Categories and Criteria

We are in the process of updating the categories and criteria for this year – and will be updating this page shortly. In the meantime, the list of the 2020 categories can be seen below.

The Architect of the Year Awards are unique, as we judge a body of work, rather than one-off projects. For each category, you are required to submit at least two projects (and a maximum of 4). At least one of the projects should have been completed in the year 1 December 2019 – 1 December 2020, with at least one other project – either built or unbuilt – and all entries must have been completed within the last 3 years.

Entry Requirements:

You will prepare your entry as electronic A1 scale landscape presentation panels in pdf format.

  • A maximum of TWO panels showing a minimum of TWO and a maximum of FOUR projects should be submitted
  • For each project in the entry, please include:
    • Name of practice, the project’s name, location, client, dates for the commencement and completion of construction and contract value
    • A concise 100-250 word description of each project, conveying the challenge of the brief, the design intent, and key facts
    • As many photographs, sketches and/or visualisations as you feel appropriate. 
    • At least one plan and one section drawing
The 2020 categories are below (please note that there could be small tweaks as we update this page for 2021)

 
Social Impact Award
Small Project Architect of the Year
Infrastructure Architect of the Year
Individual House Architect of the Year
Housing Architect of the Year
Retail and Leisure Architect of the Year
Public Building Architect of the Year
Office Architect of the Year
Refurbishment Architect of the Year
Education Architect of the Year (nursery – 6th)
Higher Education Architect of the Year
Public Realm Architect of the Year
Interior Architect of the Year
Sustainability Architect of the Year
Young Architect of the Year
Architectural Leader of the Year
Best Architect Employer of the Year
Architectural Client of the Year