Showcasing architectural excellence across the spectrum of sporting and recreation facilities. We will be looking at a variety of different building uses for this award, to name a few: stadia, sports complexes, Olympic venues, sailing pavilions, grandstands, skiing facilities, training facilities, gymnasiums, fitness clubs and indoor swimming pools. We encourage entries to acknowledge the impact of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).



Highlighting designs that create new models for living and new ways of inhabiting space. We are looking for the best examples of recent multi-occupancy residential builds, from

apartment blocks to University campuses.

Please be reminded that homes which are one-off builds; from economical to luxury, should go into the House of the Year category, NOT the Residential category.


Rewarding ideas that enhance movement and access. Whether large or small, we’re celebrating designs across the whole transport spectrum, from train stations to transit hubs, airports to seaports, and parking structures to cycling and pedestrian schemes. We are looking for transportation systems that reimagine the way in which we move within and experience the built environment.

Mixed Use

Mixed-use projects inherently overlap with other sectors but still often form the backbone of large-scale urban developments. Given the volume of mixed-use projects being constructed, our judges here will be looking for designs that elevate your project above the others. One or more of the following will score points: innovation in your approach, how the mix of uses delivers the client’s commercial drivers, if and how your design engenders a sense of community, does your project provide flexibility for future uses?, does it create a secure environment?, does it generally enhance the development? This category is open to a mix of uses within a development, not restricted to the same building.

Urban Landscape

Recognising designs that respond to and enhance the urban environment through the creation of engaging, meaningful places. From interactive public spaces to major infrastructure works, enhancements and small developments to the largest master plans, this category provides the ideal platform to showcase the ground-breaking work being carried out across the world today. In this category, judges will also be looking for projects that engage with and enhance surrounding buildings and local community.


Championing human-centred designs that enhance not only the patient/visitor experience but maximise operational efficiency and help improve patient outcomes – whether a hospital, clinic, care home or surgery.

Civic - Libraries, Museums and the Arts

Civic - Community and Tourist Hubs and Event Spaces

Future Projects

Projects that can be submitted for this category include any of the following; concept designs, competition entries, projects under construction provided that they are not completed on or before 6 JUNE 2021. Our judges will be looking for designs that deliver new levels of energy efficiency, technology, sustainability and innovative solutions in urbanisation. Celebrating excellence for ‘design only’ projects across the seven core sectors:

Future Projects: Civic

Future Projects: Commercial

Future Projects: Education

Future Projects: Healthcare

Future Projects: Leisure

Future Projects: Residential

Future Projects: Mixed Use

Future Projects: Urban Design


Adaptive Reuse

In the pursuit of sustainable development and maintaining a connection with the past for the next generation, this highly competitive category celebrates buildings that have been renovated, restored or repurposed preserving the past for the next generation. Our panel of expert judges will be looking for projects that deliver the most striking transformative effects, while remaining sympathetic to the building’s original character in what will be an eco-friendly and considerate way of moving architecture forward.

Affordable Housing

This award recognises the importance of the affordable housing sector and showcases the innovation being applied to social and affordable housing projects. We are looking for the best examples of recent multi-occupancy residential builds, from apartment blocks to university campuses, submissions can be of any size, scale and proportion. We encourage entries to acknowledge the impact of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Colour in Architecture

Celebrating projects that harness the use of colour to dramatically transform a building or enhance the experience for its users and community. The judges will be recognising projects with colour schemes that are impactful in their respective building environments.


Championing the most innovative and original projects from across the globe recognising and promoting excellence in this increasingly important element of building design. Our judges are looking for designs that harness the latest technical advances to create visually stunning, cost-effective and highly efficient envelopes.

Small Spaces

A specialist category celebrating permanent and temporary small-scale architecture. With diminishing land availability, decreasing budgets and real estate at a premium, it falls upon architects and engineers to create ever more imaginative solutions to small-scale structures. From performance spaces, chapels, annexes and to cabins, restrooms and pavilion, our judges will be looking for smaller projects that demonstrate quality design excellence.


Use of Sustainable and Environmentally-friendly Building Materials

Sustainable architecture will use environmentally-friendly building materials, recycled or renewable if possible as well as materials that use minimal energy to manufacture. Natural materials which are harvested responsibly and locally sourced products which reduce travel and support local economies are all key elements for a sustainable architect.

Sustainable Design and Land Use

Sustainable architecture needs to be sensitive to its location and recognise the existing natural resources as well as accommodate local environmental conditions effectively into the build. Sustainable architecture uses, where possible, local energy provision and ecological conservation in the design of the built environment.

Best Overall Sustainable Architecture Project

This project incorporates all the key elements of a sustainable architectural design including demonstrating the use of sustainable energy sources, building materials as well as maintaining sustainable best practices in terms of land use.

Pro-bono Architecture

Brand new for 2021, this category will be focusing on projects with a humanitarian focus at their core. The winner will be an example of built work developed pro-bono or with particular attention from a corporate social responsibility (CSR) standpoint contributing to the built environment in a way that benefits communities.


Returning for 2021, the winner in this category will be awarded for excellence in the design and renovation of bridges. Including bridges for highways, railways, pedestrians, cycles or other light/heavyweight bridge structures.


Celebrating and highlighting projects that embrace and exploit the benefits of sites in proximity to water, whether working, living, or both. Whether it be a city port, harbourfront, canal or riverside, riverfront or the water’s edge, water plays an important role in balancing urban spaces. This award will aim to bring together some of the best designs and also highlight projects that have addressed the major issue of rising sea levels.


Concrete in Architecture

Recognising designs that explore the sculptural and expressive possibilities of this highly versatile material across all building types, from private residences to public buildings.

Glass in Architecture

Celebrating all things glass, whether an internal staircase or an external skyscraper wall. The judges will still want to see how the building’s eco-credentials stack up, mitigating both heat loss and heat gain.

Wood in Architecture

Celebrating the structural and aesthetic mastery behind the world’s most imaginative timber structures. Whether commercial, public or private, we’re searching for pioneering projects that take this highly distinctive material to new and exciting places.

Judges' Awards

Outstanding Project of the Year (Winner chosen at judges’ discretion – not open for entry)

The gold award winning projects from all other categories will be eligible to be considered for the Outstanding Project award.

Emerging Practice of the year / rising star

This award recognises up-and-coming architecture firm and gives them the platform to showcase its work on a global stage. The category is designed for all firms under 10 years old or founded after 1 January 2012. 

Judges will be looking for clear measures of success in the following areas:

  • Business performance
  • Design excellence
  • Commitment to sustainability/environment
  • D&I in the workplace and company culture (please note size of practice will be taken into account)

To enter this category, you must provide the following:

  • A 250 word executive summary of the entry
  • An overview of your practice
  • 3 completed projects that you are particularly proud of

Please see the Submission Format and Guidelines section on how to enter. But please note, as entry into this category is slightly different, we recommend you focus 4 pages on the practice itself (overview of the work you do and creative style, business performance, commitment to sustainability and employee culture), and then 6 pages dedicated to 3 examples of creative output - 3 projects of particular note. 

The projects used in your entry must have been completed between 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2022, except pop- ups and temporary exhibitions, which should have been completed between 1 January 2020 and 1 January 2022.