After an extraordinary few months, it is our great pleasure to introduce The Urban Developer Awards for Industry Excellence in 2020.
After only two years, our awards program had evolved into the largest independent property awards in the Australasian region with over 100 finalists across 20-plus categories recognised last year.
But then the virus hit and everything changed. This year, it will be different.
Due to the travel and social distancing restrictions imposed by governments across the country, we have had to adapt our program—like we have had to adapt our businesses and our lives.
However, the fundamentals remain the same.
At its core, this year's awards remind us that both our natural world and the marvels we have created on it are inherently fragile, and our strength lies in the people and places that call it home.
Despite the challenges created by the pandemic, our team has worked tirelessly to ensure that our mission to celebrate the best of built environment from across Australia and New Zealand endures.
We’re delighted to honour the strength of the human spirit through this year’s awards program.
In all, we have 20 award categories across two streams—Development of the Year and Industry Excellence.
Projects and organisations of all sizes and across all sectors have the opportunity to participate, provided they are based in Australia or New Zealand.
We will continue to partner with an experienced and diverse panel of judges to ensure the assessment process remains independent, critical and in the interests of the industry.
The award categories, criteria and judging process all remain largely unchanged, however our black-tie gala dinner will be replaced with a special event—Winner’s Month: a month-long virtual feature celebrating finalists and winners on The Urban Developer.
Winner’s Month commences on 23 November 2020.
Through the power of content, video and social media, we will be profiling the finalists and winners of each category daily through our network in Australia, New Zealand and abroad.
"We're delighted to harness the power of our platform to celebrate the excellence that takes place daily in our industry,"The Urban Developer founder and chief executive Adam Di Marco said.
Each daily announcement during Winner’s Month will include sponsored content published on The Urban Developer and distributed through our daily newsletter and social media, along with a special feature video profiling the finalists, winners and their submission.
Winners will be invited to participate in the video which will then be amplified through our social media channels.
“Getting acknowledged in front of 500 guests at a gala dinner is exciting, but having hundreds of thousands of industry peers view your work is the next level up.”
Winners will also be invited to special VIP events in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in late 2020-early 2021 to be hosted in partnership with our trophy partner, Brickworks (subject to government restrictions).