Judging Process and Criteria

Overview

The jury process is designed to maintain the rigour in judging standards that PDA has become known for in the past 11 years, as well as to continue to peg PDA to best practices of international key awards whilst keeping in mind local contexts.

There are two jury panels: The “Architecture Panel” evaluates all architecture submissions and is administered by URA; while the “Design Panel” evaluates all non-architecture submissions and is administered by Dsg.

Judging Process

The judging process consists of 3 stages:

a) Selection of Jury Panel

b) Online shortlisting of nominations

c) Jury Session

 

a) Selection of Jury Panel

The panels shall consist of:

  • “Architecture Panel”: Five jurors including a Chair, who are architecture practitioners and/or academics.
  • “Design Panel”: Nine to 11 jurors including a Chair (and, if necessary, a Vice Chair). Composition is 60-70% “Design Experts” and 30-40% “Impact Experts”. “Design Experts” should be multi-disciplinary design veterans, heads of design companies, Chief Design Officers (CDOs), etc. “Impact Experts” would be researchers, academics, strategists, consultants, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), etc, with experience in design projects.
  • All jurors can request for subject matter experts to be called in as needed.

b) Online shortlisting of nominations

Both the Design and Architecture Panels will engage in an online shortlisting process to select the most promising submissions for face-to-face interviews and/or site visits in the Jury Session.

c) Jury Session

  • Both Design and Architecture Panels will separately select the recipients according to the PDA judging criteria and objectives of the Award.
  • Each Panel will be presided over by a Jury Chair and, if necessary, assisted by a Vice-Chair. Both will be appointed by Dsg and URA, respectively.
  • Each Panel will collectively select the award recipients of their respective panel.
  • In the Design Panel, “design discipline experts” will be pre-identified to lead the discussion on each submission, based on their subject expertise.
  • Jurors and Jury Chairs will make their selection in accordance with PDA-recommended methodology; otherwise, they will recommend appropriate alternatives for the Secretariat to consider.

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