The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) investigate the educational potential of architecture and design. The ability to communicate the implemented solutions and features is the main theme of the awards. Such an informational layer of design and architecture provides an important (yet not fully explored) opportunity for a dialog between the user and the designer. The result—a new type of learning environment—provides a space for the exploration of both the design itself and its relation to the vaster context. Each year, the esteemed panel of judges will select the most outstanding examples. The objective of the awards is to recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that educate.
During the first phase of the jury’s deliberation, finalists will be selected from the pool of all entries. During the second phase, from the pool of finalists, the winners and laureates of honorable mention will be selected in each category. In addition to the jury’s evaluation, representatives of Solarlux (strategic partner of the awards) will select from the pool of finalists the laureates of Solarlux Choice.
Winners in the category of architectural design
Winners in the category of product design
Winners in the category of universal design
Honorable mention (approximately 10 in each category)
Finalists (from the pool of all entries; approximately 50)
Emerging designer (additional label for students)
1500 USD: Winners in the category of architectural design
1500 USD: Winners in the category of product design
1500 USD: Winners in the category of universal design
500 USD: Emerging designer (additional prize for students)
Exhibition & Award Ceremony
The projects of the winners and laureates of honorable mentions will be exhibited during the Design Forum on the Solarlux campus in Germany in 2019. The authors will be invited to present their designs during the ceremony.
Finalists and winners will be presented on the website of the awards. The organizer will send out the press release to partners, media partners, and media sponsors after the announcement of the results.
The Award Ceremony will take place on the Solarlux campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on March 28–29, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by Solarlux GmbH (strategic partner of the awards) and will consist of an exhibition of the results, lectures by selected members of the jury, laureates’ presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Participation is free of charge (registration is required).
The awards are a multidisciplinary call for ideas and implementations in the categories of (1) architectural design, (2) product design, and (3) universal design. Deliberation about the entries will consist of two phases: (1) selection of the finalists and (2) selection of winners and laureates of honorable mentions. Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria: feasible, verifiable, visionary, original, and comprehensive. The theme of the awards has been inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme and underline the educational potential of design.
The submission consists of following files: 1) images of your design saved as JPG files in RGB mode with 200 dpi, 3000 x 1500 px in horizontal format (up to 5 images/files), 2) description of your design saved as DOC file (up to 500 words), 3) information about the author(s) saved as DOC file (eg. team members, companies, credits for photos etc.). Before submitting your design, please make sure to register. It is the first edition of the awards (launched in 2018, with results in 2019).
Team of professionals
Early: 125 USD; Regular: 150 USD; Late: 175 USD
Early: 75 USD; Regular: 100 USD; Late: 125 USD
Team of students
Early: 50 USD; Regular: 75 USD; Late: 100 USD
Early: 25 USD; Regular: 50 USD; Late: 75 USD
Registration opens in October 2018
until November 1, 2018
until January 1, 2019
until February 1, 2019
Project submission deadline February 2, 2019
Announcement of winners
March 1, 2019
March 28–29, 2019
Solarlux (the strategic partner of the Design that Educates Awards) is a German manufacturer of Bi-folding Glass Doors, Wintergardens and Façade solutions. The Melle company, its individual glazing solutions and innovative design possibilities are a worldwide success. Solarlux wants to convince the world of the merits of greater transparency, lightness and vitality, and influence architecture the world over with its exclusive glazing solutions. More about Solarlux.
Official Media Partners:
Apsaidal (Spain), Thecompetitionsblog (Canda), Archcompetition (Serbia), Baunetz (Germany), Professionearchitetto (Italy), World Architecture Community (Turkey), Infodesigners (Croatia), Zingy Homes (India), Studiocivitare (Brazil), Bustler (USA), Contest Watchers (Macedonia), WiiN (France), e-architect (UK), Artsparkr (USA), Architime.ru (Russia), A As Architecture, WA wettbewerbe aktuell (Germany), Gallery Online (Iran), Format (Canada), Basic Decor Design (Russia), Architexturez (New Delhi), Promote Design (Italy), Mreža za izgradnju mira (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Azure Magazine (Canada), Design Boom (Italy), Duth (Greece), The District (Italy), Call For (Netherlands)
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