IBP Awards trophy

Dezeen named editorial brand of the year by the International Building Press

Dezeen has been named editorial brand of the year for its "compelling content" and "hugely impressive" audience engagement at the annual journalism awards organised by the International Building Press.

The judges also praised Dezeen's website and the quality of the magazine's brand collaborations over the past 12 months.

"It's challenging to partner with a company and still create compelling content, but that's exactly what the winning publication did on multiple occasions in incredibly difficult commercial circumstances," the International Building Press (IBP) judges said.

"On top of this, the title's website is really well-designed and makes for a great user experience, the content is often excellent and audience engagement is hugely impressive."

Dezeen team receives IBP Award on stage
The IBP Awards trophy was presented by IBP chair Harriett Hindmarsh (left) and journalist David Bond (right) to the Dezeen team (from left to right: Nat Barker, Benedict Hobson, Jennifer Hahn, James Parkes, Lizzie Crook)

Dezeen's co-CEO Benedict Hobson collected the award at a ceremony in London on Friday alongside features editor Nat Barker, assistant editors Jennifer Hahn and Lizzie Crook, and editorial assistant James Parkes, who were each also nominated for their writing in other categories.

The trophy was presented by IBP chair Harriett Hindmarsh and journalist David Bond, who is currently deputy political editor at the Evening Standard.

This was the second time in the past four editions of the IBP awards that Dezeen was named editorial brand of the year.

Dezeen received the accolade in 2019 when the trophy was picked up by Dezeen's founder and former editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, who died unexpectedly earlier this year.

IBP pays tribute to Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs

Hindmarsh paid tribute to Fairs in her opening remarks at the awards ceremony.

"Marcus was challenging, intelligent, competitive, ambitious and huge, huge fun," she said. "He was a well-deserved IBP award winner over many years and I know many of us will miss him enormously."

"At a time when IBP is moving towards a new and exciting future, one that Marcus contributed to, it is sad that he will not be able to join us on that journey," she added.

Dezeen receives nine award nominations in November

The accolade is the first win of nine nominations that Dezeen received in November.

Dezeen is in the running for Business Publication of the Year and Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2022.

Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft is also shortlisted for Editor of the Year in two categories at the annual awards ceremony organised by the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME).

Both awards are due to be announced later this month.