Application Requirements

  • We widely seek works that aim to create communication design in space from home and abroad.
  • We are looking for outstanding works from various professionals involved in spatial design such as designers, producers, creators, art directors, planners, architects, engineers, educators, researchers and others.
  • It is limited to works that are completed between May 1st, 2018 and April 30th, 2019.
Award Categories
(11 categories)

    Group A

  • 1.Exhibition, Promotional space
  • Exposition, Convention, Trade show, Event, Promotion campaign and others

  • 2.Show window & visual design space
  • Show window, In-store display, Advertisement, Point of purchase advertisement, Signage, Graphic display and others

  • 3.Entertainment & Creative/ Art space
  • Communication space with movie or lighting design, Interactive art, Installation, Monument, Object, Botanical display, Parade, Attraction, Stage direction and others

    Group B

  • 4.Shop space
  • Retail store, Apparel store, Specialty store, Show room, Deli/ Food store and others

  • 5.Food space
  • Restaurant, Café, Bar, Japanese restaurant, Food court and others

  • 6.Large retail shopping mall or Multiple retail space
  • Shopping center, Department store, Mall, Outlet store, Stores in station, Entertainment complex, Cinema complex and others

  • 7.Service/ Hospitality space
  • Hotel, Inn, Resort environment, Wedding space, Ceremony hall, Spa/ Beauty salon, fitness club and others

    Group C

  • 8.Museum/ Cultural space
  • Museum, Science museum, Art museum, Archive center, Culture hall, Cultural exchange space, Theater, Concert hall and others

  • 9.Public welfare/ Communication space
  • Sport training facility, Hospital, Clinic, School, Preschool, welfare facility, Factory, Storage, Religious facility, Station building, Airport facility, Library, Hall, Town hall and others

  • 10.Office Space
  • Office, Workspace, Studio, Lobby, Entrance, Meeting room and others

  • 11.Living Space
  • House, Housing complex, Public space of housing complex, Model room, Shared house, Service apartment

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)

  • BEST 100 (Shortlist)
  • 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

Review Method
  • First Jury
  • The committee will make a longlist based on the submitted works.The results will be announced to all of applicants by email. It will be announced on the website as well.(To be announced in late June)

  • Second Jury
  • The committee will select BEST 100 “Shortlist” based on the submitted works and make a shortlist of 10 works of each 11 category.
    The results will be announced to the selected nominees of longlist by email and will be available to the public through the website as well. (To be announced in mid-July)

    The nominee will prepare and submit presentation boards (2 panels in A2 size) for the upcoming third jury.

  • Third Jury
  • It will be an open jury. 3 works will be selected for gold, silver, and bronze prizes for the 11 categories. The results will be announced to all BEST 100 “Shortlist” by email and will be available to the public through the website. (To be announced in late August)

  • Final Jury
  • Winners (1-3) selected from the 11 gold prizes will be awarded as KUKAN OF THE YEAR.
    It will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled in early November.
    The announcement method is to be released later.

    ※Announcement method is announced at a later date

    Open Jury Details
    Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
    Time: To be announced later
    Admission: Free
    Place: To be announced later
    Live streaming: The URL is to be announced later
    6: Jury Members

Jury Members

Judges for the First Jury and the Second Jury
Professional members in spatial design field with wide knowledge, experience and insights will join the jury.
Judges for the Third Jury and the Final Jury
Creators, experts and media critics who represent the Japanese design world will join the jury.
The presidents of both associations will be the chairman and the vice chairman of the jury.

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Entry fees
  • 1 work/ Entry from oversea:24,000 JPY + Consumption tax
  • 1 work/ Entry + Supplementary video from oversea:30,000 JPY + Consumption tax

The entry fee is payable by credit card (VISA · Master · JCB).

Contents of Application

Up to 5 files can be submitted per work
File format: jpg size Landscape photo: w800pixel × h600pixel / Portrait photo: w450pixel × h600pixel
Resolution 144 dpi, Max 144 pixels per inch / 1 drawing: same size File format jpg
File content: Max 400 KB per file

※ Please do not show any company names in the photograph or drawing.

It will be eliminated from the jury if this is not followed.

Comments about work
Only acceptable in Japanese or English
Concept / comments in Japanese: Up to 200 characters
Concept / comments in English: Up to 400 words

Supplementary video file of the work (Within 1 minute)

Please upload a video to YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing websites, and submit its sharable URL.

We have revised the application method for supplemental video applications.

●Data Formatt
Video will be played and judged on Windows PC.
Data format: WMV format, MPEG-4 format
Resolution: More than 640x480
(Please test on Windows PC before application.)

Data within 10MB: Please zip a video and post in web form.
Data over 10MB: Please write your application ID and title of your work on DVD-R, and send it to the address below.

4F 5-3-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005 JAPAN
Kukan Design Award office (Inside JDN office)

The applicants nominated for a third screening are required to submit 2 A2 presentation panels.An A2 illustration board should be within 2mm thick.

An A2 illustration board should be within 2mm thick.

Entry period

10:00 AM, Monday, April 1st, 2019 - 23:00 PM, Thursday, May 16th, 2019(JST)

※Please complete the application process within 30 minutes on the system.
It may take time to register your work.
The registration time can be shortened by preparing text data before registering and entering information and then using copy and paste.
Please note that it will not process the registration if the processing time is exceeded.

Please refer to attached PDF
※Registration contents cannot be changed on the system.
※It will not be possible to apply after the deadline

Submit presentation panels (A2 size×2 pieces) if the work is nominated for the third jury.

Announcement & Publication
  • 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.
  • Even after the jury, award will be canceled if the work is found to have committed plagiarism, processing/ modification of photograph data with false intentions.
  • Applicants must complete the coordination among stakeholders in advance before registration. Applicants should be responsible for managing and resolving the issues of copyright, right to use the photographs, right to publish, industrial property rights and others.Please note that double entries for the same work is not allowed.If these procedures are not carried out, awarded or selected works will not be published in the annual book.Please apply after solving photo usage fees between the applicants and the photographers.
  • Copyrights in photographic images are reserved to the author, but other rights will be reserved to the organizer and publisher of "Annual of Spatial Design in Japan", and the annual publication committee. The rights include publishing materials in the "Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2019" (paper and electronic version), other publications, the association website, exhibitions, associated partnership sites, and making DVD of image data.
  • If the permission can’t be granted, we will cancel the prize.
  • Also, it is assumed that publishing of the author’s name is unnecessary, if the photographer’s name is not entered in the application form.
  • ※ The application guidelines are subject to change due to various circumstances.

Inquiries about entry
Kukan Design Award office (Inside JDN office)
※Office hours Weekday 10:00 - 17:00(JST)