IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals 2015

Competition and patrons

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) are launching the 2015 Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals for innovative ideas, designs and concepts for sports, leisure and recreational facilities.

The IAKS is responsible for the organization and staging of the competition.



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. The IOC, IPC and 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.

In recent years, the IOC has placed an increased focus on youth participation in sport through a number of activities. 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.

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 proud to support this Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals.


Eligibility, formalities

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 2 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 1985.

Each participant must submit a copy of his student matriculation document or a copy of his diploma. Each participant must also send a list of his submitted documents and a declaration that he is entering the competition, with details of his place of residence.

Submissions coming from young professionals must not be part of design projects from professional teams or design firms.

Eligible to enter the competition is any kind of design work that focuses on the creation of spaces and areas to be used for sports and leisure activities in the broadest sense. The design strategy must encourage youth to practise sport. By bringing sports activities to young people, e.g. in their urban environments, the project should aim at creating a high sports legacy.

All entries including the items listed under “Documents to be submitted” must be submitted until the date defined under “Dates and address for submission”.

The IAKS is entitled to disqualify any submission which does not conform to the mandatory requirements for the competition.