What is Dezeen Awards?
Dezeen Awards is an annual awards programme identifying the world's best architecture, interiors, design and sustainability projects, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work.
Organised by Dezeen, the world's most influential architecture and design website, Dezeen Awards is now in its sixth year and has become the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere.
New categories have been added for 2023, which are highlighted on the categories page.
This year we are also introducing our new Designer of the Year awards, which reward the best emerging and established talent across architecture, interiors and design. These awards are nomination-only and names will be shortlisted by our judges and it is not possible to enter these awards.
In partnership with our headline sponsor Bentley Motors, we are launching The Bentley Lighthouse Award. This award is for an individual or organisation who has and continues to make a transformative contribution to the architecture and design industry. This award will be nomination-only and it is not possible to enter this award.
How to enter Dezeen Awards
You can visit the enter page to sign up and create your entry. For more details on how to enter, visit the how to enter page. The page contains information about entry fees and deadlines, which you can also find on the prices and dates page. For more detailed information, please refer to the terms and conditions.
Dezeen Awards 2023 closes for entries on 8 June. Please visit our prices and dates page for more details.
Why enter Dezeen Awards?
Dezeen Awards is organised by Dezeen and judged by a panel consisting of leading figures from the architecture and design world.
Dezeen Awards has unprecedented credibility and reach. Every shortlisted and winning entry will be published on Dezeen to our audience of three million and Dezeen's seven million social media following, as well as in Dezeen's newsletters to over half a million subscribers, bringing significant recognition to successful entrants. The whole world will know you've won!
Shortlisted and winning studios will also be able to attend an exclusive event with renowned industry professionals in November. All winners will also receive a trophy and a certificate.
What is different about Dezeen Awards?
There are lots of architecture and design awards out there but Dezeen Awards is different.
First, our low entry prices are designed to attract smaller studios and avoid categories being dominated by large companies that can afford to enter multiple categories.
Second, our judging criteria have been carefully considered to ensure that winning projects are not only beautiful and innovative but also strive to benefit users and the environment. We don't believe that good design today can ignore issues such as social impact or sustainability and we will be looking for projects that incorporate positive thinking in this area.
Third, our awards include categories for architecture, interiors, design and sustainability – key areas that Dezeen writes about. This means that Dezeen Awards is a comprehensive annual survey of the best work across the major fields of architecture and design.
Dezeen Awards 2023 will be judged by an international panel comprising 90 leading figures from the architecture and design world.
Within this, we will have a special panel of fifteen sustainability experts from the industry to judge our sustainability categories.
Full details of the judging process can be found on the terms and conditions page.
There are 39 project categories that you can enter in total: 15 architecture categories, nine interior categories, nine design categories and six sustainability categories.
All project winners will also go head to head to be crowned overall project winner for each of the categories in architecture, interiors, design and sustainability, as decided by our judges.
What the judges are looking for
For the project categories, judges are looking for entries that best fit the three judging criteria. These are:
Beautiful: does it look amazing? We know that beauty is subjective but our judges will be looking out for aesthetic rigour, good detailing and good use of materials.
Innovative: does it incorporate original thinking or address a problem in a new way? We don't mean that every entry has to reinvent the wheel but we will be looking for evidence of fresh approaches and new ideas.
Beneficial: is it useful and considerate to both people and planet? Your project doesn't have to set out to save the world but it should show respect and consideration for users and the environment.
What do you win?
All winners receive a trophy and a certificate, plus marketing material to promote themselves as a Dezeen Awards winner. All winners will have their project published on the Dezeen Awards website and also mentioned on Dezeen.
You can see 2022 winners here!
Note: once you've paid your entry fee there is no further obligatory payment to make. We do not charge fees for winners, trophies, publications or anything else. In the event that we hold a winners' ceremony, there may be a charge for this but attendance is not obligatory.
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