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.


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 of Richter Musikowski Architekten PartGmbB)
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)
Aidin Ardjomandi (industrial designer, founder of Ardjou Design Studio)
Yussef Agbo-Ola (architect, chemist, environmental artist, founder of

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)

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.

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.

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’ 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).


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:]

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


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 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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