Dezeen Awards press information

Dezeen Awards 2021 is now closed for entries.

The 2021 longlists and shortlists have been announced, and the winners will be revealed from 22-25 November.

Dezeen Awards is the most popular and accessible celebration of the world's best architecture, interiors and design projects and studios.

New sustainability categories

This year we're introducing sustainability categories for architecture, interiors and design. These three categories, sponsored by design platform Dodds & Shute, will celebrate projects that strive to reduce their impact on the earth and which make positive social and environmental contributions.

New media categories

This year's Dezeen Awards features media categories for the first time, with awards for architecture photography, video and visualisations plus websites for studios and brands.

The new categories will reward excellence in the way architecture, interiors and design are communicated and promoted.

Judges and judging process

A stellar design jury comprised of 75 industry-leading figures including Ole Scheeren, Anouska Hempel, Hanif Kara and Jay Osgerby took part in shortlisting and selecting the winners of Dezeen Awards, with the shortlist announced in September 2021. 

Judging takes place in three stages. The first stage, called "longlisting", saw all project entries reviewed by the Dezeen editorial team, who used their skill and knowledge to select around 25 entries in each category. Entries were evaluated using the judging criteria beautiful, innovative and beneficial.

The second stage, called "shortlisting", involves the international jury, who select a shortlist of between four and eight entries in each project category. Each member of the jury judged around 50 projects across two project categories. This is done remotely, with each judge scoring entries using an online scoring system, which identified and suggested award winners.

The third stage, called "ratification", involves the master juries, which this year will also be performed remotely. They also select overall winners in the architecture, interiors and design project categories.

Top 20 countries based on Dezeen Awards longlisted entries

Projects from 87 different countries made the longlists of Dezeen Awards 2021, making it one of the most international awards programmes for architecture and design.

China has the third largest number of longlisted projects, marking its emergence as a design powerhouse.

Vietnam, Singapore and Japan are also in the top 20, as is Mexico.

The UK has the highest number of longlisted projects, with the USA second, China third and Australia fourth.

Europe continues to dominate the global design scene, with 314 longlisted projects in total.

Dezeen Awards attracted more than 4,700 from all over the world. After entries closed on 2 June, Dezeen's editorial team whittled entries down to 1,050 across architecture, interiors and design.

What is Dezeen Awards?

Dezeen Awards identifies the world's best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work.

Organised by Dezeen, the world's most popular and influential architecture and design website, Dezeen Awards is the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere.

Dezeen Awards is different from other awards

Dezeen Awards is different from the other architecture and design awards. Our low entry fees are designed to attract smaller studios, and our judging criteria have been carefully considered to ensure that winning projects are not only beautiful and innovative, but also benefit users and the environment. We will be looking for projects that consider social impact and sustainability, as we believe that good design today can’t ignore these issues.

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