About the Architect of the Year Awards

Celebrating the best in architecture.

BD’s annual celebration of architecture is unique in recognising a body of work across different sectors, judged by a panel of industry experts.

Launched in 2004, the Architect of the Year Awards reward the UK practices responsible for the best overall body of work in 11 different sectors, as well specialist awards including: Autodesk Young Architect of the Year, The Schueco Gold Award and then IE School ‘Class of’ scholarship.

Organised by BD, the AYAs are distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of honouring overall achievement within a particular sector. This provides a truly meaningful premise on which to compare the work of different architects.

The Awards Ceremony

Now one of the largest gatherings of UK architects, the Architect of the Year awards ceremony is firmly established in the architectural calendar. The 2013 awards took place on the 3rd December at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. Whether you entering your practice or not, the ceremony will provides you with a chance to meet your industry peers and clients and enjoy a truly entertaining evening.

Learn more about the 2013 award’s location and itinerary.

How do I book my tickets?

Tickets for Architect of the Year Awards 2014 are not yet available. They will be made available shortly after the 2014 dates have been announced.


All entries will be judged by a panel of experts – view the 2013 judges.

Why enter the Architect of the Year Awards?

Entries for the 2013 awards are now closed. View the 2013 winners.

We welcome entries from practices of all sizes and specialties, our aim is to reward outstanding work. By winning an Architect of the Year Award you will be recognised by your industry peers as well as gain excellent exposure for your practice or project. Here are a few key reasons why you should enter:

Raise your profile..

Prove your excellence..

Don’t take our word for it – here is what a few of last year’s winners said…

“Winning the 2012 Public Realm Architect of the Year Award delighted our clients, brought us a sense of legitimacy and achievement, strengthened our hand in competition with much larger practices, and was a welcome recognition of the value of projects, in what must be one of the most democratic sectors of work.”
Graeme Sutherland, Director
Adams & Sutherland

“We were honoured to be recognised by our piers for both the Hackney Marshes Centre and Eton Manor for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These two exceptional projects presented new typologies and new challenges for our studio. Receiving the award is recognition that architecture is not about repeating the well known building types in sectors that are known and tested by the studio, but about innovation through analysis and experimentation to create enjoyable and efficient sport and leisure environments.”
Stanton Williams

“The Architect of the Year Awards are the only architectural awards to recognise a body of work, providing a real measure of the quality of a practice. We were thrilled to be the first ever winners of the International Breakthrough Architect Award in 2012, which recognised our work in the Polar Regions. Winning the award has added real credibility to our practice and helped to confirm our position as one of the world’s leading designers of research facilities in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. The award also reassures both new and existing clients in other sectors in which we work, who recognise the significance of receiving an award judged by some of the most senior figures in the construction industry. Winning an Architect of the Year Award has helped us to win new projects and provided a fantastic platform for growth of our practice.”
Hugh Broughton
Hugh Broughton Architects


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