Design Project of the Year


Visit our 'How to Enter' page for our Items Checklist & Step-by-Step Guide. CLICK HERE.

Once you have created your PDF submission and you have all items in the Items Checklist, submit your entry via the Online Entry Form. CLICK HERE.

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-page A4 PDF submission; the judges will be looking for a clear plan and evidence that it is delivering on core objectives, paying 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?