Awards Rules & Terms


The awards are open to Chartered Architects, individuals or practices based in the GIA Chapter area and buildings within the UK & Ireland. They are also open to practices that are not members of the GIA but have completed buildings within the GIA Chapter area. 
Buildings should be complete at the time of entry submission – the building’s completion should be between June 2017 and August 2018. Clients must be notified of any entry to the awards.

(N.B. the GIA reserve the right to amend the categories dependent on demand)

Images and Copyright

Entrants are required to submit a maximum of 6No. images of no more than 1mb each in jpg format + 1No. plan drawing (jpg format max 1mb) should also be submitted to aid the judges in building visits. 
In submitting an entry to the GIA Annual Design Awards, entrants permit the GIA to use all images and text in publications, websites, exhibitions and displays in connection with the GIA Annual Design Awards. Entrants should refrain from submitting material to which they do not own copyright if they do not have permission of the copyright holder. Please provide credits for photography.


Entries will be judged by category. Judges will be assessing entries against the criteria of ‘good architecture and buildings, whether new or adapted, which express good design in terms of function and effectiveness as well as aesthetics’.
Judging will take place over September/October and shortlisted buildings will be visited by the judges. Please give contact information for the judges to arrange access to the building. Entrants (architects) should not attend on judges visits.

We are delighted to have Keith Williams ( as our guest head judge this year to ensure that the judging team are kept in line and that the standards are maintained in the process of working through what we expect to be a high-quality spread of work from within our chapter. Keith is an award-winning Architect who has tutored at Strathclyde University and is best known for his Athlone Civic Centre in Ireland.

The GIA reserve the right not to grant an award or commendation in any or all categories. The judges’ decisions will be final.


The winning and commended entries will be presented with their award at the GIA Annual Members Dinner, which will be held at Oran Mor, Glasgow. 200 seats will be available to book via our website from the 10th of September. Awards will be given in absentia for those unable to attend.