Award Categories

Our mandate is to uncover the best in the industry, celebrate it and inspire designers to aim for equal or higher benchmarks for the betterment of our built environment.

To do this we judge project entries across ten award categories:


This category recognises a shop, retail outlet, showroom, department store, food market and hairdresser.


This category recognises a cafe, bar, restaurant, motel, hotel, boutique lodge etc.

Healthcare and Wellness

This category recognises a surgery, medical practice, gym, yoga studio, aged-care facility, spa, dentist etc.


This category recognises a gallery, museum, concert hall, theatre, exhibition venue, place of worship, educational institution, hospital, library, community centre, consulate, law court, parliamentary building, airport, railway station, port and ferry terminal.

Workplace – up to 1000m2

This category recognises an office, studio, warehouse, factory.

Workplace – over 1000m2

This category recognises an office, studio, warehouse, factory.


This category recognises the entire interior design within a house, villa, townhouse, apartment or unit.

Residential Kitchen

This category recognises the design of a kitchen within a house, villa, townhouse, apartment or unit (commercial kitchens are excluded).

Emerging Design Professional

This category recognises professionals 35 years of age or under on, or before the 1 May 2020, either employed in a design or architecture practice; or self-employed.


This category recognises a design concept (built or un-built) across all areas of interior design. To be eligible, entrants must be aged 28* or under and be currently studying full time in 3rd, 4th or 5th year or recently graduated (end of 2019) in the fields of interior design, spatial design or architecture. Entries are accepted from individuals and teams.
* Students over the age of 28 (on 1 May 2020) may enter provided they have not practised as a design professional for an extended period of time.