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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 2012, 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.

As a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011, cities, towns and villages in the northeast coastal areas were terribly damaged. The majority of the victims included the aged, people with disabilities, children, and other people in socially weak positions. Amid the calls that reconstruction be carried out as soon as possible, one can also hear voices saying that the reconstruction plans devised should incorporate the perspectives of UD and renewable energy, so that safe and secure municipalities resistant to earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters can be built to last for generations to come.

Accordingly, for IAUD Award 2012, we are seeking, both within Japan and the global community, innovative UD activities and proposals aimed at realizing a mutualistic, sustainable society, for example creating municipalities, organizations, products and more that will be conducive to reconstruction, restoration and recovery from any disasters that occur in the future. We will then judge these entries and formally recognize the finalists. We are also expecting entries involving activities and proposals relevant to the situation in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as innovative, universal activities and proposals that can be applied to the diverse conditions in regions throughout the world.

Application Requirements

Eligible Applicants

All corporations, organizations, individuals and groups, inside and outside Japan, that are interested in “activities aimed at realizing a UD society”are eligible to apply. Specific businesses, teams and other sub-units of corporations and organizations are also eligible. If a copyrighted work of the applicant is involved, it need not be one that has not been previously published.

Topics / Categories

  1. Universal Design in General (Concept, Philosophy, etc.)
  2. Architecture / Regional Planning (Urban Development, Public Space, Parks, etc.)
  3. Tourism / Mobility (Public Transportation, Automobiles, etc.)
  4. Housing / Household Equipment / Interior Design
  5. Commodities / daily life products / Industrial Design
  6. Package Design / Fashion Design
  7. Information and Communications / Broadcasting and Mass Media / Sign Design
  8. Software / System Design / Website Design
  9. Ergonomics / Human Engineering / Sensory Engineering / Other Types of Engineering and Technology
  10. Medical Care and Nursing / Hygiene and Sanitation / Social Welfare Services / Labor
  11. Environmental Protection / Ecology / Resources and Energy / Sustainable Design
  12. Education and Enlightenment / Culture / Ethics and Morality / Standards and Certification / Legislation
  13. Disaster Prevention and Rescue / Security and Public Safety / National Defense / International Goodwill / Development Assistance
  14. Protection of Human Rights / Administration of Justice / Mutualistic Society / Gender Equality
  15. Dietary Education and Food / Agriculture and Forestry / Livestock Industry / Fishing Industry / Industrial Development
  16. Distribution / Currency and Finance / Insurance / etc.

Types of Awards

Among the IAUD Awards, the Grand Award will be given for the entry judged to the best among all those submitted. Various others awards are also planned, including the Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (IAUD’s patron) Award and the Minister Prize. However, it may also be the case that there is no entry deemed appropriate for a particular award.

Application Method

1st Selection

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.

  • The language used on the application form may be either Japanese or English. (We recommend making entries in both languages.)
  • For each application, please pay 20,000 yen as the registration and selection fee.
  • Please understand that if you do not pay the fee by the deadline, your application will be disqualified.
  • All expenses related to the application shall be borne by the applicant.

2nd Selection

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 address stated below 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.

  • The language used on the panels, etc. may be Japanese or English. (We recommend writing everything in both languages.)
  • For each application, please pay 50,000 yen as the fee for the 2nd Selection.
  • The deadline for the fee payment is July 31. Please understand that if you do not pay the fee by the deadline, your application will be disqualified.
  • All expenses related to the application (production expenses, postage, etc.) shall be borne by the applicant.
  • The above items for the 2nd screening must be posted to arrive not later than August 1 – 7 to the address stated below.
  • Addressee:

    IAUD Awards Division, IAUD Salon, International Association for Universal Design
    Toyota Hatchobori Bldg. 4F
    2-25-9, Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0032 Japan
    ・Tel: +81-3-5541-5846
    ・Fax: +81-3-5541-5847

Registration and selection fee

  • Please contact secretariat( at least 7days in advance (by July 24) when you pay the fee by the bank transfer.
    We will issue the invoice.
    Please make sure to pay the fee by the deadline.
  • For credit card payment, please follow steps below and finish such procedure until the closing date.


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 2012."

* 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.

  • Entries that violate public order and morality or any law or ordinance
  • Entries that infringe the rights of a copyright holder or some other third party
  • Entries whose contents the applicant refuses to disclose by way of a presentation, publication, the Internet, etc.

Selection Criteria

  1. Sustainable and Universal: The entry presents concepts and practices suitable for creating a sustainable, mutualistic society.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion: The entry shows an understanding of the diversity of traditions, cultures, lifestyles and people, and does not exclude minorities but rather expressly includes them; and thus contributes to realizing a qualitatively rich and happy way of life.
  3. Safe and Secure Society: The entry contributes to the construction of mechanisms, systems and morals appropriate to a society that protects human rights and respects the humanity of every individual.
  4. Spontaneous and Sustainable Dialogue: The entry serves to build ongoing exchanges and relationships between corporations, government, research institutions, NPOs, and citizens.
  5. Passing-on of Knowledge and Skills to the Next Generation: Through disseminating universal design and knowledge about it, the entry serves to cultivate individuals suited to lead the next generation.

Selection Committee

IAUD Awards 2012 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.

Announcement and Conferment of Awards

Award winners will be notified of the selection results at the end of August 2012. However, they will be officially announced at the 4th International Conference for Universal Design in FUKUOKA 2012, and the awards will be conferred at an awards ceremony. The award winners will also be asked to deliver presentations about their entries. (The awards ceremony and presentations are scheduled for October 14, 2012.)
The contents of the award-winning entries will be presented in the exhibition hall 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.

About Travel Expenses, the Application Documents, and Other Matters

A representative of the award winners will be invited to attend the 4th International Conference for Universal Design in FUKUOKA 2012. However, that individual will be asked to defray the necessary transportation expenses, lodging expenses, and other travel expenses.
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 Late December 2011 to April 30, 2012
Period of 1st Selection Early to Mid May 2012
Notification of selection results Late May 2012
Submission of items Not later than August 1 – 7, 2012
Period of 2nd Selection Early to mid August 2012
Deadline for submitting presentation materials* End of September 2012

*Applicable to award winners only


IAUD Awards Division, Secretariat, International Association for Universal Design
2-13-18-110 Shin-Ishikawa, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 225-0003
・Tel: +81-(0)45-901-8420
・Fax: +81-(0)45-901-8417

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