Dezeen Awards 2023 reveals the best architecture, interiors and design around the world

30 Nov 2023

Dezeen has announced the 50 winners of Dezeen Awards 2023 in partnership with Bentley, which includes four overall projects of the year winners across architecture, interiors, design and sustainability.

Dezeen has announced the 50 winners of Dezeen Awards 2023 in partnership with Bentley, which includes four overall projects of the year winners across architecture, interiors, design and sustainability.

In addition, 39 project winners were announced and each winner went forward to compete against the other winners in their sectors, with four claiming the overall project of the year accolades.

Six Designers of the Year awards were also announced that recognised both established and emerging talent across architecture, interiors and design.

The inaugural Bentley Lighthouse Award, which rewards a designer who seeks to create a better world, was also awarded for the first time.

The programme received 4,800 entries this year from studios based in 94 countries.

Head of Dezeen Awards, Claire Barrett said: "As one of the largest publishing platforms in the world for architecture, interiors and design, Dezeen Awards reflects the cutting edge of the industry globally and sets the agenda. As well as showcasing great design and designers, these winning projects also demonstrate how design can be a powerful tool for change."

Global Marketing Director at Bentley, Steven De Ploey said: "We are delighted to be working with Dezeen as Bentley transforms itself into a luxury lifestyle brand. Our Bentley Home collection and recent move into real estate are testament to this and Dezeen is a key partner in this endeavour as we move forward. Dezeen Awards is the culmination of a great year for the world of architecture, interior design and design. Congratulations to all the winners."


Simba Vision Montessori School in Tanzania (above) by local practice Architectural Pioneering Consultants won the Architecture Project of the Year award. The school was also named Education Project of the Year.

The judges said: "This exemplary building manages to do the most with the least. A truly sustainable project with a minimal budget, the building provides a much-needed educational space for the local community that is responsive to people, place and purpose."

The architecture project of the year category is sponsored by Material Bank.

Category winners:

› House (urban): Spruce House and Studio, London, UK, by Ao-ft
› House (rural): Mud House, Alwar, India, by Sketch Design Studio
› Housing project sponsored by Gaggenau: Nightingale Village, Brunswick, Australia, by Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins Architects and Hayball and Kennedy Nolan
› House renovation: El Priorato, Trespaderne, Spain, by Atienza Maure Arquitectos
› House extension: Dokubo + El Amigo, Setouchi, Japan, by Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects
› Civic project: Lea Bridge Library extension, London, UK, by Studio Weave
› Cultural project: 32° East Arts Centre, Kampala, Uganda, by New Makers Bureau
› Workplace project sponsored by Lualdi: Campus Betterware Guadalajara, El Arenal, Mexico, by Estudio MMX + Luis Campos
› Health and wellbeing project: Lumi Shala, Gianyar, Bali, by Ibuku Studio
› Education project: Simba Vision Montessori School, Engare Nanyuki, Tanzania, by Architectural Pioneering Consultants
› Heritage project: Kingway Brewery Renovation, Shenzhen, China, by Urbanus Architecture & Design
› Hospitality project: Dapi Mountain Restaurant, Hebi City, China, by Galaxy Arch
› Infrastructure and transport project: Jahad Metro Plaza, Tehran, Iran, by Ka Architecture Studio
› Small project: Kithara Music Public Kiosk, Mexico City, Mexico, by TO
› Mixed-use project: Héroes de Tecamac Rambla, Mexico, by Taller Capital


Restaurant Xokol in Guadalajara (above) by studios Ruben Valdez Practice and ODAmx was named interior project of the year. It also won Restaurant and Bar Interior of the Year.

"Xokol understands the place where it lives and the importance of designing in a specific way for a specific location," the judges said. "The result of this understanding is deep and poetic."

The category interiors project of the year is sponsored by Moroso.

Category winners:

› Home interior sponsored by Planner 5D: Tembo Tembo Lodge, Hazyview, South Africa, by Studio Asaï
› Restaurant and bar interior sponsored by Nude Glass: Xokol, Guadalajara, Mexico, by Ruben Valdez Practice and ODAmx
› Hotel and short-stay interior: Six Senses Rome, Rome, Italy, by Patricia Urquiola
› Workplace interior (small): Studio Reisinger, Barcelona, Spain, by Isern Serra
› Workplace interior (large) sponsored by Woven Image: Government Office, Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Agata Kurzela studio
› Retail interior (small): Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, by Akin Atelier
› Retail interior (large): ToSummer Beijing Guozijian, Beijing, China, by FOG Architecture
› Health and wellbeing interior: Paste, Toronto, Canada, by Studio Author
› Exhibition design (interior): The Golden Age of Grotesque, Hannover, Germany, by Didier Fiuza Faustino / Mesarchitecture


Cionic Neural Sleeve (above) by Yves Behar's project and neuro tech startup Cionic was crowned design project of the year. It was also named the product design (health and wellbeing) project of the year.

