Activism Award

The Activism Award rewards a practice, individual or organisation whose work is moving the needle on critical issues.

Activism can take on many forms, from last year’s winner who tackles housing and homelessness to those prepared to stand up to 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 standing up for their city, town or neighbourhood.

The Activism Award is free to enter.

This year’s award is being supported by Heatherwick Studio.

Read about last year’s winner here



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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, Architecture Editor, Wallpaper*

    Ellie 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. She is the co-author of The Contemporary House and the New Modern House.

  • Matt Bell, Strategic Communications Director, Heatherwick Studio

    Matt previously held leadership roles with international NGOs, public bodies and a FTSE 100 business in the property, design and development sectors. He sits on the board of Local Trust and chairs the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. IG: @officialheatherwickstudio

  • Sue Tibballs, CEO, Sheila McKechnie Foundation

    Sue is a charity leader, campaigner and commentator who has worked in the social change sector for over thirty years. Previously Sue was CEO of Women in Sport, where she oversaw a spectrum of campaigns aimed at unlocking the potential of women’s sport. X: @Sue_Tibballs

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Best Use of Video

Judges want to see films that are inspiring and informative so it becomes a compelling and engaging experience. This category is for films over two minutes thirty seconds

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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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Best Use of Social Media

Practices whose social media presence is creative, memorable and impactful using static images, video or other engaging assets

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Best Visual Design

Websites that make an impact and communicate a visual experience, where the design is high quality, appropriate and relevant for the audience.

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