Dezeen Awards 2020 press information

Dezeen Awards 2019 winners announced

Judges and VIPs joined architects and designers from all over the world at Ennismore Sessions House in London for this year's Dezeen Awards party.

The event on 30 October celebrated the 30 project category winners that were announced online in October as well as the six studio category winners and three overall project winners that were revealed at the Dezeen Awards 2019 party.

Judges and judging process

A stellar design jury comprised of 75 industry-leading figures including Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Odile Decq and Vincent Van Duysen 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 The Apartment at The Hoxton Southwark. They also selected overall winners in the architecture, interiors and design project categories.

189 shortlisted projects and studios

75 industry-leading figures selected shortlists of 189 entries from 41 different countries as part of the Dezeen Awards jury.

Studios from the UK and the US were the most successful with 26 shortlisted entries each, followed by the China with 11 and The Netherlands 1o projects on the shortlists. Australia, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Taiwan, Sweden and South Korea are also among the top 10 countries on the shortlists.

Projects on the shortlists are located in 41 different countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Niger, Peru and Sri Lanka.

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 116 of 189 participating studios having 10 employees or fewer. Major practices with more than 200 employees are the minority, making room for emerging talents to step into the spotlight.

Top 20 countries based on Dezeen Awards longlisted entries

Projects from 67 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 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 4,500 from all over the world. After entries closed on 3 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 36 different categories, which were announced in July 2019.

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.

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