The Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards are open for nominations


Communities, residents and businesses are encouraged to nominate their favorite buildings for the upcoming Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards 2023.

Now in their 13th year, the accolades are awarded for outstanding design achievement in the commercial and community enterprise categories; Conservation and adaptation of buildings; Innovative solutions to housing needs; Landscaping and building communities for the future.

Nominations are now sought through Sunday July 31, with submissions available for download from Monday August 1.

Eligible projects include extensions, single-family homes, commercial properties, landscaping, regeneration projects and the creation of new communities.

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The Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards 2023 are now open for nominations.

The first phase of judging is expected to take place in March 2023, before a re-judging in July, with the winners being announced at a ceremony at the barn, Banchory on October 5.

The awards were established in 1997 with the aim of raising the profile of good innovative design. Held every two years, the awards provide a benchmark for the quality of recent development and the effectiveness of planning policies, whilst also seeking to inspire excellence and innovation in Aberdeenshire.

The judging panel will include the chairman and deputy chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, four external professional advisers and the winner of last year’s student award.

There are three levels of awards: Distinction, Highly Commended and Congratulations, as well as the Ian Shepherd Award given to the entry considered to be the best of all those submitted.

Planning and Economics Manager Paul Macari said: “I am delighted to see the return of the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards for its 13th year.

“This is a great program to celebrate and showcase the innovative, high quality designs we have here in Aberdeenshire.

“After the 2020 Design Awards had to move to an entirely virtual format due to Covid-19, we very much look forward to reintroducing the ceremony aspect of the program which will allow us to give worthy recipients of the awards the recognition they deserve. ”

To name a building or find out more about previous winners, visit

For businesses that may be interested in sponsoring the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards 2023, there are different levels of sponsorship available, all offering business promotion at the awards ceremony.

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