neutral campus as part of its efforts to help build Shanghai into a technology and innovation hub and promote the national initiative of having CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. In this way, SJTU is better positioned to advance the frontiers of research, contribute to the economic growth, meet major national demands, and enhance the wellbeing of the wider community. 

With a total planning area of nearly 0.67 square metres, the exemplary carbon-neutral campus is expected to host 6,000 full-time students. The 0.23-sq.km first -phase construction attracts an estimated investment of 1.8 billion yuan, serving 2,000 full-time students. Built on this planning, the competition is designed to seek viable solutions to building a carbon neutral campus in terms of in-campus transportation, architecture, energy, the ecological circulation system, and the smart management while harnessing the power of low-carbon, net-zero, and carbon-negative technologies. The solutions of the winners will serve as a prime example of how a university can achieve carbon neutrality and how our cities increase net-zero buildings and go low-carbon. 

V. Registration

Eligibility Guidelines

(i) The competition is open to both domestic and foreign design institutes with relevant experience (independent legal entities or organizations with the ability to independently assume civil liability). A joint application can be made by up to 4 institutions. Those who are registered as co-applicants cannot join in duplicate participation individually or in other joint-application teams. Individuals and teams of individuals cannot participate.

(ii) Design institutes(teams)with experience in carbon neutrality planning, campus planning, or college campus architecture design are preferred.

Preparation and Submission 

of Application Materials

Participants must prepare application materials as required. (See Annex. The Content Requirements of Application Materials) and submit the electronic and paper materials BEFORE 17:00 on February 12th, 2022.

(i) Electronic materials, including certified copies of original registration documents in PDF format and registration documents in editable WORD/PDF format, should be sent directly to CN_Campus@sjtu.edu.cn.

(ii) All paper materials and two USB storage devices should be submitted or delivered to:

Li Jia

Phone: +86-21-8106-0860

Address: No.3 Yinlian Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China


Note: In case there is any adjustment of the submission deadline, the deadline announced on the latest notice shall prevail. The eligibility review is based solely on the submitted paper materials. All submissions must be submitted before the deadline, and submission will be refused after the deadline.

VI. Agenda & Rules

The competition is held in two stages:

(i) Invitations, public registration, and an eligibility review in the first stage.

(ii) Project design and evaluation in the second stage.

Stage I: Invitation, 

Public Registration, and Eligibility Review

In the first stage, the shortlisted candidates will be determined through invitations and eligibility reviews. No more than 8 participants will enter the second stage.

Stage II: Design & Evaluation

After signing the confirmation & confidentiality agreement, participants will have access to detailed information and submit the final works as required. At least one mid-term presentation should be given during the design phase.

After the submission, the chief designers will draw lots to determine the order of presentation. The presentation should be presented by the chief designer, with the use of a multimedia video. The time allocated for each presentation is no more than 25 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for Q&A).

All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The competition jury will evaluate the works, and decide 5 prize winners – one winner, two second prizes and two third prizes.

VII. Prizes & Expenses


(i) Compensation fee is paid to the application as follows according to the ranking of the successful candidates and prize winners:

Winner (1 Work): 600,000 RMB

2nd Place (2 Works): 400,000 RMB

3rd Place (2 Works): 200,000 RMB

(ii) Payment of Prizes

The prizes will be paid in RMB. Any tax incurred will be covered by participants.

Additional Expenses

Participants will be responsible for any fees and extra costs incurred in the competition, including travel expenses, model production costs and printing fees.