FAQs & tips

Tips on preparing your submission

Read the entry information carefully to ensure that you have entered your project/s into the most appropriate category. Some projects may be suitable for entry into more than one category.

We recommend that you first draft your written responses in a Word document before copying into the submission form.

The written submissions are very important and are read carefully by the jurors. Ensure that:

  • You respond to the criteria succinctly and with relevant, factual information. Point form is better than paragraphs of information.
  • Your opening statements make a strong case for your project receiving an award.
  • You present your project in the best possible light. Don’t leave preparation of the written section to the last minute.

Use a professional photographer to document your projects. The early stages of judging are based on visual criteria, so give your project the best possible chance of getting through the judging processes by submitting high quality images.

Use images that best suit the category you have chosen to enter. Select images that illustrate what you have said about your project in the written statement.

Provide images that are indicative of the project, allowing jurors to form an accurate sense of the entirety of the space. Images that focus on small details (i.e. a single fixture or artwork) tend to be of limited use to the jury.

It is important to provide drawings (site plan, floor plans, sections, elevations etc.) that allow the jurors to make further sense of the images you provide.

If entering into the Sustainability category, please ensure you include sections, diagrams and other sketches that explain how the project responds to environmental concerns.

If entering the category for House in a Heritage Context you will be asked to upload a PDF (maximum of 10 MB) of the supporting justification provided as part of any development application for a heritage approval (e.g. a Heritage Impact Statement or similar)". No other information will be required.

If entering the category for Emerging Architecture Practice, you will be asked to upload a PDF (maximum of 10 MB) of the practice CV, that includes:

  • Information about the date and process for establishment of the practice
  • Number, type and visuals (drawings, photographs etc.) of residential projects completed by the practice
  • A brief comment on each of the practice principals’ background, including age and architect registration date
  • A description of the culture and philosophy of the practice, including how this is manifested in the design of residential projects.

System Requirements

We recommend using Google’s Chrome browser to submit your entry: google.com/chrome. This is free to download. Other modern browsers with the latest version of Javascript and cookies enabled may also be suitable. Internet Explorer 7 and below are not recommended.

Troubleshooting image upload difficulties

Note that images that don’t conform to the specified file format and size will be rejected.

  1. Repeat the process once and check that you get the same result.
  2. Install Google Chrome and use it to complete your entry.
  3. Complete your entry promptly and in one sitting. Do not leave the browser open for long periods with no activity.
  4. Clear your browser’s cookies and cache.
  5. Try another computer.
  6. Run your operating system’s update facility and retry.
  7. Get some help from IT staff.

If you still have problems after following all of these steps, please contact Architecture Media on 03 8699 1000.