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.
“Many architecture and design awards recognize and promote the “beauty” of successful design. But in the Design Eucates Awards, we wanted to go one step further. We do not just want to see aesthetically and technically pleasing designs—we want something that offers true added value. We want an additional benefit with long-term implications that considers the increasing complexity of our lives, both now and in the future.”
Visual arts and, even more obviously, language have long been accepted as forms of expression with social and even political impacts. But even design and architecture, although generally quieter disciplines, can communicate. In fact, they have an indisputably direct impact on the way we live together—on the “how” and the “where.” Complex technical relationships, ecological relationships, and operation manual communication allow the users of a building to speak to its architects, engineers, and owners, that is, the ethos on which this initiative is based. The DEAwards recognize even subtler forms of artistic communication. Yet despite their subtlety, these approaches can change our behavior—and thus the world—albeit quietly and gradually.
Laureates of the awards join an elite group of 116 members from 35 countries to date, are invited to present their designs during the awards ceremony in Germany, and are included in the book Design Educates. (So far, three editions of the ceremony have taken place, and three volumes of the book have been published.) 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 the label of Emerging Designers. Parallel to the jury’s evaluation, representatives of Solarlux will select the laureates of Solarlux Choice.
The DEAwards are about building a community as well—a community of motivated, inspirational people using their ideas and designs to make our surroundings more functional and beautiful, safer, healthier, and more sustainable. All participants of the awards are invited to join the awards ceremony and Architecture in Foyer Conference to meet with other participants, jurors, and organizers. The benefits for laureates include the elements listed below (please remember that we will not charge you any hidden costs; the only cost of participation in the awards is during the registration of your entries, and all additional benefits are free of charge in edition 2022):
Inclusion in the book “Design Educates”
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!
Participation in the exhibition in Germany
Your design will be professionally presented in an annual exhibition in Germany, in Solarlux Campus, during the Architecture in Foyer Conference. The participants of the conference (including the other laureates, selected jurors, and other guests) are invited to witness the exhibition after the awards ceremony. It is a great way to network with other professionals and possible clients while showcasing and presenting your work.
Presentation of the design during Awards Ceremony
During the awards ceremony (which takes place on the first day of the Architecture in Foyer Conference), you will be able to present yourself and your design while receiving your certificate onstage!
Certificates and winning labels to promote your success
You will receive the digital version of your certificate via e-mail and the printed version during the awards ceremony. The certificate is proof of your outstanding success, which you can easily use during your professional endeavors.
Gift certificate from v2com for the winners
You will receive a gift certificate to distribute one press kit on v2com newswire, the world’s largest specialized media network publishing the most prestigious architecture and design publications.
Lifetime Winner’s title with press packages
All the benefits that the DEAwards offer are for life, and this will not ever change. Once you join the prestigious group of participants and laureates of the awards, you will always be able to use all related titles, labels, and certificates!
Promotion within the group of Media Sponsors and Media Supporters
One of the most important benefits of the awards is exposure to possible clients and collaborators. We are honored to work with such an amazing group of media partners and sponsors that help us promote the winning entries globally!
Financial awards for participants of student categories
In addition to all benefits mentioned above, the laureates of the Emerging Designers label (individual students or teams of students who received the highest ranks during the jurors’ evaluation) will be provided an additional financial compensation of $1,000.
The awards ceremony will take place during the Architecture in Foyer 2022 worldwide conference at the Solarlux Campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) from 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 of the awards and the winning designs are presented in the book Design Educates along with the members of the jury and introductions by the curators and directors of the awards. The book presents the comments of the jurors on the aspects of design, education, and innovation. Find more at www.designeducates.com.
