Many architectures and design awards recognize and promote the “beauty” of successful design. But in the Design Educates 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.

Theme of the Awards

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.

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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. 

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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.

Certificates and 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.

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Presentation and exhibition of the design during Awards Ceremony

During the awards ceremony, you will be able to present yourself and your design while receiving your certificate onstage and your design will be professionally presented in an annual exhibition. The participants of the conference 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.

Lifetime Winner’s title, press packages and promotion

We are honored to work with such an amazing group of media partners and sponsors that help us promote the winning entries globally! 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!

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.

Share your designs

The ‘Design Educates Awards’ are open to everyone. To join the Awards, please proceed to the User Panel. 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. 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.



Jury 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)

Jakob Lange
(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)

Prof. Masayo Ave
(Industrial designer, founder of MasayoAve Creation, educator)

Maria Aiolova
(Designer, Global Principal at AECOM and Co-Founder of Terreform ONE)

Julie Payette
(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)

David Basulto
(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)

Aidin Ardjomandi 
(Industrial designer, manager of events in Istituto di Moda Burgo Qatar, founder of Ardjou Design Studio)

Previous Jury panel:

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, foun

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//BR


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:

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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!
Get your ‘Design Educates’ book here!


General info


Registration opens
September 2021

Early registration:
until October 1, 2021

Regular registration:
until December 1, 2021

Late registration:
until January 1, 2022

Project submission
deadline: January 2, 2022 

Jury deliberation:
February 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.


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.


All guidelines you can find here.


Press-kit about Design Educates Awards 2022 edition you can find here.

Check out press-kit “Call for entries in the Design Educates Awards 2022” on v2com platform here.



(1) Architectural Design

buildings or designs on a similar scale; may include interior designs too.

(2) Product

products, smaller objects, objects of industrial design, and similar.

(3) Universal

the designs that may not be strict of architecture or product design, or are interdisciplinary, or difficult to categorize into other categories.

(4) Responsive

designs that interact with its surroundings and users; this category derives from Laka Competition “Architecture that Reacts.”

Organizer  & Partners

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 (
Media Sponsors:
Architecture in Foyer (
Archdaily (
World Architecture Community (
International Newswire Partner:
v2com-newswire (