If we want the best places and spaces for our cities, towns and communities, we need to recognise the people behind it all.


About the Awards


The Australian Urban Design Awards were created in 1996 by then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Urban Design Taskforce. The program was established to recognise contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects.

For over twenty five years, the program has communicated the critical role of good urban design in the shaping of the nation and the collaborative relationships that underpin the successful development of the built environment. The Australian Urban Design Awards are co-convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with the support of five peak organisations servicing the sector.

The intent and scope of the Australian Urban Design Awards is wide-ranging and attracts entries for initiatives, built projects and publications that will make a significant difference to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of our cities and towns.


Award Categories

Built projects – city and regional scale
This category recognises completed built projects that are at a town, suburb, city or region scale.

Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
This category recognises completed built projects at a site, local or neighbourhood scale.

Leadership, advocacy and research –city and regional scale
This category recognises proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a national, state/territory, regional or city scale.

Leadership, advocacy and research –local and neighbourhood scale
This category recognises proposed projects and ideas that could facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence.