Female Frontier Awards: Powered by World Architecture News are brand new for 2021

The Female Frontier Awards: Powered by World Architecture News recognise remarkable, talented and visionary women of all ages, at every level across Architecture.


These awards will champion best practice, support new and established talent and celebrate the firms who are supporting women in their roles.

 

Along with celebrating design-led achievements, we will also be putting a spotlight on the great leadership and innovation which drives success in architecture. 

 

It doesn’t matter what stage you are in in your career,  we want to celebrate all of the groundbreaking women in architecture, whether you are entry level or the founder of your own practice.



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To mark Black History month in the UK, we spoke to three women about the challenges that come with being both female and black in this sector, the support available in the UK and the US and how the coronavirus pandemic has revealed problems within the built environments of black communities. 

Featuring Gabrielle Bullock, Head of Diversity for Perkins and Will, Kimberly Dowdell, Principal at HOK and President of the National Organisation for Minority Architects and Elsie Owusu, Principal of Elsie Owusu Architects and Founding Member and First Chair of the Society of Black Architects. Elsie is also a judge at these Awards. 
Here's why you should enter these Awards

1. Global Reach: These awards are open to small enterprises as well as larger companies from all around the globe. WAN is an international portfolio of world class architecture, seen by a global audience of more than 450,000 unique website visitors, 800,000 page views per year, 62,000 newsletter subscribers and a social media following of more than 1.3 million.

 

2. Be Seen: Opportunity for you and your team to be seen and for your work to be reviewed by an international expert judging panel of industry renowned architects and leaders in the built environment space

 

3. Spotlight Case Study: Stand out entrants and projects will be invited to have a standalone story/piece written about them demonstrating best practice and aspirational ways of working to the wider industry

 

4. Boost Your Profile: Winners and finalists will receive a written profile in the Female Frontiers Awards: Powered by World Architecture News digital supplement

 

5. Career Enhancement: Finalists and winners will be eligible to be considered to join the judging panel for the 2021 WAN Awards

 

6. Betterment and enhance your career progression: Gain insight and unique feedback from the judging panel on your entries


Categories


The category will recognise the skills and abilities of an all female or female-led team working on either a project finished within the last 24 months or an ongoing (non-conceptual) project.

This could be an in house team or team of specialists from a range of industries pulled together for a particular project, being designed and developed by women, but for use by everyone.

All sizes of projects both completed and ongoing will be considered. The judges will be looking for demonstrations of group working and individuals skills which have contributed to the successful end goal or objective.

Entrants should provide a case study from either 1 completed project from within the past 24 months, or a case study form 1 an ongoing (non-conceptual) project, along with a profile of who they are, and why they should be considered for this award.

Please provide up to 500 words on the completed or ongoing project including why this project was taken on, the brief and any challenges along the way (along with any results if applicable). You should also provide a profile of no more than 500 words covering the individuals in the team.

 

This category will recognise an individual working alone or a female lead working with a team, within the built environment who is advancing their respective practice through either exemplary design work, project management, planning, research or engineering.

Entrants should provide examples of a maximum of 3 projects they have worked on (including at least 1 completed project from within the past 24 months, future projects and conceptual ideas may also be used) along with a profile of who they are and why they should be considered for this award.

Judges will need to understand their role, their impact, and how they are delivering exemplary work in tandem with their colleagues.

Please provide up to 300 words for each project and a 300 word profile.

 

Please note there is a reduced entry fee to enter this category.

This award celebrates female post degree level students, who have proven skill, creativity and dedication to the field of architecture. Showcasing and promoting the next generation and recognising their talent.

Entrants should provide either a conceptual design, a project in progress or a project completed within the past 18 months.

Judges will be looking for originality, innovation, the use of technologies and progressive practices, design excellence as well an awareness of sustainability and environmental considerations.

The awards program is showcasing and promoting exceptional emerging talent and celebrating those who are pushing boundaries, utilizing new, exciting technologies and materials, and developing our future environments in ways that will enrich our lives.

Please provide up to 300 words on the entered project and a profile of no more than 300 words covering their philosophy and approach to design.

 

Please note there is a reduced entry fee to enter this category.

This award will champion an architect who strives to make the world a better place through architectural design. She will use her experience, knowledge and skills to positively affect the public realm such as offering pro bono work. Enhancing and empowering social change will be at the forefront of the design across her portfolio, encompassing a thoughtful awareness of the needs of the community, whether they be regionally specific or economically supportive. This process will run alongside the use of environmentally sensitive approaches to all aspects of the design.

Entrants should provide examples of at least 1 completed project from within the past 24 months, along with a profile of who they are, other similar projects they have worked on and why they should be considered for this award. Pro bono educational work may also play a part.

Please provide up to 500 words on the completed project including why this project was taken on, the brief, any challenges along the way and the results. You should also provide a profile of no more than 500 words.

 

This award is for an architect who has contributed to a portfolio of work that consistently demonstrates a high standard of innovative design, and the incorporation of materials which have a positive impact on the environment or at least do no harm, and/or the use of technologies and progressive practices. Their work should reflect an awareness of climate change and the mitigation of its effects and a consideration towards the future proofing of developments.

Entrants should provide examples of a maximum of 3 projects (including at least 1 completed project from within the past 24 months, future projects and conceptual ideas may also be used) along with a profile of who they are and why they should be considered for this award.

Please provide up to 300 words for each project and a 300 word profile.

 

This category seeks to reward an individual, practice or firm who is committed to making the architecture industry more inclusive and diverse, and has actively supported the career development of female talent through all stages of their career.

Judges will be looking for evidence of any:

- Initiatives that ensure women are not disadvantaged in the workplace
- Diversity & inclusion initiatives
- Equal pay
- A positive attitude to mental and physical wellbeing
- A healthy and supportive work environment (flexible working initiatives/maternity and paternity leave/approach to work life balance)
Career advancement and training and development initiatives

Please provide a written entry of no more than 1,200 words

N.B the Pioneering Award is open to practices, firms and individuals of all genders. To be eligible, nominated individuals must have made impressive and continuous contributions to the advancement of women in architecture and in the wider built environment space.

 

This award is for those individuals in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the wider architecture and built environment industry consistently throughout their career. This category celebrates their work, their ethos, their leadership and their capacity to drive change within the industry for the better.

Judges will be looking for a person that has consistently delivered design excellence in their work, for their clients and for the advancement of the wider architecture industry throughout their career.

Entrants should provide examples of 3 - 5 completed projects from within the last 10 years and should also demonstrate the contribution they have made through innovation, education and leadership.

Please provide up to 300 words for each project and up to 500 words on their contribution to the industry.

 

This award recognises excellence in architectural design for up-and-coming female architects enabling them to showcase their work on a global stage. There is no age restriction on this category; success can come at any career point.

Entrants should provide examples of a maximum of 3 projects (including at least 1 completed project from within the past 24 months, future projects and conceptual ideas may also be used) along with a profile of who they are and why they should be considered for this award.

Judges will be looking for originality, design excellence as well as an awareness of sustainability and environmental considerations.

*This category is open to all fully qualified architects who have either have been practising for under 10 years or for a maximum of 12 years but incorporating career breaks.

Please provide up to 300 words for each project and a 300 word profile.

 

This award is open to a practising female architect with a proven track record in delivering excellence in architectural designs across a portfolio of built work. The judges will be looking for architects who take an original, holistic and sustainable approach to design and who both embrace a challenge and inspire others.

Entrants should provide examples of a maximum of 3 completed projects from within the last 24 months along with a profile of who they are and why they should be considered for this award.

Please provide up to 300 words for each project and a 300 word profile.

 

Key information


Key dates

Early Bird Deadline - Friday 9th October 2020
Standard Deadline - Friday 4th December 2020
Judging - February 2021
Winners revealed - April 2021

Entry pricing

Early Bird Fee - £275.00 + VAT
Standard Fee - £310.00 + VAT
Late Fee - £385.000 + VAT (after 4th December 2020)

Reduced Entry Fee Categories

Social Change Champion Award
Standard Fee - £250.00 + VAT (expires 4th December 2020)
Late Fee - £325.00 + VAT 

Architectural Student of the Year
Standard Fee - £100.00 + VAT (expires 4th December 2020)
Late Fee - £175.00 + VAT

*Please note, VAT is applicable to all UK registered companies. This will be applied at check out.

Judges


Advisory Board


World Architecture News convened an advisory board of industry leaders to gain thoughts and insights on the best way for these awards to be structured. Discussion points included the key challenges for women in architecture currently, how these may differ from country to country, career paths and specific issues that may form barriers.

Through these discussions it became undeniably clear that women in the architecture space deserve true recognition for exemplary work at all stages of their career development and at all stages of building design.

We believe that these conversations have been integral in the creation of these awards - a big thank you to everyone involved!

Sponsorship Opportunities


The Female Frontier Awards: Powered by World Architecture News offers you the chance to align your business with the people, teams and companies that are leading the way in Architecture.

As a marketing and business development opportunity, the Awards offer you the chance to promote your products and services to our audience. Build your brand at our premier events, whether in person or digitally, in our marketing campaigns as well as the awards website.

You will also be able to access to World Architecture News's highly engaged audience. With over 100,000 monthly unique page views and 35k unique monthly users on worldarchitecturenews.com, there is no better way to reach the heart of architecture. 

Please get in contact and we can build a bespoke package to deliver any business objective, please contact Roisin Kennedy on: [email protected] or +44 (0)20 8267 4953

We look forward to hearing from you.