Annual Conference

 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference
August 29th – September 1st, 2019   |   University of New South Wales   |   Sydney, Australia

APRU SCL brings together experts from around the region to exchange ideas and engage in activities focused on sustainable city-landscape interactions.

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) announces opening registration for its upcoming 2019 conference hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia from August 29 through September 1, 2019.

The APRU SCL conference invites academics, practitioners, and public officials from different disciplines to collaborate on research and advocacy projects that foster long-term sustainability and resilient city-landscape relationships. This three-day conference is structured around 11 working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues. Each conference attendee will contribute to a working group of their choice as well as participate in conference-wide plenaries and events.

Visit the 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference website for more information about the conference program and working groups. To register, first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to your preferred Working Group by June 15. Upon acceptance into the Working Group, you will be able to register for the conference. Early bird registration of $225 USD ends on June 15, and after that will increase to $275 USD. The conference registration covers lunch, morning and afternoon tea during the days of the event, and a special dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour on Saturday evening, August 31.

Student Competition Call for Submissions: Design Ideas Competition: Cities and Refugees:

The APRU SCL is thrilled to announce a call for submissions for the Design Ideas Competition: Cities and Refugees. This is an ideas competition. The brief is to design a physical intervention/series of interventions that meaningfully improves the lives of refugees in the city, in the short, medium and/or long term. All students are invited to submit work for the Global Student Design Ideas Competition.

The Cities and Refugees Competition is organized by the Rapid Urbanisation Grand Challenge at UNSW (Sydney), with Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – Sustainable Landscapes and Cities Hub (APRU SCL).

Find out more about the competition, eligibility, and prizes, and register before the submission deadline on July 20, 2019.

The showcase of submitted work will be presented during a public-facing event at UNSW in Sydney, Australia during the APRU SCL Conference on August 30th, 2019. Winning schemes will be announced at this time.


  • First prize, US$5000
  • Second prize, US$2500
  • Third prize, US$1000
  • Three honorable mentions

Registration Process

Registrations for the Conference are open until July 31st 2019.
Registrations are two-fold. An EOI must be completed and addressed to: by June 15th. 

Participants must outline name, position, add 100-word statement, and preferred (or previous) working group.
Information will be provided to working group leaders where a shortlist will be generated and your participation confirmed.

Once you have received confirmation please register for the conference.




Previous Conferences

Inaugural 2017 APRU SCL Conference A Success

2018 APRU SCL Conference and Design Field School in Hong Kong