A design competition for students of architecture, interior design and product development

Design the living environment of tomorrow! By designing architecture, interiors or products with a wide and simple use for all ages or abilities.

Are you up to this challenge?

Then participate in U Design for real people. Learn to apply the principles of Universal Design in every design, from concept to implementation. That’s how you create solutions that work for everyone.

For real people. For users of all ages, with and without disabilities. For the entire society, and therefore for everyone.

Who can participate?

Students who are enrolled during the 2019-2020 academic year for a design course in architecture, interior design or product development in the third or fourth year at an educational institution in Europe (EU and non-EU countries).

Students from other design courses or other study years may participate, provided that their study programme has a focus on UD during the 2019-2020 academic year.

You can participate individually or as a duo.


  • 14-18 October 2019: kick-off week
  • 5 July 2020: deadline for submission
  • Summer 2020: preselection of the best submissions
  • 9 September 2020: international jury
  • 10 September 2020: award ceremony and UD conference (virtual event - more info follows)
  • 11 September 2020: Round table educational institutes and evaluation studentcompetition

Get started and create a design in one or two of these categories

  • Architecture / Urban development / Spatial planning
  • Interior
  • Product

In this competition we organise several workshop sessions in Novembre and March to teach students about UD and to let them consult with experts in UD. They get the opportunity to:

  • follow an inspiring workshop on Universal Design and accessibility by Inter or other experts.
  • request user feedback with their design or to follow an immersion session with users.
  • advice and coaching by UD experts.

Students at a Flemish or a Brussels Dutch-language educational institution are obliged to participate in at least one of the workshop sessions.

Students from educational institutions outside Flanders are exempt from participating in the workshop sessions. These students must look for local guidance in their own country or at their own educational institution to meet the competition criteria. Participation in a workshop session in Flanders (held in Dutch) can be done on a voluntary basis. 

Subscribe to the workshops.

What do we expect?

  • A design with strong Universal Design qualities.
    • The design responds to the context.
    • The design facilitates equality.
    • The design facilitates accessibility and usability.
  • User involvement in the design process.

(For more details, please refer to the competition rules.)


Award ceremony

The jury will take place the 9th of September 2020 in Hasselt. 

The award ceremony will take place during a (virtual) congress the 10th of September 2020. 

More information will be given later. 


Are you with the nominees? Then we will exhibit your design and publish it on the competition website.

Are you one of the winners? Then you will win a multi-day study trip to Lisbon.

Questions? Contact us

Questions? Contact us

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