The winners of the Dezeen Awards 2021 architecture categories were announced today in a special show hosted by poet and broadcaster LionHeart and experiential designer and filmmaker Nelly Ben Hayoun.


The 25-minute show revealed the winners of the 11 project categories before naming the winner of the best architecture project of the year.

Today's show is the first of six programmes that will reveal all 50 Dezeen Awards 2021 winners. Tomorrow's show will name the interiors winners, the design categories will be announced on Wednesday, the new sustainability and media categories on Thursday, and finally, the studio winners on Friday.

"Dezeen is such an influential platform," says Massimiliano Fuksas.

In a message specially recorded for today's show, Dezeen Awards judge Massimiliano Fuksas said "It was a great honour to be back on the jury of Dezeen Awards".

Fuksas also congratulated all entrants and praised "the quality of design and innovation."

"I wish you a bright future and the best of luck" he added.

Winners selected by master jury

This year's master jury included co-founder of London-based AKT II Hanif Kara, Juliane Wolf of Studio Gang, Cecil Balmond of Balmond studio, Estudio Flume's Noelia Monteiro, Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture founder Lina Ghotmeh and Christina Seilern of London-based Studio Seilern Architects.

The panel of judges remotely reviewed all shortlisted projects and ratified the winners using Dezeen Awards' trio of judging criteria that call for entries that are beautiful, innovative and beneficial.

About LionHeart and Nelly Ben Hayoun

London-based LionHeart is the co-host of this year's Dezeen Awards 2021 Shows. LionHeart is a poet, broadcaster and honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. A TEDx Speaker and BBC Radio London Presenter, LionHeart’s poetry explores connections between the built environment and wellbeing.

LionHeart has been a poet in residence at Saatchi Gallery, architecture firms Grimshaw Architects and Squires & Partners amongst others. He is also the author of "The Mute’s Rebellion", a poetry collection which explores topics including social anxiety and emotional vulnerability.

Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning experiential designer, filmmaker and artist. Her work branches into the realms of film, science, technology, theatre, politics and design. Ben Hayoun’s work has been exhibited at the National Museum of China, V&A, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other leading institutions.

Ben Hayoun has recently launched Tour de Moon, an open call for young visionaries. The program awards up to 850 bursaries across eight programs for individuals between the ages of 18 and 25.

About Dezeen Awards 2021

Dezeen Awards is our annual awards programme, now in its fourth year. It identifies the world's best projects in architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios producing the most exceptional work.

Organised by Dezeen, the world's most popular and influential architecture and design magazine in the world, Dezeen Awards is the benchmark for international design excellence.
This year, more than 4,700 entries were received from over 87 countries across five continents.