Category Criteria

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The Building

The grand prize of the night, The Building is awarded to the project that marks a new direction in the future of architecture as well as its capacity to respond to its local place and culture.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 – 27 Jan 2017. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Building award include: a demonstrated advancement in architectural practice with regard to form, technology, materiality and so on. The building will represent a new or re-invented method of design in process and/or final outcome. Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach to architecture. The building will also specifically respond to its cultural and physical locality.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, skills and expertise, project challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

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The Design Studio

Whether architect, designer or a modern hybrid, this award esteems the studio that thinks differently, creates voraciously and challenges tradition.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All designers and firms located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Design Studio award include: a demonstrated progressive attitude toward imaginative architectural and design practices with regard to skills and services, their definition of design talent and expertise, studio structure, their use of technology, materiality, big-picture thinking and so on.

The awarded studio will be bold and fearless in its practice of architecture/design, colouring outside the lines and questioning accepted industry rules and habitus throughout its work. Conceptually and aesthetically, the studio will be iconic and distinctive in both the process and outcome of its designs, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach.

Key considerations: Studio mission, in-house talent, studio structure and hierarchy, design process from ideation/concept to execution, hallmark projects, practice innovation and overall originality of studio.

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The Work Space

The workplace is social and cultural, as much as it is functional. This award honours a workspace design that meets the demands of work and the needs of people.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016-27 Jan 2017. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Work Space award include: a demonstrated advancement in design and architectural practice with regard to form, technology, materiality, big-picture thinking and so on. The project will represent a new or re-invented method of design in process and/or final outcome. Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach to architecture and design. The project itself will also specifically respond to its cultural and physical locality.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, skills and expertise, project challenges, experimentation and breaking tradition, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

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The Living Space

Homestead, shophouse or apartment tower, to live well is to respond to one’s place. We award the region’s most inspiring home – one that dwells thoughtfully and sensitively.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 – 27 Jan 2017. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Living Space award include: a demonstrated advancement in design and architectural practice with regard to form, technology, materiality, big-picture thinking and so on. The project will represent a new or re-invented method of design in process and/or final outcome. Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be distinctive and imaginative, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach to architecture and design. The project will also specifically respond to its cultural and physical locality.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, skills and expertise, project challenges, experimentation and breaking tradition, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

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The Social Space

Some of the most impressive spaces are those where people interact and play. We honour a space that tells a relevant story, captures the imagination, and brings people together.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects and design firms located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible.  All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 – 27 Jan 2017. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Social Space award include: a demonstrated advancement in design and architectural practice with regard to form, technology, materiality, big-picture thinking and so on. The project will represent a new or re-invented method of design in process and/or final outcome. Conceptually and aesthetically, the design will be iconic and imaginative, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach to architecture and design. The project itself will also specifically respond to its cultural and physical locality.

Key considerations: brief, ideation process, concept, skills and expertise, project challenges, experimentation and breaking tradition, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

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The Object

Not all objects are created equal. We look at how they function, what they signify, and how they respond to the needs of people. Here, we award the region’s most original players in modern industrial design.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All objects created by designers within the Asia Pacific region are eligible.All object / products must be completed between 1 January 2016 – 27 Jan 2017. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Object award include: a demonstrated focus on the needs of people and design’s responsibility to serve those needs in original and creative formats. The object will be a harmonious realisation of both form and function, as well as manufacturing techniques, materiality and regional accessibility. Conceptually and aesthetically, the objects will be iconic and distinctive in both the making process and final outcome, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach to industrial design.

Key considerations: brief (if applicable), purpose/mission, functionality, form, ideation process and concept, object challenges, experimentation and imagination, innovation, materiality, and originality of design outcome.

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The Influencer

How does design change our world for the better? The Influencer is a person, product or project that represents how design impacts the region and the world at large. The Influencer demonstrates what progressive design can do to improve the world.

Category Criteria

Is your submission suitable for this category?

All projects, products, people and design firms located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. All projects must be completed between 1 January 2016 – 27 Jan 2017. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Influencer award include: a demonstrated focus on the needs of people and design’s responsibility to serve those needs in original and creative formats. Whether a project, product, person or studio, The Influencer will express the importance of a harmonious realisation of form and function, as well as manufacturing techniques, materiality and regional accessibility. Conceptually and aesthetically, the product/project will be distinctive in both its making process and final outcome, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach to architecture and design.

Key considerations: purpose/mission, brief, ideation process, concept, skills and expertise, project/product/studio challenges, experimentation and breaking tradition, innovation and overall originality of design outcome.

