New London Architecture

New London Awards 2020

Supported by the Mayor of London, NLA’s annual Awards seek projects of the highest design quality which make a positive contribution to their surroundings and life in the capital.
A prestigious international jury of architecture and urban design experts, advised by a team of London-based expert assessors, will select winners, both built and unbuilt, in 13 different categories.

All shortlisted and winning projects will:
  • Be reviewed by an eminent international jury and a panel of London’s based experts 
  • Be included in the People’s Choice award, where Londoners will be called to vote for their favourite projects with active social media campaigns
  • Feature in the permanent online directory at
  • Feature on NLA’s instagram and twitter accounts (+39,000 followers)
  • Feed into the year-round NLA programme of online content, research, events, magazines, tours and more.

Winning projects will also:
  •  Have the opportunity to write a blog / comment piece / article on the winning project to feature in NLA’s online content schedule
  •  Badged as winners in the permanent online directory at
  •  Be celebrated on NLA’s instagram and facebook with a project story
  •  Be invited to contribute a blog post to NLA’s news section


Dominique Alba, Director, Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme, Paris
Peter Murray, Curator-in-Chief, NLA, London 
Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, AIA, New York 
Andreas Ruby, Director, Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel 
Monica von Schmalensee, Senior Partner, White Arkitekter, Stockholm 


NLA has a vision for a New London: for a city that is sustainable, civilised and egalitarian, that seeks to improve the quality and standards of new design and respects its rich mix of old and new, that supports the regeneration of its towns, and that strives to improve the usability of its streets and public spaces.
The Awards celebrate all scales of projects, from community-led to large-scale mixed-use developments, both built and unbuilt, that contribute to and enhance this vision of the city.
Across the 13 categories, the jury will be looking for projects that demonstrate:
  • High quality design that respects its context and enhances London’s rich mix of old and new;
  • A wider contribution to placemaking, improving the social, cultural and economic character of the local area;
  • Advancing knowledge and skills around the design, delivery, construction and funding of projects for the capital;
  • Longevity, through efficient use of resources, energy and consideration of long-term use and financial viability.


From submission onwards, the projects undergo the following selection process…

Quality review – NLA review submissions for compliance with submission requirements, incomplete or missing information.

A team of London-based cross-sector Expert Assessors are invited to review the entries and help create the shortlist of projects for each of the 13 categories. Every year we bring a different group of people together who contribute with first-hand knowledge and impartial judgment to select a broad representation of relevant projects contributing to London’s built environment.  

Site visits
Expert Assessors are encouraged to visit selected projects to inform the shortlisting decision and to be able to make a knowledgeable objective presentation to the International Jury. 

Jury selection
Expert Assessors present shortlisted projects to an International Jury.
The assessors give careful consideration as to the reasons for selecting each project, and communicate their motivations to the International Jury. Each Expert Assessor presents the selected projects to be considered for an award, introducing the scheme in the most objective way possible, highlighting its relevance to London. The International Jury bring their global experience in order to select outstanding contributions to the city. The International Jury select the final winners, commendations and special prizes.


Projects that are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners, young and old, from hospitals and healthcare facilities to housing for an ageing population. 
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The restoration and reuse of buildings, across any sector, where efficient use is made of existing fabric and embodied energy: from historic restorations to contemporary insertions and retrofit buildings.
The best examples of individual new homes in small sites across the capital, from one up to five units.
Civic buildings, museums, galleries, theatres, libraries, sports facilities, community hubs and youth centres – projects that put cultural experience at the heart to create better places for local residents and international visitors.
Multi-unit residential projects of any tenure – from social housing to PRS to prime resi, creating exemplary new places for people to live.
Educational establishments of all kinds – nurseries, schools, academies, universities, training centres – where design enhances the learning experience.
Projects that embrace the city as a work in progress, enlivening spaces, places and high streets over a short-term period, while supporting long-term ambitions.
Buildings with a complementary mix of work-live-play, designed holistically to meet the needs of a number of different activities and communities.
Transport projects and related architecture that improve the experience of travelling around the city and infrastructure projects which through the transport of water, waste or energy, help London work more efficiently and sustainably.
New or rediscovered public spaces; parts of London that have been given new life through improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds, water spaces or parks.
Masterplans and area-wide regeneration strategies that create entire new parts of the city.
Hotels, restaurants and bars, markets and shops that welcome guests and enhance the leisure offers and hospitality experience for visitors and Londoners alike.
From office buildings and interiors to co-working hubs and affordable workspaces for making and manufacturing – new projects that create inspiring working environments. 


