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Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Maxwell Mutanda

"I will look for a diversity of approaches that promote novel ideas," says Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Maxwell Mutanda

As we count down the days to enter Dezeen Awards 2021, creative director Maxwell Mutanda says he is looking forward to seeing submissions from all over the world.

Entries for Dezeen Awards closes 2 June. To help you with your finishing touches, we asked our judges to tell us what they're hoping to see from entrants.

"I will specifically look for a diversity of approaches that promote novel ideas of everyday beauty," says Mutanda, who will be judging this year's entries alongside Virginia San Fratello, Ole Scheeren, Christina Seilern and Hanif Kara.

"My expectations from this year's entries is an increase in geographic diversity, drawing from trends in South America, sub-Saharan Africa or South East Asia," he added.

Mutanda uses multidisciplinary research combined with visual art and architecture to analyse the role of globalisation, climate and technology within the built environment.

Based in Zimbabwe, he is a creative director at Studio (D) Tale and a design fellow at returnable packaging service CupClub.

"Especially given the limitations presented by the pandemic, the awards are an excellent outreach opportunity for both established and emerging design studios," said Mutanda.

"Since Dezeen is so well regarded and widely consumed by a well-informed audience, these awards, in particular, have a way of reaching business as well as non-professional audiences."

Enter Dezeen Awards 2021 now

To have your work seen by our stellar lineup of judges, complete your entry today to ensure that you don't miss the deadline on 2 June.

If you need help or have any questions, please contact our awards team at [email protected].