Reinterpreting The Urn: A Symbol of Celebration - to encourage everyone to give new and personal meaning to the “urn” and transform this symbol of death into a symbol that represents celebration and appreciation for life.

HappyUrns project explore innovative ways to encourage people to have conversations about mortality with loved ones. This project is a collaborative initiative between commissioning parties Lien Foundation and Ang Chin Moh Foundation, as well as the organizers - Design Innovation Singapore, SUTD.

The Happy Urns competition is open to participants of all ages. Participants under the age of 12 must be represented by a guardian that is at least 18 years of age who is responsible for making the Submission and providing personal contact details.


1. Project submission deadline will be on 28 May 2022
2. There are two award categories, general public, and student categories.
3. Submission Requirements:
Participant is to upload: up to six (6) presentation boards with sketches, photos, diagrams, renders, text description and/or other presentation tools to explain their design concept; OR a video of maximum 2 minute-long that shows your design concept and description of your design in voice-over or caption. Please check competition brief for more information.
4. Evaluation Criteria:
The core jury panel consists of 8 members. The jury members will evaluate each submission according to the 3 basic judging criteria - novelty, impact and emotional appeal. Please check the competition brief on our website for more information.
cash prize award: $ 11,520.00 USD