DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design

DEAwards calls for 2023 entries


Competition ‘Design Educates Awards’ (DEAwards) goes a step further as it combines architecture and design with an educational impact. The aim is to push aesthetics to reach and obtain a lasting, informative influence on society. Visual arts have always been perceived and used as means of expression socially and politically, but the competition seeks to change this through original concepts and ideas revolving buildings or products that can be implemented for their function and effectiveness. Renowned Architects like Toyo Ito and Anna Heringer make part of the jury panel that is set to select the outstanding projects based on implementation, aesthetics, feasibility, and quality of the informative layer.


To join the Awards and register click the link here before it’s too late! Deadline for submissions is February 2, 2023. 

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Winner of the year in Architectural Design– Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront – LUO studio | photo by Jin Weiqi

(banner) Gold Prize in Universal Design – Coastalock – ECOncrete Tech Ltd | photo by ECOncrete Tech Ltd 

all images courtesy of Design Educates



Hosted by Laka Foundation, the DEAwards recognize, showcase, and promote the best projects of architecture and design that provide an informative and educational layer through the increasing complexity of the environment. Such a layer 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 categories such as architecture, product design, universal ideas and responsive concepts.



‘Many architecture and design awards recognize and promote the ‘beauty’ of successful design, but we wanted to go one step further in the Design Educates Awards (DEAwards). We do not want to see just aesthetically and technically pleasing designs—we want to see something that offers educational added value. We look for designs that will have a lasting influence on society beyond the ever-present effects of design and architecture,’ says Design Educates. 

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Winner of the year in Product Design – Deployable Emergency Shelter – Henry Glogau Studio



participants can join DEAwards individually or in teams 


Visual arts and, even more so, language have long been accepted as forms of expression with social and even political impacts. But design and architecture, although generally quieter disciplines, can also communicate and transfer such messages The theme of the awards is inspired by the research titled ‘Educating Buildings’ (Bildende Bauten) by Dr. Peter Kuczia, Architect, Designer, Initiator of the Design Educates Awards. Product Design, Architectural Design, Responsive Design, and Universal Design are the four available categories that participants can join. Whether individually or in teams, the contestants are not limited to submitting just a single project.

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Gold Prize in Architectural Design – Terra Cotta studio – Tropical Space | photo by Hiroyuki Oki



product design, architecture, responsive design & universal design


For Product Design, projects of all scales and types are welcomed, from tools to household goods.

Exemplary projects submitted to this category in the previous editions include a deployable emergency shelter (Henry Glogau Studio) that can save lives during changing weather conditions in Alaska and a bicycle wheel (Kristen Tapping) that filters outdoor air pollution.



In Architectural Design, buildings and landscaping of various scales are encouraged. Previous examples include a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen (BIG), which is an urban recreation center with a nature park, ski slope, hiking trail, and climbing wall, as well as an environmental education hub.

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Bronze Prize in Responsive Design – 1,300 Recycling Pavilion – Hyunjejoo_Baukunst | photo by Hyunjejoo Baukunst



The Responsive Design category revolves around objects, buildings, or projects that are capable of reacting to conditions in a given environment, recognizing a problem, and finding a solution by interacting with its surroundings and users. Past entries include a skylight that produces potable water from salt water in the Atacama Desert (Henry Glogau Studio) and an arts center (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) that can double its surface to provide spatial flexibility for different events. 



Universal Design on the other hand is for projects that are interdisciplinary or are difficult to categorize. Previous submissions range from house building prefabs (Urban Beta UG) and backyard facilities elements to a set of emoticons written in Braille (Walda Verbaenen) to build a bridge for visually impaired and blind people to a visual language.

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Silver Prize in Universal Design – The Inxect Suit – Pavels Liepins-Hedström



Entries are evaluated based on the following criteria: overall idea and implementation; the potential for educational influence; effectiveness and quality of the informative layer; aesthetics; quality of presentation; visionary approach; originality; and feasibility. 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.



Emerging designer: Solar Desalination Skylight – Henry Glogau Studio


The Jury of the 2023 edition has been joined by Prof. Toyo Itō (Architect, Toyo Ito & Associates, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize); Prof. Anna Heringer (Architect, Hon. Prof. of UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture); Prof. Achim Menges (Architect, professor at the University of Stuttgart, founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction); Dr. Peter Kuczia (Architect, Designer, Initiator of the Design Educates Awards) and many more renowned names of the field which are still to be unveiled. Previous panels also included names like Prof. Winy Maas (MVRDV), and Jakob Lange (BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Solarux Choice: GO! Campus Zottegem – Rosan Bosch Studio | photo by Kim Wendt



Prizes and benefits await the elite group of laureates. Inclusion in the annually issued book together with the members of the Jury, participation in the annual exhibition at Solarlux Campus in Germany, as well as promotion within the group of media sponsors and media supporters in order to elevate further the networking opportunities. Amongst other benefits, the contestants will also receive a lifetime possession of the titles, labels and certificates.



Bronze Prize in Universal Design – Voxel Cloud – Julian Edelmann | photo by Julian Edelmann

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Gold Prize in Responsive Design – Portable Solar Distiller – Henry Glogau Studio

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Gold Prize in Product Design – Looop – Cheuk Laam Wong, Central Saint Martins | photo by Pad Maker: Larry Turner

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Silver Prize in Product Design – SeeTang Collection – Jana-Aimée Wiesenberger

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Bronze Prize in Product Design – Canairi – Canairi | photo by Albert Sommerlund

DEAwards seeks entries with educational influences on design
Winner of the year in Universal Design – BetaPort – Circular Building Technology On-Demand – Urban Beta UG | photo by Urban Beta, Studio Naaro




competition info:


name: Design Educates Awards 2023 (DEAwards)

project submission deadline: February 2, 2023

announcement of winners: March 2023

organizer: Laka Foundation 

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