Now in its 20th year the Scottish Design Awards reward top architecture firms and design agencies for their contribution to the country’s historic and contemporary design culture.

The awards are open to all Scottish companies and those outwith who have a Scottish client. The awards are exclusive to Scotland to celebrate the best design and architecture in the country.

The awards are organised by The Drum - a Global media brand that covers all aspects of the modern creative industries. We are also in partnership with Urban Realm - a leading body of architecture press.

Important Dates

Deadline extensions now available, contact us to arrange.

Nominations will be announced Wednesday 12 April 2017

Awards ceremony to be held Thursday 25 May 2017

Why Enter?

- Gain positive PR
- Stand out from competitors
- Make your brand/agency famous
- Personal and staff development
- Be known as award winning
- Showcase your talents and skills to existing and potential clients
- Reassure clients that they are associated with the best
- Accentuate the importance of design and architecture in Scotland


Who can enter?

- work done by Scottish design consultancies, advertising agencies, printers and client companies
- work done for Scottish clients no matter where the designer is based
- work must be published, displayed, broadcast or mailed between 02/03/16 and 22/02/17


- buildings and projects located in Scotland
- buildings and projects designed by Scottish architects, engineers, designers sited anywhere
- projects must  be completed between 02/03/16 and 22/02/17


Work previously entered into the Scottish Design Awards will not be eligible. 

Still unsure? Get in touch to ask…

How Do I Enter?

  1. Register or log in here.

  2. Decide which categories you are going to enter. You may enter as many categories as you like but each must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

  3. Please download the relevant entry template (either Design, Lighting or Architecture) below.

  4. To add an entry, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page and choose ‘My companies’ from the drop down. On the next page, choose or add the company you would like to enter on behalf of and then click ‘Add an Entry’.

  5. Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project.

    Please note: In the event your entry is nominated for an award, this text will go live on the website.

  6. You have the option to acknowledge another company if the work has been jointly created.

  7. Upload your entry report 

  8. Upload hi-res images (at least one image required - file limit 10MB. jpg, gif or png files accepted) of your work and include any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs.

    Please note: In the event your entry is nominated for an award, the images and videos will go live on the website and the first image will be used in the awards ceremony presentation.

  9. Make sure you are happy with all aspects of your online entry as changes cannot be made once submitted and paid for.

  10. Once you have uploaded all* of your entries, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page, chose ‘My Companies’ again from the drop down, chose the company whose entries you wish to pay for. add all to your basket and proceed with payment from there.

    *Please note: you will only receive the subsequent entry discounted rate if you pay for all your submissions at once. You are able to leave entries saved in your basket until they are all ready.

  11. Once payment is processed you will be sent a confirmation email and a receipt will be sent to your accounts department.

  12. Once you have submitted and paid online, please prepare and post your physical entries (see entering your boards).

  13. All entries must be received by the deadline on Wednesday 22 February 2017Deadline extensions now available, contact us to rearrange.

Entry Rules

- All entries must be supplied in line with the How to Enter and Submission Formats sections.

- The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries into other categories where they feel necessary.

- The judges also reserve the right to remove categories that aren’t strong enough to have work nominated. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly with the rest.

- The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication/exhibition in relation to the awards.

- No feedback will be given relating to individual entries.

- The judging panels decisions is final.

- If you do not abide by the rules, which results in a cost to the organisers, then the submitting company is liable for costs.

- Each entry must be treated as a separate entry and paid for accordingly.

- Entering work is at your own risk. Except for high value samples, entries cannot be returned. To discuss a return, please contact us in advance.

- Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.

- All entries submitted should conform to the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.

- Once entries are submitted, they will go forward for judging and cannot be amended.

- Entries must be paid before the judging date. Entries not paid for will be taken out the judging process and therefore, the awards.

- After judging, entries cannot be withdrawn and refunds cannot be given.

How will my entry be judged?

The Scottish Design Awards will be judged by two stellar panels: one for design, the other for architecture.

Each of the panels will be compiled of industry experts who will use their insight and experience to deliberate the results.

View the judges here.


The DESIGN panel will be looking for:
- fresh thinking and originality
- beautiful execution
- great storytelling
- work that pushes and progresses the client brief beyond expectations
- work which emotionally connects with its audience


The ARCHITECTURE panel will be hoping to see:
- work that is programmatically, formally and spatially rich
- design that pushes boundaries
- projects that address issues of sustainability
- a people focused, client driven approach

How much does it cost to enter?

First entry: £175 exc. VAT
Additional entry*: £99 exc. VAT

Members of The Drum Network receive a 10% discount off the entry fee. 

You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each. 

*The additional entry discount will only be applied when entries are processed at the same time. 

The Awards Ceremony

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Time: 7pm for 7:30pm until 1am

Venue: The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Dress code: Black tie


What's included?
- Drinks Reception
- Welcome Speech
- Three course meal
- Entertainment
- Awards Show
- Dancing and Networking


You can buy tickets here.