Dezeen Awards are an opportunity "to test the strength of our designs"
With just over two weeks left until entries close, Dezeen Awards judges including interior designer Eny Lee Parker, and architects Paola Navone and Piero Lissoni, explain why awards are a chance to promote your work.
Dezeen Awards 2023, in partnership with Bentley Motors, is open for entries. Submit your project before midnight London time on 1 June to avoid late entry fees.
"Award competitions can be a source of promotion – by entering a competition, you are automatically having your work seen by industry leaders," US interior designer Eny Lee Parker told Dezeen.
"Because it's like telling a story with tried and tested evidence, you manage to present yourself and narrate a better story to potential new clients," agreed Lissoni & Partners founder Lissoni.
"Awards encourage design innovation"
Italian architect Navone believes awards are valuable tools when trying to learn about and transform the creative industry.
"They are an important opportunity to socialise, belong to a community, gain knowledge about the creative world, as well as participate actively in the transformation of the spaces we live in," said Navone.
Interior stylist Colin King agreed that award programmes offer an opportunity to connect and build new networks.
"Award programmes encourage design innovation and enable makers to build new relationships and reach new audiences in addition to exposing their work to other industry professionals who are participating on the judging panel," King told Dezeen.
Dezeen Awards is an "enormous benefit to our industry"
Canadian architect Kelly Alvarez Doran of architecture practice MASS Design Group considers programmes such as Dezeen Awards to offer a valuable opportunity to reassess a project and set new design benchmarks.
"Awards are a great way to revisit a project to assess its impacts," said Doran. "We're in the process of gathering environmental and social project data together for upcoming awards. It has been enlightening to see project performance relative to the goals we'd set out years ago, and how and where we're either exceeding or falling short."
"Awards like those of Dezeen can be of enormous benefit to our industry – if we're reporting performance metrics as part of the submission awards stand to be a great aggregator of data and benchmarks that we're in desperate need of," added Doran.
Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama is also of the opinion that awards give studios the chance to evaluate their own work.
"I think it is very important to test the strength of our designs in this award, where many members of the jury have the ability to select designs that will be evaluated in the future," said the Wonderwall founder and principal of Katayama.
You have until midnight London time on 1 June to complete your entry. Visit our entry information page to see how you can enter and drop us a line at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Dezeen Awards 2023
Dezeen Awards celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design. Now in its sixth year, it has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the brand work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.