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Small house of the year

This award goes to the best one-off, new-build house of up to and including 2,500 sq ft, designed by an architect in Britain. 

Entries meeting the below criteria will also be put forward for consideration for the Manser Medal. Shortlisted candidates for the Medal will be visited prior to a final decision.  

  • for new built houses to bespoke commission only
  • House transformations/renovations/refurbishments /conversions excluded
  • Contract value below £1.5m
  • For practices formed since 2000
  • For houses by any designer/architect; not exclusive to RIBA members

 

Large house of the year

This award goes to the best one-off, new-build house of more than 2,500 sq ft, designed by an architect in Britain. 

Entries meeting the below criteria will also be put forward for consideration for the Manser Medal. Shortlisted candidates for the Medal will be visited prior to a final decision.  

  • for new built houses to bespoke commission only
  • House transformations/renovations/refurbishments /conversions excluded
  • Contract value below £1.5m
  • For practices formed since 2000
  • For houses by any designer/architect; not exclusive to RIBA members

 

Home extension of the year

This award goes to the best extension to an individual home, designed by an architect in Britain. Judges look for quality and innovation in interpretation of the design brief.

 

Home transformation of the year

This award goes to the best refurbishment, restoration or conversion of an individual home designed by an architect in Britain. The entry should outline the challenges presented by the building, the design solution and any innovations. It must include photography of the home before and after transformation.

 

Smart home of the year

This award goes to the best technology design and installation in an individual home in Britain. It is open to homes where at least two systems — such as video, audio, lighting, energy, security, appliances or health monitoring — are integrated in some or all rooms. It should enhance the lives of the owners, complement the interiors and be easy and safe to use.  

 

Best interior design: Individual home (more than £500,000)

This award, in partnership with the British Institute of Interior Design, is for the best interior design of a private home in Britain. It can include some or all rooms. Judges will look for evidence of the designer’s unique response to the challenges of the property and the needs of its owners, with a focus on space planning, finishes, colours and furnishings.

 

Best interior design: Individual home (£500,000 or less)

This award, in partnership with the British Institute of Interior Design, is for the best interior design of a private home in Britain. It can include some or all rooms. Judges will look for evidence of the designer’s unique response to the challenges of the property and the needs of its owners, with a focus on space planning, finishes, colours and furnishings.

 

Best interior design: Development

This award, goes to the best interior design for a show home. Entries should demonstrate how the designer has communicated the developer’s vision and engaged the target buyer.

 

Best garden/landscaping design

This award goes to the best garden design for a residential or mixed-use development. Judges look at planting and hard landscaping, as well as how the design contributes to sustainability and placemaking within its context.

 

Housing crisis solution

This award goes to a high-quality development, or part of it, that makes homes truly affordable to people on lower incomes. It is open to micro homes; first-time buyer schemes; build-to-rent and other rental innovations; as well as homes for social rent, affordable rent, intermediate rent or shared ownership. The entry should outline the number of homes, tenure mix, prices and how the design enhances residents’ lives. 

 

Small development of the year

This new award is open to smaller residential developments of 20 units and less that demonstrate exceptional sensitivity to context and clever solutions for design and construction. It focuses on overcoming the challenges of working on a small scale on constrained city, town or village sites. The judges will consider external and internal design, innovation in design and delivery, landscaping, and the scheme's relationship with and contribution to its context.

 

Best community living

This award goes to an exemplary new development that provides resident amenities alongside homes, such as shared lounges and workspaces. It is open to build-to-rent, retirement and student housing, as well as co-living and community-led housebuilding projects. Judges look for design solutions that cleverly integrate amenities, delight their target market and create a sense of community.

 

Apartment development of the year

This award goes to a single building or multi-building scheme of apartments that demonstrates design quality and makes a positive contribution to its context. The entry should outline the number of apartments, tenure mix and any other uses on site.

 

Development transformation of the year

This award goes to the best large-scale residential refurbishment, restoration or conversion, providing more than one home. It is open to conversions of existing buildings, such as office-to-residential; the upgrading of a housing estate; or the restoration of a heritage building. The entry should outline the challenges presented by the building/estate, the design solution and any innovations. It must include photography of the scheme before and after transformation.

 

Best placemaking

This award goes to a development that creates or revives a destination. It is open to mixed-use schemes that include homes alongside at least one other use, such as office, retail or leisure. Judges look for evidence of positive change through design, layout, public realm, landscaping and community initiatives. 

 

Development of the year (up to 100 homes)

This award goes to the best residential development of up to and including 100 homes. Judges will consider external and internal design, development layout, landscaping, community and the scheme’s relationship with and contribution to its context. The entry should outline number of units, phasing, tenure mix and other uses within the scheme.

 

Development of the year (more than 100 homes)

This category goes to the best residential development of more than 100 homes. Judges will consider external and internal design, development layout, landscaping, community and the scheme’s relationship with and contribution to its context. The entry should outline number of units, phasing, tenure mix and other uses within the scheme.

 

The Sunday Times readers’ choice home

In this year’s competition to design a concept home, we challenge you to reinvent the terrace — Britain’s most popular home. The Georgians and the Victorians have made it their own; can you come up with a new genre for our time that can adapt around every life stage? Click here to view the full brief.

 

These additional awards are made by the judges, and are not open to entry. They are:

 

Judges’ award for excellence

The winning and commended projects go forward for consideration of this award, which champions new-build design that the judges would like to see emulated across the industry.  

 

Interior design of the year

The winning and commended interior design practices go forward for consideration for this award, made in partnership with the British Institute of Interior Design.

 

Architect of the year

The winning and commended architectural practices go forward for consideration for this ultimate award.

 

Homebuilder of the year

The winning and commended homebuilders go forward for consideration for this ultimate award.

 

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