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Dezeen Awards 2020 shortlists revealed

Shortlisted projects have been selected from over 4,300 entries from 85 countries for the third edition of our awards programme, which celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design as well as studios and individuals producing the most outstanding work.

220 projects have been shortlisted across the 42 architecture, interiors, design and studio categories.

Dezeen Awards 2020 launches first ever public vote

The inaugural public vote opened on 14 September. The public vote allows readers to choose one entry per category until voting closes on 12 October. Projects and studios with the highest number of votes in their category will win a special Dezeen Awards 2020 public vote winners' certificate.

Judges and judging process

A stellar design jury comprised of 75 industry-leading figures including Norman Foster, Paola Antonelli, Patrik Schumacher, Farshid Moussavi and Daniel Libeskind took part in shortlisting and selecting the winners of the inaugural Dezeen Awards, with the shortlist announced in September 2020. 

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 jury, 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 85 different countries made the longlists of Dezeen Awards 2020, 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 4,300 from all over the world. After entries closed on 3 June, Dezeen's editorial team whittled entries down to 1,050 across architecture, interiors and design.

Below is a list of the top 20 countries based on the longlisted entries that were passed on to international judges who then worked independently to select the shortlists in 42 different categories, which were announced in August 2020: 

UK: 107

USA: 69

China: 56

Australia: 48

Netherlands: 34

Japan: 21

Spain: 18

Mexico: 16

Italy: 16

Germany: 16

Canada: 16

Belgium: 14

Taiwan: 13

Denmark: 13

Singapore: 11

France: 10

Vietnam: 9

United Arab Emirates: 9

Switzerland: 9

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.

For more press information, email Justyna Green at press@dezeen.com