Types of Kukan Design Awards

Types of
Kukan Design Awards
  • KUKAN OF THE YEAR / Nikkei Inc Award
  • Works selected from the gold prize at the final jury (1 to 3 works)

  • Gold Prize
  • 11 works (Gold prize selected from each category)

  • Silver Prize
  • 11 works (Silver prize selected from each category)

  • Bronze Prize
  • 11 works (Bronze prize selected from each category)

  • BEST100(Short List)
  • Works nominated for the third jury

  • Selected works (Longlist)
  • Works nominated for the second jury

Judging Criteria
  • Trends
  • Work reflecting trends and bringing innovation to our society through spatial design Work with new expression going ahead of times.

  • Creativity
  • Work with full of ideas and imaginations.

  • Social Influence
  • Work considering social or local significance with balance environmentally such as universal design, considered sustainable design with social influence.

  • Culture
  • Work apprehending country, regional history or culture Work expressing tangibleness and intangibleness effectively with cultural messages.

  • Aesthetic
  • Work with rich and aesthetic design with new approach of expression.

  • Innovation
  • Work with completely new innovative design idea.

Publication, Presentation and others
  • The results of the jury will be announced at the This site.
  • BEST 100 (Shortlist) and nominees (Longlist) will be posted on the site.
  • BEST 100 (Shortlist) works will be published in "Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2019".
    In the case of duplicate works or series works, not all works may be published. Please promptly submit the photo materials and other necessary materials for annual book publication to the designated publisher under the responsibility of the applicants.
    In the case of duplicate works or series works, not all works may be published. Please promptly submit the photo materials and other necessary materials for annual book publication to the designated publisher under the responsibility of the applicants.
  • Design: Top binding issue Release scheduled: December 2019

  • We may ask award winners to give lectures such as at workshops in the association.
  • Award-winning works are scheduled to be exhibited in major cities across the country.
  • Presentation in “JAPAN KUKAN DESIGN AWARD Exhibition 2020” is scheduled at “GOOD DESIGN MARUNOUCHI” for two weeks from the 3rd of February, 2020.