The German Design Council opens the Iconic Awards 2017, the international architecture and design competition with deadline entry until May 18, 2017.


The German Design Council states that the Iconic Awards pays honor to interdisciplinary work in a competition targeting architecture and design. To Andrej Kupetz, chief executive officer of the German Design Council, he underlines the idea by expressing that “the holistic approach to design and its quality often reveal themselves only in a larger context”.

Architects and designers are called to enter their projects until May 18 of 2017, the deadline. There are five main categories under the competition: architecture, interior design, product design, communication and concept. These five categories have corresponding subcategories.

Regarding entries rates the German Design Council will provide them by sending an e-mail to or by a contact via the contact form at Iconic Awards website.

This year’s edition would have a new feature which is the support programmes for young architects and designers just embarking upon their careers. Gathering the “Young Architecture” support programme plus the endowed special prize “Young Architects of the Year”, the competition is providing start-up assistance.

The prize winners will be selected by an independent jury from the fields of architecture, interior design, design and brand communication. The jury session will take place at June 1st of 2017. The jury members are: Michel Casertano, Atelier Brückner GmbH, Stuttgart, Marco Dessí, Studio Marco Dessí, Vienna, Dr. Louise Kiesling, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Vienna, Silvia Olp, Phoenix Design, Stuttgart/Munich/Shanghai, Linda Stannieder, GRAFT BRANDLAB GmbH, Berlin, Stefan Weil, Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurt am Main and Andrej Kupetz, German Design Council, Frankfurt am Main.

A total of prize money of € 30,000 will be awarded in three categories: “Architects of the Year”, “Interior Designers of the Year” and “Young Architects of the Year”. An honorary prize will be also given to “Architects Client of the Year”.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 4th of 2017 in the double cone of BMW Welt in Munich, in Germany, during the Expo Real trade show.

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