Do you create visionary buildings, innovative products and sustainable communication? Awards are conferred on those who generate new ideas in the categories of Architecture, Concept, Communication, Interior and Product.
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Call for applications 2019
Deadline for online registration and grant application
05 June 2019
Notification of jury results
07 October 2019
IN THE FOCUS OF THE INDUSTRY
The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture guarantees you international attention in the industry — because only the best innovative achievements are honoured with awards.
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When you win an ICONIC AWARD: Innovative Architecture prize, your product is automatically nominated for the German Design Awards 2019.
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The whole world of buildings, from concept stores to cafés, from theatres to recreational parks.
Branded spaces, shops, concept stores, showrooms, department stores, shopping centres, etc.
Hotels, spa and wellness resorts, hospitality outlets, bars, cafés, restaurants etc.
Prefab buildings, detached homes, care homes, landscape planning, garden planning and landscape architecture, etc.
Company buildings, office buildings, business premises, factories, warehouses, landscape planning, etc.
Public / Culture / Education
Museums, concert halls, theatres, opera houses, landscape planning, landscape architecture, bridges, schools, day-care centres, churches, hospitals, stadiums, admin buildings, sports facility, monuments, education buildings, train or bus stations etc
Exhibitions, special settings, trade fair stands, pop-up stores, events, etc.
Plazas, streets, outdoor areas, renovation, conversion, villages, regions, urban branding, urban/district and community developement, sports facility, urban furnishings etc.
The whole world of interior design, including retail, public-sector buildings, residential housing and corporate complexes.
Branded spaces, shops, concept stores, showrooms, department stores, shopping centres, etc.
Prefab buildings, detached homes, care homes, etc.
Company buildings, office buildings, business premises, factories, warehouses, etc.
Museums, concert halls, theatres, opera houses, schools, day-care centres, churches, hospitals, stadiums, admin buildings, etc.
Hotels, spa and wellness resorts, hospitality outlets, bars, cafés, restaurants, etc.
All products that are permanently built in, e.g. facades, doors, sanitary objects and building technology.
Materials, paint, insulation, plaster, windows, doors, balconies, fittings, railings, etc.
Wall, Floor, Ceiling
Materials, tiles, wallpaper, plaster, carpets, parquet, floor laminates, ceiling elements, etc.
Materials, solar thermal, photovoltaics, biomass, solar energy systems, etc.
Fittings, bathtubs, shower trays, bathroom furniture, accessories, ceramics, swimming pools, saunas, water treatment, etc..
Illumination concepts, lifts, escalators, doors, windows, radiators, switches and control panels etc.
Outstanding holistic communication, for example in trade show stands, advertising campaigns or corporate design.
Trade fair stands, ad campaigns, ads, brochures, catalogues, flyers, outdoor advertising, websites, image, films, architectural photography, etc.
Trade fair stands, book publications, ad campaigns, ads, brochures, flyers, outdoor advertising, websites, image films, architectural photography, catalogues, etc.
Branding, websites, letterhead stationery, business cards, posters, banners, signs, flags, etc.
Guidance systems for cities, public institutions, office and business premises, shopping centres, detached homes, etc.
Concepts, such as those for urban planning, living space and landscape architecture.
Plazas, streets, outdoor areas, renovation, conversion, villages, regions, urban branding, urban/district and community developement, etc.
Visionary Living & Working
Concepts and designs for dwellings and workspaces, temporary housing concepts etc.
Concepts and designs for prefab buildings, dwellings, care homes, landscape planning, garden planning and landscape architecture, company buildings, office buildings, business premises, factories, warehouses, etc.
ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Material
When you enter a project or product in one of the main categories Architecture, Interior or Product, you also have the option of entering it in the superordinate category 'Innovative Material'. The focus here is squarely on the development of sustainable, energy-efficient materials that are also versatile in terms of function as well as design.
Jury members 2018
brandherm + krumrey interior architecture
Susanne Brandherm studied interior architecture at Detmold University of Applied Sciences. Susanne Brandherm and Sabine Krumrey founded their company brandherm + krumrey interior architecture in 1999. With offices in Cologne and Hamburg, they undertake national and international projects. Susanne Brandherm is the winner of the 2013 INsider Award. She became a member of the board of trustees of the trade show organisation architect@work Germany in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 she taught design at Trier University of Applied Sciences.
Atelier Brückner GmbH
Michel Casertano studied architecture at the Technical University in Munich and at the University of Bath, England. Since 2005 he has been employed at the internationally acclaimed ATELIER BRÜCKNER in Stuttgart, and has been an associate there since 2012. He heads up its architecture division. ATELIER BRÜCKNER has been designing and realising narrative architecture and exhibitions following the principle of "form follows content" since 1997. Content and messages create scenography which sets benchmarks. The reasoned interplay between space, graphics, light and digital media determines the convincing overall statement of architecture, museums and brand environments.
