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The Design Educates Awards (DEAwards) recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best educational ideas and implementations of architecture and design. Design itself may provide an informative and educational layer that guides us through the increasing complexity of our environment. It 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 the categories of architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design.

The theme of the awards is inspired by the research called ‘Educating Buildings’ (‘Bildende Bauten’) by Dr. Peter Kuczia. Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria of the overall idea and implementation, the potential of the educational influence, the effectiveness and quality of the informative layer, aesthetics, the quality of presentation, visionary approach, originality, feasibility, and comprehensiveness. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme and underline the educational potential of design.

It is a participant’s decision on how to categorize their design:

  • Architectural Design: buildings or other designs on a similar scale; may include interior designs too.
  • Product Design: products, smaller objects, objects of industrial design, and similar.
  • Universal Design: the designs that may not be strict of architecture or product design, or are interdisciplinary, or difficult to categorize into other categories.
  • Responsive Design: designs that interact with its surroundings and users

Submission Requirements

  • Images of your design saved as JPG files in RGB mode with 200 dpi (up to 5 files)
  • Single “featured image” saved as JPG files in RGB mode with 200 dpi, in horizontal format, 2000 x 1000px  (this image will be used as a header image while presenting your design to the judges and media)
  • Description of your design

Eligibility

The Design Educates Awards are open to everyone. Participants may submit multiple projects. There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are allowed. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to join.

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