Australian Urban Design Awards
The nation's premier award for excellence  and innovation in urban design

Process & fees

Entry for the 2019 awards is now closed.

A PDF summary of the 2019 entry process, award categories, written criteria, entry conditions and timeline is available for download here.

There are four simple steps involved in submitting your entries.

1. Register or log in
If you haven’t already registered or submitted an entry for this year’s program, you will need to register. This creates your account so you can make online project submissions, which you manage and may edit up until submissions close. Once you have commenced your submission, you can log in and out at any time without losing submission data.

2. Choose award category
There are four categories, which attract entry fees.

  1. Built projects – city and regional scale
    This category recognizes completed built projects that are at a town, suburb, city or region scale.

  2. Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
    This category recognizes completed built projects at a site, local, or neighbourhood scale.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

3. Create entry submission
Before beginning your entry submission, read the conditions. Submitting an entry means that you have read and agreed to all the conditions, including obtaining appropriate releases and authorities in writing from clients, collaborating organisations, copyright holders for entry submission materials, licensee, photographers and, where applicable, the principal/director of your organisation.

You will be prompted to respond to specific written criteria (details following) and upload supporting materials (images, drawings, documents) in your secure area. We recommend that you first draft your written responses in a text editor (i.e. Word) before copying into the submission form. Remember that you can log in and out without losing submission materials. Entry submissions will be accepted until Friday 19 July. Do not leave submission until the last minute as it can take time to complete an entry.

Submission requirements

You must submit 5 to 10 images of your project in high-resolution format. These can be photographs and/or visualisations, although for delivered outcomes, photographs are strongly preferred. Use the highest quality JPG setting available. TIF images will not be accepted.

Submit JPG images that are at least 3500 pixels wide, with a file size no larger than 20 MB. Images of at least 4500 pixels wide are preferred and will enable a higher quality print coverage. If your images are coming in above the 20MB size limit, try re-saving them in Photoshop and reducing the JPEG compression level to 8.

File names should not contain blank spaces or special characters/symbols (e.g. + !@) although an underscore (_) is acceptable.

Drawings, plans and elevations
You may also submit  up to 5 relevant drawings in vector-based PDF format (site plan, floor plan, sections, elevations and/or any other relevant drawings or diagrams), with a file size no larger than 10 MB. Drawings must include a scale bar, key and north point

Tips on preparing your entry submission are available.

4. Entry submission and payment
Once you have completed steps two and three (above) you may pay and submit your project. The first entry attracts a fee of $385. The system will automatically charge subsequent entries (i.e. from the same applicant) at the reduced rate of $285. Each submission and payment is confirmed by the issuing of a tax receipt, sent to your email address. Retain a copy for taxation purposes.

Visa, Mastercard and Amex are accepted. Cheques (made payable to Architecture Media Pty Ltd), may also be sent to Australian Urban Design Awards, C/- Architecture Media Pty Ltd, Level 6, 163 Eastern Road, South Melbourne Vic 3205.

Requests to withdraw an entry will be accepted if made in writing ( prior to the submission deadline of 19 July 2019, with refund of the entry fee less an administration charge of $100. After 19 July 2019, projects may not be withdrawn.