Dezeen has announced that submissions are being accepted for its first-ever awards program. The Dezeen Awards will honor the world's best architecture, interiors, and designs, as well as individual architects and designers who are producing outstanding work.
The awards "will be the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere," wrote Dezeen, one of the most popular and influential architecture and design media in the world.
Those who are interested can enter the competition online, and can enter as many categories as they wish. In total, there are 30 categories divided between the sectors of architecture, interiors, and design. In addition to the regular awards, three special 'Dezeen Grand Awards' will go to the best overall projects from all of the winners.
Interested parties have until June 30 to enter, although those who enter before April 11 will be able to do so at a discounted rate – £75 (US$105) per category for individuals and companies with 10 employees or less, and £150 ($209) per category for larger companies.
Acknowledging that there are already plenty of architecture and design awards out there, Dezeen has stressed that its awards program is different. "First, our low entry prices are designed to attract smaller firms, and avoid categories being dominated by large studios..."
Secondly, Dezeen says its judging criteria goes beyond aesthetics and creativity, ensuring that winning projects "are not only beautiful and innovative but also strive to benefit users and the environment." The magazine says that good design must consider social impact and sustainability, adding that "we will be looking for projects that incorporate positive thinking in this area."
Lastly, the awards will include categories for all three areas which Dezeen covers in its magazine – architecture, interiors, and design. "This means that Dezeen Awards will be a comprehensive annual survey of the best work across the major fields of 3D design,” the magazine wrote.
The judges will consist of an international panel comprised of 75 leading figures from the architecture and design world. Architects David Adjaye and Rossana Hu will be part of the panel, along with designer Benjamin Hubert and interior designer India Mahdavi.
The jury will be looking for each submitted project to fulfill three major criteria - beauty, innovation, and whether it's beneficial. "Is it useful and considerate to both people and planet? Your project doesn't have to set out to save the world but it should show respect and consideration for users and the environment," Dezeen wrote in reference to the third requirement.
Winners of each of the 30 categories will receive a specially designed trophy and certificate, will have their project published on the Dezeen Awards website, and will be mentioned on the main Dezeen site.
Meanwhile, winners of the Dezeen Grand Awards will also receive a trophy and certificate and "will have the right to claim they have created the best architecture, interiors, and design projects of the year...and will get their project published in a dedicated post on the Dezeen website."
Shortlists will be announced in August, and winners will be announced at the Dezeen Awards event in London in either November or December.
Text: Lynsey Free