Industry experts, government officials and enthusiasts make up our select judges.
Good Design is responsive to its context, in both form and function, and gives people joy. The best designs have elements that are translatable and reusable, through time and place; they provide innovation and learning. They create ‘people places’.
Dr Gemma Jerome
Good Design is resilient to change and uncertainty. I want to see places which allow people and wildlife to flourish together, now and long into the future.
Good design is …
built to last, environmentally friendly, fit for purpose, beautiful and innovative
Good design is where places make people feel happy to be, and supports people to live, socialise and relax as they choose, in safe and adaptable environments.
Good design is considering how places will function for the people that will use them, making it easy and pleasant to walk to school, providing somewhere peaceful and shaded to chat to neighbours, or thinking about how to make it easy to get the bins in and out.
Lisa Jackson MA, BSc MRTPI
Good design will create a positive response for the recipient, sometimes without consciously knowing it
Environmentally inclusive – utilising the natural elements and materials to its’ surroundings. Maximising natural elements – e.g. Natural Daylight & Fresh Air
Flexibility & Adaptability – have the foresight to adapt the building for multiple uses in the future. Sustainability is utilising existing building stock, rather than demolishing and rebuilding.
Hearts & Minds – Ensuring the building meets the requirements for its’ occupants – People make places.
Good design is a combination of clear thinking and a strong narrative from the outset, underpinning what is most important for the place and the communities who will be affected by it
Don’t ever underestimate the value of daylighting, a view (ideally verdant), ample storage
Good design means valuing people and making great places for them.
Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, FRICS, MRTPI
An intelligent and clever treatment of the built environment that allows me to enjoy my surroundings, whether it's the home I share with my family, or the office I share with my colleagues or the spaces where I spend my spare time
Good design is all about responding to and, in turn, improving context
Good design is
What is good design? It's how places relate to people, and because of this the definition does not change, nothing much change. As Vitruvius, the ancient roman said, good design is about ensuring places work well, last and look good
For me good housing design is about responding to context and making great places
Good housing design should promote homes which foster opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life for their residents whilst also making a significant contribution to creating great places, encouraging interesting and vibrant streetscapes
Good design should be simple, honest and efficient, resulting in buildings that offer contemporary living for today and adaptable homes for tomorrow
Good design demonstrates a deep understanding of locality, creating specialness, identity and enjoyment of the place by residents and neighbours
Good design is
Lynne Sullivan OBE
Following a peripatetic childhood, I was driven to devote my architectural career to creating places and buildings which embody the Vitruvian principles of practicality, resilience and beauty - now acknowledged by the United Nations as being key principles of sustainable development - and qualities which should be present in good design
Good design qualities are those where aesthetic and function combine well; can be replicated and have longetivity.
"VELUX was founded on a similar principle to these awards – to create healthier indoor climates to improve the health of occupants – and so it is a great privilege to join with the Awards in partnership."
Throughout our 75-year history, our passion has been bringing healthy indoor environments using daylight and fresh air, and at the heart of this are homes which are well designed with the end-user in mind. These awards promote all that is good about housing design."
Neil Freshwater, VELUX.