Call for Submissions: Design Educates Awards 2022

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.

The Jury of the edition 2022 has been joined by among others:
- Prof. Toyo Itō (Architect, Toyo Ito & Associates, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize),
- Jette Cathrin Hopp (Architect, Director of Acquisition & Business Development Snøhetta),
- Prof. Winy Maas (Architect, Founding Partner and Principal Architect of MVRDV),
- Jakob Lange (Architect, Partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Head of the BIG Ideas),
- Julie Payette (Publicist, Founding Partner of v2com newswire),
- Doris Sung (Architect, Director of UG Programs and Assoc Prof USC, Principal, DOSU studio),
- Prof. Masayo Ave (Industrial designer, educator, founder of MasayoAve Creation),
- David Basulto (Founder, CEO, and Editor-in-chief of ArchDaily),
- Maria Aiolova (Designer, Global Principal at AECOM and Co-Founder of Terreform ONE),
- Prof. Mark L. Gardner (Architect, Principal at Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects (J/GA), Assistant Professor Parsons the New School),
- Prof. Alan Pert (Director, University of Melbourne School of Design, Australia),
- Prof. Ranjana Dani (Designer, MIT Institute of Design, Graphic Design Dep., India),
- Aidin Ardjomandi (Industrial designer, manager of events in Istituto di Moda Burgo Qatar, founder of Ardjou Design Studio),
- Dr. Peter Kuczia (Architect, Designer, Initiator of the Design Educates Awards).

The winners, laureates of prizes, honorable mentions, and nominations will be selected in each category. 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 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.

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:

Registration opens in September 2021
Early registration: until October 1, 2021
Regular registration: until December 1, 2021
Late registration: until February 1, 2022
Project submission deadline: February 2, 2022 
Jury deliberation: February 2022
Announcement of winners: March 1, 2022
Awards ceremony 2022: September 22–23, 2022
UTC time zone for all dates.
Please follow the official website of the awards for possible changes in the schedule.

The DEAwards 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. 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. Descriptions of all categories are available in the About section of the official website.
Participants may submit multiple projects. There is no limit in the number of participants per team. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to join. The theme of the awards is inspired by the research titled “Educating Buildings” (“Bildende Bauten”) by Dr. Peter Kuczia. Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria: overall idea and implementation, potential for educational influence, effectiveness and quality of the informative layer, aesthetics, quality of presentation, visionary approach, originality, feasibility, and comprehensiveness. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme and highlight the educational potential of design.

The host of the DEAwards is Laka Foundation (nonprofit and nongovernmental organization).
Official website of the awards:
Contact the organizer at

Strategic partner: Solarlux GmbH (
Media sponsors: Architecture in Foyer (
Archdaily (
World Architecture Community (
International Newswire Partner: v2com-newswire (

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  • Title

    Call for Submissions: Design Educates Awards 2022
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    January 01, 2022 11:59 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    January 02, 2022 11:59 PM
  • Price

    The registration fees (specified on the website) support the statutory activity of the Laka Foundation (non-governmental & non-profit organization). 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 and User Panel. If you decide to submit more entries, discounts are applicable (you will see the amount of the discount during the registration).

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Call for Submissions: Design Educates Awards 2022" 28 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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