Dezeen Awards press information

Dezeen Awards 2018 press information

Dezeen Awards 2018 winners announced

400 attendees from all over the world attended the first ever Dezeen Awards ceremony at a prominent London art gallery on 27 November to find out who the winners are. The event was designed by British architect Sarah Izod who developed a concept based on the 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are”. 33 specially designed trophies were handed out to all winners.

Dezeen Awards 2018 winners were announced here.

First ever Dezeen Awards ceremony hosted by comedy legend Sir Lenny Henry

British comedian, actor and television presenter Sir Lenny Henry hosted the first ever Dezeen Awards ceremony and handed out the bespoke trophies to winners.

Born in August 1958 in Dudley, West Midlands, Lenny Henry debuted his career by appearing on a talent show called New Faces and left school to try his luck as a comedian in 1975.

Since then, he appeared in various television programmes including The Fosters as Sonny Foster in 1976, children's TV show Tiswas as character Algernon Winston Razamatazz from 1978 to 1981, and the stand-up comedy movie Lenny Henry: Lenny Live and Unleashed in 1989. Lenny Henry also starred in the hit BBC show Chef! as Gareth Blackstock in 1993, which grew popular in the United States as well.

The comedian co-founded the charity Comic Relief in response to the Ethiopian famine back in 1985 with the vision of creating a poverty-free world. In 2015, he was knighted by the Queen for his services to drama and charity.

Specially designed trophies by Atelier NL

Winners of the inaugural Dezeen Awards received unique trophies designed by Dutch design studio Atelier NL.

The Eindhoven-based duo created a range of bespoke, hand-made trophies using London clay, the material that underlies much of Dezeen's home city and which has been used for centuries to construct buildings in the English capital.

33 trophies were handed out in total. Of these, 24 went to category winners in the architecture, interiors and design project categories.

The remaining nine trophies recognised the best architect, interior designer and designer in both the established and emerging categories, as well as the overall best architecture, interiors and design project, selected from the winners of each project category.

Judges and judging process

A stellar design jury comprised of 75 industry-leading figures including Thomas Heatherwick, Es Devlin, John Pawson and Ilse Crawford took part in shortlisting and selecting the winners of the inaugural Dezeen Awards.

Judging took 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", involved the international jury, who selected 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 was done remotely, with each judge scoring entries using an online scoring system, which identified and suggested award winners.

The third stage, called "ratification", involved the master jury, who especially came to London to ratify the suggested project category winners at Old Sessions House. They also selected overall winners in the architecture, interiors and design project categories.

159 shortlisted projects and studios

75 industry-leading figures selected shortlists of 159 entries from 32 different countries as part of the Dezeen Awards jury.

Studios from the UK were the most successful with 39 shortlisted entries, followed by the USA with 20 and both China and Australia with 11 projects on the shortlists. The Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Canada are also among the top 10 countries on the shortlists.

Projects on the shortlists are located in 28 different countries including Angola, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand.

Small and emerging studios dominate the shortlists

Dezeen Awards set out to encourage entries from both established and emerging studios, with entry fees being among the lowest of any awards programme.

Small studios are the majority on the shortlists with 88 out of the 146 participating studios having 10 employees or fewer. Major practices with more than 200 employees are the minority with only seven being in the run to win an award, making room for emerging talents to step into the spotlight.

Europe and Asia make big impact on Dezeen Awards shortlists

Thirteen European countries are represented on the shortlists with a total of 86 shortlisted projects, making Europe the most successful region. The second-largest number of selected entries are from Asia - a total of 34, proving the region’s emergence as a design powerhouse.

Top 20 countries based on Dezeen Awards longlisted entries

Projects from 53 different countries made the longlists of the inaugural Dezeen Awards, making it one of the most international awards programmes for architecture and design.

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

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

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

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

Dezeen Awards attracted more than 3,500 from all over the world. After entries closed on 30 June, Dezeen's editorial team whittled entries down to 673 longlisted projects 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 30 different categories, which will be announced between 21-24 August.

UK: 132
USA: 106
Australia: 74
China: 62
Netherlands: 28
Sweden: 23
Denmark: 23
Spain: 22
Japan: 20
Germany: 19
Italy: 18
Canada: 16
Vietnam: 11
Belgium: 10
Mexico: 10
France: 8
Switzerland: 8
Thailand: 8
Portugal: 7
Austria: 6

Lebanon, Iran, Norway, Uruguay, Korea, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Singapore, Ireland, India, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Israel, Gibraltar, South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Russia, UAE, Ukraine, Bahrain, Colombia, Ecuador, Greece, Iceland, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malaysia, Serbia, Latvia.

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.