Award Categories and Eligibility

CATEGORIES

There are two categories for the President's Design Award:

  1. DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
    The Designer of the Year Award is conferred upon the nation’s most outstanding designer(s) with a consistently excellent body of work, and who has made a significant impact in his/her industry. PDA recognises designers from all disciplines.

  2. DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    The Design of the Year Award is conferred upon projects that have made a significant impact one or more of the following areas:
  1. Enabling economic transformation – Projects that transform work experiences and businesses through innovative design strategies and processes, change management, innovative products, services and experiences, etc.
  2. Raising quality of life – Projects in, but not limited to, housing, healthcare, lifestyle, public spaces, public (or publicly-available) services, transport, education, etc.
  3. Advancing Singapore brand, culture and community – Projects that deal with culture and heritage, social and community projects, branding/re-branding, social inclusivity, social bonding, etc.
  4. Making ground-breaking achievements in design – Making ground-breaking achievements in Singapore design: Projects that have pushed boundaries in crafts and technical excellence to achieve breakthroughs for the design industry.

PDA recognises designs from all disciplines.

The architecture discipline is administered by URA, while the other disciplines are administered by DSG.

 

ELIGIBILITY


Eligibility criteria for the two award categories are as follows:

Discipline  Eligibility Criteria

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Architecture

i. Architects must be Singapore Citizen/PR.

ii. Architects can be practising in Singapore or overseas.

iii. Architects must be registered with the Board of Architects (BOA) and licensed to practise with a valid certificate.

All other design disciplines

i. Designers must be Singapore Citizen/PR.

ii. Designers can be practising in Singapore or overseas.

DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Architecture

i. Buildings can be located in Singapore or overseas.

ii. Lead architect must be registered with the Board of Architects (BOA) and licensed to practise in Singapore.

OR

iii. If lead architect is registered overseas, they must have a partnership with a Singapore-registered architect.

All other design disciplines

i. Project lead is Singapore Citizen/PR, OR project is designed in Singapore.

ii. Projects must clearly demonstrate application of design principles.

iii. For a design team, at least one member must be design-trained.

iv. Projects must be completed, out in market and/or commercially available. Crowd-funded projects must have been delivered to customers.