of 2022 edition:
Prof. Toyo Itō
(Architect, Toyo Ito & Associates, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize)
Jette Cathrin Hopp
(Architect, Director of Acquisition & Business Development Europe Snøhetta)
Prof. Winy Maas
(Architect, co-founder and principal architect of MVRD)
(Architect, Partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Head of the BIG Ideas)
Prof. Claudia Pasquero
(Architect, Researcher, Lecturer, Cofounder of ecoLogicStudio)
Prof. Mark L. Gardner
(Architect, Principal at Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects (J/GA), Assistant Professor Parsons the New School)
(Designer, Global Principal at AECOM and Co-Founder of Terreform ONE)
(Founding Partner of v2com newswire, publicist)
Senior Professor Ranjana Dani
(MIT Institute of Design, Graphic Design Department, India)
Professor Alan Pert
(Director, University of Melbourne School of Design, Australia)
Prof. Masayo Ave
(Industrial designer, educator, founder of MasayoAve Creation)
(Founder, CEO, and editor-inchief of ArchDaily)
Doris Kim Sung
(Architect, Director of UG Programs and Assoc Prof, USC Principal, DOSU studio architecture)
Dr. Peter Kuczia
(Architect, designer, initiator of the Design Educates Awards)
(Industrial designer, manager of events in Istituto di Moda Burgo Qatar, founder of Ardjou Design Studio)
The previous panels have been joined by among others:
Prof. Alison Brooks
(Architect, principal and creative director at Alison Brooks Architects)
Prof. Barbara Holzer
(architect, lecturer, cofounder and director of Holzer Kobler Architekturen)
Prof. Ben van Berkel
(Founder of UNStudio, Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s GSD)
Prof. Mikala Holme Samsøe
(architect, urban planner, lecturer, founder of Samsøe og)
(Architect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Co-founder of Terreform ONE)
Prof. Carlo Ratti
(Architect, inventor, Carlo Ratti Associati, Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab)
Prof. Farshid Moussavi
(Architect, Professor in practice at Harvard GSD, Founder of FMA)
Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke
(Architects, innovators, educators, co-founders of BART//BRATKE)
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. Please follow the official website of the awards for possible changes in the schedule.
The ‘Design Educates Awards’ are open to everyone. To join the Awards, please proceed to the User Panel (https://profile.designeducates.com/login). In the User Panel, you can register for the Awards, prepare drafts of your submissions, make registration payments, and see the list of your submissions. 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. Description of all categories is available on the official website, section About.
Participants may submit multiple projects. There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to join. The theme of the awards is inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia. Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria of the overall idea and implementation, the potential of the educational influence, the effectiveness and quality of the informative layer, aesthetics, the quality of presentation, visionary approach, originality, feasibility, and comprehensiveness. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme and underline the educational potential of design.
It is a participant’s decision on how to categorize their design.
(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.”
The submission consists of the following files:
1) images of your design saved as JPG files in RGB mode with 200 dpi (up to 5 files),
2) single “featured image” saved as JPG files in RGB
mode with 200 dpi, in horizontal format, 2000 x 1000
px (this image will be used as a header image while
presenting your design to the judges and media),
3) description of your design
The registration fees will be specified in the User Panel during the registration process. Basic fees are listed below, but there is a bonus system based on the number of submitted projects/categries. Fees support the statutory activity of the Laka Foundation (host, non-profit). At the Design Educates Awards, we will never charge you any hidden costs. The only fee is the registration fee which is visible during the registration. In case when you want to submit more entries, discounts are applicable (you will see the discounted amount during the registration).
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
If you have any questions, please find Frequent questions here.
Architectural design requires a holistic approach that includes form, aesthetics, content and socio-political aspects.
To teach architecture is to communicate it as an art form, a cultural practice and way of discovering openness in various
For each project, architectural innovation considers environment, programme, aspirations, aesthetics and combining them with a political perspective in order to create something new and inspiring.
Prof. Barbara Holzer
The host of the Design Educates Awards is Laka Foundation (nonprofit)
Laka Foundation is a non-profit organization and a worldwide network focused on social impact via design and architecture. It was founded in 2017 by Damian Przybyła and Rafał Przybyła. The Foundation is a crucial part of Laka’s network as it shares the vision of architecture that helps develop sustainable and safe societies through responsible and collaborative design.
Contact the organizer at
Strategic Partner: Solarlux GmbH (www.solarlux.com)
Media Sponsors: Architecture in Foyer (www.architektur-im-foyer.com)
World Architecture Community (www.worldarchitecture.org)
International Newswire Partner: v2com-newswire (www.v2com-newswire.com)