Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards

The eleventh biennial Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards, (AALDA) ceremony took place at Woodend Barn, Banchory on Thursday 4th October 2018, with guest speaker Eva Rydén Dalman, Project Manager in the municipality of Lund, Sweden giving an insightful talk on the complexity of urban redevelopment.

All award winners are now available to view. Simply go to each category to view the schemes who received formal recognition from our judges. The website will be updated shortly with more detailed information on the schemes and their final award levels. Including, overall category winners, winner of the Public Vote and the scheme recognised as the overall winner and receiving the Ian Shepherd Award.

This year, as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People, we asked the next generation of designers to focus on the needs of our ageing population. The Student Award asked those at the start of their careers to produce conceptual schemes dealing with issues such as mobility, dementia, social isolation, health and wellbeing to provide innovative concepts for future proof living. Three of the student entries received recognition from our judges.

A special thank you to this year’s judging panel which comprised:

  • The Chair and Vice Chair of Aberdeenshire Infrastructure Services Committee
  • The President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects
  • A Senior Casework Officer from Historic Environment Scotland
  • A Scottish Natural Heritage Landscape Policy and Advice Officer
  • A Professor of Architecture from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture

2018 submission categories

The closing date for submissions has now passed for all categories. 

Design awards Category Icons-01-resized.pngInnovative solutions to housing need

This category focuses on conceptual designs of sheltered or affordable housing development. Find out more and view innovative solutions to housing need category.

Design awards Category Icons-03_resized.pngConservation and building adaptation

This category focuses on the re-use and innovative new use of existing buildings. Find out more and view conservation and building adaption category.

Design awards Category Icons-05_resized.pngInnovative single house design

This category focuses on individual properties which demonstrate environmental, functional, physical and social value. Find out more and view innovative single house design category.

Design awards Category Icons-07_resized.pngLandscape design

This category focuses on landscape design and place making either in isolation or as part of a wider development. Find out more and view landscape design category.  

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Future proof living (student submission)

This category focuses on conceptual designs which meet the changing demographics. Find out more and view future proof living category.

Design awards Category Icons-04_resized.pngBuilding communities for the future

This category focuses on residential developments that create communities as well as delivering housing. Find out more and view building communities for the future category.

Design awards Category Icons-06_resized.pngBusiness enterprise

This category focuses on commercial or community development. Find out more and view business enterprise category.

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