AJ100 2020 Award Categories

16 June 2020

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AJ100 2020 Award Categories

There are 13 categories at the AJ100 Awards 2020 including the new categories of Sustainability Initiative of the Year, Sustainability Champion of the Year, and Community Impact of the Year. Some of the category winners will be decided from results directly derived from the survey; others will be categories that practices specifically choose to enter and may require a presentation to an AJ100 judging panel. The climate emergency has been identified as the main challenge for the profession and this will be at the forefront of judges’ minds.

The winners will be announced at the AJ100 awards dinner on 16 June, 2020.

More details on the criteria for each category, along with how the shortlist and winners will be decided, follows below. 

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The practice that wins this award will have used technology to transform the way it does business. For example, the practice may have invested in technology such as 3-D printing, nano/bio-technology or new materials to improve the quality of its architecture. It may have invested in computer software to drive efficiencies in its business.

Entry is through specific questions in the survey.

BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Building of the Year category is awarded to a building completed in 2019 that demonstrates an exemplary design and a carefully considered approach to sustainability as well as client satisfaction.

Entry is through specific questions in the survey with site visits taking place in April/May 2020. 

CLIENT OF THE YEAR
This can be awarded to any client who has worked with one of the top AJ100 practices. Each practice will need to provide reasons why its chosen client should win.

Nominations are made through specific questions in the survey and decided by the AJ editorial team.

CLIENTS’ CHOICE AWARD
The Clients’ Choice Award is awarded to a member of the AJ100 which clients deem to be the best to work with in terms of design output, relationship management and fee level. 

A survey is sent to key clients with a series of questions. The answers determine the winner.

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Collaboration of the Year Award is awarded to the most successful collaboration on a project or initiative over the past 12 months. The collaborator can be another architect or a firm in another sector such as engineering, quantity surveying, contracting, project management and development or a client or stakeholder. Entries could also include an exceptional collaboration in 2019 between a design architect and an executive architect.

Each practice will need to explain how the partnership came about and what made it an outstanding success. For example, how the collaboration made significant strides in sustainability, improved design quality, made cost savings or added value in some other way on a project. Please provide contact details for the collaborator.

Entry is through specific questions in the survey.

COMMUNITY IMPACT OF THE YEAR AWARD 
Introduced for the first time this year, the Community Impact of the Year Award is awarded to a project that demonstrates both a deep engagement with the local community and an exceptional and sustainable outcome for all stakeholders. Judges will be looking for evidence of constructive consultation and significant benefits for the community post-completion.

Entry is through specific questions in the survey, with site visits to shortlisted projects made by a panel of judges.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROFESSION
Practices are asked to nominate an individual who has contributed something of outstanding importance to the industry.

Nominations are made through specific questions in the survey and the employee satisfaction survey, and decided by the AJ editorial team.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognises the best practice for employees, judged on HR issues such as  staff satisfaction, workplace culture, benefits and staff turnover. Practices need to submit an entry (within the AJ100 survey) to show what initiatives have been put in place to help motivate, train, and support their staff.

Entry is through the main survey and the employee satisfaction survey, with site visits by a panel of judges made to shortlisted practices in April/May 2020.

INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The International Practice of the Year award is based on factors including a combination of key international business data from the AJ100 survey and the quality of international projects completed in 2019.

The shortlist is drawn up by the AJ Editorial team. Shortlisted practices will be invited to present to a panel of judges.

NEW MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The New Member of the Year title is awarded to the practice which entered the AJ100 for the first time in five years and is judged based on its business success and the quality of its work.

The shortlist is decided through data drawn from the survey and the winner is selected by the AJ editorial team.

PRACTICE OF THE YEAR
The Practice of the Year Award is based on key business data from the main AJ100 survey and the employee satisfaction survey, along with quality of design and approach to sustainability during 2019.

The shortlist is drawn up by the AJ Editorial team. Shortlisted practices will be invited to present to a panel of judges.

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD
Introduced for the first time this year, the Sustainability Champion of the Year Award will be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sustainable design agenda in the calendar year 2019. This could be either someone working within an architectural practice or within the wider built environment.

Entry is through specific questions in the survey. The winner will be decided by the AJ editorial team.
 

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award is introduced for the first time this year. To be considered for this award, practices will need to submit an initiative that demonstrates the practice’s exemplary/innovative approach to sustainability. This must have been delivered in the calendar year 2019.

For example, the initiative could be a specific project that demonstrates an exemplary aspect of sustainability, or a piece of research or pro bono work that showcases sustainability or furthers sustainable practice. It could also be a significant change in the way the practice is run that promotes sustainability (such as embedding sustainability in project delivery or staff training).

Entry is by specific questions in the AJ100 survey. Shortlisted practices will be invited to present to a panel of judges.

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