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.
The judging process consists of 3 stages:
1) Selection of Jury Panel
The panels consist of:
“Architecture Panel”: Five jurors who are veteran architecture practitioners and/or academics.
“Design Panel”: Nine to 12 jurors who are "Design Experts" (multi-disciplinary design veterans) and “Impact Experts” (researchers, academics, consultants etc).
2) 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.
Shortlisted non-architectural Designs of the Year will be reviewed by an independent Knowledge Partner, in order to validate the impact claims made in their submissions. The Knowledge Partner for PDA 2017/18 is the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC).
3) 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.
Click here for more information on Designer of the Year Judging Criteria
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