Evaluation Criteria

The Jury seeks to understand how the project delivers specific, measurable outcomes. Entrants are encouraged to make a case against some/all of the following criteria:

1.     Efficacy | Reduced resource demand + greater efficacy of use | Consumption and waste loops | Life-cycle approach

2.     Wellness | Physical + psychological + emotional needs of individuals and communities 

3.     Ecology | Buildings and landscapes that promote regeneration and biodiversity

4.     Embeddedness | Sense of Place | Reliance on local know-how and resources

5.     Integration | Collaborative design-construction process

6.     Advocacy | Evidence of stakeholder engagement | Building as catalyst for change

7.     Adaptation | Resilience to climate change  | Future-proofing

8.     Replicability | Potential for broad based application | Multiplier effect at the scales of community, precinct or city


In general the Jury will look for how materials, strategies, systems and technologies are integrated in an imaginative manner, resulting in a climate-responsive, user-centric architecture that is both functional and a delight to the senses.

In the Socially-Inclusive Development category, additional weightage will be placed on outcomes relating to social equity and a collaborative design process, the latter facilitating multiple stakeholder engagement.

NOTE: In all categories the jury would like to see post-occupancy data. Entrants should attempt to describe the building or development in use, going beyond design intent at the drawing board.