Promote Excellence

The primary purpose of the RSUA Design Awards is to promote excellence in the design of our built environment with a view to making Northern Ireland a better place for everyone.

RSUA Design Awards 2024 are now open!

We are delighted to announce that the RSUA Design Awards 2024 are now open for entries. Deadline for entry submissions is Thursday 7 December 2023.

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Our Aims


The Awards have been running since 1998 and they are recognised as the leading architecture awards in Northern Ireland. The gala evening is the premier event in the calendar for everyone involved in the design of the built environment.


Our partnership with RIBA means that RSUA Awards will double up as the RIBA Northern Ireland Awards. Winning an RSUA Award is the first step to being considered for a UK-wide RIBA Award.

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Award Categories

Projects entered for the competition, regardless of project type or value, are considered for a headline RSUA Design Award.

Projects that win an RSUA Design Award are in the running to win the Liam McCormick Prize – Northern Ireland’s building of the year – and will be considered for a RIBA National Award. Judges may also give a range of discretionary awards.

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Previous Winners