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Dezeen's features editor shortlisted in 2024 Créateurs Design Awards

Dezeen's features editor Nat Barker has been shortlisted for excellence in creative journalism at the 2024 Créateurs Design Awards, which will also see architect Frida Escobedo and designer Gaetano Pesce presented with awards.

Barker was shortlisted for the annual award alongside writers from Wallpaper, Galerie Magazine and The Grand Tourist for his feature: Will architects really lose their jobs to AI?

The piece, which explores whether artificial intelligence technology can truly replace architects, created a passionate debate in Dezeen's comments section.

Barker spoke to different architects and designers for the story to gather a wide range of opinions on the impact AI could have on design and architecture studios.

Dezeen features editor Nat Barker
Nat Barker has been shortlisted for excellence in creative journalism at the Créateurs Design Awards. Top image: an illustration made by Dall-E 2 for Barker's article on AI

The Créateurs Design Awards (CDA) were founded in 2019 to "highlight extraordinary work in architecture, interior design, product design, photography, journalism and curation".

"Our mission is to recognize and uphold excellence in the design industry, to preserve design integrity and inspire future generations," CDA stated.

Last year, Dezeen's deputy editor Cajsa Carlson was nominated for the excellence in creative journalism award.

This year will also see Mexican architect Escobedo awarded the Prix Charlotte Perriand, which celebrates trailblazers in the field of architecture and design.

Escobedo, who started her eponymous studio in 2006, was named this year's winner in recognition of her "daring concepts" and for "ushering in a new era of architecture", said CDA.

"To find myself acknowledged by this remarkable jury is an honour that resonates deeply within me," said Escobedo. "It serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Charlotte Perriand, a legacy I am humbled and overjoyed to perpetuate."

Designer and architect Pesce will be given the Andrée Putman Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, which will take place in Paris, France, on January 20th.

A selection of his work from the 1960s and onwards was recently shown in a Los Angeles solo show. And at Milan design week last year, Pesce unveiled his first-ever handbag, designed for fashion brand Bottega Veneta.