The Urbanism Awards are an essential keystone of the work of the Academy of Urbanism and have been so since our foundation in 2006. Only by understanding what makes great placemaking a reality can we hope to emulate the achievements, processes and outcomes of the best places and people who shape them.
The more places nominated, the richer the programme, so we want to make it as straightforward as possible to make a nomination. In this article you will find answers to the common questions asked about the process.
The deadline for nominations this year is 17:00 BST, Friday 31 March 2023.
What are we looking for?
Great placemaking is in the eye of the beholder, and there is no single definition, but the Urbanism Awards celebrates places that put people first, that make changes when a need is identified, that innovate, that contribute positively to the climate.
There are many reasons why a place could be great, which is why we want to hear your thoughts.
I’m not a member of the AoU, can I nominate?
Yes! The breadth of contributions is part of what is so key to the Urbanism Awards, so all are encouraged to nominate, including non-members.
What is required for a nomination?
To nominate, we simply ask for a written submission using the online form. You do not need to attach additional files as imagery for the shortlisters is sourced by the AoU team in the interest of fairness.
Can I nominate somewhere I’ve nominated before?
You are very welcome to ‘re-nominate’ somewhere you have nominated before unless it has been shortlisted in the past 10 years. A list of exempt places can be found here.
Where could I nominate?
We are looking for examples of great placemaking across the UK and Ireland – with the European City category open to all of Europe.
These could be old Cities informed by fascinating architecture; Neighbourhoods that are making efforts to improve quality of life for residents; or Places that define a community. You might have visited, lived in, or even worked on projects in these places, streets, neighbourhoods, towns, and cities.