Activism Award

The Activism Award rewards a practice, individual or organisation whose actions are helping to bring about social change.

Activism can take on many forms, from last year’s winner who campaigns on behalf of disabled people, to those that are tackling issues from the lack of diversity and inclusion within the built environment. We also welcome entries from in-house research which then becomes the basis for a public facing campaign as well as communities campaigning against destructive redevelopment.

The Activism Award is free to enter.




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Entry Fee: Free


Goals Please describe your activism and goals. How are your actions being of benefit? How are you using your knowledge and resources to help solve problems? What is unique to your contribution as architects/engineers rather than as involved citizens?
Audience How are you reaching your audience? How are you putting pressure on decision makers to further your cause? Please list your most effective digital communication channels, such as social media and blogs.
Impact What impact are you having? If you are an organisation, has membership increased? Have you attracted funding? Are you moving the needle? If so, how?


  • Ellie Stathaki

    Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London.

  • Wolf Mangelsdorf

    Wolf is Buro Happold’s Global Head of Design, Technology & Innovation. Trained as an architect and civil engineer, Wolf has led large multidisciplinary teams on some of the world’s most structurally complex buildings including ZHA’s City of Dreams development in Macau and the Battersea Power Station masterplan.

  • Julia Skeete

    Julia is SOM Senior Associate Principal London and leads its Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Since joining SOM in 1999, she has been responsible for the delivery and implementation of over one million square-metres of award-winning projects.

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Best Digital Community Engagement

Judges are looking for the creative use of online tools (websites, apps, social media, podcasts, video) that give communities a more meaningful voice in the development process.

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Best Podcast

Whether publishing regular industry content or original journalism, we want to hear podcasts that give a unique insight into an aspect of architecture.

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Best Overall

The Best Overall Award is presented to an entrant who s deemed particularly exemplary this year.

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Best Written Content

Judges want to see written content that’s engaging and insightful whether it’s an opinion piece or a project description

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