Design Project of the Year

The award recognises the building project in Ireland that demonstrates the very best in architectural design excellence as well as a commitment to sustainability and the local community in which it resides. It is open to all building types and sizes in Ireland. Each submission must relate to one building project that has been practically completed over the last 12 months. Applications must either be made by the project architect (individual, firm, or department), or a project collaborator but only if submitted jointly with the project architect as we can only accept one submission per project. This award is not open to fit out, refurbishment, landscape, or interior architecture projects.

Entry is by a 5 A4 page submission; the judges will be looking for clear information, backed up by evidence, that pays particular attention to the criteria listed below.

Background: Please outline your career background or your organisation’s background.

Project: Describe the project, including the client’s brief, as well as details such as dates of commencement and completion, square footage, budget, green ratings, purpose, etc. Include photos and floorplans in your answer.

Excellence: How did you approach the project and its completion? What processes were used to ensure all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose? What made this construction stand out?

Challenges: Please highlight any challenges faced in the course of the project, and how they were overcome.

Impact: What steps were taken to ensure that the design and construction processes were in keeping with sustainability best practice? What was done to ensure that the operation of the building itself will adhere to these same standards How well was the building integrated into its surrounding community? What positive impact can it have?

How to Enter

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All entrants must submit a document of no more than 5 A4 pages that covers the key criteria set out for the category they are entering.

Before making your submission, please read the terms and conditions and ensure the following:

  • All activities cited in support of your entries must have been on-going within the past 12 months unless stated otherwise in the criteria.
  • The entering party has to have an office in the ROI or NI and the projects that support their entry have to have taken place in these areas unless stated otherwise in the criteria.
  • Make sure you focus on good hard information, backed up by solid facts and figures.