Supported by the Mayor of London
The Mayor’s Prize will be awarded, in association with the Mayor of London, to the project that best reflects the Mayor’s ambition for ‘Circular Economy’ as expressed through the Design for a Circular Economy Primer, part of the Good Growth by Design programme. Selected from submissions across all categories, it will award the project that best demonstrates an innovative re-use of existing buildings and construction materials, adopting circular economy principles while securing high quality design. For the New London Awards 10-year anniversary, the Mayor’s Prize looks into the future, awarding the project that best supports the Mayor’s aims of making London a zero carbon, zero waste and zero pollution city.
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Celebrating community-driven design and collaboration, the Community Prize will be awarded to the scheme that demonstrates the most positive and meaningful impact on the place where it is located. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplary in their response to the social context, contributing to a sense of local identity and helping communities to thrive
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Recognising the most sustainable projects in the capital, the Environmental Prize will be awarded to the scheme that shows design strategies that minimise environmental impact as well as an efficient use of materials, a low carbon footprint and innovation. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplar in creating a more socially and environmentally sustainable net-zero city.  
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Projects that put wellbeing at the heart of the design, this prize will be awarded to the scheme that best shows how design approaches that consider key spatial conditions – such as the quality of air, water, light and comfort – can aid mental and physical wellbeing of the people that live or work in them. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplar in finding ways to create spaces which make people feel better when they inhabit them.
In association with the London Festival of Architecture
 During the London Festival of Architecture, Londoners are invited to vote for their favourite project from the 2020 shortlist. The project with the most votes will be awarded with the People’s Choice Award.


  • Any company involved in the planning, design or construction of a project is eligible to enter the project into the New London Awards.
  • The project must be located within any of the 33 London Boroughs.
  • Submitted projects can be at any stage from completion to on the drawing board. A ‘built’ project must have achieved practical completion within the last two years (between 20 March 2018 and 20 March 2020). An ‘unbuilt’ project must have a real site, and be at any stage of design or construction at time of entry on 20 March 2020. Any project completed before 20 March 2018 will not be eligible.


  • The project team are encouraged to consult with other members and their client to avoid duplicate entries.
  • Team credits. We recommend you credit the following as a minimum: Client, Architect, Structural Engineer, M&E / Sustainability Engineer, Planning Consultant, Project Manager / Cost Consultant, Contractor.
  • The company submitting the entry must list all consultants and principal contractors working on the project and have sought the written permission of the land/building owner or project client.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries from any one organisation. Projects submitted in previous years may be resubmitted.
  • Projects can be entered into more than one category where appropriate but will require separate submission applications with a dedicated project overview tailored to each category. A separate entry fee applies for each project per category. This does not apply to Special Prizes, which may be entered in addition to the category selected without additional payment.
  • All entries should be submitted on the online entry form, accessible from the NLA website. 


1 – List your project
As part of our new online project directory, the first step is to list the basic information of your project. This can then be automatically applied for all future submissions. If your company is a Business Member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of your discount, see how here.
2 – Submit research relevant information
Using your listed project, supply additional information as required for the prize category.


If your company is a Business Member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of your discount, see how here.

Partner members – £199+VAT
Standard business members – £249+VAT
Full price (non-members) – £295+VAT
If you have any queries, please contact Ellie Pile, on 020 7636 4044 or via



Deadline: Friday 29 May 2020


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