Mission, competition and patrons
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) are committed to advocating for excellence in the visioning, design and operation of fully inclusive and universally accessible indoor and outdoor facilities. Identifying and promoting trends for transforming communities and urban areas into places of active living is at the core of this international competition.
As part of their commitment to excellence, the three organizations are inviting submissions for the IOC IPC IAKS 2019 Architecture Prizes for exemplary sports, leisure and recreational facilities.
The IOC IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design. This competition has been held since 1987 and is organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).
The IPC IAKS Distinction for Accessibility aims at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures in order to offer all people opportunities to practise and view sport freely and without barriers. This competition has been organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) since 2005.
The IAKS is responsible for the organization and staging of the competition.