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 an apartment building, multi-housing facility or university hall of residence.


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 2022, either employed in a design or architecture practice; or self-employed.

(An exception to the age requirement will be made for those who have changed career and joined the design industry later, but who are under the age of 40 on or before 1 May 2022, and have been employed or self-employed for a maximum of 8 years).