About the BD Architect of the Year Awards

Celebrating the best in architecture.

Building Design’s annual celebration of architecture is unique in recognising a body of work across different sectors, judged by a panel of industry experts.

Organised by Building Design, the AYAs are distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of honouring overall achievement within a particular sector. This provides a truly meaningful premise on which to compare the work of different architects.


The Awards Ceremony

The 16th edition is taking place on 23rd October 2020 at the The Brewery, Central London.


How do I book tickets?

Tickets can be booked online on the ‘book a table’ tab closer to the event


Why attend the Architect of the Year Awards?

Not only do the Architect of the Year Awards offer an evening of entertainment and fine dining, it also provides unique networking opportunities.

  • Network with new and existing clients, as well as your industry peers.
  • Inspire and motivate your staff – show how much you value members of your team and make them feel part of your company’s success.
  • Be inspired and celebrate the best of British and European architecture from the previous 12 months


Why enter the Architect of the Year Awards?

We welcome entries from practices of all sizes and specialties, our aim is to reward outstanding work. By winning an Architect of the Year Award you will be recognised by your industry peers as well as gain excellent exposure for your practice or project. Here are a few key reasons why you should enter:

Raise your profile..

  • Finalists are published on Building Design, as well as other publications before and after the awards.
  • Show your work to high profile judges and over 700 guests at the prestigious awards ceremony.
  • Meet clients and peers at the awards to raise your profile.

Prove your excellence..

  • Our judging panel scrutinises each entry to choose the winners, ensuring that only the best in each sector wins – prove this is you.
  • Reward your practice for their exceptional work.
  • Our categories are designed so that you can enter up to four projects and show off the work of various teams from your practice.
  • Impress clients and show them that your practice produces award winning work


Don’t just take our word for it …

Tarek Melin
Director & Co-founder, Feix & Merlin Architects

“This is a once a year evening to really celebrate the best architects, the best new buildings, the best new employers”

Mike Storey
Director, MSMR Architects

“It celebrates all the major achievements in the architectural profession and all the other people who work with architects. So I think it brings the whole industry together really.”

Steven Harding
Director, Goodfellow Communications

“The AYAs is important for clients because it’s a way of measuring success and getting recognition and hopefully maybe even getting work as a result”

Winner of the education architect of the year (nursery to 6th) award 2019

“It’s a fantastic award, receiving recognition for all sorts of projects. It’s great that our clients give us these opportunities, we’re just responding to what they’re actually asking for.”

Universal Design Studio
Winner of the retail & leisure architect of the year award 2019

“It’s great to be recognised in this kind of category and especially amongst so many recognised architects as well.”

HTA Design
Winner of the public realm architect of the year award 2019

“It’s recognition of all the hard work that the team put in, it took years to develop a really great portfolio of interesting projects.”

Sadie Morgan
Winner of the female architectural leader of the year award 2019

“It’s an incredible and wonderful honour and I feel very privileged and I hope that I do it justice!”

Winner of the best architectural employer of the year award 2019

“We’re absolutely thrilled, delighted, it’s an amazing feeling – it’s great”

Jamie Fobert Architects
Winner of the public building architect of the year award 2019

“It’s amazing for the whole practice, it’s a kind of affirmation of why we work so hard, why we care so much about our work, why we choose the projects we do. It’s an affirmation of what we do, so there’s nothing better.”