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Design Educates Awards 2021


The Design Educates Awards recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that can educate. The design itself may provide an informative and educational layer that guides us through the increasing complexity of our environment. The objects in our surroundings can communicate important values and guide us through desirable, positive practices. 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.


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, co-founder 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)

David Basulto (Founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief 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 AIT-ArchitekturSalons)

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

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

The full list of juries is presented on the website of the 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, cofounder of

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, co-founders of BART//BRATKE)

and more renowned designers and educators.


Registration opens in September 2020

Early registration: until October 1, 2020

Regular registration: until January 1, 2021

Late registration: until February 1, 2021

Project submission deadline: February 2, 2021

Jury deliberation: February 2021

Announcement of winners: March 1, 2020

Awards ceremony 2021: 22 & 23 April, 2021

(Awards ceremony 2020: 12 & 13 November, 2020)

Please follow the official website of the awards for possible changes in the schedule.

UTC time zone for all dates.


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. 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. 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).


The awards ceremony will take place during the Architecture in Foyer 2021 conference at the Solarlux Campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on 22 & 23 April 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). Due to the ongoing global situation related to COVID, please follow the updates about the event on the official website.


Please invite your friends to join the awards, help us to spread the word about the idea of the design that educates, and receive free access to the Design Educates Awards 2021 (without registration fees). On the website of the awards, you will find a contact form, where you can share info about the competition with your friends, and receive your coupon. All registration fees and donations are spent on the further development of the awards.


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


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. Deliberation about the entries will consist of two phases: (1) selection of the finalists and (2) selection of winners and laureates of honorable mentions. Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria: feasible, verifiable, visionary, original, and comprehensive. Participants may submit multiple projects; each entry must be registered separately. 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 has been inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia.


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

Official website of the awards: 

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