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About the Award
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) are committed to advocating for excellence in the visioning, design and operation of fully inclusive and universally accessible indoor and outdoor facilities. Identifying and promoting trends for transforming communities and urban areas into places of active living is at the core of this international competition.
As part of their commitment to excellence, the three organizations are inviting submissions for the IOC IPC IAKS 2021 Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals for innovative ideas, designs and concepts for sports, leisure and recreational facilities.
The goal of enhancing the human experience and appreciation of sports, leisure and recreation and the need to ensure equal, dignified and functional access to sport and leisure facilities are fundamental to the IOC, IPC and IAKS. This includes access for all citizens, regardless of their physical abilities, as well as the protection of the environment through skilful design, the use of materials, and creativity.
For many cities aspiring to become healthy places with pleasant living conditions, sports, leisure and recreational facilities are becoming increasingly important. In their strategy to promote youth and to safeguard and promote access to sport and leisure for all members of the community regardless of physical, sensory or intellectual limitations, the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS are calling on young architects and designers to dedicate their enthusiasm and imagination in the creation of areas and spaces for active life-styles.
It is the shared aspiration of the IOC, IPC and IAKS for young architects who create sporting environments for all citizens at an early stage in their career will continue this practice in later years so that inclusive design becomes second nature to them.
The IAKS is responsible for the organization and staging of the competition.
This Award aims at young architects and designers currently studying architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and general design, and at young professionals in their first two years of professional practice. All participants must be under the age of 30 years.
Students must have completed their basic courses or passed their intermediate diploma examinations or obtained their B.A. degrees. Young professionals must have been born after 1st January 1991.
Submission deadline: 30th April 2021
Jury session: Summer 2021
Announcement of results: 30th July 2021
Awards ceremony: 26th October 2021 at the 27th IAKS Congress in Cologne
The entries selected by the jury will be awarded the IOC IPC IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals in Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Award winners will receive prize money as follows:
Gold: 1,000 euros
Silver: 500 euros
Bronze: 300 euros
Awards winners will additionally receive financial support to cover their travel expenses to the prize-giving ceremony.
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