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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Nicky Watson

Nicky Watson is a Director of award-winning JDDK Architects in Newcastle. She is RIBA Vice President for Education and RIBA Council member for the North East

Nicky’s work in the practice as a hands-on architect has been diverse, including in the health, education, veterinary, tourism, residential and commercial sectors, often focusing on projects within the community where complex briefs require extensive interaction and consultation with the end-user clients and members of the public. Designing within sensitive culturally, ecologically and historically significant settings is a common part of Nicky’s work across a number of development sectors.

Nicky has sat on a number of design award judging panels including for RIBA North East Awards. She is a regular visiting tutor and lecturer at Northumbria University’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment on both BA and MArch courses. In 2017 Nicky was made a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University.

Nicky speaks regularly in local schools promoting architecture as a career and is passionate about improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession.

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