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Who is eligible to enter the student award?

Eligibility and formalities

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.

The Award aims at students in the fields of 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 at the date of the submission deadline.

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

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

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

Due to the current situation in Ukraine, the IAKS kindly asks parties from Russia and Belarus to refrain from submitting a project. The next occasion to submit will be in 2025, while everybody hopes that the situation will not last another two years.

The jury shall adjudicate on the basis of the following principal criteria:


  • Imagination and innovation
  • Design concept and its quality
  • Integration in the urban environment or into the landscape in terms of aesthetics and easy access
  • Sustainability principles in terms of environmental, social and economic impact
  • Adaptation to the consequences of climate change
  • Social/community aspects (socially meaningful legacy for all members of a community)
  • Promotion of physical activities for everyone without exemption, support of health, well-being and active living
  • Accessibility and universal design / inclusive features for the widest possible range of users
  • The dimension of accessibility must be distinctly, visibly and consistently presented in the brief and in the design
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