Homeowners, architects, students, all are encouraged to nominate themselves for the Aberdeenshire Design Awards

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Now in its 13th year, the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards recognize design excellence in the following categories:

Economy and Community Corporate Preservation and Building Adaptation Innovative Single Home Design (including Extensions) Landscape and Biodiversity Design Building communities for the future

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

Submissions are now open until Friday, December 23, 2022.

The first evaluation phase will take place in March 2023, before another evaluation in July 2023.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Aberdeenshire on October 5, 2023.

The awards were created in 1997 to raise the profile of good innovative design.

The biennial awards are a measure of the quality of recent development and the effectiveness of planning policies.

It also seeks to inspire excellence and innovation across Aberdeenshire.

The jury is made up of a wide range of specialists and experts from the fields of planning, architecture and design:

Councilor John Crawley – Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee Councilor Isobel Davidson – Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee Tom Stewart – President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects Steven Robb – Deputy Head: Historic Buildings, Planning, Permissions and Advisory Service for Scotland’s Historic Surroundings Sarah Fletcher – Landscape Policy and Advice Officer for Nature Scot Gokay Deveci – Professor of Architecture Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Robert Coutts – Winner of the 2020 Student Award

There are three levels of awards: Distinction, Highly Commended and Commended along with the Ian Shepherd Award given to the entry judged to be the best of all entries.

Paul Macari, Head of Planning and Economics Service, said: “This is the most exciting part of the process, seeing the innovative projects being submitted and having the opportunity to be amazed by the range of ongoing projects in the North East of Scotland allow .

“I encourage everyone, be it a homeowner, developer, student or designer, to check out the categories.

“I am sure that there is something for everyone.”

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