Studio Marco Dessí
Marco Dessí, born 1976 in Meran, Italy, after an dental technician apprenticeship studied industrial design with Bořek Šípek and Paolo Piva at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Straight after completing his studies in 2007, he founded his own design studio. He worked with international companies such as Richard Lampert, Skitsch and long-established Vienna companies such as J. & L. Lobmeyr, Vienna porcelain manufacturer Augarten and Wittman. The studio does not stick to a specific style, a preferred material or a standard formula, but views design as craftsmanship in which a deep understanding of materials, processes and their relationships form core creative values. Dessí emphasises transparency in his work, in the sense of a consistent relationship between design process and actual production stipulations.
German Design Council
Frankfurt am Main
Andrej Kupetz has been General Manager of the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council in Frankfurt/ Main since 1999. He studied industrial design, philosophy and product marketing in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1997, after various positions in design management and university liaison, Andrej Kupetz joined German Railways (Deutschen Bahn AG) where he was responsible for brand management in the DB Group and for the implementation of various corporate-design processes. Kupetz is member of the advisory board of the Design Management Institute Bosten. Since 2011 Kupetz has been a member of the higher education council of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach/Main. That same year the European Commission appointed him to the European Design Leadership Board.
Wiebke Lang has been editor-in-chief of designreport since 2017. She was international PR chief and brand editor at Erco in Lüdenscheid from 2013 to 2017. She previously worked as an editor and author for various German design and media magazines such as form and PAGE and was co-curator at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. She has a degree in design and worked in the book retail sector.
Silvia Olp is Head of Communications at Phoenix Design and Vice President on the Board of aed Society for the Advancement of Architecture, Engineering and Design in Stuttgart. She is also initiator of the aed neuland competition for aspiring young designers. For many years she was Head of PR and Marketing and Member of the board at burkhardt leitner_modulas spaces. With her consulting firm, Silvia Olp Public Relations, she advised design agencies and other clients in the design sector on PR and marketing measures. Furthermore, she worked as studio manager for renowned photographers.
Linda originally trained as an architect before specializing in branding. After her master degree at the University of Applied Arts Berlin-Weissensee, she relocated to China in 2005 for her Chinese studies, where she lived and worked 6 years. Living and working in China, Linda came to the world of brand when she was approached by the branding agency MetaDesign to help establish and creatively lead their new Beijing office in 2008.
Believing strongly in the emotional power brands possess beyond the limitations of two dimensions, Linda’s experience both in pure architectural and strategic brand projects means she has accumulated a wealth of experience with international renowned clients spanning brand adaptations, corporate identity projects, events, exhibitions, trade shows, retail and brand destinations in industries ranging from automotive to fashion and beauty.
In her previous position as Head of Brand Environments and member of the management board at MetaDesign Berlin she started working back in Berlin in 2011, where she also started her own business in 2014.
Stefan Weil began his career in 1989 as a designer with Meiré und Meiré, an early adopter of interdisciplinary brand design. He later brought this approach to international full service agencies such as Leo Burnett, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi and JWT; working as an Art Director and Creative Director, he created and implemented new marketing and communication formats for global brands such as Levis, Marlboro, Diamond Trading Company, Sony and Becks. In the year 2000, Stefan Weil became Creative Head of LAB.01 – the ‘Future Laboratory’ initiated by DaimlerChrysler – at EXPO Hanover on behalf of Atelier Markgraph. Stefan Weil has been Lead Creative Director at Atelier Markgraph since 2005. Founded in 1986, this interdisciplinary design and planning provider creates tangible, 3D experiences of companies, brands and themes. Using cutting edge technologies, Atelier Markgraph produces surprising spatial productions at the interface of business, culture and science – from exhibitions through media presentations to corporate architecture. In addition to brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Lufthansa, Union Investment, WMF and Viessmann, the Atelier Markgraph client list also includes cities, museums and cultural institutions. Stefan Weil has received numerous national and international awards for his work.
Jury session 2018
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HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS ATTENDED LAST YEAR?
All in all, the ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Architecture 680 entries from 34 countries.
IN WHICH CATEGORIES CAN I SUBMIT MY PROJECT?
The competition is divided into five categories. You can find them here.
WHICH AWARDS ARE PRESENTED?
»Selection«, »Winner« and »Best of Best«. The jury of experts awards the special prizes »Architects of the Year«, »Interior Designers of the Year« and the honorary prize »Architects' Client of the Year«.
WHERE CAN I REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION?
Registration is via My Design Council.
WHO IS ADMITTED TO THE COMPETITION?
All companies and studios whose projects fit into the competition categories.
CAN I REGISTER A PROJECT THAT HAS ALREADY WON ANOTHER GERMAN DESIGN COUNCIL COMPETITION?
IS THERE A LIMITED NUMBER OF PROJECTS I CAN ENTER FOR THE COMPETITION?
HOW OLD CAN THE SUBMITTED PROJECT BE?
The project may not be older than 5 years at the time of the jury meeting.
WHAT ARE THE DATES AND DEADLINES?
All dates and deadlines can be downloaded here.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND FEES?
A registration fee will be charged for each registered project. Depending on the award, additional fees may apply. Information on the costs of the ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Architecture can be found in the 2018 application documents; detailed information on the fees for the ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Architecture will be announced in spring 2019.
CAN I BE EXEMPTED FROM THE FEES?
The German Design Council offers all small businesses and start-ups the opportunity to be exempted from the possible winning fees by means of a funding application. Details can be found in our application documents.