Architecture categories

Urban house

Any individual dwelling in a densely built-up setting (includes conjoined developments of up to two houses).

Rural house

Any individual dwelling in a low-density or non-urban setting (includes conjoined developments of up to two houses).

Housing project

Any multi-dwelling development consisting of two or more homes.

Residential rebirth project

Any refurbishment or renovation of an existing residential building (includes extensions).

Civic building

Any project used by the public or that serves the community including schools, university buildings, hospitals, medical centres, infrastructure, stations, airports, sports halls, community centres, police stations, city/town halls, courthouses, embassies and all other government buildings.
This category is sponsored by Knauf. 

Cultural building

Any project where people go to experience culture including museums, art galleries, religious buildings, visitor centres, libraries, theatres, concert halls, stadiums, arenas and all other entertainment venues.

Business building

Any private commercial building serving as a workplace or where services are provided including offices, co-working spaces, headquarters, shops, shopping centres, factories, doctors’ surgeries, dentists, banks, gyms etc.

Hospitality building

Any project where people primarily go to eat, sleep or drink including hotels, restaurants and bars.

Rebirth project

Any refurbishment or adaptive reuse of an existing building or space (excluding residential projects). This category is sponsored by Kingspan.

Small building

Any project that is relatively small in size or cost, including pavilions, shelters, cabins, open-air structures, temporary structures, micro-housing, modular housing, boutiques, kiosks and classrooms.

Landscape project

Any landscape architecture project involving the design of outdoor areas including public or private parks, gardens, the grounds of educational or business buildings, public spaces and playgrounds.

New! Sustainable building

Any building designed with sustainability in mind including zero-carbon or negative-carbon projects, zero-energy projects, circular projects, reversible buildings or buildings that employ environmentally friendly construction techniques, materials, energy sources etc. This category is sponsored by Dodds & Shute.

Interiors categories

House interior

Any individual dwelling interior project.

Apartment interior

Any individual apartment or multi-dwelling development interior project.

Restaurant and bar interior

Any interior project where people go to eat including restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and event venues.

Hotel and short stay interior

Any hospitality interior project where people stay short-term for business or leisure, including hotels, guesthouses and guestrooms.

Large workspace interior

Any space more than 1000 square metres that is primarily dedicated to work including offices, studios and co-working spaces.

Small workspace interior

Any space less than 1000 square metres that is primarily dedicated to work including offices, studios and co-working spaces.

Large retail interior

Any space more than 250 square metres where retail is the primary activity including shops, shopping centres, boutiques, opticians, bakeries, showrooms and sales centres.

Small retail interior

Any space less than 250 square metres where retail is the primary activity including shops, shopping centres, boutiques, opticians, bakeries, showrooms and sales centres.

Leisure and wellness interior

Any interior project for leisure, health or wellbeing including spas, nail salons, gyms, pharmacies, hair salons, doctors surgeries, dentists, hospitals and medical centres.

Civic and cultural interior

Any interior project that is used by the public including museums, art galleries, educational spaces, religious spaces, libraries, theatres, concert halls, stations, city/town halls and courthouses.

Small interior

Any interior project that is less than 150 square metres.

New! Sustainable interior

Any interior designed with sustainability in mind including projects that use ethically sourced products, make use of recycled materials, use innovative materials etc. This category is sponsored by Dodds & Shute.

Design categories

Furniture design

Any item or collection of furniture for indoors or outdoors (excluding seating and office furniture).

Seating design

Any item or collection of seating for indoors or outdoors (excluding office seating).

Lighting design

Any product or collection of lighting for indoors or outdoors.

Architectural lighting design

Any architectural lighting project, designed specifically for a building or structure including retail, business and educational spaces.

Homeware design

Any product for the domestic interior that is not furniture or lighting including tableware, surfaces, textiles, fittings and appliances.

Workplace design

Any product designed for the workplace including office furniture and systems, lighting, stationary, equipment, clothing etc.

Wearable design

Any product worn on the body including clothing, footwear, eyewear, watches and wearable tech.

Product design

Any mass produced product including mobile phones, televisions, cameras, laptops, tablets, drones, gadgets, robotics, beauty equipment, water bottles, sports and exercise equipment, luggage, medical devices, bicycles, cars, motorcycles and transport-related accessories.

Graphic design

Any visual communication design including typography and illustration.

Exhibition design

Any design project for an interior or exterior space including but not limited to art, design and science exhibitions within galleries, museums or public spaces. These can be temporary or permanent.

Installation design

Any installation project for an interior or exterior space, including set design and fashion shows, as well as art, design and light installations. These can be temporary or permanent.

Sustainable design

Any product designed with sustainability in mind including products that follow circular principles or that reduce their impact on (or benefit) the environment. This category is sponsored by Dodds & Shute.

Studio categories

Architecture studio of the year

All-round design excellence over a body of work by an architect or architecture practice that has been in business for more than ten years.

Emerging architecture studio of the year

All-round design excellence over a body of work by an architect or architecture practice that has been in business for ten years or less.

Interior design studio of the year

All-round design excellence over a body of work by an interior designer or studio that has been in business for more than ten years. This category is sponsored by Longboard Products.

Emerging interior design studio of the year

All-round design excellence over a body of work by an interior designer or studio that has been in business for ten years or less.

Design studio of the year

All-round design excellence over a body of work by a designer or design studio that has been in business for more than ten years.

Emerging design studio of the year

All-round design excellence over a body of work by a designer or design studio that has been in business for ten years or less.

Sustainability categories

New! Sustainable building

Any building designed with sustainability in mind including zero-carbon or negative-carbon projects, zero-energy projects, circular projects, reversible buildings or buildings that employ environmentally friendly construction techniques, materials, energy sources etc. This category is sponsored by Dodds & Shute.

New! Sustainable interior

Any interior designed with sustainability in mind including projects that use ethically sourced products, make use of recycled materials, use innovative materials etc. This category is sponsored by Dodds & Shute.

Sustainable design

Any product designed with sustainability in mind including products that follow circular principles or that reduce their impact on (or benefit) the environment. This category is sponsored by Dodds & Shute.

Find out more about the sustainability categories.

Media categories

New! Architecture photograph of the year

Any photograph focusing on architecture including exterior or interior images. The category can be entered by both amateurs or professionals.

New! Architecture video of the year

Any video or short film featuring architecture, interiors or design, up to twenty minutes in length. Animations and computer-generated submissions are welcome.

New! Visualisation of the year

Any visualisation or render of an architecture, interiors or design project. Entries can include images of real-world, imagined or virtual projects.

New! Website of the year (architecture, interiors, design)

Websites for architecture, interiors or design studios that showcase the studio's work and ethos in the most effective, compelling and clear way.

New! Website of the year (brand)

Websites by brands and service providers in the architecture and design sector that showcase the company's products in the most effective, compelling and clear way. Entries can include sites that include e-commerce solutions.

Find out more about the media categories.