Categories & Criteria 2018

Small Project Architect of the Year

This award recognises architects who are undertaking projects of a relatively small scale, whether new build or refurbishment. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. Your entry must include a minimum of one non-residential project and a maximum of one residential scheme. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. The judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.

Individual House Architect of the Year  

This category is intended for one-off family houses of any budget. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. The judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.

Education Architect of the Year (nursery to 6th form) 

This award is open to architects working on buildings – whether residential or teaching facilities – in the nursery, primary and secondary education sector including sixth form colleges. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. One project may be international. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Education Architect of the Year (higher education), sponsored by International Fire Consultants

This award is open to architects working on buildings – whether residential or teaching facilities – in the higher education sector. This can include further education colleges, technical colleges, post 18 community colleges and universities. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. One project may be international. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Housing Architect of the Year 

This award is open to architects working on all forms of housing development from two homes up to large-scale multi-unit housing developments. Your entry should include one built project from the last three years, preferably within the year January – December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. One project may be international.  Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.  The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Interior Architect of the Year 

This award is open to architects working on the design of interiors – whether those of shops, restaurants, hotels, houses or offices. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. One project may be international. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Masterplanning & Public Realm Architect of the Year 

This award is open to architects working in the field of urban design and on the design of hard or soft landscaping in urban environments. It recognises architects working on the strategic distribution of buildings and infrastructure, as well as the design of hard and soft landscaping. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. One project may be international. Evidence of the completion of buildings in not required. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Public Building Architect of the Year 

This award is open to architects working on any project of public function, including theatres, galleries, libraries, visitor centres, civic and religious buildings.  Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.  The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Infrastructure Architect of the Year 

This award is open to architects working on infrastructure projects including rail, light rail, underground and bus stations, airports, power generation and distribution and water facilities. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.  The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Retail & Leisure Architect of the Year 

This award is open to architects working on retail and leisure facilities of all scale including sports facilities, shops, cinemas, leisure centres, hotels and spas. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Sustainability Architect of the Year 

This award recognises architects who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering a more sustainable built environment. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. Projects from any sector can be entered and one project may be international.  Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.  The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Office Architect of the Year, sponsored by GEZE UK

This award is open to architects working on the design of offices, whether newbuilt or refurbishments of existing structures.  Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work.  The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Refurbishment Architect of the Year  

This award is open to architects working on the remodelling of existing structures. Your entry should include one built project completed in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. No more than four projects, in total, should be submitted and built projects should have been completed in the past three years. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

Architectural Client of the Year Award 

This award is open to any client who appreciates and promotes the value good architecture brings to completed schemes. This category rewards clients who go the extra mile to select good architects, promotes collaboration and ensure the architectural vision is seen through from design stage through to completion within the constraints of time and budget. Clients should have completed at least one building in the year to 1 December 2017 and a minimum of 1 other project either built within the past three years or currently under construction. Entry is by nomination.

Schueco Gold Award

The Schueco Gold Award is presented annually to the practice that the AYA judges deem to have made the most significant contribution to British architecture over the past year. The practice is selected from the list of winners in the other AYA categories; it is our award for the best of the best.

Young Architect of the Year Award 

This award is open to fully qualified architects who have been practicing for 12 years on the deadline for award entries.
Entries will also be accepted from practices where the majority of principals have been practicing for 12 years or under. If there are only two principals, both need to have been practicing for 12 years on the deadline for award entries.
Entries from architects with a strong philosophy but without the back-up of much built work are encouraged, as are entries from previous YAYA entrants
The award is open to UK and European architects
Architects should be registered with ARB or the relevant architectural body in their country

Rules of entry & eligibility for 2018

For the purposes of these awards the word “building” includes any structure – whether new, restored, rehabilitated or converted – that contains an element of executed design work
All the projects on the panel must have been designed by an individual architect or architectural firm whose principals are registered with ARB. Except for the Interior design category, which is open to members of the British Institute of Interior Design and the Masterplanning & Public Realm category, which is open to landscape architects
Practices can enter as many categories as they wish to
A minimum of TWO and a maximum of FOUR projects should be entered into each category. Your entry should reflect a body of work in a particular area, e.g. housing
Only one completed building or project from outside the UK can be entered (different rules apply for YAYA)