Call for entries

The 2017 Civic Trust Awards application round is NOW CLOSED

The 2018 Civic Trust Awards application round is will open on Monday 8th May 2017 and close on Friday 28th July 2017

Applications will be processed and assessors allocated in August, assessment visits will take place throughout September and October, with our Regional Finalists announced in November 2017. Projects are then considered on a national/international basis and the winners announced in December 2017. The final level of award will be revealed at our Awards Ceremony in March 2018. Date and venue TBC

Please download our online application guide, including step-by-step directions on how to complete an online entry.

To register your interest for future application rounds, or to add your details to our e-newsletter distribution list, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there specific categories for entry to the Awards Scheme?
Each application can be entered into the Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Civic Trust Award (for temporary projects or installations) or the CTA AABC Conservation Awards scheme. For Civic Trust Awards entries, the eventual National and International Award winners are then considered by National Panel for an additional Special Award. 

Can I submit multiple projects?
Yes, but each scheme must be entered as separate entries. We do not accept multiple buildings submitted under one application.

Do I need to complete all sections of the application form?
Yes, each section makes up the key criteria to winning a Civic Trust Award. We strongly suggest that you consult with your universal design consultant when completing the Universal Design Section. Also, please ensure ALL credits and contacts are listed at the time of application as these will appear in the winners brochure and on certificates should the project be successful.

Can I submit phased projects?
Yes, as long as the phase is fully completed in terms of landscaping, parking etc and the determination of the projects success will not be impacted by ongoing works.

Can I resubmit a project that has been entered previously and was unsuccessful?
If a project was considered unsuccessful due to its incomplete nature, or if there were access issues or other problems which resulted in difficulties when undertaking the assessment visit, it is possible to resubmit the entry. Please email us for more details.

Can I enter a private house?
Whilst it is possible to enter a private residence to the Civic Trust Awards, in addition to architectural merit, our assessment criteria also consider issues such as sustainability, universal design principles and community impact/engagement. Successful applications must also demonstrate how they meet these criteria.

Can I enter projects from overseas?
Yes, entries from all over the world can be submitted to the Civic Trust Awards for consideration. This is not limited to just UK practices working abroad, overseas applicants can also submit their projects to us.

What are the eligibility dates for completion of schemes? 
Schemes completed between 1st January 2015 and 1st September 2017 are eligibile to apply. If your completion date falls outside this window, it still may be possible to enter. Please email us for more details.

How many images can I submit? What is the maximum size of images?
Up to 20 images (JPEG) can be submitted in support of each application and uploaded to our online application portal. Each image should be no larger than 5MB in size.

Can I submit plans and cross sections of the project?
There is a facility to upload two PDF documents to our online application system to accompany your entry at a suitable scale. These do not need to be A4/A3 size as assessors will view these documents on screen and can zoom into certain elements of the document. Each PDF can contain multiple pages but cannot be larger than 5MB. Where the project is a landscaping scheme, you can utilise this facilty to upload other PDF documents to support your entry, e.g. the planting scheme.

Can I send additional information to support my application such as literature, DVD’s etc?
No, we do not accept additional literature to accompany your application (such as reports, news articles etc) but you can send a CD to us (before 31st August 2017) containing additional photographs and/or a movie (2 minutes maximum) to support your application..

Can I pay my entry fee over the phone?
No. Entry fees must be paid online by credit/debit card at the time of entry.

Is there a discount to application fees for charities, community groups or not-for-profit organisations? 
Unfortunately, as a not-for-profit organisation ourselves, we need to cover the cost of assessment and administration of our entries and as such, are unable to offer further discounts on the application fee unless you are a member of the Civic Trust Awards. Membership details can be found here

Can someone from the architecture practice be there during the assessment visit?
No, although we do ask that someone from the scheme be there to provide access to the project for our assessors where necessary. N.B. Our assessors do not require a formal presentation of the scheme at the time of their visit.

Are all schemes visited?
Where possible, projects are visited by our assessors during September and October as part of the fist stage assessment process. However, for international entries and in some areas of the UK where schemes are remote (or no local assessment team is available), we do conduct a thorough desk assessment of these projects with members of our National Panel in leiu of the assessment visit.

When do we hear if we’ve been short listed?
If projects have been considered successful at the first stage assessment, they are considered to be “Regional Finalists” and will be notified in November if they have been put forward to the second tier assessment. National Panel then review all regional winners to determine the final list of National (& International) Winners. Applicants will then be notified a second time in December 2017 whether they have been successful Nationally/Internationally and subsequently invited to purchase tickets for the 2018 Awards Ceremony.

When and where is the Award Ceremony?
Date and venue tbc