An international award that promotes architecture in the service of both people and the planet.


Each year, the OBEL AWARD jury establishes a focus for the award. Emphasis is placed on a focus that forms dialogue on emerging agendas that recognise the importance, fragility and challenges facing our societies and the built environment. In this way, the award and all of its activities seek to develop a deep understanding of the focus and share gathered knowledge, exemplary architectural projects and expert insights that respond to these significant current and future challenges. Our home in Denmark has influenced our approach. In Danish, the word ‘skæv’ is used to describe when something is done differently or out of the ordinary. Like our founder, we adopt this approach to ensure our direction and position is relatable, flexible and with purpose.

In this way the OBEL AWARD does not specifically award a person or project but focuses on its potential to increase awareness of architecture’s transformative ability as well as its social and ecological value. Previous winners range from a building to a landscape, a process, an innovation, a manifesto or a master plan that has been completed within the last five years.

Winning projects

The award is given to physical works or projects inaugurated within the past five years, which have been developed by an architect, or group of architects, or other professionals working within the built environment.

The award-winning projects can range from a building to a landscape project, a process, a manifesto, or a master plan.

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The OBEL AWARD Jury meet twice a year, first to define an annual focus and second to select a winning project from a directory of submissions. Submissions are made by a global and diverse network of scouts. As part of the anonymous OBEL AWARD scouting committee, the scout will submit projects for the jury to assess in relation to the year’s current theme. The OBEL AWARD scouts are considered experts on the contemporary architectural field and relevant opinion makers within the discourse of architecture’s contribution to our built environment on both social, design, and ecological levels.

The Jury’s decisions are discussion based, ensuring a fair and representative process that allows for clear evaluation and an ability to keep a broader perspective in focus. The individuals who participate on The Jury must possess an exceptional level of professional achievement in their field, demonstrate an ability to envisage a global perspective and support social and ecological development and advances that bring promise of change and a better future for all.

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