The International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) conducts activities aimed at achieving its basic objective: “To contribute to the healthy development of society, and improve the welfare of humanity as a whole, through further disseminating and actualizing of Universal Design (UD).”
In that vein, we will be presenting IAUD Award 2013, which will recognize groups and individuals who have conducted or proposed particularly noteworthy activities aimed at realizing a UD society in which everyone - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, nationality, customs, or other factors - can live comfortably, without feeling any undue inconvenience.
IAUD cordially invites you to apply for the awards of excellence in universal design.
All corporations, organizations, individuals and groups, inside and outside Japan, that are interested in "innovative UD activities and proposals for achieving a sustainable, harmonious society through the promotion of new and improved concepts in town development, products, and systems" are eligible to apply. Specific businesses, teams and other sub-units of corporations and organizations are also eligible.
So long as the work or the example of an activity is the applicant’s own, it does not matter if it has already been published or presented elsewhere.
We are seeking innovative UD activities and proposals for achieving a sustainable, harmonious society through the promotion of new and improved concepts in town development, products, and systems. The IAUD Selection Committee will present IAUD Awards to those entries deemed to fulfill certain standards in universal design.
Entries that receive an UD award (for architecture, products, services, etc.) will be granted use of the IAUD Award mark, which is beneficial in familiarizing people with universal design and promoting its ideals.
Award winners will also be eligible for the Grand Award, which is presented to the most outstanding award recipient.
This year we also hope to present the Patron's Special Prize and the Minister Prize, as appropriate. (Please note, however, that when no entry is deemed appropriate, these awards are not presented.)
*For results of the IAUD Awards 2012, please click on the following link:
Download the prescribed application form (application registration form and explanatory materials) from our website, fill in the necessary information, and then send the form to the IAUD Awards Division, Secretariat of the International Association for Universal Design, either by email attachment, in the mail or by courier service.
Only applicants who successfully pass the 1st Selection will be asked to participate in the 2nd Selection. Such applicants will need to send the following items to the IAUD Award Division, Secretariat of the International Association for Universal Design, by mail or courier service: panels (5 or fewer, A1 size) to be used for the 2nd Selection; a model, sample or other 3-dimensional production (dimensions: 2m (height) x 2m (width) x 2m (depth)) that supplements the explanation of the panels; and a DVD, etc., on which an explanatory video is recorded.
Entries will go through a 1st Selection (document-based selection) and, if successful, a 2nd Selection (main selection).
The Selection Committee will comprehensively judge and evaluate each entry based on how it presents the UD concept, on how detailed its proposed ideas are, or on how effectively its activities were put into practice.
The particulars of the selection process are described in "Selection Guidelines for IAUD Award 2013."
※Entries that correspond to any of those mentioned below shall be deemed unacceptable, and should this correspondence come to light after an award is granted, the award may be withdrawn.
IAUD Awards 2013 Selection Committee composed of academic experts, UD specialists, and other knowledgeable individuals (an organization of fair and neutral third parties) will be established and will judge the entries rigorously and impartially.
The results of the awards will be notified to the applicants by the early of September 2013, and announcements will be made at the venue of the IAUD Award 2013 Ceremony and the awards this autumn will be presented to the winners. The award winners will also be asked to deliver presentations about their entries. (The date and time of the ceremony and the presentation will be notified on latter date.)
The contents of the award-winning entries will be presented at the venue by way of the prepared panels, models and so on, and, following the official announcement, will be disclosed to the public on IAUD’s website, through reports, and by other means. Moreover, please understand that IAUD will hold the copyrights to the reports and other publications issued following the conference.
As a rule, application documents will not be returned. However, panels, models, samples, etc., will be returned C.O.D. if so desired. The contents of application documents, including personal information, will not be used for any purpose other than the selection process.
Inquiries about details of the selection process and about the names of unsuccessful applicants, and objections to the selection results, will not be accepted.
* By submitting an application, an individual agrees to the above conditions.
|Application period for 1st Selection||Mid March 2013 to Mid June, 2013|
|Period of 1st Selection||Mid to Late June, 2013|
|Notification of selection results||Early of July, 2013|
|Application period for 2nd Selection||Early to late July, 2013|
|Period of 2nd Selection||Early to late August, 2013|
|Notification of 2nd Selection results||Early of September, 2013|
|Informal announcement of the details of each awards
and request to prepare a presentation
|Middle of October, 2013*|
|Deadline for submitting presentation materials||Middle of November, 2013*|
Please make your inquiry here (you will be automatically transferred to the Inquiries page).