Enter Dezeen Awards "if you dream of building tomorrow" says Philippe Starck
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Enter Dezeen Awards "if you dream of building tomorrow" says Philippe Starck

With 10 days to go until Dezeen Awards 2019 entries close, our judges have set out what they will be looking for when choosing winners. Here are their tips on how to make sure that your entry will impress.

Entries close on 30 May, so enter now to make sure that you don't miss the deadline. Read on to find out what the judges of Dezeen Awards 2019 are looking for in winning entries:


French designer Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck

"If you think it is your duty to put your talent to good use, in favour of the community. If you dream of being reputed, of knowing, of searching, of sharing, of building or deconstructing tomorrow. Then there is only one key: Dezeen Awards."


Interior designer Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen

"I will be looking for individuals or companies who are doing things differently – design that is not only beautiful, but also clever and breaks the mould.

"Sustainability is also hugely important in design, and looking at ways that we can reduce environmental impact through design is a key factor for me."


Dutch architect Winy Maas

Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV

"I hope that these awards lead to projects and products that might help to change the world, and to turn it in a good direction. I am fascinated by people who are able to think in that manner and that can make houses, cities or products that stress that."


Indian architect Sonali Rastogi

Sonali Rastogi, founding partner of Morphogenesis 

"This year, the focus should be on practices that exemplify passive design, resource optimisation and contextual identity.

"Climate change is a major cause for concern; I am keen on observing projects that showcase innate environmental and ecological awareness – not only work based on renewable energy sources but also those capable of generating energy on-site."


US architect Jim Olson

Jim Olson, founding principal of Olson Kundig

"I am looking forward to seeing entries from studios of all backgrounds: regional and international, small and large, well-known and up-and-coming."


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Marije Vogelzang

"I will be looking for entries that really break with conventional ideas and challenge me to think and see the world differently. Buildings that have succeeded in translating simple, clever and legible, conceptual ideas into designs imbued with integrity."


Kunle Adeyemi

Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of NLÉ

"Great architecture should improve the coexistence of humanity and the environment. I'm interested in designs that boldly approach major societal challenges through simple means and creative thinking."


Italian architect Doriana Fuksas

Doriana Fuksas, co-founder of Studio Fuksas

"I will be looking for entries that pay attention to the environment and its inhabitants. Less iconic buildings, more iconic landscape. New urban landscape. New urban connectivity, pedestrian and vehicular. Save energy, no waste, circular economy. Innovation."


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners senior design partner Ivan Harbour

Ivan Harbour, senior design partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners 

"I am looking for buildings that have succeeded in translating simple, clever and legible, conceptual ideas into designs imbued with integrity.

"Their integrity will be manifest in a deep understanding of space and clever, frugal, use of the materials and systems that forms it and allows it to function in the context of our global climate emergency. They will not follow current fashion but suggest new directions that will keep them relevant and up to date, well into their design life."


South African designer Atang Tshikare

Atang Tshikare

"I am looking for visionary work that represents and inspires change in the world, a voice that disrupts and captures this moment in time, an iconic creation that is a timeless. Functional, smart and forward-thinking design that wakes some kind of emotion in me."


Nikoline Dyrup, co-founder of Dezeen Award-winning studio Spacon & X

Nikoline Dyrup, co-founder of Spacon & X

"I am looking for functional, smart and forward thinking-design that wakes some kind of emotion in me.

"To me, Dezeen Awards is all about pushing design and culture forward, so I will be looking for entries that do just that and inspire design and architecture to keep moving further."


US architect David Rockwell

David Rockwell, founder of Rockwell Group

"I will be looking for projects that have a strong sense of narrative and reflect on their surroundings."


Birsel + Seck co-founder Bibi Seck

Bibi Seck, co-founder of Birsel + Seck

"Design is about finding coherence between values and actions. The main challenge is to figure out how to make an idea coherent within the values of the designer, the user, the environment and the maker or manufacturer.

"In this year's entries, I will be looking for elegant solutions that have a very clearly articulated process. I am excited to see projects that look at design through the four quadrants of emotion, physical, intellect and spirit."


Co-founders of New York design fair WantedDesign, Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat

Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founders of WantedDesign

"We are actually hoping for unexpected projects. New ideas, innovations. We would like to be surprised, even intrigued. Being judges this year gives us the opportunity to discover many talented designers and their projects, with an open mind and a certain appetite for original design."


Klein Dytham co-founder Mark Dytham

Mark Dytham, co-founder of Klein Dytham Architecture

"I am always looking for projects that are simple, elegant and speak for themselves, needing no explanation."


DoepelSrijkers co-founder Eline Strijkers

Eline Strijkers, co-founder of DoepelStrijkers

"Hopefully projects will be submitted that are not only attractive but also make an actual contribution to a circular economy.

"I will be critical of projects that pretend to be sustainable but have not explored the extent to which the project allows for upscaling to create social, ecological or economic impact. No window dressing but intelligent explorations that lead to innovative designs and visual language."


Australian architect John Denton

John Denton, co-founder of Denton Corker Marshall

“I will be looking for entries whether big or small, that have a singular clear central idea expressed with a simplicity of form and materiality. Not overworked. Not tricky or gimmicky but reflecting an elegant response to the client brief.”


Nick and Rachel Cope, founders of Calico Wallpaper

Nick and Rachel Cope, founders of Calico Wallpaper

"Rachel and I are looking forward to judging this year's Dezeen Awards to find unique and innovative ideas similar to the work that we enjoy daily on Dezeen's website. In particular, we hope to see work that creates a sense of emotion and moves people to feel or think."


10 days left to enter!

You can enter Dezeen Awards 2019 until 30 May at 23:59 UK time, so you still have plenty of time to complete your entry!

If you run into issues or have questions drop us a line at awards@dezeen.com or visit our how to enter page for more information.