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.

Upcoming Awards

Architect Led Tour – Newry Leisure Centre

Architect Led Tour – Newry Leisure Centre

Newry Leisure Centre Phase 2, designed by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects, won an RSUA Design Award.  Terry Hamilton from Kennedy FitzGerald Architects will be giving a tour of the building for RSUA Members. Here are the key details: Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm Date: Friday 25th January 2018 Location: 60 Cecil St, Newry BT35 6A  Parking: Parking is available onsite. Cost: […]

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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 2019.

Projects that win an RSUA Design Award 2019 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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