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Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

Poland Architecture News - Jun 20, 2019 - 01:34   3090 views

Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) has launched its new edition to recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that can educate for 2020. 

The design itself may provide an informative and educational layer that guides us through the increasing complexity of our environment. It can showcase 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 the outstanding ideas and implementations in the categories of architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design.

All architects and designers can register to the competition until February 1, 2020. Early registrations end on August 1, 2019. World Architecture Community is official Media Partner for the 2020 Design that Educates Awards and will share the results of the competition during this time. 

Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

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Prof. Ben van Berkel (founder of UNStudio & UNSense, Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s GSD)

Stefan Behnisch (architect, philosopher, founding partner of Behnisch Architekten)

Dr. Martin Bechthold (architect, professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)

Dr. Peter Kuczia (architect, founder of Kuczia Architects, initiator and curator of the ‘Design that Educates Awards’)

Jan Musikowski (architect, cofounder ofRichter Musikowski Architekten Part GmbB)

Areti Markopoulou (architect, researcher, urban technologist, academic director at IAAC in Barcelona)

Ethel Baraona Pohl (critic, writer, curator; cofounder of dpr-barcelona, editor at Quaderns)

Christoph Richter (architect, cofounder of Richter Musikowski Architekten PartGmbB)

Arturo Vittori (designer, architect, artist, cofounder of Architecture and Vision, CEO of Warka Water Inc.)

Prof. Shingo Ando (designer, educator, professor at Kyoto Arts and Crafts University)


The Design that 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 with 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.

Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

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Category of architectural design

Winner for the year 2020 in architectural design

Gold Prize in architectural design

Silver Prize in architectural design

Bronze Prize in architectural design

Honorable mentions in architectural design

Category of product design

Winner for the year 2020 in product design

Gold Prize in product design

Silver Prize in product design

Bronze Prize in product design

Honorable mentions in product design

Category of universal design

Winner for the year 2020 in universal design

Gold Prize in universal design

Silver Prize in universal design

Bronze Prize in universal design

Honorable mentions in universal design

Category of responsive design

Winner for the year 2020 in responsive design

Gold Prize in responsive design

Silver Prize in responsive design

Bronze Prize in responsive design

Honorable mentions in responsive design

Emerging Designer

Winner of Emerging Designer (additional label for students)

Solarlux Choice

Winner of Solarlux Choice (will be selected by the representatives of Solarlux and the independent group of experts in architecture and design)

Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

Frozen Mountain. Image © Napp Studio


Nominations are an additional channel of access to the awards. Designers who receive a nomination are invited to register for the awards and submit their projects. In this way, the most interesting examples of design that educates are already awarded the label of 'nomination' and moreover have a chance to compete for the main prizes in all categories of the awards. The nominations are sent out by the organizer until the deadline for registrations specified in the awards' schedule.

Financial compensations

1250 USD: Winner in the category of architectural design*

1250 USD: Winner in the category of product design*

1250 USD: Winner in the category of universal design*

1250 USD: Winner in the category of responsive design*

625 USD: Winner of Emerging designer**

1000 USD: Winner of Solarlux Choice

Organizer will pay the tax on awards in the country of its business activity.

*Net values after taxation: *1000 USD, **500 USD.

Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

Ecocapsule. Image © Ecocapsule Holding

Exhibition & awards ceremony

The projects of the winners and laureates of honorable mentions will be exhibited during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference at the Solarlux Campus in Germany on April 23–24, 2020. The laureates will be invited to present their designs during the ceremony.


All laureates will be included in the awards catalog, which will be available at the awards ceremony and on the website of the awards starting from the second quarter of 2020.

Marketing and press packages

Finalists and winners will be presented on the awards’ website. The organizer will send out a press release to partners, media partners, and media sponsors after the awards ceremony.


The awards ceremony will take place during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conferenceat the Solarlux Campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on April 23–24, 2020. 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 that 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).


The awards are a multidisciplinary call for ideas and implementationsin the categories of (1) architectural design, (2) product design, (3) universal design, and (4) responsive design. Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria of the overall idea and implementation, the potential of the educational influence of the submitted design, the effectiveness and quality of the informative layer, aesthetics, the quality of presentation, visionary approach, originality, feasibility, and comprehensiveness. The theme of the awards has been inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme and underline the educational potential of design. 

The new category of responsive design is a result of collaboration between the ‘Design that Educates Awards’ and ‘Architecture that Reacts Competition’ and is dedicated to ideas and implementations that are capable of dynamic interaction with their environment and develop through a process of changes and adjustments; consider submitting your project to both programs on Laka Reacts

Team of professionals:Early 125 USD; Regular 150 USD; Late 175 USD

Individual professional:Early 75 USD; Regular 100 USD; Late 125 USD

Team of students:Early 50 USD; Regular 75 USD; Late 100 USD

Individual student:Early 25 USD; Regular 50 USD; Late 75 USD

Call for registrations to Design That Educates Awards 2020

Airship. Image © team.breathe.austria


Registration opens in June 2019

Early registration: until August 1, 2019

Regular registration: until November 1, 2019

Late registration: until February 1, 2020

Project submission deadline: February 2, 2020

Jury deliberation: February 2020

Announcement of winners: March 1, 2020

Awards ceremony: April 23–24, 2020

UTC time zone for all dates.


The host of the ‘Design that Educates Awards’ is Laka Foundation(a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization, EU VAT No. PL6381817438). Contact the organizer at [email protected]. Official website of the 

The partner of the awards is Solarlux GmbH, a German manufacturer of bi-folding glass doors, winter gardens, and façade solutions. The program is possible thanks to the kind support of the members of the jury, advisers, participants, partners, media sponsors, and media partners. All registration fees and donations are spent on the further development of the awards. 

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