Dumfries and Galloway Design Awards 2019

Applications are now being taken for the 2019 Design awards for building works completed between 1 March 2016 and 31 March 2019

Dumfries and Galloway Council wishes to recognise, promote and celebrate innovative and exceptional design in new and adapted buildings across the region. This is the second Dumfries and Galloway Design Awards following the first held in 2016. 

Applications can be made from 28 March and are invited from completed building development work. 

Design Categories

The Four categories in the 2019 Design awards which you can apply to enter through, are:

  • New residential buildings: Single or groups of dwellings including holiday lets
  • New non- residential buildings: Single or groups of buildings with public access or a place of employment
  • Adaption, extension and/or restoration of existing buildings for residential buildings: Remaining or becoming residential, including holiday lets
  • Adaption, extension and/or restoration of existing buildings for non-residential buildings: Remaining or becoming buildings with public access or a place of employment.


Applications can be made by any individual, group or collaboration involved in the project including:

  • Architect or Designer
  • Owner
  • Consultant involved in the project
  • Community group active in the vicinity
  • Original Developer of the scheme

Projects must be located within the boundary of Dumfries and Galloway and have been completed between 1 March 2016 and 31 March 2019. Entrants should make clear when work included in the entry both started and finished. All submissions must confirm that any required development approvals (full planning permission, listed building consent, building warrant, etc.) and completion certificates have been issued.

 Entrants must obtain the consent of the current owner of the property before submitting the entry and provide evidence that this has been done.


Applications for the 2019 Dumfries and Galloway Design Awards are free and can be submitted between 28 March 2019 and 15 May 2019. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 15 May. 

The Application process consists of two parts.  Applicant must complete an online application form and submit an exhibition display board:

Submit an exhibition display Board:

A single A1 exhibition board should be submitted in pdf format by email to: LDP@dumgal.gov.uk 

A single display board, size A1 or smaller should include:

  • location plan
  • block plan
  • floor plans
  • elevations
  • photographs - before and after
  • supporting text to include details of project and design concept
  • the board should be no more than 25% text

Please contact us early on in the application process to discuss alternative arrangements should you not have access to IT equipment for creating plans in .pdf format. Details on attaching files more than 10MB can also be advised.


The judging panel will be made up from three people independent of the Council:

  • Louise Matheson - Former Architect who worked in private practice and local authority in Dumfries, Glasgow, Stornoway and London and is now owner and manager of a speciality and fine food shop in Dumfries
  • Mark Douglas - Team leader at Heritage and Design, Scottish Borders Council
  • Diarmaid Lawlor - Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS), who trained as a landscape architect and has worked extensively in practices across the UK. 

The judges will first consider the entries in late May 2019 and draw up their shortlist of buildings which they will then visit. The main judging will take place over two days, therefore arrangements for visits will need to be made at short notice.

While judges will need access to view the exterior of the building, entry inside the building may not be essential. Every effort will be made to contact the owners before any visit but please be aware of the requirement for access when you make your submission and advise of any potential access restrictions.

Judges who have a connection with any project or entrant will not be allowed to vote on that entry or lobby the other judges on its behalf.

It is intended to award a Winner and a Commendation from each of the four categories, subject to the judges' decision in respect of the quality of submissions. If the judges consider that there are no suitable entries in any of the 4 categories, the Council may decide not to make an award.

Equally if judges consider more than 1 entry in a category deserves a Commendation, the Council may decide to make more than 1 Commendation in one or more category. The decision of the judging panel is final.

2016 Results

The 2016 Design Awards saw a winner and a commendation for each of the three categories.

Further information

If you need to discuss any details of the Award's please contact

Mizzy Marshall
Tel: 01387 260160
Email: marie.marshall@dumgal.gov.uk




Page last updated: 28/03/2019
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