Queries received for 19th SIA Architectural Design Awards 2020

S/N Topic Query Response
1. Past Entries Eligibility 1. Item 3.2c. states that ‘Entries that have previously won a Design Award or an Honourable Mention in the past cycles are not eligible for entry’, and, 2. Item 3.2d. states that ‘Entries that have been previously submitted in the past cycles are not eligible for entry’. Does this mean that entries submitted in past cycles that did not win a Design Award or an Honourable Mention, and were not shortlisted cannot be submitted for this year’s Awards? If not, we would like to appeal for this constraint to be removed. Entries that were submitted in previous cycles are not eligible to be resubmitted again.
2. Overseas Projects – Images and Video With regards to the overseas project (interior Architecture) category. It was stated that the submission requirement is ” 4 A1 Board Images and 30 images / 1 video upload”.  1) Do the said images include drawings or just photos? 2) Can there be lesser images if there is a video upload and conversely, can there be no video if we have at least 30 images?
  1. Images include drawings, photos, site plans, floor plans, perspectives etc.
  2. The maximum number of images for each project submitted in the overseas categories is 30 and 1 video. Entrants can submit less than the maximum 30 images / 1 video. 
3. Overseas Project – Video for overseas project categories, is the submission of 1 video upload compulsory? Video upload is optional for the submission.
4. Overseas Project – Images, Video We would like to clarify the submission materials (point 3.4.2 ) required for overseas project It is stated – max 30 images/1 video upload.
  1. Do the 30 images include the plans, elevations, section, exterior and interior views?
  2. What is the content required for the Video?
  3. Is it an option for the video upload or is it compulsory?
  1. Yes images include drawings, photos, plans, elevations, section, exterior and interior views.
  2. There is no restriction on the content of the video.
  3. Video upload is optional for the submission.
5. No current practising certificate My director is a member of SIA Architects and BOA. However this year his BOA practising cert is yet to renew because of in-sufficient of CPD points. May I know will this be an issue for the participation of the SIA Awards? BOA members who are SIA Fellow/Corporate Members can take part in the awards.  For SIA Fellow/Corporate Member without prevailing Practicing Certificate, the following supporting document/email can be taken into consideration:
  • BOA has waived or is willing to extend the satisfaction of adequate CPD points 
  • BOA still considers him/her an Architect.
6. Urban Art Does urban art fall under F3 exhibition design? (Eg. Light installations, art installation) Yes.
7. Street Furniture Under Special Category E1, what does street furniture encompass? Can we submit any furniture designs? Street furniture deal with weather and urban engagement.   Furniture used in interior spaces will not be eligible for submission.
8. Overseas Mixed-use projects Is there a mixed-use overseas category that we can participate in? Please submit overseas mixed-use projects under Category B6 Overseas Commercial Projects.
9. Photos Submitted Do the photos in the report need to be the same collection as those submitted individually? Yes.
10. Captions for Photos For the 15 representative project images (drawings and photographs) be collages (with or without captions)? Please provide captions for the photos.
11. Video for Local projects Can local project submissions also include video links? Submission for local projects does not require a video upload.
12. No. of Contractor in team Is there a limited number of contractors that we can add when crediting? We understand from previous years that it is limited to only 5 but feel that we would like to credit all. The submission is limited to 1 contractor. If the project team would like to credit more than 5 consultants, please submit the additional consultants to Secretariat (
13. Credit of Foreign Design Consultant Is there any way to credit our foreign partner architect accordingly? Foreign partner architect is to be listed as one of the 5 Consultants / Specialists of mention. Please state the role of the firm name accordingly. 
14. Submission in Digital only Do we need to submit hardcopy A1 boards?  Or is this purely a digital submission All submission to the awards is to be digital in nature. Hardcopy submission is not required.
15. Perspective in completed projects We understand that only completed projects can be submitted, can we still add perspectives into our submission? Additional perspectives can be added to a completed project.
16. Mixed development If we are thinking of submitting a project, which consists of Office, Retail and Residential, does it mean that we submit the Office and Retail component under Commercial and the residential will be a separate submission by itself? Please submit this project under Mixed Development, B3.
17. Definition of completed for master plans 1) What is the definition of “completed” for master plans done overseas? 2) If the client has successfully sold off parcels in the master plan can it be considered complete? 1) For consideration for Masterplan category, the main Masterplan design principles have to be explicitly stated and completed on-site. Photographic evidence of these principles implemented through infrastructure, common open spaces like public plazas, parks, street furniture, plots etc must be submitted. The Jury cannot judge base on plans and perspectives alone. Otherwise, it will be a paper design competition. 2) For cases where the Client has sold the land parcels, the above still applies. The client does not have to develop the Masterplan components. However, whatever is built shall adhere to the original masterplan intent.
18. Minimum scale for master planning category Is there a minimum scale/ land area for master planning category? The scale of the Masterplan drawings shall be dependent of the entrants. They shall choose the appropriate scale that best communicates the design principles. Entrants may submit an overall Masterplan on a smaller scale to give the overall picture and indicate the various zones of interest on a bigger scale.
19. Submission of projects in past cycles to Category E8 We would like to have your advice with regard to the new category E8 – Social / Humanitarian Architecture which is new this year’s SIA Architectural Design Awards (2020).

Can you advise if entry that was submitted in the previous cycle is allowed to submit for this new category this year?
Please be informed that Section 3.2d applies to projects to be submitted to Category E8 too.

3.2d. Entries that have been previously submitted in the past cycles are not eligible for entry.

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