Rules of Entry

The online application guidance notes for our next application round are now available to download by CLICKING HERE - this will assist you when completing your online submission and includes step-by-step instructions for completing each stage of the application form.

Who Can Enter?

Entries can be made by anyone closely connected with a project, so long as the permission of the owner and occupier of the scheme has been obtained prior to entering.

Completion Date

For 2022 entries, schemes must be completed between 1st January 2018 and 1st September 2021 - this includes any surrounding areas, landscaping and car parking which form part of the design. The completion window is indicative, if your scheme falls outside this window, please email us to enquire whether it can be entered

Opening/Closing Date

The 2022 Application Round will open on Tuesday 1st June 2021 and close at 5pm on Friday 30th July 2021. Please note we do not offer an extension to this deadline.

Joint Applications

If you wish to submit an application jointly with another practice(s) or organisation(s) this is acceptable. Please ensure that the practice names are included within the application credits section under the tab “Applicant”.

Internal Schemes

Wholly internal schemes are not eligible to apply unless the scheme is accessible to the public (i.e. internal restoration of a historic building/museum etc). However, internal aspects will be considered as part of the assessment process.


Schemes must be visible to the public - it must be possible to see most of it, all year round, from a road, footpath or other public thoroughfare. Private buildings that are regularly used by large numbers of people, for instance schools or commercial buildings, are considered visible. Entry fees cannot be returned if the judges decide the scheme is not visible.

Large, Phased Projects, Masterplans & Multiple Buildings under one Application 

Fully completed phases of large projects (including any landscaping or ancillary works) are eligible to apply e.g housing.

Entrants should state in the “scheme description” how their phase relates to the project as a whole, and indicate the projects total size and expected completion date.

Judges visiting the scheme must be able to fully assess any completed phase of the project. If our judges decide that the scheme cannot be fully assessed due to the incomplete nature of the scheme or any adjacent works, then the application will be considered unsuccessful. In such instances, resubmission will be permitted at a later date (additional application fee payable).

We do not, accept masterplans – applications encompassing multiple buildings (often designed by different architects); buildings of different use classes and large public realm/landscaping design by a different architect and design team - under one application.

This is to avoid such scenarios for example where two buildings are submitted under one entry, one is considered to be of Award standard, the other is considered unsuccessful. Or a building is considered Award standard, but the large public realm is not etc

In such circumstances, the whole application will be deemed unsuccessful.

Applicants are required to submit their own phase which forms part of a masterplan/project individually in order to maximise their chance of success.

Private Houses & Housing Schemes

Private houses are eligible but must demonstrate how their project contributes to the debate on topics such as density, sustainability and social mix (e.g. affordable homes). Entrants are reminded that the building must be visible to the public. In terms of the “community impact” criteria, this can be achieved through the demonstration of the building’s positive contribution to the streetscape.

Temporary Projects or Installations

We actively encourage applications from temporary projects or installations. For any scheme that has a design life of less than 5 years is considered to be a transient building/structure (such as a touring art installation) can be submitted for a Pro-Tem Awards via the relevant online application form. 

Conservation Projects

For projects that involve the repair, remediation and where appropriate, adaptation of a historic building, these should be submitted for consideration via the Civic Trust Awards AABC Conservation Award online application form.

Projects that are of a conservation nature but still meet the requirements of the Civic Trust Awards can be entered into both schemes. The project will then be eligible to be awarded in either (or both) awards schemes. Recent projects being recognised by both Civic Trust Awards and AABC Awards include “The Painted Hall” by Hugh Broughton Architects & Martin Ashley Architects; “Westminster Abbey Triforium” by Ptolemy Dean Architects & MUMA. Both projects were also recognised by the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards, making them triple winners. Separate application forms need to be completed and two application fees applied.


Entries made in previous years cannot be resubmitted unless the judges decided the entry was premature/incomplete. The entrant will have been informed that their scheme will be reconsidered.


Should relevant circumstances come to light that had not been known at the time of judging an award may be withheld.

Final Decision

The decision of the National Panel is final. The Panel do not enter into any correspondence regarding the decision. 

Winning Projects – Plaques for Display

All winning projects will be presented with a plaque for permanent display at the successful scheme. Applicants agree to install the plaque within 3 months of the winner’s announcement at the Awards Ceremony.

First Stage Assessment Process for 2022

Due to Covid19 restrictions, it may not be possible to visit all schemes, therefore, a process will be put in place for regional judging teams to consider such applications in conjunction with a National Panel Member as part of a first stage assessment process.