Announcement of International Architecture Award 2009 of IOC, IPC and IAKS

The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced the tender for their renowned architecture award 2009. 05 Dec 2008 By IPC

The IOC/IAKS AWARD is the most important international architecture award for sports and leisure facilities not only for exemplary buildings and complexes in good functionality but which have been in successful operation.

The IPC/IAKS Distinction recognizes the world’s best accessible sports and leisure facilities and aims to promote accessibility to sports facilities and other buildings in order to give persons with a disability the opportunity to practise or view sport without limitation or barriers. 2009 is the third time that the IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility will be awarded.

The award is open to clients/operators and architects/engineers of facilities. The facilities (new, extended or modernized) must have been in successful operation for at least one year. According to their use and location, they are assigned to different facility categories and assessed according to certain selection criteria. An international jury of representatives from the IOC, the IPC and IAKS will judge the entries.

The award ceremony will take place during the International IAKS Congress 2009 in conjunction with the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities (FSB) in Cologne from 28-30 October 2009 and will bring together over 15,000 specialists in the design, construction and management of sport and leisure facilities from all over the world.

Information and application forms in English, German, Spanish and French are available at the IAKS homepage at