"For the millions of people suffering from muscular degenerative diseases or injury, this product has the greatest potential to improve the user’s ability to walk and therefore their quality of life," said the master jury.

Category winners:

› Furniture design: Lightly by Formway for Noho
› Lighting design: Knuckle by David Taylor for Hem
› Architectural lighting design: Novartis Pavillon – Zero-Energy Media Facade by Iart, AMDL Circle and Michele De Lucchi
› Workplace design: Lumber by ADDI for Mizetto
› Product design (consumer design and wearables): 32°N Sunglasses by Deep Optics
› Product design (health and wellbeing): Cionic Neural Sleeve by Fuseproject and Cionic
› Product design (bathroom and kitchen): Nu by Studio Inma Bermúdez for Roca
› Graphic design: Second Sea by Accept & Proceed for Royal College of Art
› Installation design: Ball Theater, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale by Muoto


London architecture studio Mikhail Riches won sustainability project of the year for Park Hill Phase 2 (above). The project was also named Sustainable Renovation of the Year.

The judges said: "Mikhail Riches has taken the ruin of a concrete post-war mass housing project, which was an iconic building of its time, and shown how to care for its legacy while giving it dignity."

The category sustainable project of the year is sponsored by Brookfield Properties.

Category winners:

› Sustainable building sponsored by Moda Living: Nightingale Village, Brunswick, Australia, by Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball and Kennedy Nolan
› Sustainable renovation: Park Hill Phase 2, Sheffield, UK, by Mikhail Riches
› Sustainable interior: Lai Zhou Bar, Shanghai, China by RooMoo Design Studio
› Sustainable design (consumer): PulpaTronics by PulpaTronics
› Sustainable design (building product) sponsored by SketchUp: Erosion Mitigation Units by Reef Design Lab
› Material innovation: Colorifix by The Mills Fabrica Investment Fund

Designers of the Year

Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter took home the Architect of the Year award, while Sumayya Vally of counterspace (above) was named Emerging Architect of the Year.

Interior Designer of the Year was awarded to multidisciplinary designer Patricia Urquiola while emerging interior designer of the year was awarded to Paris-based studio Uchronia.

London design duo Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd won Designer of the Year for their practice Person Lloyd. French designer Audrey Large was named Emerging Designer of the Year.

The Designers of the Year categories are sponsored by Bentley.

Category winners:

› Architect of the year: White Arkitekter
› Emerging architect of the year: Sumayya Vally, Counterspace
› Interior designer of the year: Patricia Urquiola
› Emerging interior designer of the year: Uchronia
› Designer of the year: Pearson Lloyd
› Emerging designer of the year: Audrey Large

Bentley Lighthouse Award

Natural Material Studio founder Bonnie Hvillum (above) has been named the first winner of the Bentley Lighthouse Award at this evening's Dezeen Awards ceremony.

The 2023 jury hailed Hvillum for her studio's "uncompromising" work and bio-based material development pioneering.

"The whole oeuvre is impressive and beautiful and demonstrates the path that our industry needs to take towards bio-based research, creating greater material diversity whether by repurposing waste or growing new materials," said the judges.

Dezeen Awards categories: 


House (Urban)
House (rural)
House renovation
House Extension
Civic project 
Cultural project
Workplace project
Health and wellbeing project
Education project
Heritage project
Hospitality project
Small project
Mixed-use project
Infrastructure and transport project


Home Interior
Restaurant and bar interior
Hotel and short-stay interior
Workplace interior (small)
Workplace interior (large)
Retail interior (small)
Retail interior (large)
Health and Well-being Interior
Exhibition design (interior)


Furniture design
Lighting design
Architectural lighting design
Workplace design
Product design (consumer design and wearables)
Product design (health and wellbeing)
Product design (bathroom and kitchen)
Graphic design
Installation design


Sustainable building
Sustainable renovation
Sustainable interior
Sustainable design (consumer)
Sustainable design (building product)
Material innovation

Designers of the Year 

These recognise individuals and their studios whose innovative work has made a notable impact on the industry, defining the shape of global architecture, interiors and design and are:

Architect of the Year

Emerging architect of the year
Interior designer of the year
Emerging interior designer of the year
Design studio of the year
Emerging design studio of the year

The Bentley Lighthouse Award

This award is for an individual who has and continues to make a transformative contribution to the architecture and design industry.