2023 Building Design Awards


Building design has certainly evolved over time to not only consider the human environment but, now it's also considerate of the natural environment and wider world we live in. The projects celebrated in the inaugural Building Design Awards are a balance between aesthetic inspiration, sustainability and practical utility. 

These annual Awards shine a spotlight on the incredible masterpiece projects of DMN members that not only display exceptional capabilities of building designers, but also inspire better building design to make our lives better.

The spirit of the DMN Building Design Awards is an inclusive one, valuing all manner of buildings and spaces from residences to commercial offices, schools, hospitals and more from signature building designers to those anonymous craftspeople who are all central to the message we want these Awards to convey.

We thank you for your participation and welcome your project to the Annual Building Design Awards. 





To enter the DMN Annual Building Design Awards you must be a member and your project(s):

  • must have an occupancy permit by the closing date for entries.
  • must have been completed within the last three years.
  • must not have been entered previously in the DMN Building Design Awards.

Location, location!
The location of a project (not the Building Designer)determines the state a project is entered into (ie if a building designer based in Queensland enters a project located in Sydney, the project will be classified as a NSW entry.)

The Design Matters National Awards program has now outgrown a single event that commenced in 1996.  The two-tiered program will open with individual State Awards. State Building Design of the Year winners will automatically qualify to compete in the National Design Awards to become Australia’s Building Designer of the Year to be celebrated on October 2023.


Entries Open: Wednesday 21 December 2022

Entries Close: Monday 31 July 2023

Submissions and payment must be completed before closing date.


Members must submit their entry via the online portal. No other method of lodgement will be accepted. 

Each project entered will attract a fee of $500.00 (ex. GST).

Entering the same project to multiple categories?
Make sure to have the same project for all categories entered. Avoid labelling project name with the category next to it.

Make sure to remove 'copy' from project name when duplicating entries.

Student Design Awards

The DMN Student Design Awards will continue to provide a rare opportunity for Building Designers and Interior Designers to compete against each other on a completely level playing field, raising the bar for building design across the nation. 


  • Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student
  • Best Response to a Design Brief by a Interior Design Student
  • Excellence in Documentation by Student
  • Best Group Project by Students
  • Best Digital Presentation by a Student

Special Awards:

  • National Student of the Year
  • Brian Morrison Award