On Friday, September 18, AZURE took to the world wide web and social media platforms to reveal the 20 winners of the 2020 AZ Awards. These standouts in categories as varied as product design, architecture, landscape architecture, concepts, and student work represent the very best work being created today. They include a spiraling tower that rises above the forest floor in Denmark, a public swimming pool sanitized by natural processes (no chlorine!), and an ethereal light fixture that seems to disappear when switched off. The winners were awarded a unique trophy designed by Luca Nichetto, one of this year’s AZ Awards jurors, made of glass blown in his native Venice.
The four other jurors were: Canadian architect Omar Gandhi, designer Stephanie Davidson of Davidson Rafailidis, architect Marion Weiss of New York’s Weiss/Manfredi, and Los Angeles landscape architect Mia Lehrer. They selected the 20 AZ Awards Winners and 48 Awards of Merit, chosen from 1,241 entries from 47 countries.
In the unusual year that has been 2020, jurors met remotely and across various time zones. For the gala, the requisite physical distancing was maintained without sacrificing the style and fun of previous years. The virtual gala featured special appearances by 10 All-Stars from around the world, including Karim Rashid, Yves Béhar, Martha Schwartz, and Nader Tehrani, who shared their words of congratulations and inspiration. There was even a signature cocktail fashioned by none other than Yabu Pushelberg!
Here is the full list of Winners:
Winner in Architecture, Buildings Over 1,000 Square Metres
Winner in Architecture, Buildings Under 1,000 Square Metres
Winner and People's Choice in Architecture, Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
Winner in Architecture, Single-Family Houses
Winner and People's Choice in Architecture, Adaptive Re-Use
Winner in Architecture, Temporary and Experiential Installations
Winner in Furniture Design
Winner and People's Choice in Landscape Architecture
Winner and People's Choice in Design, Lighting Fixtures
Winner and People's Choice in Design, Furniture Systems and Collections
Winner and People's Choice in Design, Interior Products
Winner and People's Choice in Design, Lighting Installations
Winner in Residential Interiors
Winner in Design, Architectural Products
Winner in Commercial and Institutional Interiors
Winner of the A+ Student Award
Winner in Concepts, Unbuilt Buildings
Winner and People's Choice in Concepts, Ideas and Prototypes
Winner and People's Choice in Social Good
Winner in Environmental Leadership
The 2020 AZ Awards Gala is now available for viewing on AZURE’s Youtube and Facebook channels.