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.
Do you belong in this group? Join us and enter now!
Call for applications 2019
17 May 2019
Deadline for online registration and grant application
05 June 2019
Notification of jury results
07 October 2019
at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
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.
Nominated for the premier prize
When you win an ICONIC AWARD: Innovative Architecture prize, your product is automatically nominated for the German Design Awards 2019.
Our reach for you
Take advantage of our far-reaching communications work for the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture via our media distribution lists and social media channels.
EXPAND YOUR NETWORK
Establish contacts to relevant industry representatives Innovative Architecture via the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture competition.
A stage for the best
As a winner, you'll be invited to our awards ceremony in Munich, to be held during the EXPO REAL trade show.
Our marketing services
Use the 'Winner' label as a communication tool within and beyond your industry.
Winners are portrayed in our ICONIC Magazine and presented online in the ICONIC DIRECTORY.
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, outlets, etc.
Hotels, spas and wellness resorts, bars, cafés, restaurants etc.
Prefab buildings, detached homes, care homes, landscape planning, garden planning and landscape architecture, etc.
Company buildings, office buildings, 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, outlets, 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, bars, cafés, restaurants, etc.
Outstanding holistic communication, for example in trade show stands, advertising campaigns or corporate design.
Trade fair stands, ad campaigns, ads, flyers, brochures, catalogues, outdoor advertising, websites, image films, architectural photography, books 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, flyers, posters, banners, signs, flags, etc.
Guidance systems for cities, public institutions, office and business premises, shopping centres, detached homes, etc.
All products that are permanently built in, e.g. facades, doors, sanitary objects and building technology.
Paint, insulation, plaster, windows, doors, balconies, materials, fittings, railings, etc.
Wall, Floor, Ceiling
Tiles, wallpaper, plaster, carpets, parquet, materials, floor laminates, ceiling elements, etc.
Solar thermal, photovoltaics, materials, biomass, solar energy systems, etc.
Fittings, bathtubs, kitchen sink, shower trays, bathroom furniture, kitchen furniture, ceramics, materials, swimming pools, saunas, water treatment, etc..
Illumination concepts, lifts, escalators, doors, windows, radiators, materials, switches and control panels, handles etc.
Concepts, such as those for urban planning, living space and landscape architecture.
Plazas, streets, 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, detached homes, 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 2019
Seoul, South Korea
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1979, Jonghwan Baek studied spatial design at Kookmin University. Immediately after graduating from the university in 2004, he joined Wallga Associates in Seoul, where he gained experience in diverse fields such as spatial design and architecture. In 2015 he founded the spatial design studio WGNB, where he has been working ever since in diverse fields ranging from spatial design to furniture and commercial products that go beyond specific categories, in cooperation with Korean enterprises such as Samsung, SK Telecom, CJ, Lotte and Daewoo Engineering & Construction. WGNB considers “Think differently to how you see” is the starting point for all his designs, which enhance the value of space based on stories arising from connectedness between space, people and brands.
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.
Asif Khan Ltd.
Asif Khan is a research and development led architecture studio who design buildings, landscapes, exhibitions and installations, among other things.
Khan’s practice explores how material and social innovations can fundamentally alter the way people experience and shape their environment, realised through rigorously detailed and delivered outputs. His studio is based in East London, formed in 2007.
Khan is currently working on the Tselinny Centre of Contemporary Culture in Almaty and leading the design of public realm for Dubai Expo 2020. Recently he designed the award winning UK Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017 and the Hyundai Pavilion at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Notable previous projects include the ‘MegaFaces’ pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics which won the Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Innovation, the Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics, a finalist entry in the international competition for the new Guggenheim Museum Helsinki from 1700 anonymous designs, and a Summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in Summer 2016.
Khan lectures globally on his work and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Design Museum. He was awarded an MBE for services to Architecture in 2017 and the studio were named »Architects of the Year« by the German Design Council in 2018.
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.
Your path to success
Fill out our online form at mdc.german-design-council.de.
We'll support you with detailed documentation.
Benefit from the reputation of the award.
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.