The Award

The “Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment” is an architectural award that acts as a stimulus for new developments and concepts in the built environment that help meet current and future demands for improved urban living conditions and energy needs.

For many years the Zumtobel Group with its three internationally established brands Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel has made sustainability and energy efficiency key objectives in the production, function and application of its products. Aware that significant, innovative solutions in architecture and urban planning can help cut global energy consumption and boost the general quality of life, the Zumtobel Group decided to initiate the biennial “Zumtobel Group Award - Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment”.

The Zumtobel Group Award was first presented in 2007. Since then, a total of nine projects have been awarded first place, while 36 projects have earned nominations. Today it ranks among the most respected awards in the world of architecture.


The Zumtobel Group Award aims to:

  • Address challenges and opportunities in sustainable architecture, engineering and urban planning.
  • Identify and discuss expectations and interests around humanity and sustainability in the built environment.
  • Encourage research into and implementation of new sustainable and socially beneficial perspectives in the built environment.


  • Stimulate innovations that promote sustainability and humanity in the built environment.
  • Foster interdisciplinary communication, knowledge exchange and networking strategies in this field.


The Zumtobel Group Award is held under the curatorship of Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss and Hans-Jürgen Commerell of Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin.


Zumtobel Group

The Zumtobel Group is an international lighting group and a leading supplier of innovative lighting solutions, lighting components and associated services. With its brands, Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel, as well as acdc, ThornEco, and Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS), the Group offers its customers around the world a comprehensive portfolio of products and services. In the lighting business, the Group with its Thorn, Zumtobel and acdc brands is the European market leader. The ThornEco brand serves the electrical wholesale sector with a tailored portfolio of products. Through its lighting components brand, Tridonic, the Zumtobel Group plays a leading role worldwide in the manufacture of hardware and software for lighting systems. Zumtobel Group Services offers one of the most comprehensive service offerings in the entire lighting industry.
Aedes Architecture Forum

Aedes was founded in 1980 in Berlin as the first private architecture gallery in Europe. The Architecture Forum Aedes has become one of the most successful institutions internationally for communicating architectural culture, urban design, and related topics. Aedes is associated with the great names of the architectural avant-garde and offers an excellent platform for new generations of architects. Aedes strives to focus public attention on the cultures of building and architecture, presenting architectural visions, sustainable urban concepts, and innovative projects in urban planning and landscape architecture. In addition to staging ten to sixteen exhibitions per year, Aedes promotes dialogue with outside experts and an interested public through symposia, lecture series, and discussions.