Process & fees

Entry submissions open on 6 January 2020 and close on 6 March 2020, for projects completed between 1 January 2019 and 29 February 2020.

Download the 2020 entry summary PDF.

There are four simple steps involved in submitting your entries.

1. Register or log in

If you haven’t already registered or submitted an entry for this year’s program, you will need to register. This creates your account so you can make online project submissions, which you manage and may edit up until submissions close. Once you have commenced your submission, you can log in and out at any time without losing submission data.

If you have already registered or submitted into the program, you can log in from the home page using your email address and password.

2. Choose award category

There are nine categories, six of which attract entry fees. The categories for Sustainability, House in a Heritage Context and Emerging Architecture Practice are free of charge. Projects may be entered into more than one category (e.g. New House under 200 square metres and Outdoor) and each entry requires a separate submission and fee.

3. Create entry submission

Before beginning your entry submission, read the conditions. Submitting an entry means that you have read and agreed to all the conditions, including obtaining appropriate releases and authorities in writing from your client, photographer and, where applicable, the principal of the design practice.

You will be prompted to respond to specific written criteria (details following) and upload supporting materials (images and drawings) in your secure area. We recommend that you first draft your written responses in a text editor before copying them into the submission form. Remember that you can log in and out without losing submission materials. DO NOT LEAVE SUBMISSION UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE AS IT CAN TAKE TIME TO COMPLETE AN ENTRY.

Submission requirements

You must submit 6 to 10 images (not visualizations) of your project in high-resolution format. Use the highest quality JPG setting available.  TIF images will not be accepted.

Submit JPG images that are at least 3500 pixels wide, with a file size no larger than 20 MB. Images of at least 4500 pixels wide are preferred and will enable a higher quality print coverage. If your images are coming in above the 20MB size limit, try re-saving them in Photoshop and reducing the JPEG compression level to 8.

To ensure images are displayed in order of importance, the naming convention is "01 of 10", "02 of 10", etc.

To maintain anonymity during judging, no design practice names may appear on images, floor plans or written support materials; however, client names may be included.

Drawings, plans and elevations
You should also submit  up to 5 relevant drawings in vector-based PDF format (site plan, floor plan, sections, elevations and/or any other relevant drawings or diagrams), with a file size no larger than 10 MB. Drawings must include a scale bar, key and north point.

House in a Heritage Context
If your project is affected by a heritage listing in a planning scheme or planning instrument (e.g. Heritage Overlay or similar), and you wish to be considered for the award 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).

Emerging Architecture Practice
If your practice was established within the last five years and at least one principal was first registered as an architect within the last seven years you may wish to be considered for this award. 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.

Tips on preparing your entry submission are available.

4. Entry submission and payment

Once you have completed steps two and three (above) you may pay and submit your project.

The first entry attracts a fee of $400, with subsequent entries charged at $300. The system will automatically charge subsequent entries (i.e. from the same applicant) at the reduced rate.

The Australian House of the Year is selected from entries into the awards categories and does not attract an entry fee.

Each submission and payment is confirmed by the issuing of a tax receipt, sent to your email address. Retain a copy for taxation purposes.

Preferred payment method is Visa, Mastercard or Amex, however cheques (made payable to Architecture Media Pty Ltd), may also be sent to Houses Awards, Architecture Media Pty Ltd, Level 6, 163 Eastern Road, South Melbourne Vic 3205.

Requests to withdraw an entry will be accepted if made in writing (housesawards@archmedia.com.au) prior to the submission deadline of Friday 6 March, with refund of the entry fee less an administration charge of $50. After this date projects may not be withdrawn.