The 20th edition of the BDAV Building Design Awards, presented by Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is inviting design professionals to showcase their creativity and design excellence.

The annual BDAV Building Design Awards recognises creativity and excellence in building design in a wide range of categories including residential design, interior design, heritage conservation, energy efficient design and non-residential design across commercial, industrial, hospitality and public buildings.

The 2015 BDAV Building Design Awards introduces new categories including ‘Residential Design – Best Small Lot’ and ‘Best Unbuilt Design’, while the People’s Choice Award will once again be open to the public to vote for their favourite project. The Building Design of the Year Award will go to the most outstanding submission from the category award winners.

Entry submissions for the 20th BDAV Building Design Awards close on Friday 10 April 2015. Award winners will be announced on 25 July 2015 and profiled in BDAV’s tenth Winning Design magazine.

BDAV President Alastair McDonald described the 20th anniversary of the Building Design Awards as an important milestone for the organisation as well as for Victoria’s building design professionals.

As an awards program that aims to formally recognise the best in building design two decades after its launch, the BDAV Building Design Awards this year presents an opportunity to reflect on creativity and expertise in building design in the last 20 years and showcase new and emerging trends in building design for the future.

Entries are judged on the quality of the design process with a focus on design excellence, taking into account elements such as architectural form, neighbourhood or landscape context, environmental sustainability, cost-effectiveness and innovative use of materials and technology.

The Awards are open to all building designers who are Full Members of the BDAV, and are Registered Building Practitioners or Registered Architects.