About

Background

The Australian Urban Design Awards were created in 1996 by then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Urban Design Taskforce. The program was established to recognize contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects. Over the past twenty-plus years, the program has communicated the critical role of good urban design in the shaping of the nation and the collaborative relationships that underpin the successful development of the built environment.The Australian Urban Design Awards are co-convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with the support of five peak organizations servicing the sector.

The intent and scope of the Australian Urban Design Awards is wide-ranging and attracts entries for initiatives, built projects and publications that will make a significant difference to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of our cities and towns.

View 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards winners
View 2018 Australian Urban Design Awards winners
View 2017 Australian Urban Design Awards winners
View 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards winners
View 2015 Australian Urban Design Awards winners

Awards categories

  • Built projects – city and regional scale
    This category recognizes completed built projects that are at a town, suburb, city or region scale.
  • Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognizes completed built projects at a site, local, or neighbourhood scale.
  • Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale
    This category recognizes proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a national, state/territory, regional or city scale.
  • Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognizes proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a site, local or neighbourhood scale.

Awards presentation

The winners of the 2020 Australian Urban Design Awards will be revealed in October. The date is yet to be announced.

2020 awards timeline

Wed 13 May 2020Entries open
Tue 21 July 2020Entry submissions deadline
Fri 14 August 2020Shortlist published
TBAAwards presentation

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

The Australian Urban Design Awards acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.