Building Sense Now 2021
Global Award

Building Sense Now, is a global initiative to connect and activate like-minded individuals and design practices in Architecture, Engineering and Construction from across the world who believe that better design solutions are a crucial element to transform our cities and help create more resilient, sustainable and climate positive buildings.

Some of the biggest challenges design practices face are not always technical or practical but can be more about making the case for doing things differently to clients, investors, regulators, co-professionals or supply chains and then integrating great ideas into the design process and project delivery.

An award for new, innovative design practices from across the world

With the Building Sense Now Global Award we are looking for new, innovative design practices from across the world that achieve challenging design goals and address climate change and sustainability issues. We want to give recognition to practices and individuals whose work has made a difference and demonstrated leadership at whatever level or scale.

This award focuses on the people and their design process as well as the “philosophy and ethic” driver behind it rather than its final resolution in the built project. We are looking for disruptive thinking that demonstrates the potential to tackle big scale issues in a range of fields, including for example: buildings, urban renewal and transformation projects, urban systems, city operating and governance, urban ecology or human centered place making and well-being.

The Global Building Sense Now Award will provide international recognition and visibility for the winner and the initiative Building Sense Now will celebrate their achievement via social and printed media and events. It also includes the production of a promotional video which showcases the work of the award winner and includes interviews with relevant people from their team and clients, as well as with the jury members. The video will be hosted on the Building Sense Now website and on the websites of various Green Building Councils and other supporting organizations. The winner will be invited to present at a high-profile conference event which will include a dedicated Presentation Award ceremony.

Apply until September 30

Eligibility: The Award is open to all individuals and practices involved in shaping our built environment whether it be from Architecture, Engineering and Constructing or related fields. There are no restrictions on the size of the organization or projects, location, or professional qualifications requirements for entrants – we just want to get the people behind the best ideas and projects. There is no entry fee. All submissions are to be in digital format and won’t be returned to entrants.

Award Process: The winning practice or individual should be able to illustrate their design approach to innovation, supported by at least one built reference project and evidence of its wider impact. There is a two stage process:

  • Stage 1: Award Launch, May 2021
  • Stage 2: Simply fill in the short application form found on the Building Sense Now website
    Deadline for online applications 30th September 2021
  • Stage 3: Short listed applicants will be notified and teleconference interview times with the jury arranged. Interviews + evaluations to be held between 4th October and 22nd October 2021
  • Stage 4: Winner selected + notified by the end of October
  • Stage 5: Award Ceremony

Jury: An international jury comprising the initiators of Building Sense Now