After a hiatus due to the pandemic, nominations are now open for the 2021 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards guest chaired by Arts Consultant Ginnie Atkinson. 

The Saltire Housing Design Awards celebrate the diversity of the best in new housing in Scotland. It recognises the contribution it makes to social and cultural conversations. 

Rewarding innovation and advocating Scottish house building and place making for longer than any other design award in Scotland, the Awards work to encourage good, affordable, adaptable and environmentally sustainable housing in Scotland. At its best, housing can improve a community, its health and wellbeing, adding positively to not only Scotland’s architectural landscape but its social landscape.

Open to entries from Owners, Clients, Architects, Housebuilders and Housing Developers of all shapes and sizes across Scotland, the Awards seek projects that add positively to Scotland’s architectural and social landscape. The 2021 Awards have expanded the project eligibility timeframe to include all projects completed since the previous Awards in 2019. 

To ensure the safety of the Awards’ entrants, judges and housing residents the traditional tour of shortlisted projects by our judges will not take place. Following government guidelines in place at the time, a socially distanced visit by a representative of the panel will take place alongside an online meeting with members of the judging panel, the applicant and a resident of the shortlisted project. Any visits and interviews will be undertaken in full compliance with government guidelines. 

To enter you have to complete the following 4 stages. 

You can view all the entry documents here  


[1] Prepare a Template Presentation 

We ask you to complete a PowerPoint template, following the format as advised on the template you can find HERE. Please make sure that you keep the file size reasonable – no more that 10MB. 


[2] Select Project Images 

You should submit up to five images in jpeg format for use in the promotion of the awards. Each should be no more than 2MB in size. No captions should be added. Please do not submit montages. 


[3] Complete an Entry Form 

Please complete the online entry form found here. PowerPoint Slides and Project Images should be uploaded to the form. 


[4] Pay the Entry Fee 

There is a fee for entering the Housing Design Awards: 

For single entry: £90. For all additional submissions : £30 (if submitted by same entrant)  

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Celebrating Over 80 years of Excellent Housing Design

Now in their 83rd year, our Housing Design Awards have been rewarding and advocating innovation and excellence in Scottish house building and place-making for longer than any other design awards in Scotland. They are a highly regarded, long-standing example of the Society’s commitments, aims and objectives.

Intended for Owners, Clients, Architects, House-builders and Housing Developers of all shapes and sizes, the length and breadth of Scotland – the awards have recognised everything from single dwellings in the remotest reaches of the Highlands, to large-scale commercial developments in the country’s major urban centres.

Successful entrants agree that recognition by the Society’s panel of industry leaders is a major enhancement to their image and profile, and a ringing endorsement of their work.

Continued Funding

The Scottish Government continue to support the Awards and sponsors the Innovation in Housing award which sees a cash prize of £1,500 for the winner. The Award celebrates the pioneering spirit. It is intended to complement the Scottish Government’s vision for their housing policy, to encourage innovative and original projects and ideas, which will promote debate and implementation.  Last year’s winner