Prix AIVP Antoine Rufenacht

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The development of port and urban activities is a major challenge in an increasingly uncertain environment, political and social contexts. Port cities of all sizes and types have to reinvent themselves systemically, as they are at the forefront of major global and societal changes. In this context, the spatial relationship between the port and city, two distinct entities, at once antagonist and interdependent, constitutes a prosperous breeding ground from which remarkable urban projects have emerged. Indeed, port cities together with port authorities on the five continents, have re-examined the port-city relationship through the prism of unique urban developments and emblematic architectural works. The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht aims to celebrate these outstanding port city projects and the way they address the port city relationships in the context of sustainable development.

How the Prize is awarded?

Interested in applying for the Prix AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht? Do not miss the key dates:

11 March to 23 June


Preparing and submitting applications

5 and 6 September


Meeting of the Expert panel: selection of the finalist applicants

10 and 11 October


Meeting of the Grand jury: choose of the winner

27, 28, 29 November


AIVP World Conference in Lisbon: official Prize ceremony

Find out more about the award's attribution process

International co-chair

Geraldine Knatz, Los Angeles (United States)

Co-chair of the Grand jury

Geraldine Knatz is the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at AltaSea. Located in San Pedro, California, this project is transforming 35 acres of land in the Port of Los Angeles into an ocean-side innovation campus. Geraldine is also Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering. She was the first woman to serve as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

“The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufencacht is the only international initiative I know of that aims to reward city port interface development projects by highlighting their design quality and their environmental and sociocultural benefits.”

Carola Hein, Delft (Netherlands)

Co-chair of the Expert panel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carola Hein is Professor and Head of the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. She is the founding director of the PortCityFutures Center, which investigates the evolving spatial use and design of port city regions over time, in particular addressing when port and city activities occur in the same places and sometimes conflict. Carola is also the Chair holder of the UNESCO Chair on Water, Ports and Historic Cities.

“I am excited to see how the new prize will help rise attention and spur new projects to improve port city development.”

Meet the members of the jury

Who is eligible to apply?

The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht is open to port, local and regional authorities who realized an oustanding development project. To be eligible, applicants should meet the following criteria:


Port city interface

The project must be located in a city port interface zone and/or on a former port site.



The project must have been completed in the last three years.


Promoting global development

The project must promote a global development strategy for the port city.


Sustainable development

The project must be in line with the sustainable development goals identified in the Agenda 2030 by AIVP.

Find out more about eligibility criteria

For further information

Find out all the latest news about the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht:

Carola HEIN, co-chair of the Expert panel

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Geraldine KNATZ, co-chair of the Grand jury

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Launch of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht

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The Internationa Association Cities & Ports

The International Association Cities & Ports (AIVP) is an NGO whose mission is to improve the port-city relationship by establishing and developing dialogue and cooperation between local authorities, port authorities, citizens, and economic players, and has been doing so for over 35 years.

Today, almost 200 port cities of the world are members of the AIVP, with the ambition of making port city dialogue the basis of their urban, port, and economic development projects.



“The creation of the AIVP Antoine Rufenacht Prize is designed to foster dialogue and encourage the replication of best practices for a safer and more sustainable future, to ensure our port cities remain sources of life, work, and pride.”



Édouard Philippe

AIVP President
Mayor of Le Havre (France)
Former Prime Minister

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