Young Architect of the Year Awards 2014: Could it be you?

The world of architecture is something that has been heavily affected in recent years by factors such as developing technology and globalisation.

This means that the industry is more fast-paced than it has ever been before. Tomorrow’s most cutting edge design processes can become dated very quickly. But luckily, there is a new generation of architects who are more than equipped to deal with these rigours.

Young people who are making a success of it in the architecture game are more reactive, open-minded and forward-thinking than ever before. So with that in mind, it is only right that there is an awards ceremony to give this talent the recognition it deserves.

This December, The Brewery on London’s Chiswell Street will once again play host to the Young Architect of the Year Awards. The contest has been running since 1998 and the 16th installment looks set to be one of the most mesmerising so far.

If you’re a young architect sat reading this at home though, there are still a couple of weeks to get an application together and put yourself in the running, with the deadline falling on September 12th. The competition will be judged by experts from Building Design Architecture (BD), but what do you need to have what it takes?

Don’t worry about being a rookie

Young Architect of the Year is the sister project of Architect of the Year, meaning the organisers really are looking to raise the profile of those who have just started out.

This means that there is no necessity for applicants to actually have completed built work to showcase. In the eyes of the judges, engaging and successful ideas that have been commissioned but not completed are just as valuable.

If the wheels have just got in motion on a building project that you have designed, this could well be enough to take you to victory, with BD adding that a “strong philosophy” is one of the main criteria they are looking for.

Who is considered as a ‘Young Architect’?

To some, the title of the awards might sound like something that is slightly ambiguous, but the organisers have set out some very clear requirements – and it’s got nothing to do with age.

The sentiment that age is just a number has never been more true here, with no discrimination involved. The judges are firmly focused on the length of the applicant’s career, as opposed to how old they are.

BD states that anyone who enters the competition must have been a qualified and practising architect for no longer than 12 years. This means the categories will be limited to those whose careers could still be considered to be in their infancy, while not ruling out anyone who chose to make the step into the world of design later in life.

Other requirements

The new globalised world of architecture is also something that the awards are mindful of. Although it is a UK-based project, any architect from the EU can enter, opening up a whole new realm of cultural influence and vibrant creations.

All the judges ask is that entrants are registered with the Architects Registration Board or the equivalent in the country where they operate.

The application

Entries can be sent in by the individual themselves or via a nomination from a colleague. The application needs to feature a number of sections that help showcase the full breadth of the architect’s work.
The application must include an electronic presentation, featuring two panels that introduce between two and four projects each via PDF files. In addition, the organisers ask for a three-minute long film that tells those in charge why the applicant should be chosen for the title.

Each project highlighted should also be accompanied by a description of 100-250 words, as well as an overall written statement of no more than 200 words.

For full information on how to enter and to browse some of the projects that have been chosen as previous winners, head to to learn more.