Purple - Best of the Best
Gold - Best entry in category
Silver - strongly considered for Gold
Bronze - worthy of award recognition.
Finalists - meritorious
Aesthetic and Appearance
The judges will look, not only at the aesthetics, but the consideration and resolution of the elements that drive the aesthetics, e.g. context/location, brand alignment and choice and use of materials in support of design.
Concept and Creativity
This encompasses design thinking, conceptual development creativity, originality, and critical reasoning, e.g. appropriateness of response to the brief, relevant research and themes for inspiration.
Answering the brief
What was important to achieve as an outcome for the client and how does the design achieve this, and fit for purpose from a user experience point of view.
Technical resolution and innovation
This is the opportunity to communicate any technical aspects. It may include special details, challenges or opportunities and how they have been overcome or used to their advantage.
Explain if innovation was important or a driver in the design.
Consistency and clarity
Have all the elements been resolved with consistency and clarity through the process.
To assist jury deliberation, please indicate an indicative project budget range. This information is not for publication.
$50,000 - $150,000
$150,000 - $300,000
$300,000 - $500,000
$500,000 - $1,000,000
More than $1,000,000
For commercial interiors, please indicate cost per square metre.
Does it use materials, processes and technology in innovative, sustainable and desirable ways?
This is an opportunity for entries whose project has included a significant architectural component as part of the design solution.
This category recognises the innovative and creative use of colour within the built environment. This may include natural materials and other elements that contribute to the completed scheme.
Entrants in the Emerging Designer category will be 35 years or younger submitting a realised project either wholly or substantially under their responsibility or leadership.
Projects that might be entered in any of the other spatial categories are eligible for this award. The entrant must be 35 years of age or younger on the last day for entries to the awards programme.
In addition to the general evaluation criteria entries will be assessed on the basis of:
- Complexity of project e.g. how involved was the project? Did it have multiple clients or stakeholders to be managed? What, if any, external pressures existed on the project? What design challenges were faced?
- Contribution and/or leadership responsibilities e.g. what level of contribution and responsibility did the entrant have? What capacity for decision making was theirs? Did the project involve a larger team under the entrant’s direction?
Exhibition Installations & Temporary Structures
Exhibition installations, studios and stage sets
Bars, cafes, hotels, motels, lodges, retreats, spas
Offices & Workplace Environments
Offices, factories, specialist facilities
Public & Institutional Spaces
Hospitals, schools, community/conference centres, museums
Apartments, private homes, housing developments, multi-unit dwellings, mobile home
Shopping outlets, banks, supermarkets, salons, showrooms, galleries
A single space such as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, reception.
Spatial Design Communication
This category recognises and celebrates the design process through recognition of the tools, processes and outputs required to realise a project.
The project must have been realised and completed to be eligible for this category.
Rendering, animation, sketches, models, documentary photography and other modes of presentation supporting the development of the design process on a given project may be entered.
Examples include but are not limited to: developmental sketches and drawings, models, animations and fly-thru’s, finished renderings or similar.
Entries will be assessed on the basis of:
- Appropriate media selection for intended outcome e.g. demonstrate that the selected media is appropriate for the purposes it was chosen. Why was it selected (best way of demonstrating intended outcome, cost, time)?
- Quality of execution e.g. present the information to its best effect demonstrating the quality of the output.
- Effectiveness of outcome e.g. demonstrate how the piece(s) impacted the project and the role they played in the ultimate outcome. Comparative images between design communication pieces submitted and the realised outcome along with explanations of differences (as the design process progressed) would be an advantage.
Spatial projects which strongly demonstrate design of sustainability.
Entries in the Sustainable category must be accompanied by a written Statement of Sustainability, which clearly describes the project objectives, design process and solutions, and technical resolution. This should include appropriate measurement and metrics where applicable.
The project and its outcomes will be assessed in terms of a Triple Bottom Line approach:
- Economic e.g. Does the project meet the budget? Is it efficient (i.e. doesn't waste materials during fitout or energy/natural resources in use)? Does it bring in, or increase business? Has whole of life cost been considered?
- Social e.g. Does the project educate users about sustainable ethos? Does it improve community involvement in sustainable initiatives?
- Environmental e.g. How does the project minimise impact on the environment? How intensive is use of resources? What construction methods and materials were selected (sustainable supply, third party verified, embodied energy, locally sourced, recycled content, recyclable etc)? Is it designed to be disassembled, and what happens at the 'end of life' of products used (is process documented)? A schedule with explanations of the environmental initiatives incorporated into the project including but not limited to: energy, water use, indoor environment quality, materials, management, waste and transport would be an advantage.
Unrealised and Concept Projects
Entries in this category will be projects either unrealised but of sufficient quality to warrant recognition, or purely conceptual ventures with no intent to be realised. Submissions must include material supporting the clear explanation of the project given its unbuilt or conceptual nature. This should include content outlining the purpose and intended outcomes for the project. If originally intended to be realised, an explanation of the reasons for incompletion would be an advantage.
Entries will be assessed on the basis of the general evaluation criteria for realised projects.