The 2018 York Design Awards will be launched at the York Theatre Royal on Wednesday 7th February.
You can book your place and also express your interest in entering a project or sponsoring the York Design Awards by emailing us today.

FAQs

When can I enter?

Typically, you will be able to enter the awards between the end of January and mid April each year. Please check the web site nearer the time for confirmation of the exact dates.

How do I enter?

Our preference is for you to submit an online application through this web site. If you are unable to do this then we also provide a postal address. When we are open for entries there will be a link on each page of our web site to take you directly to the application section.

How much does it cost to enter?

 It is completely free of charge

Is it important that I enter my scheme for the right category?

When you make an application you will be asked what category (or several categories) you feel it fits. Don’t worry if you are not sure which categories are correct for you. The judging panel will also consider this.

Are the York Design Awards a competition or are they given to anyone who achieves a certain high standard?

They are mostly a recognition of achieving a certain high standard of design. Therefore it is common for more than one award to be given in each category. Also, because of this, on some occasions no awards could be given, but this is unusual.

In addition to this, entries are also eligible for three special awards irrespective of the category they are considered under. There is one award for each of these

What happens after I enter?

All eligible applications will be visited by the judging panel, usually in around mid May. The application section advises what dates these visits will be on and so please make sure your entry will be available to visit at some point during these days. Unfortunately we can not arrange for the judges to visit on different dates to these.

All eligible applicants are automatically invited to the awards evening. This awards evening is usually in June or July and it is free of charge.

Can I change my application after it has been entered?

We will get in touch with you if your application is incomplete, but we generally do not accept resubmissions or alterations.

How do I know if my scheme is eligible to enter?

The scheme is usually a landscape or building project of some sort. Please see this link here (hyperlink) for information about categories.

It was built in the City of York Council boundary

The scheme was completed within the last three years. It has to be finished by the time the judges visit it, but it might not be complete when you enter.

The scheme was not submitted in previous years.

You have permission of the owner.

It is fully available to view during the dates of the judges visits.

How are the awards judged?

Please see this link for details on who judges the awards and how the judging panel is selected.

Who runs the awards and who funds them

The York Design Awards are run by a voluntary committee. Please see this link here (hyperlink) for details about how the awards are run and funded.

How do you treat the information I supply?

By submitting your scheme as an entry to the York Design Awards you have given permission for the York Design Awards to publically promote and display your application scheme either before or after the awards. For householder applications, please let us know if you would like personal names or the exact address not to be made public.

We do not sell or pass on your details to third parties.

We will collate your information into our database of contacts and might from time to time be in touch, usually by email. You can opt out of this by contacting us through the web site.