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ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture

ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture competition awards the interplay between all disciplines: outstanding construction projects and innovative interior and product design, as well as convincing communications in the context of architecture. 

Eligible participants include architects, interior designers, engineers, specialist planners, agencies and design studios, construction and real estate companies, as well as manufacturers of materials, building technology, fittings, plumbing and bathroom products, etc., provided they are listed under one of the ICONIC AWARDS 2021: Innovative Architecture categories.

As one of the world’s most important centres of expertise in design and architecture, the German Design Council acts as an interface between designers and the construction industry. Its awards are considered as independent seals of quality of international standing for contemporary developments and creative achievements. With over 320 foundation members and global alliances with companies, institutes, agencies, architects and designers, the German Design Council is part of a unique design network. As such, the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture competition provides architects, planners and their partners in the industrial, design and brand communications sectors with an international platform. Thanks to the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture competition’s cross-sectoral networking and media presence, innovative developments are made visible and communicated to experts and to the general public across a vast spectrum. 


The awards ceremony for the ICONIC AWARDS 2021: Innovative Architecture competition is guaranteed to attract media attention and will be held on 11 th October 2021 in the architecturally renowned Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. »Best of Best«, »Architects of the Year« and »Interior Designers of the Year« prizes, as well as the honorary prize »Architects’ Client of the Year«, will be presented on the occasion of the Expo Real trade fair also taking place in Munich. 

Housing four significant museum collections under one roof, the Pinakothek der Moderne is one of the world’s largest spaces for the art, architecture, and design of the 20th and 21st centuries. Four independent museums share the Pinakothek der Moderne’s building: the Sammlung Moderne Kunst of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen; Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum; the Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München; and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München. 

The awards ceremony held at this important institution will bring together the best and most innovative actors in the international architectural sector.

ICONIC WORLD To see the entire world of architecture and interior design at a glance, visit the ICONIC WORLD online platform at: There you find all winners of the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture and the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior. 


An independent jury will decide who wins the ICONIC AWARDS 2021: Innovative Architecture. The jury will be made up of representatives of the fields of architecture, interior design, design and brand communications. 

> Linda Stannieder, Huawei Research & Development, Berlin 
> Michel Casertano, Atelier Brückner GmbH, Stuttgart 
> Silvia Olp, aed e.V., aed e.V., Association for the Promotion of Architecture, Engineering & Design 
> Prof. Dr. Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek AG, Stuttgart 
> Song Zhaoqing, Lacime Architects, Shanghai 
> Asif Khan, Asif Khan Ltd., London


The entries should convince the jury by demonstrating excellence in the following aspects: · overall concept · design quality, aesthetics · context quality, social compatibility · materials and details, manufacturing technology and quality · ergonomics, functionality, user-friendliness · safety and barrier-free accessibility · sustainability, durability · energy efficiency, environmental compatibility The above list does not constitute an order of importance for the jury members in their judging. They are free to choose what weighting they give the individual criteria. The companies taking part will receive a written notification of the jury’s decision. The judges’ decision is final. 


An appropriate number of entries for each award disciplines will be awarded with the label »Selection« and »Winner«. Moreover, up to 15 entries per category will win the »Best of Best« label. The jury is free to choose by majority vote to assign an entry to a different category than that for which it was registered. 


Registrations to participate in the ICONIC AWARDS 2021: Innovative Architecture must be made online at: The deadline for registration is 21 May 2021. After successful registration, you will be sent confirmation by email along with a data sheet and additional information on submitting your entry. Communication about the competition takes place primarily via e-mail, so please always enter a currently valid e-mail address. We also recommend that you save our sender address as a secure sender in the settings of your e-mail account to ensure that our messages don’t end up in your spam folder.




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