The 2018 York Design Awards are now open for entries. The deadline is 21st March 2018.


Apply for the 2018 York Design Awards here

The awards are free to enter and there are eight categories to choose from. Apply today.

Application Form

We encourage you to submit your YDA application online and guidance is provided below. Or download the PDF form below

Judging Criteria

The following criteria is used when assessing schemes:

  • Quality of Design
  • Context
  • Materials & Workmanship
  • Sustainability
  • Ability to Delight

As part of the application submission, a statement is required of no more than 500 words in both Word and PDF format describing how this scheme achieves the required standard against each criteria.

Closing date for applications 2018

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Site visits

April 23rd and 24th, 2018

Please make a note of these dates. Your development needs to be completed before the site visits by the judges.

Awards Evening 2018

Monday, 25th June, 2018

Ron Cooke Hub, University of York

Every entry will receive invitations for those involved in the scheme (architect, developer, owner etc.) so please make a note of the date and list their details on the application form.

Application enquiries

Mrs. Janet Hopton, or Guy Hanson,

Postal entries

If you are unable to apply on line you can print off an application form here, fill this in, and return your submission by post using the address on the downloaded form.

Applicant contact details

Scheme name and address

Scheme contact details for site visits

Suggested Category

Commercial - Small (less than £500k) Commercial - Large (more than £500k) Public/Community - Small (less than £500k) Public/Community - Large (more than £500k) Residential - Small (less than £500k) Residential - Large (more than £500k) Conservation and/or restoration Open space 

Client, owner or developer


Architect or designer

Other design team consultants

Now Please Upload Your Documents

Please note that only one attachment is possible per browse button, so in order to attach several documents in one go then either put them in a single zip file or create a single multipage PDF. Then browse to the location to upload

Your upload should contain:
- One set of drawings such as plans and elevations in PDF format (no more than 10 drawings)
(max. 5MB)

- Up to 6 number high quality high resolution images (1-5 MB) to illustrate the scheme in JPEG format
(max. 5MB)
(max. 5MB)
(max. 5MB)

- A statement of no more than one side of A4 in pt 12 in Word and PDF format describing how this scheme achieves the required standard against each criteria.
(max. 5MB)


Anyone can put forward a scheme for an Award, but they must have the owner & occupier’s permission. Please confirm that this has been obtained by ticking this box 

Please note: Information (excluding personal names/details etc..) contained in this application will be used in publicity material for the Awards and may be on public display before or after the event. Please do not submit standard scheme brochures or press releases that would require editing to comply with the above criteria.

Please let us know if you would like to be considered for the York Press Peoples’ Choice Award by ticking this box 

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