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To be eligible to enter, the project must display innovation and excellence in enhancing the public realm of the City. It must be located within the City of Adelaide, and have been completed in the past two years. 

Potential entries may include:

  • buildings
  • landscape works
  • public art installations
  • performance spaces
  • any other built projects that enhance public experience

Individual stages or components of projects are also eligible for entry. Projects undertaken by or for the City of Adelaide, State Government and/or Federal Government are also eligible.

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:


• enhances the public experience of the City
• activates and enlivens public space
• user friendly and creates a positive experience
• offers equity and community benefits (particularly to disadvantaged groups)


• environmentally sustainable
• retains/re-uses heritage fabric
• enhances water quality, ecological systems and biodiversity


• contributes to the economic growth of the City
• enhances tourism opportunities and experiences
• timely delivery
• quality for cost (including lifecycle considerations)

Design Process

• exhibits innovation and creativity in design
• demonstrates collaboration between professionals
• engages the community

Judging will take place in accordance with the SA Architecture Award Program.

Nominations not awarded The City of Adelaide Prize in 2017 are able to be submitted for up to two consecutive years after substantial completion.

Whilst nominations may be submitted by any person or group, the client and the principle designer/consultant must agree in writing to the nomination being submitted.

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