The Awards

Design Middle East is proud to present Architecture Leaders Awards 2021. This event is about celebrating the best from the region’s architecture industry. The awards will honour the best architects, their projects, and the companies they represent. The award ceremony with various categories will strive to recognise the individual excellence, company strengths, and project success, and the leading design experts will form a jury and be part of the selection procedure.

The awards presentation will take place at a five-star venue followed by the ceremony and gala dinner. It’s an event to rejoice, network, and celebrate the deserving talent. The winner receives a commemorative trophy, extensive print, and online coverage in the Design Middle East.

Award Categories

COMPANY AWARDS

This award category recognises the outstanding architectural firm in the 12 months to the end of Jan 2020. Judges will be looking for a firm, which delivers high quality projects in the MENA region. Judges will be looking for the firm’s greatest achievements, projects, and financial summary of the relevant period.

Entries for the Architectural firm of the Year category should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words about the firm and its progress.

A firm showcasing design excellence and has been in the business for five years or less.

Entries for the Emerging Architectural firm of the Year category should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words about the firm and its progress.

The award is presented to the architectural firm that takes on a people-centric approach and demonstrates strong commitment towards employee empowerment and enrichment. Companies must make an effort in terms of improving employee’s job satisfaction, employee recognition and retention, fair communication, and promote work-life balance.

Entries for the Best Workplace of the Year category should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words about the firm and its progress.

A fit-out company working closely with the architects/architecture firm and delivering exceptional projects in the last 12 months.

An interior design company working closely with the architects/architecture firm and delivering exceptional projects in the last 12 months.

Software solution provider working closing with architects/architecture firm. The success of the software should be demonstrated with reference to the application on a project or projects completed in the last 12 months, ending February 2021.

PROJECT AWARDS

The award will go to the best retail project of the year on the basis of design, interiors, and innovation. The project to consider for this category are shopping malls, stand-alone retail outlets, also includes spas, gyms, and salons. This award will be chosen by a panel of judges who will take the design aspect affecting the retail experience of customers strongly in consideration.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the retail project and it’s standout features making the retail experience a joyous one.

This award is for the outstanding interior design for a commercial/public sector project, which includes museums, government buildings, cinemas, airports, offices, and galleries in the Middle East. Judges will make their choice on the basis of the design, innovation, and technology, used in the project.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the commercial project and standout features of the development.

This award is for the outstanding residential project in the Middle East based on the design, innovation, and creativity. Judges will make their choice on the basis of the various aspects of design like technology, lighting, walls, flooring, façade, outdoor area, and interiors.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the residential project and its

This award is for an outstanding school or a university development in the Middle East. Judges will make their decision on the basis of design, innovation, and how engaging and inspiring are the interiors for the student.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1,000 words of description of the design education development and its design highlights.

The award recognises a distinguished landscape architecture project in the region. Any landscape architecture project involving the design of outdoor areas including public or private parks, gardens, etc.

The award will go to the outstanding project —residential, commercial, or retail, which is most sustainable, and has used extensive environment-friendly initiatives hence reducing the carbon footprints.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the sustainable project and the note-worthy design and technology highlights.

This category awards the best overall architecture for a built architectural complex with multiple and combined functions, including (but not limited to) commercial, residential, co-working, institutional, health and wellness, cultural, hospitality, sports and recreation, transportation and more, and are physically and functionally integrated.

Judges will evaluate submissions based on materiality, colour, contrast, texture, how it responds to its contextual surroundings, how the design was interpreted to the brief of the client, how it creates a space which is culturally relevant, as well as being unique and contemporary for the built environment.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the healthcare project and the note-worthy design features.

The award will go to the outstanding hotel project in the Middle East with striking interiors and exteriors. The judges will focus on the design of various areas like lobby, public spaces, rooms, outdoors, and F&B areas.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the hospitality project and design highlights.

The award will go to an incredible healthcare project with a design that promotes the health and well-being of its occupants. Judges will be looking for a project with a holistic design and innovative approaches to healthcare environments.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description of the healthcare project and the note-worthy design features.

The best selection of adaptive reuse and refurbishment architecture project in the Middle East

This category is dedicated to any type of building and development that is already in progress or slated to begin construction soon, and gives an insight into what the future may hold through distinct architectural, use of advanced technology, and environmental qualities.

