Hackney Design Awards

We are delighted to announce that nominations for the 2020 Hackney Design Awards are now open.

The awards are a celebration of great design in Hackney and since their inception in 2004, over 350 nominations have been received, 124 schemes shortlisted and 67 recognised as winners, commendations or mentions.

The awards offer a unique opportunity for the Council to engage with local communities and built environment professionals and increase our understanding of how quality design can make a real difference to where people live, work and relax.

Who can nominate?

The awards are open to all and everyone is encouraged to nominate any project they feel represents good quality design in Hackney.

In the past, nominations have come from all areas – the architects who designed the development, the residents who inhabit the homes, employees who enjoy their workplace, pupils who love their schools or people who are simply inspired by the look of a building or place.

What can be nominated?

The nomination must:

  • be in the borough of Hackney
  • have been completed no earlier than 17 July 2018 and be fully functioning by the closing date of nominations on 2 October 2020

We welcome nominations for all types of public and private development, including new buildings, extensions and alterations, refurbishments, public realm and landscaping.

This year, we also have 4 special categories alongside the regular programme:

What needs to be considered when making a nomination?

The awards receive a varied range of nominations and we do not limit the scope of the awards or a set of rigid assessment criteria. However, we would ask that you consider the following aspects when considering making a nomination.

The nomination demonstrates:

Submit a nomination

Send your completed nomination form to designawards@hackney.gov.uk.

In your email, please also attach photos of the project (max 10 images). We also welcome additional supporting material, such as planning drawings where available.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 2 October 2020.

What happens after you make a nomination?

  • we will contact you to confirm receipt of the nomination
  • we will log the details of the nomination and undertake further investigation to collate as much information as possible to assist with the judging process
  • the client, the architect and the contractor, who are generally the awards recipients, will be notified of the nomination and, if shortlisted, notified accordingly

This year, due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus, the awards will be taking a largely virtual format with our expert judging panel shortlisting and awarding schemes solely based on the submission material and additional follow up checks rather than physical site visits.

People’s choice and young people’s choice awards

The people’s choice award has been running since 2010 and puts the power in the hands of local communities to vote for their favourite amongst the shortlisted nominations.

This year, to celebrate the work that Hackney is undertaking to support young people growing up in Hackney, we have a dedicated young people’s choice award category for projects that enhance the life of those aged up to 18 years.

All shortlisted entries for both awards will appear on this page in November along with details of how to vote.

Based on the votes received, the winner of the people’s choice and young people’s choice awards will be announced in late 2020.

Programme for 2020

Previous award winners

Hackney Design Awards photos
Page updated on: 28 September 2020

Hackney Design Awards