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Frequently Asked Questions


When can I enter?

As a general rule, you will be able to enter the awards from end of Jan to end of February. Sign up for our email newsletter service to be kept informed of the exact dates

What format should I submit my board in?

Your board needs to be submitted as a high resolution PDF file (250mb MAX) created from InDesign or Illustrator. Please see the templates/guides section of the website to download the A1 artwork board templates. PDFs need to be uploaded via our FTP (file transfer) site, log in details for board upload will be supplied once payment has been made for your entry.

Do I need to send a hard copy of my board?

No, you do not need to send a hard copy of your board. The PDF you upload to the FTP site is suitable for submission into the awards.

Do I need to send a separate electronic copy of my board?

You should not need to send a separate electronic copy of your board. However, should a fault occur during the online upload process, you may need to email a low resolution copy. In the event of this, please contact us on info@hdawards.org

Do I need to submit my plans and drawings as separate elements?

You do not need to submit your plans and drawings as separate elements when entering the awards at the initial stage. However, should your scheme be shortlisted, you may be contacted and asked to provide these elements and any additional information required.

What do I do if I can't pay online?

If you are unable to pay for your submission online you can email us at info@hdawards.org and we will provide further instructions on how to pay.

When can I submit my payment online?

Online payment facilities will be available from 23 January - create an account, choose the number of schemes you would like to pay for and pay with a credit or debit card.

If you are entering more than one scheme and wish to pay via BACS, we can cater for this, please contact us on info@hdawards.org.

When is the submission deadline for the boards?

Board artwork, entry form and payment must be received by 6th March 2017, by 5PM.

Can I amend my entry after I have submitted it?

No, once your entry has been submitted the information cannot be amended. Please ensure that all details are correct before you submit your entry.

When/where is the awards ceremony held?

The 2017 awards ceremony will be on the afternoon and evening of Monday 10th July in central London

How can I be kept up to date with the latest news on the awards?

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How are the awards judged?

For information on how the awards are judged, please view the judging criteria section of this website.

What happens if I am shortlisted?

If your scheme is shortlisted for an award, you will be sent an invitation inviting you to attend the winner’s presentation in July. You may also be asked to submit your plans and drawings as separate elements.

Do I have to pay for a table at the awards ceremony?

Please note, only people associated with schemes that have been shortlisted for an award are eligible to attend the winners presentation.

It is an informal presentation with unallocated row seating, film screenings and a networking reception. Dinner is not provided. As places are limited, each party involved in a scheme (i.e. architect, developer, local authority or contractor) may be limited to one representative at the winners presentation.

Please provide this representative's correct contact name, email and postal address when filling out the entry form. Representatives of shortlisted schemes are asked to make a small contribution to attending the event, which will be waived if attending the seminar beforehand. Additional places are sometimes available for purchase on a "first come first served" basis.

Will my details be passed on to 3rd parties?

All entries to 2017’s Housing Design Awards will be collated into an illustrated database of new developments in England, which will become a comprehensive record of what is being built where and by whom in the current period. This unique database is then marketed back to the industry, being sold to developers, consultants, manufacturers and any other interested party. It is also provided FOC to investment managers within the Homes and Communities Agency and local authorities, and members of community interest groups will be able to obtain low-cost versions to help with formulation of local development frameworks and neighbourhood plans. Raising income from selling the illustrated database has replaced the central government grant which partly financed the 69-year-old annual awards programme.

By submitting your scheme as an entry to the Housing Design Awards, you have given permission for its incorporation in the illustrated database and any other Housing Design Awards publication. Your scheme may be used for publicity purposes (for the Awards themselves) by the Housing Design Awards and associated companies, including the Department for Communities and Local Government. Additional images of shortlisted schemes taken by or sent to the Housing Design Awards, are likely to appear on the website and may form part of reports on the Awards.