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The OPAL Award

Evaluation criteria | How to enter | Entry fees | Categories | Winner Structure | ‘Special Awards’

 

Give your projects the global exposure they deserve.

Entries for the 2021 OPAL Award are OPEN.

OPAL seeks the best Architecture, Interior Design and Property Development projects from around the world, celebrating and honoring diverse exceptional projects globally. We want to see your most Outstanding projects addressing creativity, innovation, social impact, and sustainability while creating a unique cross-industry platform that unites experts and talents.

OPAL is not just another award; it is the opportunity for each participant to gain global visibility for their latest innovative projects and connect with leading professionals within the industry and beyond.

This award is open to Outstanding entries from all over the world. Winning participants will be offered a unique press and PR exposure to the industry. OPAL will reward the world’s most outstanding property projects and expose them to the world.

Click here to enter your Oustanding project.

 

 

Evaluation criteria:

Submissions are for single projects only.

Each project is evaluated on its own merit. It is not competing against other entries.

The Jury members cast their votes in separation as opposed to a group forum. The highest overall scoring entries are selected as Winners.

The project must be completed in the last 5 years. It can also be undergoing construction. It can also be a yet-to-be-built project (provided that supporting material is convincing).

The Jury panel evaluates entries based on its creativity, form, and function. The project needs to be clear on its relationship to its environment, its users, and its purpose. Creativity is not enough to be convincing; it needs to show useful function and provide a better living experience for its users, meeting the clients’ expectations. Projects that demonstrate innovation and embracing new technologies, setting new trends, respecting the environment, and pushing boundaries of human ingenuity. Projects with high regard to sustainable building practices, innovation, social impact, and humanitarian issues will earn special attention from the jury.

How to enter

Entering a project is completed online on the OPAL Website, and is a simple 4 step process. Your project can be from anywhere in the world. Enter your project in one of the three disciplines;

Property Development

Architecture, or

Interior Design

You will then be presented with a full range of sub-category choices, ie, Small Hotels. You can choose as many sub-categories as you deem necessary to be appropriately represented.
Upload jpg/png images, a text description, and supporting material, ie. pdf’s, weblinks, etc., and after payment, your project is successfully registered. Once your entry is completed, you will receive an email confirmation and issued with an entry ID. From your accounts page, you can at any time download invoices and manage your entries.

Please ensure you provide sufficient and persuasive material, making your presentation as convincing as possible, this will enable our esteemed jury panel to make the best possible evaluation of your project.

Multiple angles and views of the project and its immediate surroundings.

Floor plans or site plans.

For restoration or refurbishment projects, please include images before works commenced and after completion

PDf’s, weblinks, links to video presentations for supporting material

Entry fees

Registration fees per single project entry are:

Small Company fee. Up to 10 employees.

Early Bird
240USD
(-20%)
Regular
300USD
Latecomer
330USD
(+10%)

 

Medium Company fee. 10-49 employees.

Early Bird
400USD
(-20%)
Regular
500USD
Latecomer
550USD
(+10%)

 

Large Company fee. Over 50 employees.

Early Bird
560USD
(-20%)
Regular
700USD
Latecomer
770USD
(+10%)

 

 

The above Entry fee is the only fee you will pay.

Early Bird fees apply until June 13th, 2021. -20%

Regular Deadline September 19th, 2021.

Latecomer fees apply after the regular deadline. +10%

Unlike other Awards, there are no extra or hidden fees to pay if your project Wins. Winners’ benefits package and invitation to attend the Awards ceremony* in London are included in the entry fee. We do not charge for certificates or trophies.

A project can be submitted in multiple categories.

Each additional category is discounted to USD 200, early bird and latecomer fees will be applied accordingly.

 

Each additional category for the same project is discounted as the above formula.

*We do not cover incurred travel expenses.

 

Click here to submit your Outstanding project

Scroll down for a full list of sub-categories.

Winner Structure

Each project is assessed purely on its own merit and not competing against other entries.

