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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. The theme of the awards has been inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia.

Announcement of winners: March 1, 2019

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Results 2019

Thank you for participating in the Design that Educates Awards 2019 (DtEA)! We hope to meet you at Solarlux Campus during the Awards Ceremony and Architecture in Foyer conference (28, 29 March; Solarlux GmbH, Industriepark 1, 49324 Melle, Germany). Jury’s decision is available in the PDF file below. The results of DtEA 2019 will be published and promoted starting from the 1st week of April 2019 (directly after the awards ceremony).

Results 2019 List (PDF)

Join ceremony

The Award Ceremony will take place on the Solarlux campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on March 28–29, 2019 during the conference “Architecture in Foyer”. 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).

Architecture in the foyer conference:
2 days of lectures and workshops,
Thursday, 28th March 2019, Friday 29th March 2019

Registration from 26/02/2019 at:
The number of places is limited.
Admission free. Language D | E

Venue of the conference:
Solarlux GmbH, Industriepark 1, 49324 Melle, Germany.

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Join workshops

During the day, a workshop will take place in parallel to the awards ceremony. The students will work together using the latest interdisciplinary development methods under the instruction of architects and designers Paul Clemens Bart and Marvin Bratke (Bart//Bratke, Berlin), Marta Pakowska (Wroclaw University of Technology) and Grzegorz Łochnicki (ITECH Stuttgart). In order to join the workshops, please register for the event first at: – registration starts from 26/02/2019; and then use button below for the workshops.

The number of places is limited. Admission free.
The language of the conference: German | English
The language of the workshops: English

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Maria Aiolova Photo Jury

Maria Aiolova (designer, educator, leader of Arup University, cofounder of Terreform ONE)

Shingo Ando Photo Jury

Prof. Shingo Ando (designer, educator, professor at Kyoto Arts and Crafts University)

David Basulto Photo Jury

David Basulto (founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of ArchDaily)

Dominic Harris Photo Jury

Dominic Harris (architect, artist, founder and creative director of Cinimod Studio)

Matthias Hollwich Photo Jury

Matthias Hollwich (architect, AIA, principal at Hollwich Kushner, cofounder of

Barbara Holzer Jury Photo Copyrights Mara Truog

Prof. Barbara Holzer (architect, lecturer, cofounder and director of Holzer Kobler Architekturen)

Mikiya Kobayashi Photo2

Mikiya Kobayashi (furniture and product designer, founder and director of Mikiya Kobayashi Inc.)

Peter Kuczia Photo Jury

Dr. Peter Kuczia (architect, founder of Kuczia Architects, initiator of the Design that Educates Awards)

Carlo Ratti Photo Jury

Prof. Carlo Ratti (architect, founding partner at Carlo Ratti Associati, director at MIT Senseable City Lab)

Amandus Samsøe Sattler Photo Jury

Amandus Samsøe Sattler (architect, founding partner at Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten)

Sarang Sheth Photo Jury

Sarang Sheth (industrial designer, content writer and editor-in-chief at

Tobias Wallisser Photo Jury

Prof. Tobias Wallisser (architect, cofounder of LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Aidin Ardjomandi Photo Jury

Aidin Ardjomandi (industrial designer, director at Arena Design Studio)

Judges Paul Clemens Bart 1a

Paul Clemens Bart (architect, designer, cofounder of BART//BRATKE)

Marvin Bratke Jury Dtea 1d

Marvin Bratke (architect, cofounder of BART//BRATKE, visiting professor at Muthesius Academy of Arts)

Masayo Ave Photo Jury

Prof. Masayo Ave (industrial designer, educator, founder of MasayoAve creation)


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)
Solarlux Choice

Financial awards

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.

Press packages

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.


Registration opens in October 2018

Early registration
until November 1, 2018

Regular registration
until January 1, 2019

Late registration
until February 1, 2019


Project submission deadline February 2, 2019

Jury deliberation
February 2019

Announcement of winners
March 1, 2019

Awards ceremony
March 28–29, 2019


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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.

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