Cityscape Dubai 2008 will once again present the highly prestigious Cityscape Architectural Awards, which will celebrate architectural excellence in emerging markets for their outstanding achievements.
Endorsed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and under the theme of ‘Design for an Emerging World’ the awards, now in their fifth year, will be held on 6 October 2008, during a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Dubai
Befitting the world’s largest B2B real estate brand, the awards have attracted the attention of leading international architects from the emerging world, as well as developers, consultants, governmental authorities, investors and senior industry professionals. The geographical reach of the awards scheme covers the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, & Latin America.
New at this year’s awards, is the ‘Young Architect Award’ seeking to encourage and reward promising local student talent.
Rohan Marwaha, Managing Director, Cityscape said, “No industry can survive without nurturing local promise and providing career opportunities for creative talent to flourish.”
The initial evaluation criteria will separate entries into ‘Built’ projects - those already complete and ‘Future’ projects - those incomplete or still on the drawing board, with planning approval or a confirmed client.
Both ‘built’ and ‘planned’ entries will then be split into five categories coveringcommercial or mixed use, community which includes religious and public buildings, leisure, residential and finally tourism, travel & transport. A further three ‘Special Awards’ will also be given for contribution to the environment, Islamic architecture and master planning.
The Awards will be judged by a team of eminent and internationally acclaimed architects and industry figureheads who will gather in mid-September to select a shortlist from the nominations. The independence of the jury will ensure transparency in the judging process ensuring winners will be worthy recipients of the highly coveted awards.
“The Cityscape Architectural Awards have now set the global industry standard. They are eagerly anticipated and have always been keenly contested, which is a tribute to the astonishing array of talent that the judges are continually confronted with,” added Marwaha.
The Cityscape Architectural Awards has attracted headline sponsors such as; American Breeze, Bose, Dalkia, Etisalat, Gaggenau, LAB 23, RAK Ceramics and Smart Box.
Submissions for the various award categories will be accepted up until the closing date of 6pm, Monday 1 September 2008.