Submission: January 2, 2022
Registration: January 1, 2022
Prizes: Please see details below
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.
You might be asking yourselves, “Do we really need another architecture and design competition?”
Many architecture and design awards recognize and promote the “beauty” of successful design. But in the DEAwards, 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, something that will have a lasting influence beyond the ever-present effects of design and architecture.
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
- Participation in the exhibition in Germany
- Presentation of the design during the awards ceremony in Germany
- Certificates and winning labels to promote your success
- Gift certificate from v2com for the winners
- Lifetime Winner title with press packages
- Promotion within the group of media sponsors and media supporters
- 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.