Design Excellence Award (New)

The Design Excellence Award is a new State and National Awards with projects entered into this category submitting Project Designs only and will be judged on the excellence of these designs.


Sponsorship opportunities exist for this category in 2020 – please contact for further information.


This award recognise a developer / architect for excellence in design (predominantly residential, ie. small lot housing, villas, town houses, terrace homes, row housing, apartment buildings) and must be submitted as designs only.  There is no requirement for the project to be completed or under construction but the conceptual design/work behind it should be substantially developed.

Entries by Architects are permitted with the endorsement of the Developer, however both must be members of UDIA Victoria and the developer will be recognised as part of the winning entry.

The winner of this category is not eligible for nomination into the UDIA National Awards for Excellence.

Judging will include an assessment of your written submission worth 30% and a presentation by the judging panel worth 70%.

The key criteria should be considered when preparing your submission, and have been listed in order of importance. The decision of the independent judging panel is final and will not be subject to challenge by any entrant.

Important Information

  • Project entered must be predominantly residential (i.e. small lot housing, villas, town houses, terrace homes, row housing, apartment buildings)
  • The winner of this award will have the opportunity to represent Victoria in the UDIA National Awards
  • Co-entrants are permitted to enter your project into this category (i.e. developer and architect), however both must be members of UDIA Victoria
  • It is required that your project must be substantially developed by the time of judging or at least a component or stage of the project is substantially developed
  • If you have a residential component to your project, the judging panel will need to be given access to the interior of at least one dwelling


PART 1: Project Information

  • Key project information
  • Executive Summary (max 300 words) – this highlights the features of the development with reference to the award category criteria

PART 2: Supporting Materials

  • Design
  • Press Releases and publicity requirements
  • 10 images of the Projects Marketing
  • Up to 10 Project Consultants

PART 2: Category Criteria

  • Each award category features its own mix of the criteria along with their explanations which can be found below.
Typologies and planning20%
Community creation and integration15%