Swiss Design Competition

Swiss designers are eligible to take part in the Swiss Design Competition.
The jury is made up of seven members of the Swiss Federal Design Commission, selected by the Federal Assembly and invited experts. The members of the Swiss Federal Design Commission and the experts appraise the submitted dossiers as part of the first stage and agree upon a selection for the second round. The exhibited works are judged in the second round and the awards are decided upon. Some 18 prizes are awarded each year.

Please note the entry conditions in our rules!

Prize money, Studio residencies and Internships

In connection with the Swiss Design Competition, the Federal Office of Culture (BAK) offers three options of prizes:
Prize money: The prize money is 25,000 francs.
Studio residency: BAK offers four six-month studio residencies in New York.
Design residency in New York 2017
Internship: BAK will assist award-winners in finding suitable internship positions and facilitate the individual needs and requirements of the award-winners. If you are interested in work experience opportunities, please contact Patrizia Crivelli, design promotion, Federal Office of Culture. We will provide all possible support. If it is not possible to arrange a work experience position, you have the option of receiving the (usual) prize money.

Exhibition Swiss Design Awards

Since 2002, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture holds an exhibition that presents the award-winning works of the Swiss Design Competition. Since 2013, this exhibition is presented in Basel.
The exhibition Swiss Design Awards, taking place parallel to Art Basel Fair and Design Miami/Basel, presents works and projects by the nominated participants and winners of the Swiss Design Competition. The exhibition also shows film portraits and photographs of the Swiss Grand Award for Design winners.

The Swiss Design Awards exhibition intends to present the creative process of Swiss design by exhibiting the works of designers to an interested audience. In order to stimulate debate, the works and projects are not simply presented and documented but also put in a wider context by a series of various conferences and events permitting a closer look of current design trends.


Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC)
Design Promotion
Patrizia Crivelli
Hallwylstrasse 15
3003 Berne

How to apply

Both your application form and your project portfolio must be submitted online.

The application and portfolio submission are processed ONLINE at:

Application and portfolio submission: November 16th – December 17th, 2015.

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