Designs with the educational impact
The Design Educates Awards (DEAwards) recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best educational ideas and implementations of architecture and design. Design itself may provide an informative and educational layer that guides us through the increasing complexity of our environment. It can highlight specific possibilities and challenges, explain sociocultural factors and influences, or even outline new scenarios for future development. Each year, the esteemed panel of judges selects outstanding ideas and implementations in the categories of architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design.
until October 1, 2021
until December 1, 2021
until January 1, 2022
deadline: January 2, 2022
Announcement of winners:
The first week of March 2022
Awards ceremony 2021 (expected date):
22.09.2022 & 23.09.2022
UTC time zone for all dates.
(1) Architectural Design
buildings or other designs on a similar scale; may include interior designs too.
(2) Product Design
products, smaller objects, objects of industrial design, and similar.
(3) Universal Design
the designs that may not be strict of architecture or product design, or are interdisciplinary, or difficult to categorize into other categories.
(4) Responsive Design
designs that interact with its surroundings and users; this category derives from Laka Competition “Architecture that Reacts.”
Basic registration fee per entry [USD]: Early, Regular, Late
Individual student: 50, 75, 100
Team of students: 75, 100, 125
Individual professional: 150, 200, 250
Company > 10 employees: 175, 250, 300
Company 11 – 100 employees: 250, 300, 350
Company 100+ employees: 400, 500, 600
The awards ceremony will take place during the Architecture in Foyer 2022 worldwide conference at the Solarlux Campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) September 22–23, 2022. The conference will be hosted by Solarlux GmbH (the strategic partner of the awards) and will consist of an exhibition of the results of the DEAwards, lectures by distinguished architects and designers, laureates’ presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Participation in the awards ceremony is free of charge (registration is required). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, interested parties must follow updates about the event on the official website: www.architektur-im-foyer.com/en/.
The laureates and winning entries are presented in the annual publication of Design Educates. The previous volumes of the book included information about the jurors and partners and also handwritten notes of inspiration on design, education, and innovation (prepared by the selected jurors). The book is a great way to present your success to possible clients and collaborators. Moreover, as a laureate, you will receive your copy of the book free of charge during the awards ceremony! Get your ‘Design Educates’ book here!
Zheshui Natural LibraryWinner for the year 2021 in architectural design
LUO studio. Zheshui Village is located in Taihang Mountains, Shanxi. The village and the topography are closely articulated. Many houses there are built by leaning on the mountain. Zheshui Natural library is inspired by this traditional construction method, and the building is attached on the rock.
Public Library, DornbirnSolarlux Choice 2021
Dietrich | Untertrifaller with Christian Schmoelz. The library of Dornbirn was designed as an inter-generational sharing, meeting and learning space. It promotes reading and the practice of languages, the exploration of computerized research methods and new forms of communication
Kö-Bogen II, DüsseldorfGold prize in architectural design
ingenhoven architects. 8 kilometres of hornbeam hedges, over 30,000 plants – Europe’s biggest green facade is a key element of the Kö-Bogen II commercial and office building – The ensemble marks the conclusion of an extensive urban renewal project in the heart of Düsseldorf.
Shougang No.3 Blast- Furnane MuseumSpecial recognition in architectural design
CCTN Design. Located at the northwest end of Shougang Park, the project covers an area of about 2.53 hectares, which is next to the Yongding River and backed by Shijing Mountain. The project is the most distinctive and stunning area with highest density of iron making equipment, as the starting of enterprise construction a century ago.
THE VOXEL A Quarantine CabinSpecial recognition in architectural design
Vicente Guallart & Daniel Ibañez, Michael Salka. The Voxel is an autonomous, 12 square metre cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure clad in a parametric rainscreen, exemplifying an advanced ecological approach to architectural production.
Cafeteria for Anne Frank School and Heilbrunnen School in StuttgartHonorable mention in architectural design
hammeskrause architekten bda. The cafeteria is the place for joint lunches and school functions. In terms of urban planning, the cafeteria is positioned so that it succeeds in integrating both school buildings structurally and spatially via the shared schoolyard.
ATELIER ALICE TREPPHonorable mention in architectural design
MINO CAGGIULA ARCHITECTS. The Trepp Atelier was developed for a person but also for a place. Designing an Atelier to mirror the thought and philosophy of an artist has long fascinated generations of artists and the architects charged with the task.
Nasushiobara City LibraryHonorable mention in architectural design
Mari Ito/UAo. Through the stimulation of multiple senses, the design is intended to spark new realizations and learning. The first floor is a lively, accessible space filled with many intersecting subtleties, while the stacks on the second floor provide a comfortable space for getting lost in reading or research. Three key features of the building—"forest pockets,” radiating bookshelves, and the “leafline”
Waldorf School BarcelonaHonorable mention in architectural design
Eduard Balcells Architecture+Urbanism+Landscape, Ignasi Rius Architecture, Tigges Architekt. The El Til·ler - Linden Tree- School is carefully inserted into a large, mature and abandoned private garden close to Barcelona. The complex is articulated along the existing main access path, which becomes a “rambla” -the Mediterranean name for high street- that ends at a square which opens to the landscape.
