ADF Design Award 2023 Call for Entry

October 28, 2022

NPO Aoyama Design Forum (ADF) opens for the “ADF Design Award 2023” entries on Monday, August 15, 2022. This year’s award theme is “Design for Architecture”. The total amount of prizes will be US$20,000 for the Best Performance Award, US$10,000 for the Excellence Award by category, and US$1,000 for the Encouragement Award by category, with an award for each category, for the total amount of prizes of US$100,000.

The Best Performance Award and Excellence Award winners will be given the opportunity to exhibit their works at the ADF venue in Fuori Salone during the “Milano Salone (Salone Internazionale del Mobile)”, the world’s largest furniture fair scheduled to be held in April 2023, as a supplementary prize. ADF will also provide a venue for exchange with interested parties at a reception party. Furthermore, we plan to exhibit the works at the ADF gallery space in Aoyama, Tokyo.

The “ADF Design Award” is an extraordinary opportunity to show your architectural design work to the world. Let’s show your architectural designs to the world. The award jury will be announced as soon as it is decided.

Details of the award application period and judging criteria are as follows.

Design Theme

“Design for Architecture”


Application Period

August 15, 2022 – December 30, 2022 (JST)



  1. Hospitality: hotel, casino, theme park, pavilion
  2. Commercial & Office: shopping center, department store, office building
  3. Education & Sports: school, research facility, stadium
  4. Cultural Buildings: theater, library, museum, art gallery, hospital
  5. Public Architecture: government and municipal building, airport, station, port


Judging Criteria

  1. Beauty: Artistic value in shape, color, detailing, and material selection
  2. Innovation: Responding to social changes, using new materials, innovative construction processes, and pioneering designs. Innovation is a challenge within limited conditions.
  3. Usefulness: The building is beneficial and sustainable for its users and the environment.
  4. Regional/Cultural/Chronological: The building blends with and differentiates itself from the region, and its superficial beauty fits with the times and cultural context.


Qualification Requirements

  • Individual or group
  • Regardless of nationality
  • Must be a member of ADF*
  • Architecture completed within 3 years

* To be an ADF member is at no cost. 
* Registration:


Entry Fee




  • Proposal (Concept of the architecture, materials, details, and design)*
  • CV of the architect and designer

* The files must be merge into a single PDF ( file must be with in 10MB)
* A4-sized material of landscape orientation. must be maximum of 5 pages 





Application URL



  • Best Performance Award 1 work 
    Prize: 20,000 USD / Extra prize: Exhibit the award-winning work*
  • Excellent Award 1 work for each category
    Prize: 10,000 USD / Extra prize: Exhibit the award-winning work*
  • Encouragement Award 2 works for each category
    Prize: 1,000 USD

* ADF will support the production and site installation costs up to 2,000 USD for the Best Performance Award and Excellent award winners.
* There is a case of no corresponding work awarded.



  • Marialisa Santi (The President of the Foundation of the Order of the Architects of Milan)
  • Suzy Annetta (Design Anthology)

Past award-winning works



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