The IAUD International Design Awards were established in 2010 in order to promote and champion Universal Design by recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements and in particular products, services and environments that ensure people of all ages and abilities can enjoy an active, independent and productive life, regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, ability, customs, or other factors.
The goal of IAUD and the Awards program is to foster social structures that are sustainable and universal, favour diversity and inclusion, ensure safety and promote human rights and responsibilities, encourage dialogue, collaboration and co-operation, and ensure the passing-on of appropriate knowledge and skills from one generation to the next.
We extend the deadline of application as follows:Schedule
Deadline for the 1st selection : September 14, 2018
Deadline for the 2nd selection : November 16, 2018
The past eight years of the awards have seen sustained progress, and to maintain this momentum the Judging Panel is looking for entries that:
All entries meeting essential standards of Universal Design will receive an IAUD International Design Award certificate and citation, be featured on the IAUD website and related publicity and will be granted use of the IAUD International Design Award Mark.
Outstanding entries will be recognised with Gold and Silver awards presented at a special ceremony, along with Grand and Patron’s awards honouring exceptional and long-term achievements.
All corporations, organizations, individuals and groups, inside and outside Japan, engaged 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. As 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.
All entries will be thoroughly evaluated to ensure they meet one or more of the essential goals of the IAUD International Design Awards Program, and successful entries will go before the Jury Panel, who will make the final awards and citations.
NB Any entries that:
IAUD International Design Award 2018 Jury Panel, composed of the academic experts, UD specialists, and other knowledgeable individuals (an organization of fair and neutral third parties) will judge the entries rigorously and impartially.
The results of the award will be notified to the applicants by the end of November 2018 and they will be officially announced at the award ceremony scheduled to be held this winter. 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 can be presented in the venue of the ceremony 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. Kindly note that copyright in all reports and publications issued following the awards ceremony will rest with IAUD.
All award-winning entries will be granted a free license to use the IAUD International Design Award Mark during a promotion period following the awards ceremony, after which the IAUD International Design Award Mark may be used continuously for public relations purposes upon payment of a royalty.
The IAUD International Design Award 2018 Selection Committee will present IAUD International Design Awards to those entries deemed to meet the judge’s expectations in Universal Design. All award-winning entries will be granted use of the IAUD International Design Award mark, which is beneficial in familiarizing people with Universal Design and promoting its ideals.
Conditions and provisions for use of IAUD International Design Awards 2018 mark, please click on the following link:
Conditions and provisions for use of IAUD International Design Award 2018 mark（PDF:110KB）
*For results of the IAUD Awards 2017, please click on the following link:
Results of the IAUD Awards 2017
Download the prescribed application form from our website, fill in the necessary information, and then send the form (preferred format is Microsoft Word) to the IAUD International Design Award 2018 Division, Secretariat of the International Association for Universal Design, either by email attachment, in the mail or by courier service.
Applicants who successfully pass the 1st round will be invited to participate in the 2nd round, along with winners from collaborating Universal Design award schemes such as those organised by the Design for All Foundation, Barcelona and the Institut für Universal Design, Munich. Such applicants will need to send the following items to the IAUD International Design Award 2018 Division, Secretariat of the International Association for Universal Design, by email or courier service: data of panels (5 or fewer, A1 size, vertical format) compressed to maximum 5 MB (required format is PDF) to be used for the 2nd round, and if any, data of explanatory video (preferred format is MP4).
Please contact secretariat () when you pay the fee by the bank transfer. We will issue the invoice. Please make sure to pay the fee by the deadline.
*Credit card payment form will be updated on later date.
|Application period for 1st round||End of May to September 14, 2018|
|Selection period of 1st round||September 15 to September 21, 2018|
|Notification of selection results||End of September, 2018|
|Application period for 2nd round||October 1 to November 16, 2018|
|Selection period of 2nd round||November 17 to November 30, 2018|
|Notification of final results||Beginning of December, 2018 *The award winners only|
|Deadline for receiving presentation data by the winners||End of January, 2019
*The presentation data (including English translation) must be created by the author.
|Presentation by the winners||Beginning of March, 2019
Venue of the 7th International Conference for Universal Design in Bangkok 2019: Bangkok, Thailand
IAUD International Design Award 2018 Division, Secretariat, International Association of Universal Design
2-13-18-110 Shin-Ishikawa, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, 225-0003 Japan
As a rule, application documents will not be returned. The contents of application documents, including personal information, will not be used for any purpose other than the selection process. A review of the selection process will be made public including reasons for awarding the prizes to the respective award recipients and comments regarding particularly outstanding aspects of the winning entries. Applicants whose entries sadly miss out on awards this year will also receive brief comments from the IAUD International Design Award 2018 Selection Committee members as to why their entries were not successful. This may be helpful as a reference in preparing future applications. However, inquiries regarding any other matters including 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.