The Icelandic Design Award will be handed out for the third time in October 6th. in Safnahúsid, Hverfisgötu 15, at 18:00.


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The Icelandic Design Award honors the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. The importance of design in our society, culture and business is growing steadily. It is therefore vital to increase understanding of good design and underline the importance of quality.

 Celebrating achievement and excellence, the Icelandic Design Award is given to a designer, a team, a studio or an architect for an outstanding new work, object, project or collection.

 The award is given to a recent project that demonstrates creative thinking, resourceful solutions, thorough presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process.


Best investment in design recognizes successful investment in design or architecture in the past year. It handed over to a company that has incorporated design in the core of its operations to create value and increase competitiveness.


The Icelandic Design Award is established by the Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Museum of Design and Applied Art.

 The nominated designers must be members of one of the founding associations of the Iceland Design Centre, or professionals in their field in order to be considered for the Icelandic Design Award. The work needs to be completed in the past two to three years prior to date in order to be considered for the award.

 The winner of the Icelandic Design Award 2015 receives ISK 1,000,000, granted by the Ministry of Industries and Innovation.



  • Harpa Þórsdóttir is the President of the Jury. She is the director of the Museum of Design and Applied Art in Iceland, and former head of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Iceland. She holds an MA degree in art history from Paris-Sorbonne. Thórsdóttir has curated numerous exhibitions and has an extensive knowledge in the design and architecture scene in Iceland. She is a member of the boards of The Nordic Forum for Design History, NORDIK (Nordic Committee for Art History), The Nordic Aquarel Museum in Sweden and the jury of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize Committee.

  • Högni Valur Högnason is a graphic design graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. He is Creative Director at H:N Markaðsamskipti, a design, marketing and advertising studio. He is chairman of The Icelandic Association of Graphic Designers or FÍT and has sat on the board of Myndstef. His work has appeared in world wide magazines, been published in books and shown in galleries in Iceland. Högni has won awards in different competitions in Iceland both for design and advertising. He has experience from judging design and adverting competitions in Iceland both for FÍT and Ímark.

  • Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir is a deputy member of the board. Gunnlaugsdóttir holds a BA in industrial design from the Design Academy Eindhoven as well as an MBM in project management from the University of Reykjavik. She has taught design on various levels and held various positions of responsibility, among others for Rannis. As a designer, she has worked on a wide range of international projects, including the brand Bility, exhibited widely and received numerous awards. Her work has received considerable attention in the international design media. Guðrún Lilja will be taking Tinna Gunnarsdóttirs place in the panel of judges 2016

  • Katrín María Káradóttir is the director of fashion studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Káradóttir studied at Studio Bercot in Paris, and interned with John Galliano at Dior, Lutz, Bali Barret and Thomas Engel Hart. Káradóttir has taught fashion widely, worked closely with the Icelandic Association of Fashion Designers and held various jury positions both in Iceland and abroad.

  • Massimo Santanicchia is an architect and lector at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Having studied at IUAV School of Architecture in Venice as well as London School of Architecture and London School of Economics, he has worked as an architect both in Iceland and Italy. Santanicchia’s research focuses on city space and design theory, and he has published numerous articles on the topics in architectural outlets world wide.

  • Almar Guðmundsson is the managing director of the Federation of Icelandic Industries. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Iceland and an MBA from London Business School. Guðmundsson has previously served as the managing director of The Icelandic Federation of Trade and in various positions at Íslandsbanki.

  • Tinna Gunnarsdóttir is a freelance designer, who has taught at Iceland Academy of the Arts ever since its founding, for years as the Director of studies in Product Design. In the past 20 years, Gunnarsdóttir has partaken in dozens of design exhibitions and fairs both in Iceland and abroad, held various jury positions and curated exhibitions. Tinna Gunnarsdóttir holds an MA in industrial design from Domus Academy and a research MA in arts and philosophy from the University of Brighton.

  • Laufey Jónsdóttir is a deputy member of the board. Jónsdóttir is a freelance fashion designer and illustrator. An Iceland Academy of the Arts graduate, Jónsdóttir has worked as a designer at STEiNUNN and senior designer at Blik. Laufey Jónsdóttir is the Chairman of the Association of Icelandic Fashion Designers and a member of the board of Iceland Design Centre. Her illustrations have adorned both books, magazines and exhibitions, and she opened her first exhibition of illustrations during DesignMarch 2012. In addition, she has worked in various cross-disciplinary teams, projects and exhibitions.

  • Sigrún Birgisdóttir is a deputy member of the board. Birgisdóttir is an architect and head of the department of design and architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Having studied in Italy and England, Sigrún received an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Upon her studies, she taught and worked extensively in Iceland and abroad, among others with Pierre D´Avoine Architects, Cherie Yeo Architecture + Design and Pip Horne Studio. She has worked with design education both in England and Iceland for the past 15 years, as well as partaken in various crossdisciplinary collaborations, such as Vatnavinir. Over the years, Sigrún has held several of positions of responsibility and served as a member of numerous board of judges both in Iceland and abroad.

  • Kristín Eva Ólafsdóttir is a deputy member of the board. Ólafsdóttir is Creative Director and co owner at Gagarín. She is a graphic design graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and has in her work at Gagarín partaken in varied design exhibitions and fairs both in Iceland and abroad. She has served as a member of the board of judges at FÍT awards and the Art Directors Club of Europe 2016 (ADC*E).