Design that Educates Awards 2020

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The ‘Design that Educates Awards’ (DtEA) 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. 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.

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. 

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 organiser will send out a press release to partners, media partners, and media sponsors after the awards ceremony.

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. 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.

ORGANIZER The host of the ‘Design that Educates Awards’ is Laka Foundation (a nonprofit and nongovernmental organisation, EU VAT No. PL6381817438). Contact the organiser at [email protected] Official website of the awards: 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. Thank you!

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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 awards ceremony will take place during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference at 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).




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