Inaugurated in 2007, the International Design Awards serve to recognise, celebrate and promote excellence in design practice in fields including architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and product, transport, graphic, and fashion design. A juror since 2008, I can attest to the overall standard of entries to 12th edition, the results of which have just been announced, being the highest yet. Both technically and conceptually, several categories, and in particular architecture, medical and scientific equipment, and graphic design, were populated by not one, but a number of entries of which the standard merits recognition. Consequently, my fellow jurors and I deliberated long and hard over our 2019 voting choices. However, close though the results, there was a consensus.
Congratulations to all as were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and Honourable Mentions across the many award categories, and in particular to International Design Awards 'Architecture Design of the Year' award winner, Challenge Design, [lead designer Jie Lee] for their entry Yuanlu Community Center in Chongqing and International Design Awards 'Emerging Architecture Designer of the Year' award winner, Istituto Marangoni Milano Design School's Eric Batista for his entry Taino Interpretation Centre. Further outstanding winning entries include Diana Kellogg Architect's Rani Ratnavati School and Women's Centre; FNDA Architecture Inc.'s Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog, Tajikistan; SUP Atelier / School of Architecture, Tsinghua University's [lead designer Yehao Song] Village Lounge in Shangcun [above]; Junsekino Architect and Design Co.,ltd's [lead designer Jun Sekino] Brick House in Bangkok; Locus Associates' [lead designer Jerome Lee] Sanya Forest Wetland Park [below]; and Discover Echo Inc.'s Rebel.
Entries for the International Design Awards 13th Edition are now open and those interested in submitting an entry can find out more here.
Melissa Sterry, PhD, design scientist, systems theorist, futurologist, founder Bionic City®.
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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