The OPT Awards

Each year, the OPT Awards recognise the contribution that outstanding conservation and new design makes to Oxford’s character, its streets, its green spaces and its communities. From exceptional new buildings and major conservation projects, to small interventions, refurbishments and temporary installations- all can enhance our city and the experience of living here.

Awards Today

Projects don’t have to be big to be considered for an OPT Award.  Anyone can enter a project, whether you are the owner, architect, consultant, occupier, or a local resident. Just make sure you have the owner’s consent. There are 6 Categories, so there is something for everyone: Building Conservation, New Buildings, Small Projects, Landscape & Public Realm, Temporary Projects, and the Green Award.

Projects must be located in Oxford or its green setting and must either allow public access or make a positive contribution to the public realm.

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Judging Panel

Our Judging Panel is appointed as a cross section of local people with a wide range of skills and knowledge of Oxford.

Many thanks to this year’s judging panel: Rev Prof William Whyte (Chairman), Professor of Social and Architectural History at St John’s College, Chair of the Faculty of History and Chairman of OPT. Mr Charlie Jacobs, MSc Historic Conservation student at Oxford Brookes University. Dr David Lewis, Associate Professor of Architectural History and the Historic Environment, University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. Prof Elizabeth McKellar, Emerita Professor of Architectural History, Open University and President, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Ms Alice Purkiss, Head of Heritage Partnerships, University of Oxford. Mr John Stevenson, Retired Architect and Lecturer in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University. Mr David Streat, Chartered Surveyor and OPT Trustee. Dr Geoffrey Tyack, Architectural Historian and OPT Trustee. Mrs Liz Woolley, Local Historian. Ms Anna Eavis, Chief Executive of OPT. Mrs Laura Warden, OPT Senior Planning Officer. Ms Louise Lockyer, Assistant Heritage & Membership Officer

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Green Award

Climate Change is one of the most significant and fastest-growing threats worldwide.  As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we introduced a new Green Award for 2020. The Green Award recognises the importance of sustainability within the heritage industry and is awarded to the entry (from any category) that best exhibits these qualities.


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