Deadline Approaching for 2020 UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards

Submitted by anoopa on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 09:53

Entries for the International Union of Architects (UIA)'s Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Award 2020 will be accepted until Saturday, November 30th, 2019.


From UIA: Award winners and commended projects will be exhibited at the UIA Congress in Rio de Janeiro in July 2020 and will be publicized globally.

The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards contribute to achieving U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Cities and human settlements which are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Organised by the UIA's Work Programme Architecture for All, the Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards were established to encourage and acknowledge architects who have created exemplary friendly, inclusive and accessible buildings and public spaces. Entries must demonstrate that they have met the highest standards of universal and inclusive design, where the completed buildings and places contribute to the quality of life of all those who may use them.

A special award will also be given for evidence based design research that makes a significant contribution to improved quality of life through facilitating a better understanding of human centered design and its application to the design of the built environment.

Award Categories

  1. New Buildings
  2. Refurbished Existing Buildings, including Historic Buildings
  3. Public Realm
  4. Research


Built works designed by architect member(s) of a UIA Member Section that have been completed since 30 November 2016. Research by an architect or architects completed since 30 November 2016 which advances the theory and practice of friendly and inclusive design.


A medal and up to three (3) Honourable Mentions will be presented in each of the Categories 1, 2 & 3.

The winner of Category 4 and up to two Honourable Mentions will receive UIA Certificates. The Jury reserves the right not to make any award if, in its opinion, no entry reaches the required standards.

More details on the UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Award (pdf)