About us

The IAKS was founded in 1965. The goal of the IAKS is the creation of high-grade, functional and sustainable sports facilities worldwide. The emphasis here is on international exchange and the ongoing development of quality standards.

Being the only non-profit organization concerned globally with the subject of sports and leisure facility development it has been awarded the status of a Recognized Organization by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It cooperates with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and numerous other partners. The IAKS contributes to the economic and environmentally friendly realization of sports and leisure facility projects and thus highlights the right of citizens to demand-driven and functional sports facilities.

The IAKS is:

  • independent and competent
  • objective
  • product-neutral

The meeting place for architects, engineers, clients, designers, local authorities, technical and operative management, sports federations and clubs!


IAKS Mission Statement


IAKS: facilitating an active world

IAKS is the leading global non-profit organisation for professionals from the sports, leisure and recreation facilities industry.

IAKS advocates excellence in the visioning, design and operation of fully inclusive and universally accessible indoor and outdoor facilities.

IAKS identifies and promotes new trends for transforming communities and urban areas into places of active living.

IAKS collaborates with international organisations to promote development that encourages and supports active and meaningful lifestyles.

IAKS hosts international networking forums for the exchange of planning, design and operational expertise.

IAKS recognises exceptional accomplishment in facility operation and design through an internationally recognised exemplary design awards programme.