Winners – Interior Design:

  • Interior Design of the Year – Interior Design
    Awarded to the highest scoring entry in Interior Design. This project receives the coveted OPAL gold Trophy.
  • Platinum Winner – Interior Design
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a Jury score of over 8.5 average.
  • Winner – Interior Design
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a Jury score of over 7.5 average.
  • Honorable Mention – Interior Design
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a high amount of honorable mentions scores. Multiple Honorable mention winners.

Winners – Architecture:

  • Architectural Design of the Year – Architecture
    Awarded to the highest scoring entry in Architecture. This project receives the coveted OPAL gold Trophy.
  • Platinum Winner – Architecture
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a Jury score of over 8.5 average.
  • Winner – Architecture
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a Jury score of over 7.5 average.
  • Honorable Mention – Architecture
    Awarded to projects with a high amount of honorable mentions scores. Multiple Honorable mention winners.

Winners – Property Development:

  • Property Development of the Year – Property Development
    Awarded to the highest scoring entry in Property Development. This project receives the coveted OPAL gold Trophy.
  • Platinum Winner – Property Development
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a Jury score of over 8.5 average.
  • Winner – Property Development
    Multiple winners. Awarded to projects with a Jury score of over 7.5 average.
  • Honorable Mention – Property Development
    Awarded to projects with a high amount of honorable mentions scores. Multiple Honorable mention winners.

 

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Jury Panel will nominate Outstanding Achievement Awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Sustainability Award
    Awarded to the project with most Sustainability votes.
  • Outstanding Social Impact Award
    Awarded to the project with most Humanitarian votes.
  • Outstanding Innovation Award
    Awarded to the project with most Innovation votes.

Categories:

To define in which capacity your project should enter is simple:

First select which Discipline:

/ Architectural Design
/ Interior Design
/ Property Development

Then, select its related Category from the list below:

/ Commercial, High-Rise
/ Commercial, Low Rise
/ Commercial Retail, Department Stores, Mall
/ Cultural
/ Educational, Institutional
/ Environmental, Sustainable
/ Healthcare
/ Hospitality; Restaurants, Bars, Venues
/ Hotels & Resorts, Big
/ Hotels & Resorts, Small
/ Hotels, Boutique
/ Industrial spaces
/ Landmarks, Symbolic structures
/ Landscape, Outdoor Public spaces

/ Leisure
/ Memorials, Public spaces
/ Mixed-Use
/ Other Architectural Design
/ Office / Work environment
/ Prefab homes
/ Rapid Deployment Housing, Disaster Relief
/ Redevelopment & Renovation
/ Residential Low cost
/ Residential, High-Rise
/ Residential, Low-Rise
/ Residential, Multiple units
/ Residential, Single
/ Transportation Yacht, Maritime, Aviation
/ Other

OPAL ‘Special Awards’

In addition to the open submissions to OPAL, we give 4 ‘Special Awards’ that are nominated exclusively by our jury panel. The four Special Awards are for outstanding projects in Sustainability, Innovation, Social Impact and Lifetime Achievement.

We ask our jury panel to put forward projects for each of the four categories to enter a jury poll. Nominations must be projects within property development, architecture or interior design.

• Lifetime Achievement

Awarded to a person, not a project. A developer, architect, or interior designer whose contributions have had a profound impact and inspiration to the built environment. It can be a living or recently deceased person.

Sustainability

Projects with the intention to reduce or completely eliminate negative environmental impacts through thoughtful design methods.

• Innovation

Projects that shape the future through the use of new technologies, design principles and materials.

• Social Impact

Projects that are tackling social problems to improve people’s lives.

 

It is a great honour to win the OPAL Interior Design Award of the Year 2019. We start from the end users needs, and transform the space to speak out beauty and emotion. Good design will produce strong aesthetic identity and emotional resonance. I wish both OPAL and Chinese design will get better and better.

He Zhou,
Founder/Creative Director,
Shenzhen Wanjing International Design

We are delighted to have our work selected amongst some of the world’s most ambitious and incredibly creative projects. OPAL is a very important award for the design industry, celebrating the diversity of talent in our global industry. It inspires and encourages designers like ourselves

Keira Townsend,
Design Director,
Keir Townend Interior Designers,
London