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. Details of the Design that Educates Awards 2020 are to be announced in May 2019. Stay tuned.

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Winners 2019

Architectural Design


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

04 Honorable Mention Tower Of Bricks Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Tower of Bricks. Interval Architects

Medprostor Arhitekti Hisa Hribljane 2018

Honorable Mention: Hribljane House. Medprostor d.o.o.

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Honorable Mention: Unikato. Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

06 Honorable Mention Ecd&f Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: ECD&F Centers. ASA Design Ltd – Active Social Architecture

07 Honorable Mention Swisshouse Rossa Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: SWISSHOUSE XXII ROSSA. Davide Macullo Architects

09 Honorable Mention Haven House Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Haven House. A Gateway in the Rocks. Anastasia Elrouss Architects

08 Honorable Mention Community Center Camburi Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Community Center Camburi. CRU! Architects – Bamboostic

10 Honorable Mention Exterior Skin Wynwood Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Exterior Skin Design for the Wynwood Mixed-Use Building and Parking Garage. FAULDERS STUDIO

11 Honorable Mention Residence Trivandrum Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Residence in Trivandrum. Vinu Daniel, WALLMAKERS

03 Honorable Mention Corridors Mosul Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: The corridors of Mosul (Iraq). Post-war Reconstruction Strategy. Maria Abi Raad

12 Honorable Mention Chirath Residence Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: CHIRATH RESIDENCE. Vinu Daniel, WALLMAKERS

15 Finalist Tetris Nursery (1) Thumbnail

Finalist: Tetris Nursery. IROJE KHM Architects

14 Finalist Children Eco Village Thumbnail

Finalist: Children Eco-Village. O2 DESIGN ATELIER SDN. BHD.

17 Finalist Haddad Compound Thumbnail

Finalist: Haddad Compound. Anastasia Elrouss Architects

16 Finalist Kaeng Krachan Library Thumbnail

Finalist: Kaeng Krachan Library. Junsekino Architect and Design

Product Design


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


Special Recognition: LET’S MAKE IT VISIBLE. Elena Khloptseva, Asya Dyro

03 Honorable Mention Frozen Mountain Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: FROZEN MOUNTAIN. Napp Studio

04 Honorable Mention Today We Eat A Cow Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Today we eat a cow! Katharina Karras

05 Honorable Mention Tru Unity Handle Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Tru Unity Handle. TruRegard ltd

06 Honorable Mention Histheory Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: HISTHEORY. Bokor Gyöngyi, Csizmadia Zsolt, Kókai András, Mihalkovics Edina, Pipei Borbála, Szilágyi András

Universal Design


Winner: Smog Free Project. Studio Roosegaarde


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


Special Recognition: Ecocapsule

07 Honorable Mention Saline Machine Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Saline Machine. Fabian Partoll, Lukas Strigl

08 Honorable Mention Interspecific Education Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Interspecific Education. David Stieler

09 Finalist Social Justice Media Thumbnail

Finalist: Social [Justice] Media. Jungwoo Ji (EUS+ Architects), Bosuk Hur (Folio), Suk Lee

06 Honorable Mention Robotic Habitats Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Robotic Habitats. Noumena; Aldo Sollazzo, Stuart Maggs, Eugenio Bettucchi, Marco Sanalitro, Gianluca Pugliese, Pavel Aguilar, Laura Civetti, Federica Ciccone, Laura Ruggeri, Angel Muñoz, Cristian Rizzuti, Adrien Rigobello, Jessica Diaz

04 Honorable Mention Tower Harvesting Water Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Connecting with Clean Water. A Tower for Harvesting Water. Salim El Filali, Amirhesam Monshi

05 Honorable Mention Egg Shaped Cradle Thumbnail

Honorable Mention: Egg-shaped Cradle. Cai-In Interior Design Co., Ltd.

10 Finalist Three Cubes Thumbnail

Finalist: Three Cubes in the Forest. Kotoaki Asano, Toyohito Shibamura

Emerging Designer


Winner: SOAR – VR Kit for Education. Jaewan Choi

Solarlux Choice


Solarlux Choice: The Alternative Way to Educate. IntuyLab; Jose Cepero, Hannah Klug, Walter Soto, Giancarlo Pava; collaboration: IRGE Stuttgart university, Alto Peru community, Association Project Alto Peru, Sto-Stiftung


“Architecture in Foyer” consisted of an exhibition of the results of the Design that Educates Awards, lectures by selected members of the jury, laureates’ presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. The keynote lectures were given by Amandus Samsøe Sattler (Allmann Sattler Wappner Architects; Munich), Prof. Barbara Holzer (Holzer Kobler Architects; Berlin & Zürich), Prof. Tobias Wallisser (LAVA; Berlin & Stuttgart & Sydney), Paul Clemens Bart & Marvin Bratke (Bart//Bratke; London & Berlin). Moreover, selected laureates of the Design that Educates Awards presented their designs. “Architecture in Foyer” and the Awards Ceremony were hosted by Solarlux GmbH and moderated by Nils Ballhausen. www.solarlux.com/aif 

Please click below to download all materials and full photo-relation from the conference and award ceremony.

Press-release (Gdocs & ZIP)
Architecture In Foyer Images By Solarlux Dtea 2019 Day 02 (19)

Architecture in Foyer Conference. Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Architecture In Foyer Images By Solarlux Dtea 2019 Day 01 (81)

Nils Ballhausen (moderator of the event), Stefan Holtgreife (Solarlux GmbH, CEO). Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Jin Young Song Laureates (1)

Jin Young Song. Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Architecture In Foyer Images By Solarlux Dtea 2019 Day 02 (11)

Lecture of Amandus Samsøe Sattler (Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten). Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Anastasia Elrouss Architects Laureates (1)

Anastasia Elrouss Architects. Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Architecture In Foyer Images By Solarlux Dtea 2019 Day 02 (37)

Lecture of Prof. Tobias Wallisser (architect, cofounder of LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture). Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Markus Jeschaunig Laureates

Markus Jeschaunig (Breathe Earth Collective). Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH

Architecture In Foyer Images By Solarlux Dtea 2019 Day 02 (28)

Architecture in Foyer Conference. Photo Ⓒ Solarlux GmbH


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 Architizer.com)

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 YankoDesign.com)

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)


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