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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Top architect launches 2013 awards

Leading international architect Keith Williams is in York later this week to launch the York Design Awards 2013.

Keith, who also headed the team choosing the winners of the Guildhall design competition, will talk about the need for excellence in architecture and how old cities must embrace new design rather than simple ape the styles of the past.

His own multi-award-winning international architectural practice, based in London, was founded in 2001 and reflects his own principles. He says: “Great design combines both intelligent strategy and precise detail to create the most dynamic outcome. In architecture there is a part that is created through intuition and the senses and a part that is made from analysis and reason. The union of the two is at the heart of great architecture.

He will present his ideas to an invited audience at The Bar Convent on Thursday 31st January, when he will also launch the call for entries for the 7th annual York Design Awards.

Says Janet Hopton, who heads the York Design Awards steering group: “Despite the tough economic conditions there is some great work going on in the city and we are hoping for a good response to the 2013 awards programme. Like Keith Williams, we believe that good design plays a significant role in keeping York special and we have been delighted by the way that those involved in delivering new buildings and preserving old ones have embraced the awards scheme.”

Since the launch of the awards in 2007, there have been over 200 entries with a total of 55 receiving awards from the judging panel.

The awards are sponsored by local businesses and organisations including S Harrison Developments Ltd, York Civic Trust, City of York Council, York Archaeological Trust and the York Guild of Building. This year the former chief conservation architect for English Heritage, David Heath has joined the independent judging panel.

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