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The Design Educates Awards recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that can educate. We look for an additional benefit with long-term implications that takes into account the increasing complexity of our lives, both now and in the future. Something that will have a lasting influence beyond the everpresent effects of design and architecture. 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. So far, the awards have been joined by more than 500 participants from 176 cities, 35 countries and 5 continents, 40 members of the judging panel. 80 laureates have been selected.

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Jury of the edition 2021 has been joined by among others:

Prof. Toyo Itō
(Architect, Toyo Ito & Associates, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize)

Prof. Alison Brooks
(Architect, principal and creative director at Alison Brooks Architects)

Prof. Farshid Moussavi
(Architect, Professor in practice at Harvard GSD, Founder of FMA)

Hani Rashid
(Architect, designer, cofounder of Asymptote, Head of Studio_Hani Rashid)

Alain Gilles
(Art director, product and furniture designer, founder of Alain Gilles The Studio)

Andrés Reisinger
(Artist, director, designer & founder Reisinger Studio)

Alison Brooks
Konstantin Grcic

David Basulto
(Founder, CEO, and editor-inchief of ArchDaily)

Enrica Cavarzan, Marco Zavagno
(Designers, co-founders of Zaven)

Hadi Teherani
(Architect, designer, founder Hadi Teherani AG)

Hella Jongerius
(Industrial designer, founder of Jongeriuslab)

Issa Diabaté
(Architect, co-founder and managing director of Koffi & Diabaté Group)

Prof. Jürgen Mayer H.
(Architect, artist, founder of J. MAYER H)

Konstantin Grcic
(Industrial designer, founder of Konstantin Grcic Design GmbH)

Ir. Kristina Bacht
(Publishing director, curator, director of AITArchitekturSalons)

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

Dr. Peter Kuczia
(Architect, designer, initiator of the Design Educates Awards)

The previous panels have been joined by among others:

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)

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

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

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

Matthias Hollwich
(Architect, AIA, principal at Hollwich Kushner)

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

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

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

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

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

Maria Aiolova
(Architect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Co-founder of Terreform ONE)

Tobias Wallisser
(Architect, Co-Founder of LAVA Laboratory For Visionary Architecture)

Prof. Carlo Ratti
(Architect, inventor, Carlo Ratti Associati, Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab)

Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke
(Architects, innovators, educators, co-founders of BART//BRATKE)


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Registration opens
September 2020

Early registration:
until October 1, 2020

Regular registration:
until February 1, 2021

Late registration:
until March 1, 2021

Project submission
deadline: March 2, 2021

Jury deliberation:
March 2021

Announcement of winners:
Last week of April 2021

Awards ceremony 2021 (expected date):
30 September & 01 October, 2021

UTC time zone for all dates. Please follow the official website of the awards for possible changes in the schedule.


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The ‘Design Educates Awards’ are open to everyone. 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.

Winners will be awarded: (1) Certificates for all laureates; (2) Participation in exhibition and award ceremony; (2) Press packages (logotypes & banners); (3) Promotion within the group of Media Sponsors and Media Supporters of the awards (and beyond!); (4) Financial awards for participants of student categories (1250 USD: Winner of Emerging designer, Net values after taxation: 1000 USD).


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The awards ceremony will take place during the Architecture in Foyer 2021 conference at the Solarlux Campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on 30. September & 01. October 2021. The conference will be hosted by Solarlux GmbH (the partner of the awards) and will consist of an exhibition of the results of the ‘Design Educates Awards,’ lectures by distinguished architects and designers, laureates’ presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Participation in the awards ceremony is free of charge (registration is required). Please follow the updates about the event on the official website.



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The registration fees (specified during registration process) 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). If you are in a difficult financial situation, not able to pay the participation fee, and currently studying, please contact us: you will be able to apply for additional discounts.

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


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Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria of the overall idea and implementation, the potential of the educational influence of the submitted design, the effectiveness and quality of the informative layer, aesthetics, the quality of presentation, visionary approach, originality, feasibility, and comprehensiveness.

There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to join. 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. The theme of the awards has been inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia.


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.”

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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 saved as a DOC file (up to 500 words), and information about the author(s) (eg. team members, companies, credits for photos, etc.), and information about the Category of Awards to which you’re submitting your design; saved as DOC file; please remember to include the name of Team Representative, who registered the team via the registration form on the official website,

Save your submission as a ZIP file and send it via email (with “Design Educates Awards 2021 Entry” in the subject) to before the deadline for submissions. We will send you a confirmation of our receipt of the materials within 48 hours.

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The host of the Design Educates Awards is Laka Foundation (nonprofit)

Official website of the awards:

Contact the organizer at

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.

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Alberto T Estevez Quote

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