Entries Now Closed








Judging is now underway, and finalists will be announced during the week beginning 26 March, 2018. All winners will be revealed at the KBDi Designer Awards Gala on the Gold Coast in June.


Please see FAQs and our responses below. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please don’t hesitate to email your enquiry to s.zwolsman@kbdi.org.au.

When must the entered projects have been completed (built/installed)?
As set out in the Entry Guidelines, designs submitted must be for projects undertaken within the Commonwealth of Australia and completed during the period of 1 January, 2016 to 19 February, 2018. Yes, this does overlap the timing of last year’s entries; as we transition from an end of year program to an early year start, we know that timing is tight between this year’s closing date and last year’s Awards. We have extended the time frame to help you settle on an entry. If you didn’t enter a project last year and kicked yourself for it afterwards, here’s your second chance! (Note: as stated in the guidelines, you may NOT enter a project twice – i.e. if you submitted your favourite kitchen or bathroom design last year, it may not be entered again in 2018).
Can I have my business name listed if I become a Finalist or Winner?
Since its inception, the KBDi Designer Awards program has been solely geared to celebrate the work of individual designers, rather than business entities. In many cases, however, business owners pay for the individual memberships of their designers within a specific Business Membership structure. This earns the business the right to have the company name following the designer’s name. If you hold or are part of a Business Membership, your entity name will be posted alongside your personal name; if you hold a stand-alone individual membership, only your personal name (and post nominals where applicable), will be displayed. (Interested in upgrading? Contact Leanne today for more information. Please note that upgrades must be made prior to the submission of entries in order to have the business name included; i.e. once entries have been processed, they cannot be amended to include additional information.)
I'm not sure if I'll have my professional photos ready by the deadline. Can I submit them at a later date?
It is highly recommended that you include your best photographs within your powerpoint entry. If you can’t, however, we will accept your high res photos (two required per entry) up until Monday, 12 March. It should be noted that these photos will not have been assessed by the judging panel in the first round (but your powerpoint should have communicated your design intent and resolutions). If your entry makes the first cut, photos may be referred to by the panel in the second round of judging.
I've already featured my design in a magazine or on social media. Can I still enter it in the KBDi Designer Awards program?
With the immediacy of social media marketing, and the obvious benefits in advertising your finest designs, we don’t expect our entrants to keep their best projects under wrap until they’ve entered our Awards. We are aware that this may compromise the anonymity of projects, but believe we can’t ‘hamstring’ the capacity of our members to market projects as and when they’re happening. At this point in time, we are countering this compromise by:

  1. ensuring that all documentation remains ‘unmarked’ before it is distributed to our judging panel: while the individual judges may have seen a project on social media or in magazines, there’s also a chance they may not have. We are keen to reinforce the fact the name of the designer or design firm is irrelevant, and the compliance criteria should be the primary concern.
  2. creating a comprehensive, well-defined criteria: the first round of judging sees all three judges assessing each individual entry against a very comprehensive set of criteria, which does not allow room for personal influence or style preferences.
  3. eliminating bias through a panel assessment: of course design is discretionary by its very nature, so the ‘grey area’ that sits outside of the defined criteria is battled out in the face to face judging held in round two. With a panel of three assessing the projects and a moderator overseeing the process, pros and cons of each design are fairly laid out and debated. The name of the designer remains unsaid at all times; judges are cautioned against identifying any designer that they believe they know before the face to face sessions commence.