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The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that can educate. The design itself may provide an informative and educational layer that guides us through the increasing complexity of our environment. It can showcase 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 the outstanding ideas and implementations in the categories of architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design.

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The awards are a multidisciplinary call for ideas and implementations in the categories of (1) architectural design,(2) product design, (3) universal design, and (4) responsive 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.

Registration opens in June 2019
Early registration: until August 1, 2019
Regular registration: until November 1, 2019
Late registration: until February 1, 2020
Project submission deadline: February 2, 2020
Jury deliberation: February 2020
Announcement of winners: March 1, 2020
Awards ceremony: April 23–24, 2020
UTC time zone for all dates.

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Ben Van Berkel Photo Jury 1c

Prof. Ben van Berkel
(founder of UNStudio & UNSense, Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s GSD)

Stefan Behnish Photo Jury 2c

Stefan Behnisch
(architect, philosopher, founding partner of Behnisch Architekten)

Martin Bechthold Photo Jury 2

Dr. Martin Bechthold
(architect, professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD))

Peter Kuczia Photo Jury 2

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

Jan Musikowski Jury Photo 2

Jan Musikowski
(architect, cofounder of Richter Musikowski Architekten PartGmbB)

Areti Markopoulou Photo Jury 2

Areti Markopoulou
(architect, researcher, urban technologist, academic director at IAAC in Barcelona)

Ethel Baraona Pohl Photo Jury 2

Ethel Baraona Pohl
(critic, writer, curator; cofounder of dpr-barcelona, editor at Quaderns)

Christoph Richter Photo Jury 2

Christoph Richter
(architect, cofounder of Richter Musikowski Architekten PartGmbB)

Arturo Vittori Photo Jury 2

Arturo Vittori
(designer, architect, artist, cofounder of Architecture and Vision, CEO of Warka Water Inc.)

Shingo Ando Photo Jury 2

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

Aidin Ardjomandi Photo Jury

Aidin Ardjomandi
(industrial designer, founder of Ardjou Design Studio)

Yussef Agbo Ola Photo3

Yussef Agbo-Ola
(architect, chemist, environmental artist, founder of olaniyi.studio)

Winners 2019

The results of the Design that Educates Awards 2019 were announced on March 1, 2019. The Awards Ceremony took place on the Solarlux campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on March 28–29, 2019 during the conference “Architecture in Foyer.” Our sincere congratulations to all participants! The panel of judges consisted of, among others, Prof. Barbara Holzer, Prof. Carlo Ratti, Dr. Peter Kuczia, Prof. Tobias Wallisser, Amandus Samsøe Sattler, Prof. Masayo Ave. Learn more about all winning entries from the DtEA 2019.

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Special Recognition Architectural Design: National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy. Robert Konieczny KWK Promes


Special Recognition Universal Design: Ecocapsule


Winner Universal Design: Smog Free Project. Studio Roosegaarde


Winner Product Design: SIMS (Snap-Interlock Modular System). Jin Young Song Dioinno Architecture PLLC


Special Recognition Universal Design: The Airship Series: Sensorial Learning Spaces. Breathe Earth Collective


The winners, laureates of prizes, honorable mentions, and nominations will be selected in each category: (1) architectural design, (2) product design, (3) universal design, and (4) responsive design. In addition to the general evaluation, the student project with the highest score will be awarded with the label of Emerging Designers. Parallel to the jury’s evaluation, representatives of Solarlux will select the laureates of Solarlux Choice. The projects of the winners and laureates of honorable mentions will be exhibited during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference at the Solarlux Campus in Germany on April 23–24, 2020. The laureates will be invited to present their designs during the ceremony. Participants can submit multiple designs in the same category, multiple designs in different categories, or a single design in more than one category, in teams or individually.

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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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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), Architektura Murator (Poland), World Design Contests, infoArchitekta (Poland)


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The host of the ‘Design that Educates Awards’ is Laka Foundation (a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization, EU VAT No. PL6381817438). Contact the organizer at hello@designeducates.com. Official website of the awards: www.designeducates.com. The program is possible thanks to the kind support of the members of the jury, advisers, participants, partners, media sponsors, and media partners. All registration fees and donations are spent on the further development of the awards. Thank you! © 2019 by Laka Foundation | Design by Ultrabrand

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