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The Pitch

Further to the above category criteria, you will be asked to give our jury the backstage knowledge they need to see why your submission is so extraordinary.

In a simple paragraph or two, describe your submission.

  1. What was the design brief, and how did you interpret it? **NOT APPLICABLE TO THE DESIGN STUDIO CATEGORY
  2. What are the images not telling us?
  3. Why will our jury be interested in your submission beyond how it looks?

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The Prodigy

(People’s Choice)

 

Our INDE. Experts and Indesign Media Editors have their fingers on the pulse of A+D across the region. They’re the first to know and the first to report. And that’s why they’re at the vanguard of the tomorrow of A+D. As such, we cannot think of a more savvy bunch of authorities to collate a shortlist for The Prodigy.

Forget following trends; this award honours someone who sparks them. Seeing no distinction between design disciplines, The Prodigy celebrates the innovation, bravery and forward-thinking of emerging A+D professionals. In this People’s Choice category, we invite you to have your say in the future of A+D. Vote for your wunderkind.

Nominations for The Prodigy category will be announced 9 December 2016 and voting will open 12 December 2016.

Category Criteria

For nomination by our INDE. Experts and Indesign Media Editors, nominees for The Prodigy will demonstrate (but will not be limited to) the following:

All designers located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Prodigy award include: a demonstrated progressive attitude toward imaginative architectural/design practice with regard to skills and services, their definition of design talent and expertise, their use of technology, materiality, big-picture thinking and so on.

The awarded A+D emerging professional will be bold and fearless in their practice of architecture/design, colouring outside the lines and questioning accepted industry rules and habits throughout their work. Conceptually and aesthetically, The Prodigy will be distinctive in both the process and outcome of their portfolio, and serve as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach.

Key considerations: The A+D emerging professional’s mission, expertise and talent, design approach from ideation/concept to execution, hallmark projects, innovation, big-picture thinking and overall originality.

The Luminary

(People’s Choice)

Our INDE. Experts and Indesign Media Editors are true connoisseurs of our region’s architecture and design achievements. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, they have, are, and will be there championing the unflagging excellence of our A+D community. As a result, they are uniquely positioned to nominate the shortlist for recognising an individual whose entire portfolio represents a lifetime of design finesse and distinction: The Luminary.

Whether casting a long shadow across many disciplines or excelling ahead of the pack in one, The Luminary recognises the ongoing contribution of an industry icon.

Nominations for The Luminary category will be announced 9 December 2016 and voting will open 12 December 2016.

Category Criteria

For nomination by our INDE. Experts and Indesign Media Editors, nominees for The Luminary will demonstrate (but will not be limited to) the following:

All extant A+D professionals located within the Asia Pacific region are eligible. Outside of that requirement, the qualities and characteristics under consideration for The Luminary award include: a well-established and demonstrated progressive attitude toward imaginative architectural and design practice with regard to skills and services, their definition of design talent and expertise, their use of technology, materiality, big-picture thinking and so on.

The awarded individual has demonstrated a consistent, bold and fearless approach to their practice of architecture/design, inspiring others with their skill, insight and foresight. The Luminary is someone who questions accepted industry rules and habits to forge new directions. This person is iconic and distinctive in both the process and outcome of their designs, and has consistently served as a shining example of the region’s experimental and rebellious approach.

Key considerations: A+D professional’s mission, expertise and talent, design approach from ideation/concept to execution, hallmark projects, innovation, big-picture thinking and overall originality of studio.

Launch Pad

Following a greatly successful 12-year history in supporting the region’s emerging design talent, Launch Pad will now continue its legacy as part of the INDE Awards program. The value of feedback, particularly for developing designers, is crucial. The collective knowledge base imparted from high-profile industry members is essential to the development of the Asia Pacific’s emerging talent. Not only in terms of design resolution, but marketing, manufacture and supply know-how.

One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Launch Pad program is dialogue. Where traditionally, judges once reviewed entries behind closed doors, finalists ‘pitch’ their pieces to the panel, imitating the process of a designer approaching the supply and manufacture market. Through this process, the designers are able to receive direct feedback, not only vital to the development of their prototype, but their technique in approaching the market as a business exercise.

Launch Pad is the ultimate program providing our community with the essential tools they need to find success in design.

The 2017 Launch Pad Winner will be announced together with the INDE. Awards mid 2017.

For further information on Launch Pad and submissions head to  www.launch-pad.com.au/

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