Renaturalisation of wetlands in the City of Stalowa WolaHonorable mention in responsive design
LAX laboratory for architectural experiments. The main goal of the project is the renaturalisation of wetlands in the City of Stalowa Wola, which has seen a deterioration in its water-holding capacity due to draining and isolation from its feeding source - the San river.
PIROUETTE HOUSEHonorable mention in architectural design
Wallmakers. Located smack in the middle of an urban and crowded locale of Trivandrum, the site was a small plot that was being suffocated by other residential projects from all four sides. The idea of this residence was to have an inward facing house with all its spaces opening into a funneling central courtyard. The house is aligned in the East-West direction with openings facilitating for maximum cross-ventilation.
Capsule Hotel and Bookstore in Village QinglongwuHonorable mention in architectural design
Atelier tao+c. The site is an old house of wood structure and mud walls in the village Qinglongwu, facing the green mountains east side. The architect regenerated this 232sqm building by inserting bedrooms and bamboo bookshelves and transformed it to a capsule hotel that can accommodate 20 people, along with a community library into the 7.2-meter high two-stories space.
Copenhill: Amager BakkeWinner for the year 2020 in architectural design
BIG, SLA. The project, also known as ‘Amager Bakke,’is a 41,000 m2 waste-to-energy plant that turns social infrastructure into an architectural landmark with new nature activities and high biodiversity. Winner for the year 2020 in architectural design
The ShedWinner for the year 2020 in responsive design
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group. The Shed comprises a fixed structure with a stack of column-free galleries encased within a telescoping outer shell that slides onto an adjoining plaza, allowing the building to double its footprint on demand.
Guga S’Thebe TheaterGold Prize in architectural design, Emerging Designers, Honorable mention in responsive design
Georgia Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen University, PBSA / University of Applied Arts Duesseldorf , Frankfurt A.M./Cologne: Arne Kuenstler; CS Studio Architects, AIT-ArchitekturSalon. Focused on sustainability, this self-initiated design was developed alongside the local community to meet their diverse needs.
Light Phone IISilver Prize in product design
Light. Light Phone II is a simple, 4G LTE phone with a beautiful black & white E-ink display. It provides a way out from the constant consumption we are inundated with, and helps us get back to appreciating tangible experiences and regain meaning and purpose in our day-to-day lives.
Ecohouse V01Bronze Prize in architectural design
MAEB Students, IAAC Fablab Staff. Prototype showcases many inclusive, innovative, environmentally aware and self-sufficient solutions, including: an integrative design synthesizing inputs from the diverse building cultures of the international student body.
Experimenta HeilbronnSpecial recognition in architectural design, Solarlux Choice 2020
Sauerbruch Hutton. The Experimenta building is like a spatial tool for learning and understanding, whose architecture underlines the educational purpose of the science centre. It stands at the centre of Heilbronn, on an island in the River Neckar.
Ahsa FarmstaySpecial recognition in architectural design
Creative Crews Ltd. This project allowed the architect to examine Architecture as the relationship between buildings and culture. The Ahsa Farmstay project carefully considers sustainable tourism as a catalyst for cultural and knowledge exchanges, which benefits both tourists and locals, as well as positively impact the surrounding community.
Beelieve Preschool for LifeHonorable mention in architectural design
3Arquitectura y Asociados, S.C. The spaces are not only destined for a specific activity, but these are flexible and dynamic, this is how space becomes a tool that contributes to generating an appropriate learning environment. Honorable mention in architectural design
Havé Etoe DormitoryHonorable mention in architectural design
Students of Peter Behrens School of Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, Havé Institute of Technology, Hochschule Koblenz. About 50 students have designed and built a midwife dormitory together with American students, German craft apprentices and Ghanaian vocational students during their semester break.
Museum Hotel AntakyaHonorable mention in architectural design
EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture. The archeological findings discovered in an excavation on the project site in Antakya which is close to St. Pierre Church, directed the employer who was planning to build a five-star hotel, to build a museum-hotel on the site.
Walda Verbaenen. This masterproject tries to show a visual identity for a language according to its phonology, that is both functionally and aesthetically new. By making adjustments and additions within the visual structure of a typeface, language can develop a proper visual identity.
Wondrous Light Children’s HouseHonorable mention in responsive design
Chang Architects. Physical play is often replaced by virtual play that does little to engage the physical senses. More children are engaged and addicted to the digital medium than interacting face-to-face with their peers. Wondrous Light Children’s House offers a living, breathing form of education.
Spring Art MuseumHonorable mention in architectural design
Praxis d’Architecture. In the design we sought a piece of architecture that is open, culturally rooted, and arousing a feeling of sublimity, which we believe, although through different means, shares the same purpose as the art it accommodates.
National museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre PrzełomySpecial recognition architectural design
Robert Konieczny. The building reconciles two conflicting traditions: the quarter and the square. This is how the urban hybrid was created, it encloses the space like a quarter, while maintaining values of open space.
Smog Free ProjectWinner for the year 2019 in universal design
Studio Roosegaarde. A series of urban innovations to reduce pollution and provide an inspirational experience of a clean future. The project aims to create an immediate impact on a local scale and activate new solutions towards smog-free cities.
EcocapsuleSpecial recognition in universal design
Ecocapsule Holding. Ecocapsule educates people towards energy saving consciousness. It is designed as a smart home, via a smart home app users get real time overview of how much energy and water is being spent for e.g. taking a shower, cooking pasta or charging phone.
Egg-Shaped CradleHonorable mention in universal design
Cai-in Interior Design. Our design seeks to evoke the feelings of safety; the white, egg-like exterior is suggestive of a uterus, whose purpose is to elicit feelings of safety, relaxation and security, to soothe children’s excitable and restless nature.
Three Cubes in the ForestFinalist Universal Design
Three Cubes in the Forest Kotoaki Asano Architect & Associates. Playground equipment for children, public furniture, art objects, meditation rooms, arbors, small rest spaces, waiting rooms, chairs with roofs. Three cubes are the micro-architectures with the various characteristics and functions.
Social (Justice) MediaFinalists in universal design
Social (Justice) Media EUS+ Architects, Folio. When people send messages (tweets) to this museum about their city’s human rights and social justice using their smartphones, each unit connected wirelessly to each area receives the electronic signals and changes the angle of the unit by the mechanical system. The angle is towards that region.
Corridors of MosulHonorable mention in architectural design
Maria Abi Raad. Architecture has the power to educate the people by communicating solutions around a certain theme. Because reaching sustainable development is globally the biggest challenge, it would be expected from our designs to respect and project the principles of success regarding this theme.
Haven HouseHonorable mention in architectural design
A Gateway in the Rocks Anastasia Elrouss Architects. Carved out in the rocky mountain and hidden between rocks and trees, a sloped cantilevered roof shelters the main reception space. The house creates an intense experience for the five senses in a short sequence of moments.
Exterior Skin (Wynwood Mixed-Use)Honorable mention in architectural design
Faulders Studio. With a non-repeating pattern across the entire façade, we use geometric shape-shifting to perceptually alter the visual scale of the building. Delineated outlines are more expansive higher up, and address visual registration from a distance.
Haddad CompoundFinalists in architectural design
Anastasia Elrouss Architects. The Haddad Compound is engaged in an ongoing conversation with its surrounding forests. A building that is composed of many parts, the “exploded” house encompasses a series of pavilions that surround the existing main house, which is geographically located on the highest point of the site.
UnikatoHonorable mention in architectural design
KWK Promes Robert Konieczny. Modernist buildings of Katowice, once bright, for many years exposed to the smog, gradually got dirty and became almost black. Their white windows always contrast with the black of the façade. This observation has become an inspiration for the project.
Chirath ResidenceHonorable mention in architectural design
Wallmakers. In today’s world, it is a prevalent trend to add the prefix of sustainability to most things. However, there seems to be very little that is done to represent the concept. We, as a community, have devoted ourselves to the cause of using mud and waste as the chief components to make structures which are alluring and utilitarian.
Tetris NurseryFinalists in architectural design
Iroje KHM Architects. Design concept of Nursery was to create diverse events of learning experiences. As for the programs of learning diverse experiences for kids, we tried to introduce various spatial events which are continued by strolling all around the places in this kindergarten.
Today we eat a cow!Honorable mention in product design
Today we eat a cow! Katharina Karras. The children started laughing and replied that this could only be nonsense. Seeing this real scenario it was obvious for me to create something that reacts to the problematic of our unconsciousness towards food and its origin.
HistheoryHonorable mention in product design
Bokor Gyöngyi, Csizmadia Zsolt, Kókai András, Mihalkovics Edina, Pipei Borbála, Szilágyi András. A board game with alternative theories of history, motivating students to think about history as a logical network of politics, sociology and human psychology.
Frozen MountainHonorable mention in product design
Napp Studio. Trained as architects, we often focus on large developments, buildings or urban plannings in hopes to create a better world and environment. Frozen Mountain, on the contrary, is a tiny artifact, compared to ordinary architecture-scale, yet, probably capable of achieving a much greater impact.
SIMS: Snap-Interlock Modular SystemWinner for the year 2019 in product design
Dioinno Architecture PLLC. The system can achieve limited geometric freedom. Despite further structural analysis and new interpretation necessary, this ‘part to whole’ system can be applied to the building structure, facade application as sub-structure, sheer wall, partition wall, and more.
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