Design & Living



A symbiosis of stylish editing, inspirational design and a never-failing eye for future trends – AW Architektur & Wohnen is one of the most sought-after titles in the premium home magazine segment. With its strong brand power, AW Architektur & Wohnen is a popular magazine for Architecture, Architectural Art, Design, Home Decor and Gardening. The strong brand is characterised by innovative content, aesthetic design and its ability to reach its readers at an emotional level. AW Architektur & Wohnen captivates educated, high-income, independent and enlightened readers with a wide range of exclusive topics – always with the highest degree of journalistic finesse. Each year, the editorial team recognises impressive achievements and personalities in the fields of design and architecture at the renowned AW Awards, reinforcing the publication’s claim to be a driving force as a top magazine in the industry.

As one of the leading media of the design and architecture industry, AW Architektur & Wohnen is a powerful source of inspiration with its target group-appropriate and accentuated content – by means of newly conceived topics, innovative design approaches and discourses on socially relevant topics that are taken up in the new AW dossier.

This claim is also underlined by the „AW Designer of the Year” award, which has been established for more than 25 years, and the equally renowned „AW Architect of the Year” prize. Both awards honour outstanding international personalities and their groundbreaking creativity.

AW Architect of the Year 2023

A dreamlike evening on Friday, 14 July 2023 at the Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin! In summery temperatures, numerous invited guests from architecture, construction, culture and science followed the AW Architect of the Year 2023 award ceremony to Sou Fujimoto from Japan, who received the award from AW Editor-in-Chief Karen Hartwig after a heartfelt and very personal laudation by Prof. Regine Leibinger.

At the subsequent exhibition opening in the densely packed courtyard in front of the Aedes Gallery, Hans-Jürgen Commerell of Aedes and the Head of the Public Relations and Culture Department of the Embassy of Japan in Germany, Yasuhiro Kitaura, spoke before visitors flocked to the exhibition to marvel at the filigree wire installation of the twelve projects that the team, which had travelled from Tokyo, had created from more than 800m of wire in days of precision work – a real work of art that has to be experienced in space!

Good-humoured guests ended the evening with lively conversations in the secluded garden, which will resonate with everyone for a long time because of the magic of this poetic exhibition, which will be on show in Berlin until 30 August.

AW Designer of the Year 2023

This year we celebrated a premiere with our AW Designer of the Year 2023 award: for the first time, the award ceremony took place at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin. The subsequent exhibition opening was celebrated with invited guests in the Polestar Space at Hakescher Markt.

Here you can find impressions of the award ceremony and the exhibition opening:


AW Architektur & Wohnen’s portfolio targets educated, cultured readers and users looking for sophisticated content from the fields of Architecture, Living, Gardening, Culture and Design. The magazine is available in print and online.

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AW magazine also publishes digital premium content on Followers receive constant updates on the magazine’s social media profiles. The AW Awards AW Designer of the Year and AW Architect of the Year are widely regarded as two of the most prestigious awards in the industry throughout Europe and honour impressive personalities each year.

Karen Hartwig
Karen Hartwig, Editor in Chief AW Architektur & Wohnen


„You have such good taste. Your sense of style is always on point!”

I count myself lucky to receive this compliment all the time. Nothing gives me more pleasure than living out my passion for architecture and design as a journalist and magazine creator.

In collaboration with a highly qualified editorial team, I curate one of the top magazines in the German-speaking world as editor-in-chief of AW Architektur & Wohnen. It’s a true honour to brush shoulders with style icons, designers and architects and to indulge my journalistic curiosity to take a look behind the scenes, which also inspires the team to make sure every issue fills our readers with joy and inspiration.

As a trained photographer with years of experience working in the magazine industry, I focus on creating unique imagery and a clear layout and on covering exclusive topics. Beyond simple visual appeal, good design and architecture are capable of initiating social change. In the magazine, we address mega trends and ask the pressing questions of our times: How do we envision living and working in the future? How can we live more sustainably?

AW Architektur & Wohnen acts as a visionary driving force and inspiring curator behind the latest architecture and living trends. As Canadian designer Robert L. Peters so elegantly put it, „Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”


Karen Hartwig
Karen Hartwig
AW Architektur & Wohnen
Clarissa Dolff-Kubasch
Clarissa Dolff-Kubasch
Publishing Director
Design & Living