The Design that Educates Awards 2019

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The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) investigate the educational potential of architecture and design. The ability to communicate the implemented solutions and features is the main theme of the awards. Such an informational layer of design and architecture provides an important (yet not fully explored) opportunity for a dialog between the user and the designer. The result—a new type of learning environment—provides a space for the exploration of both the design itself and its relation to the vaster context. Each year, the esteemed panel of judges will select the most outstanding examples. The objective of the awards is to recognise, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that educate.


Maria Aiolova (designer, educator, leader of Arup University, cofounder of Terreform ONE)
Prof. Shingo Ando (designer, educator, professor at Kyoto Arts and Crafts University)
David Basulto (founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of ArchDaily)
Dominic Harris (architect, artist, founder and creative director of Cinimod Studio)
Matthias Hollwich (architect, AIA, principal at Hollwich Kushner, cofounder of
Prof. Barbara Holzer (architect, lecturer, cofounder and director of Holzer Kobler Architekturen)
Mikiya Kobayashi (furniture and product designer, founder and director of Mikiya Kobayashi Inc.)
Dr. Peter Kuczia (architect, founder of Kuczia Architects, initiator of the Design that Educates Awards)
Prof. Carlo Ratti (architect, founding partner at Carlo Ratti Associati, director at MIT Senseable City Lab)
Amandus Samsøe Sattler (architect, founding partner at Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten)
Sarang Sheth (industrial designer, content writer and editor-in-chief at
Prof. Tobias Wallisser (architect, cofounder of LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

During the first phase of the jury’s deliberation, finalists will be selected from the pool of all entries. During the second phase, from the pool of finalists, the winners and laureates of honourable mention will be selected in each category. In addition to the jury’s evaluation, representatives of Solarlux (strategic partner of the awards) will select from the pool of finalists the laureates of Solarlux Choice.

Winners in the category of architectural design
Winners in the category of product design
Winners in the category of universal design
Honourable mention (approximately 10 in each category)
Finalists (from the pool of all entries; approximately 50)
Emerging designer (additional label for students)
Solarlux Choice

Financial awards
1500 USD: Winners in the category of architectural design
1500 USD: Winners in the category of product design
1500 USD: Winners in the category of universal design
500 USD: Emerging designer (additional prize for students) Exhibition & Award Ceremony

The projects of the winners and laureates of honourable mentions will be exhibited during the Design Forum on the Solarlux campus in Germany in 2019. The authors will be invited to present their designs during the ceremony.

Press packages
Finalists and winners will be presented on the website of the awards. The organiser will send out the press release to partners, media partners, and media sponsors after the announcement of the results.

The Award Ceremony will take place on the Solarlux campus in Germany (Melle, Lower Saxony, Germany) on March 28–29, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by Solarlux GmbH (strategic partner of the awards) and will consist of an exhibition of the results, lectures by selected members of the jury, laureates’ presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Participation is free of charge (registration is required).

Registration opens in October 2018
Early registration: until November 1, 2018
Regular registration: until January 1, 2019
Late registration: until February 1, 2019
Project submission deadline: February 2, 2019
Jury deliberation: February 2019
Announcement of winners: March 1, 2019
Awards ceremony: March 28–29, 2019

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28th to 30th  March 2019


Melle, Germany


Not necessary – participation in the ceremony is free.


Laka Foundation, strategic partner: Solarlux GmbH

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