Houses Awards 2015, an annual program celebrating Australia’s residential architecture, is now open for entry.

Houses Awards recognises excellence in architecture across nine categories, with the best architecturally designed house receiving the premier title of ‘Australian House of the Year’ along with a $5,000 cash prize. Each category winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The categories for Houses Awards 2015 include Australian House of the Year; New House under 200 square metres; New House over 200 square metres; House alteration and addition under 200 metres; House alteration and addition over 200 metres; Apartment or Unit Outdoor; Sustainability; House in a Heritage Context; and Emerging Architecture Practice.

Providing an insight into contemporary residential design and recognising the contributions made by Australia’s architects and designers, the Houses Awards showcases some of Australia’s finest architecture and more innovative projects.

The jurors for the 2015 awards program include Stephanie Little, Founding Partner, Chenchow Little Architects (NSW); Adrian Spence, Co-founder, Richards and Spence (QLD); Kerstin Thompson, Principal, Kerstin Thompson Architects (VIC); David Welsh, Partner, Welsh and Major (NSW); and Katelin Butler, Editor, Houses magazine (VIC).

Open to all design professionals from Australia and across the world, Houses Awards 2015 encourages entries from practices of all scales, specialisations and locations. Projects must be individual dwellings designed primarily for residential occupation, located in Australia, and completed between 1 January 2014 and 28 February 2015. Projects may be entered in more than one category, where appropriate.

Entry submissions will be accepted until Friday 27 March, 2015. The shortlist will be published online by Friday 1 May, with awards and commendations to be presented at Melbourne’s NGV International on Friday 31 July.