Any completed master plan dedicated to the long-term connections between buildings, infrastructure, social and economic conditions, environments, and future development.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Saluting the outstanding architect and his excellence in the field of architecture in the region. Judges will consider the projects completed in the last 12 month until October 2020, those in pipeline and other achievements. Initiatives related to sustainability and environment should also be mentioned.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description about the architect, company, projects, clients, and future projects.

The award recognises the most promising architect (35 or below) who is working in the Middle East. Judges would consider the completed projects in the region, projects in the pipeline, and other accomplishments.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description about the interior designer or architect, clients, and projects.

This award category recognises the outstanding consultant firm in the 12 months to the end of Jan 2020. Judges will be looking for a firm, which delivers high quality projects in the MENA region. Judges will be looking for the firm’s greatest achievements, projects, and financial summary of the relevant period.

Entries for the Consultant of the Year category should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words about the firm and its progress.

The award for CEO of the Year will go to the individual who demonstrates and delivers outstanding results at his or her organisation during the previous 12 months.

This award will go to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the design and architecture sector in the region during his/her career. This award will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Entries should support their nomination with no more than 1000 words of description and also include details about the projects, accomplishments, and other contributions made towards this field

Nomination

How to nominate:

  • Click “Submit Nominations’ on the event homepage
  • Complete nomination details, such as name of company or person you are nominating
  • Answer all of the required questions clearly
  • In your submission, be sure to include details showing why your entry deserves to win over others
  • Collate all your supporting documents to a single PDF file no larger than 10MB and email with the nomination to the following:
  • kasun@bncpublishing.net or roma@bncpublishing.net

The team will confirm whether your nomination has been received and a confirmation email will be sent to you. Any further queries can be e-mailed to the addresses above

Submission closes on March 18, 2021

Sponsorship

Platinum Ally

  • Onsite product branding alternatives
  • Placement of logo on event advertisements
  • Placement of logo in event email shots to the Design Middle East mailing list
  • Mentions in press releases and subsequent published materials
  • Social media Platinum Ally placement mentions on all Design Middle East social media platforms
  • Placement of logo on event print and digital invitations
  • Placement of logo on event site branding
  • Ally seating affords two full tables for the Platinum Ally that will accommodate 8 guests
  • Video footage and imagery of the event released for promotional usage
  • Pre and post event coverage to be featured on our websites and dispersed via relevant social media channels
  • Twelve full print pages to be used at the Platinum Ally's discretion within a period of six months in any Design Middle East print edition

Gold Ally

  • Onsite product branding alternatives
  • Placement of logo on event advertisements
  • Placement of logo in event email shots to the Design Middle East mailing list
  • Mentions in press releases and subsequent published materials
  • Social media Platinum Ally placement mentions on all Design Middle East social media platforms
  • Placement of logo on event print and digital invitations
  • Placement of logo on event site branding
  • Ally seating affords one full table for the Gold Ally that will accommodate 4 guests
  • Video footage and imagery of the event released for promotional usage
  • Pre and post event coverage to be featured on our websites and dispersed via relevant social media channels
  • Six full print pages in Design Middle East

Silver Ally

  • Onsite product branding alternatives
  • Placement of logo on event advertisements
  • Mentions in press releases and subsequent published materials
  • Placement of logo on event print and digital invitations
  • Placement of logo on event site branding
  • Ally seating affords one full table for the Silver Ally that will accommodate 4 guests
  • Video footage and imagery of the event released for promotional usage
  • Pre and post event coverage to be featured on our websites and dispersed via relevant social media channels
  • Four full print pages in Design Middle East

Category ALLY

  • Placement of logo on event advertisements
  • Mentions in press releases and subsequent published materials
  • Placement of logo on event print and digital invitations
  • Placement of logo on event site branding
  • Ally seating affords one full table for the Category Ally that will accommodate 4 guests
  • Pre and post event coverage to be featured on our websites and dispersed via relevant social media channels
  • Video footage and imagery of the event released for promotional usage
  • Two full print pages in Design Middle East

Contact us

FOR SPONSORSHIP ENQUIRIES

JOAQUIM D’COSTA

Email: jo@bncpublishing.net

Direct: +971 50 440 2706

FOR EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES

ROMA ARORA

Email: roma@bncpublishing.net

KASUN ILLANKOON

Email: kasun@bncpublishing.net

Mobile: +971 56 135 4769