The UIA and RIAI Launch the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards 2017


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The International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the second edition of the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards. The Awards recognise and promote inclusive design – from buildings and public spaces to research – and are  open to any architects in the world . Entries can be submitted online,  until 31 January 2017 , at


The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards are being administrated by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), based in Dublin. An international expert jury will short-list projects from around the world and the category winners will be announced the UIA World Congress in Seoul, South Korea, in September 2017.


Launching the Awards on behalf of the UIA, Irish architect Fionnuala Rogerson, Co-Director of the UIA’s Architecture for All work programme, said:


“We are delighted to launch the second edition of the ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards. The awards promote the idea that quality in architectural design is for everyone and that it is essential that well-designed buildings and spaces are suitable for all users regardless of their age, ability or cultural background. Friendly spaces benefit from good design that is sensitive to people’s needs with clear circulation and orientation. Our driving vision is the creation of ‘enabling’ environments through good architecture.”


RIAI President Carole Pollard added that the RIAI was delighted to support this prestigious international award and the important work of the UIA’s Architecture for All work programme:


“The RIAI champions quality design and believes that a quality built environment benefits all our lives.  The development of ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ should not be seen as an aspiration but understood as a principle for relevant and sustainable buildings and public spaces. Demographic projections show that the percentage of the world’s population for people over 65 will increase from 8% in 2015 to 16% in 2050. This creates serious challenges for architects and policy makers and we believe that these Awards will contribute to the debates by highlighting best practice from around the world. We look forward to seeing many exciting and innovative entries for these awards from around the globe and from Irish architects.”


Eligibility and Entry


Eligible are built works  designed by any architects in the world , that have been completed since 30 November 2013. Works may include: new buildings and public spaces, and rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of existing or historic buildings and places. A special award will be given to an architect(s) for evidence-based design research that makes a significant contribution to improved quality of life through facilitating a better understanding of user-centred design and its application to the design of the built environment.


The ‘Friendly and Inclusive Spaces’ Awards are hosted on the online platform Awards Force, where projects can be entered on


There is a fee of €50 for Stage 1 entries and a subsequent fee of €150 for Stage 2 to facilitate the printing of exhibition panels.  Following short-listing by regional juries (Stage 1) an international Jury (Stage 2) will decide on the winning projects.  The winner of each category will be announced at the UIA World Congress in Seoul in September 2017.


The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland - RIAI


28 September 2016

Registration deadline

31 January 2017

Sending deadline

31 January 2017

Results Announcement

31 May 2017


  • Vassilis Sgoutas, Greece, Past President UIA (Jury Chairman)
  • Krzysztof Ingarden, Poland, (Medal Winner Durban 2014)
  • Krzysztof Chwalibog, Poland, Co-Director UIA Architecture for All WP
  • Fionnuala Rogerson, Ireland, Co-Director UIA Architecture for All Work WP:
  • Joseph Kwan, Hong Kong, Co-ordinator, UIA Region IV Architecture for All WP
  • Eduardo Elkouss, Spain, Co-ordinator Region lll UIA Architecture for All WP