In July 2021, the UIA General Assembly declared 2022 the “UIA Year of Design for Health”. This commitment urges all UIA Member Sections to encourage architects and their clients to use evidence-based design to promote health in buildings and cities.

The UIA will facilitate a series of initiatives to increase awareness of designing for health, including a digital information hub, an international research agenda and support for the creation of resources to help architects around the world conduct research on healthy environments.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of environments in controlling disease, the value of creating safe and healthy spaces for all people and the necessity of using evidence-based research to support design and related policy-making.

In preparation for the UIA 2022 Year of Design for Health, the UIA launched a logo competition in September 2021 with the winning entry being selected for use in the branding and promotion of this initiative.

The International jury consisting of Wei Yew (Canada), Marion Decroocq (France) and Warren Kerr(Australia), met virtually and, after extensive deliberation, selected the First and Second Prize winners as well as three Honourable Mentions, from among nearly 300 submissions from around the globe.

As the year 2021 draws to a close and we look forward to 2022, Udo Schliemann’s winning logo, an arch sheltering a heart, reminds us of the power of good design to foster well-being. The UIA encourages its member sections to adopt the logo to their communications related to the UIA Year of Design for Health.

Keywords : Graphic design, Health

Theme and objectives

Jury Members

Wei Yew (Canada), graphic designer

Marion Decroocq (France), independent graphic designer

Warren Kerr (Australia), former Director of the UIA Public Health Group (2014-2017)


This logo competition is open to everyone.

Any individual or team can make one or multiple submissions.

A team should not consist of more than 5 members.


The First Prize logo was designed by German graphic designer, Udo Schliemann, based in Canada. His design, consisting of an arch sheltering a heart perfectly expresses the holistic warmth inherent in the idea of health, within the framework of architecture. The design in colour as well as in monochrome complements the current UIA logo.

The jury awarded the Second Prize to Sao Nguyen, a Vietnamese designer based in Da Nang, Viet Nam. His heart design combined a bold, cubistic, architectural and highly adaptable style with the colours of the UIA logo.

The jury attributed three Honourable Mentions: one to German graphic designer Arthur Schmidt, based in Oehringen, Germany, for his design incorporating a house around a heart using dynamic lines and colours; one to Tahsin Tasim, graphic designer based in Sofia, Bulgaria for a logo design recalling both a forest as well as an urban landscape; and the other to Mumtazah Mustajab and George Anak John Ponniah from Malaysia for their design, which included a heartbeat against a city skyline.

Key dates

2021-09-27 Competition Launch
2021-11-15 Submission deadline
2021-12-15 Announcement of the winning designs


First Place: 3 000 Euros and certificate

Second Place: 1 500 Euros and certificate

Honourable Mention (up to 5): certificate