Promote Excellence

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.

RSUA Design Awards 2020 are paused

The RSUA Design Awards 2020 have been temporarily paused due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The shortlisted buildings are available to view here and judging has not yet been completed to allow for the announcement of winners for this year.


Our Aims


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.


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.

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Award Categories

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.

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Previous Winners