Award Categories

Our mandate is to uncover the best in the industry, celebrate it and inspire designers to aim for equal or higher benchmarks for the betterment of our built environment.

To do this we judge project entries across nine award categories:


This category recognises a shop, retail outlet, showroom, department store, food market, hairdresser, doctor and dentist’ room.


This category recognises a café, bar, restaurant, motel, hotel, boutique lodge, aged care*, day spa, casino, club, cinema, fitness centre.
*If you wish your aged care project to be judged in a different category, please contact the organiser.


This category recognises a gallery, museum, concert hall, theatre, exhibition venue, place of worship, educational institution, hospital, library, community centre, consulate, law court, parliamentary building, airport, railway station, port and ferry terminal.

Workplace – up to 1000m2

This category recognises an office, studio, warehouse, factory.

Workplace – over 1000m2

This category recognises an office, studio, warehouse, factory.


This category recognises the entire interior design within a house, villa, townhouse, apartment or unit.


This category recognises a bespoke object or solution that has been created specifically for a project; and has not been used in any other project.

Emerging Design Professional

This category recognises professionals 35 years of age or under on the 1 May 2019, either employed in a design or architecture practice; or self-employed.


This category recognises a design concept (built or un-built) across all areas of interior design. To be eligible, entrants must be aged 28* or under and be currently studying full time in 3rd, 4th or 5th year or recently graduated (end of 2018) in the fields of interior design, spatial design or architecture. Entries are accepted from individuals and teams.
* Students over the age of 28 (on 1 May 2019) may enter provided they have not practised as a design professional for an extended period of time.