There are two streams of awards made each year. About half go to ‘Projects’: these schemes must have detailed planning permission but can be pre-construction, partly completed or partly occupied. Judges do not usually visit schemes entered as a Project but take a view on their potential.
Awards for Completed schemes are made to a Completed development, or to a scheme that is built out as a series of distinct buildings/phases which can be visited in person by the panel of judges. without the need for them to wear any PPE. Completed awards are never made to schemes without judges visiting.
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’.
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.
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.
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
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.