The primary purpose of the RSUA Design Awards is to promote excellence in the design of our built environment with the view to making Northern Ireland a better place for everyone.
Encourage architects to constantly strive to improve the quality of the built environment in Northern Ireland.
Showcase the positive impact of design excellence on society in Northern Ireland including its critical role in making NI a more attractive place for citizens, tourists, investors etc.
Reward architects, clients and all involved in the building process who aspire to, and succeed in, delivering excellence in design.
Demonstrate the talent of Northern Irish architects and provide a platform to showcase their successes beyond this region.
Impact of Architecture
Highlight the breadth and depth of the impact of architecture on the lives of the people of Northern Ireland.
The Awards have been running since 1998 and they are recognised as the leading architecture awards in Northern Ireland. The gala evening is the premier event in the calendar for everyone involved in the design of the built environment.
RSUA / RIBA
This is the second year of the alignment between the RSUA and RIBA awards. Our partnership with RIBA means that RSUA Awards will double up as the RIBA Northern Ireland Awards. Winning an RSUA Award is now the first step to being considered for a UK-wide RIBA Award.
Projects entered for this year’s competition, regardless of project type or value, will be considered for a headline RSUA Design Award 2020. Given the outbreak of COVID-19, the judging for the RSUA Design Awards 2020 has been paused.
Projects that win an RSUA Design Award 2020 will be in the running to win the Liam McCormick Prize – Northern Ireland’s building of the year and will be considered for a RIBA National Award. Judges may also give a range of discretionary awards.