Winners of the 2022 York Design Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 4th July. Please save the date and join our mailing list to receive an invitation to this free event.


There will be a week-long exhibition of the award entries at York Explore library from 11 to 18 June. Visit the free exhibition and cast your vote for The Press People’s Choice Award and the Young People’s Award (under 18s only).


The Awards cover a wide range of categories including large and small residential development, commercial and public buildings, conservation and restoration projects and open spaces and are open to all projects completed in the last five years.
You can also join the York Design Awards Walking Trails on Friday 17 June, 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 18 June, 10am to 12 noon, as part of the York Festival of Ideas. Visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first 13 years of the scheme. The free walking trails around the city centre reveal some stunning hidden gems developed and built by those aspiring to the highest quality of design. Tickets are available from 29th April at York Festival of Ideas, York Festival of Ideas.


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The York Design Awards is preparing to kick off its fourteenth year of promoting good design across the city by welcoming two award-winning architects to deliver the keynote speech at the annual event’s launch evening on Thursday 24th February at St Peter’s School.

David Patterson from Make Architects and Jon Roylance from ADP Architecture will share their experiences and views on “Designing for a changing world in education”. The free event is open to everyone, in particular those from the property, architecture, building and development sectors.

Ann Reid, Chair of York Design Awards, said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming these renowned architects to the city.  The theme of the keynote speech is hugely relevant to York which has a strong education provision. The world has changed for many people due to the pandemic and we wanted to explore how it will impact on the future architecture and design of schools, universities and other educational establishments.”

Jon Roylance leads the higher education and science and research sectors at ADP Architecture. His projects have won awards including the Guardian Higher Education “Facility of the Year”, the CUBO “Student Project of the Year”, SCONUL University Library of the Year, the Higher Education Academy, and several RIBA awards.

David Patterson from Make has over 20 years’ experience as an architect and has been involved in schemes including RIBA award-winning amenities building for the University of Nottingham and a masterplan design for a thriving new community in the London Borough of Croydon.

York Design Awards are free to enter, with categories including residential, commercial, community, open spaces, conservation/restoration, plus special awards for sustainability, the Lord Mayor’s Award, the Press People Choice Award and Young People’s Award. The entry deadline is 31st March, judging will take place in May and the winners will be announced on 4th July.

The awards are funded and supported by a wide range of sponsors including Arup, CG Building and Restoration, City of York Council, Crombie Wilkinson, Fulprint, George F White, Hiscox, Innovate Associates, Leeds Environmental Design Associates (LEDA), LNER, O’Neill Associates, Ravage Productions, Shepherd Group, St Peter’s School, The Grand Hotel, The Partners Group, The Press, United By Design, University of York, York Architectural Association, York Civic Trust, York Conservation Trust, York Explore, and York Guild of Building.

Book your place at the launch event at York Design Awards Launch Evening Tickets, Thu 24 Feb 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite or find out more about the awards at

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