Award Categories

Collaboration for Project Excellence 

This Award recognises collaboration initiatives between project participants and the client, which contributed to project excellence.

Criteria 

  • Clearly articulated and aligned roles and objectives for each party
  • Effectiveness of relationship management
  • Collaborative and transparent operating protocols
  • Project/engagement outcomes 


Community Engagement Excellence

This Award recognises exemplary community / stakeholder engagement and its contribution to project outcomes. 

Criteria

  • Clearly articulated issue(s) / challenges and strategic objectives of the engagement 
  • Effectiveness of engagement plan and relationship management 
  • Collaborative and transparent communication 
  • Community / stakeholder engagement outcomes 

 

People First

This Award recognises member firms that have implemented and delivered outstanding initiatives that benefit their people.

Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership in pursuing actions that further internal inclusion and wellbeing to create ‘healthy workplaces’ (including diversity, mental health and wellbeing, flexibility etc.)
  • Delivery and effectiveness of initiative(s)
  • Extent to which the initiative(s) respond to the needs/challenges of the firm’s people and contribute to the business’ success 
  • Extent to which the initiative(s) reflect or contribute to developing industry best practice 

 

Superior Sustainability 

This recognises the achievement of sustainable outcomes on an internal or external project that go above and beyond expectations in the application of the firm’s services (e.g. through design, advice, and/or the application of sustainable materials and principles etc.).

Criteria

  • Environmental outcomes of the project/engagement and the firm’s influence on this
  • Social/community outcomes of the project/engagement and the firm’s influence on this
  • Economic outcomes of the project/engagement and the firm’s influence on this

 

Technological Innovation

This Award recognises firms who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the innovative application of new or existing technology.

Criteria

  • Extent of the technological innovation
  • Degree of challenge/difficulty
  • Development and implementation of the innovation
  • Value to the project on which the innovation was applied
  • Value of the innovation beyond the project

 

Innovative Design

This Award recognises firms who have demonstrated outstanding innovation in any aspect of the design process. 

Criteria

  • Extent of the design innovation
  • Degree of challenge/difficulty
  • Development and implementation of the innovation
  • Value to the project on which the innovation was applied
  • Value of the innovation beyond the project

 

Small Business Excellence

This Award recognises member firms with less than 20 FTE who have demonstrated excellence through innovation, collaboration, client engagement, people and culture or in the conduct of their business operations.

Criteria

  • Demonstrate excellence in chosen area
  • Degree of challenge/difficulty
  • Development and implementation of the strategy, solution and/or activity
  • Impact of the solution on business performance
  • Ongoing implications

 

Champions of Change – Female Leadership

The Champions of Change – Female Leadership Award recognises a mid or senior level female professional who has demonstrated leadership capabilities and/or is championing change within her firm or in the industry more broadly.

Criteria

  • Leadership in championing change
  • Professional development
  • Contribution to the firm
  • Contribution to the profession/industry
  • Contribution beyond the professional role (e.g. to the community)

 

Future Leader

The Future Leader Award acknowledges professional staff of member firms aged 35 years and under who have made a significant contribution to their firm and added value in a demonstrable way.

Criteria

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Professional development
  • Contribution to the firm
  • Contribution to the profession/industry
2020 Awards for Excellence