Surface Design Awards 2022: Entries Now Open and Judges Announced

Entries are now open for the prestigious Surface Design Awards, celebrating the most impressive and sustainable use of surface materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the world. Nicola Osborn, Creative Director of multi-disciplinary design studio Basha-Franklin and Joseph Henry, Principal Project Officer in the Greater London Authority Regeneration Team have been appointed as Co-Chairs for the highly respected Surface Design Awards 2022.

The last edition attracted 107 entries spanning 15 different countries including India, Egypt, Italy, China, San Marino, Oman, and the USA.

The Supreme Winner of the 2021 Surface Design Awards went, for the second year running to a project both designed and located in India. Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Center in Pune, India was designed by IMK Architects. The client was Symbiosis Society, Pune.

London’s Business Design Centre will be Sponsoring the 2022 Supreme Award – the project selected by the judges as being ‘the winner amongst winners.’

“The Awards Presentation is taking place at the Business Design Centre on Thursday 10 February next year and we are delighted once again to be Sponsor of the Supreme Award,” said Max Bull, Executive Director of Venue Sales at the BDC. “The BDC is home to many design-led businesses and we are keen to support the sector.”

Double category winners in 2021 were: ACME’s Bumpers Oast for the Housing Category and, in the Light + Surface Category, Maggie’s, Leeds designed by Heatherwick Studio with lighting designer Light Bureau.

Once again emphasis will be placed on the different surface materials used in the entries and on their sustainability credentials with each entry being accompanied by a statement and calculation for the carbon footprint kgCO2/m2 of the cladding/material surface.

The 2022 Awards include a new category: The Architectural Photography Award will embrace photography focusing on architecture and interior design including exterior or interior images. Both amateurs and professional photographers are invited to enter this Award.

Other categories for 2022 are: Commercial Building (Interior and Exterior), Housing (Interior and Exterior), Landscape + Public Realm, Light & Surface (Interior and Exterior), Public Building (Interior and Exterior) and Temporary Structure. Sustainability will again be a leading criteria for every entry and applicants must produce a statement and calculation for the carbon footprint of the cladding/materials used.

For the 2022 awards, Osborn and Henry are joined by a multi-disciplinary team of fellow judges selected from the architecture, design and property communities.

“This will be my second year of Co-Chairing the Awards and I am delighted to have brought together such a strong team of judges,” said Osborn. “With a focus on sustainability as a team we will bring together design and property expertise with a 360-degree view of all the entries.”

Nicola Osborn

Included in the panel are Rosie Gibbs-Stevenson, Curator of Public Programmes at The Architecture Foundation, Jonathan Hagos, Director of Freehaus, Rosie Haslem from Streetsense, Giles Miller from Giles Miller Studio, Alex Morgan, Founding Partner of Morgan Capital, Sumitra Upham, Senior Curator of Public Programmes at The Design Museum and Sam Williams, Commercial Development Manager at Argent LLP.

“I really enjoyed my experience of judging the 2021 Awards,” said Joseph Henry. “Recognising excellence in surface design is important and I hope that innovative and sustainable projects from around the world will enter the 2022 Surface Design Awards.”


After entries close, the Judges will work in two teams selecting a shortlist and winner for each of the categories. They then join forces to pick the Supreme Winner, the best of the best.

The Awards Presentation ceremony will be on Thursday 10th February 2022 as part of the annual Surface Design Show, the industry’s leading event for architects and designers taking place in London’s Business Design Centre from 8th-10th February 2022.

Projects can be submitted by the client, architect or designer, surface supplier or their representatives.

Entries will be accepted through until Friday 24 September 2021.


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