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Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards

The 12th biennial Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards (AALDA) 2020 is now complete, and we are pleased to be able to showcase our shortlisted projects, winning schemes, category winners and the overall Ian Shepherd Award winner.


This was an unprecedented season for the scheme which saw the awards change to an almost completely ‘virtual’ format. But that did not dilute the quality of the submissions. The judging panel were presented with a range of exciting projects which stimulated thought provoking discussion and really demonstrated the very best in architecture and landscape design across Aberdeenshire.

Councillor Bill Howatson, Provost of Aberdeenshire, welcomes you and has the great privilege of introducing His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Duke of Rothesay to launch the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards 2020 and to discuss the Ian Shepherd Award.

We are delighted to have The Duke of Rothesay involved in the 2020 scheme and once you have enjoyed the video, we welcome you to explore the website and the showcase of our winners.

A huge congratulations to all the 2020 finalists and award-winning projects.


Fife Arms Hotel

Ian Shepherd Award winner

Find out more about the Fife Arms Hotel project. 


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

The scheme must either demonstrate exceptional standards in the field of conservation or deliver an appropriate new use for a previously underutilised structureView the conservation and building adaption category.


Design awards Category Icons-05_resized.pngInnovative single house design (including extensions)

This category focuses on individual properties and extensions. The scheme must demonstrate the very best in construction, layout, siting and design. View the innovative single house design category.


Design awards Category Icons-07_resized.pngLandscape design

Entries must demonstrate excellence in the design and formation of community open space, parks, gardens or other green infrastructure projects. View the landscape design category.


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Future proof living (student only category)

This conceptual design award category focuses on innovative solutions to address the specific needs of an ageing population. View the future proof living category.


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

This category focuses on residential developments. The scheme will not only deliver well designed and attractive housing, but also demonstrate how a considered layout can create communities. View the building communities for the future category.


Design awards Category Icons-06_resized.pngBusiness enterprise

This category focuses on commercial or community development. The submission can either be a new build or redevelopment project which demonstrates outstanding merit in its design, functionality, ethos and development. View the business enterprise category.


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

Conceptual or completed projects that demonstrate innovation in social, sheltered and affordable housing (including smaller properties). View the innovative solutions to housing need category.


Previous award winners

You can view all award winners from the 2018 and previous schemes.