Hustwit will oversee the judging of the five new categories, which will reward photography, video, visualisations and websites across the industry.
"Social media and websites are the main way we're experiencing [architecture and design] now," explained Hustwit. "If there's a new building somewhere, the reality is that only a tiny amount of people will actually get to visit," he added.
So how a building or interior design is represented in photography and video is almost more important than the in real-life experience."
Hustwit has produced 13 feature documentaries including a documentary about German industrial designer Dieter Rams and a feature film about the Helvetica font.
In addition, he has had film and photographic work featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Design Museum in London and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, among others.
Eight media awards judges
Hustwit will head a panel of ten judges for the categories. Other judges include Dezeen head of video Oliver Manzi, Swiss designer Micha Weidmann, architect Charlotte Skene Catling, photographer Fernando Guerra and Swedish photographer Jeanette Hägglund. More media judges will be announced soon.
"I just love looking at all this stuff," said Hustwit when enthusing about being a judge.
"I generally gravitate toward strong, innovative concepts. The underlying idea is what's important to me, rather than the execution or budget," he added.
The judges will be looking for beautiful, engaging content and technical mastery across the five categories.
Architecture photograph of the year
Any photograph focusing on architecture including exterior or interior images.
Architecture video of the year
Any video or short film featuring architecture (maximum length: twenty minutes). Animations and computer-generated submissions are welcome.
Visualisation of the year
Any visualisation or render of an architecture, interiors or design. Entries can include images of unbuilt or imagined projects.
Website of the year (architecture, interiors, design)
Websites for architecture, interiors or design studios that showcase the studio's work and ethos in the most effective, compelling and clear way.
Website of the year (brands)
Websites by brands and service providers in the architecture and design sector that showcase the company's products in the most effective, compelling and clear way. Entries can include sites that include e-commerce solutions.
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Besides the media categories, there are three new sustainability categories, 33 project categories as well as six categories for the best studios. See all the categories here.