NKBA Awards 2019

How it works

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Supplying Your Material

Submissions to be entered through the online entry form below.
The online entry form allows you to upload contents and save your entry for submission at a later date if you wish. Please note this doesn’t include images. These should be uploaded just prior to submission. 

All entries must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 9 April 2019. In 2019 allocation will be made for designers to specify hero shots, portrait and landscape.
The cost per entry is $350.

Entries are final once entry fee payment is processed and the “submit entry” button is clicked.

Entries must include:

  • Images
  • Plans and elevations
  • Client brief
  • Product specifications
  • Portrait photo
  • Logo

Photographs, Portrait and logo

Great photography is the secret to the success of your entry. Winning projects have the opportunity to be featured in homestyle magazine and other NKBA marketing and promotional activity. Please make sure to style and dress your entry.

Project photography
Please supply up to 12 photographs of your entry.

  • These must be no smaller than 300dpi at 210mm x 297mm
  • Maximum size is 20Mb per image
  • Acceptable file formats are JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, PNG, PSD, EPS and RAW files
  • Minimum recommended megapixel camera: 16MP
  • For marketing purposes, allocation will be made on the entry form for designers to identify their hero images.

Portrait
1 x portrait/head shot photo of designer/member, to be no smaller than 300dpi at 50mm x 65mm.

Logo
Please supply the best quality version of your logo possible.

Photography service
If you require help finding a suitable photographer in your area, please contact the NKBA at 2019entries@nkba.org.nz

Floor plans, Elevations & Drawings

  • Please supply between 3 and 6 floor plans, elevations and/or drawings.
  • Plans must not contain any reference or provide any identification as to the name of the designer or project.
  • Floor plans and elevations submitted must meet with all aspects of design practices and standards.
  • All significant room dimensions and an indication of adjoining rooms must be shown.
  • Relevant electrical and plumbing detail is to be shown on the plans.
  • All working drawings, floor plans and elevations submitted must be no smaller than 300dpi at 210mm x 297mm. Plans must be completed by the entrant to be eligible for the CDS category. For all other categories, if anyone other than the entrant draws the plans this must be disclosed.
  • Maximum size is 20Mb per image.
  • Acceptable file formats are JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, PNG and PSD files

Design brief

Two options:
Judges version – up to 500 words will be accepted.
Condensed version – up to 250 word brief will be used for awards book and board if opted. N.B. the condensed version you provide will be used verbatim so please ensure accuracy at the time of submission. 

Product specifications & brand credits

Product specifications must be listed under the following categories:

Kitchen

  • Cabinetry: brand, product name, colour, finish
  • Benchtop: brand, product name, colour, finish
  • Appliances: brand, product name, colour
  • Hardware and accessories: brand, product name, colour

Maximum 160 words total across all 4 categories. This will be strictly enforced.

Bathroom

  • Cabinetry: brand, product name, colour, finish
  • Vanity top and basin: brand, product name, colour, finish
  • Fixtures and fittings: brand, product name, colour
  • Materials and accessories: brand, product name, colour

Maximum 160 words total across all 4 categories. This will be strictly enforced.

Please supply in either doc, docx or PDF formats.

(NB, no codes required – brand and product description only)

Supplying your material

All submissions must be entered through the online entry form at awards.nkba.org.nz
If you experience any difficulty with file formats, please contact us at 2019entries@nkba.org.nz

Judging Criteria

Brief (10 points)

This is the written summary of the client’s needs, requirements and problems – have these been overcome, and how were these challenges met? Is the brief clear and easy to understand? Has it captured the client’s requirements and feeling?

Design & concept (50 points) – workflow & ergonomics

The functional and practical success of the design, and the overall concept.

  • Does it function well?
  • Does the design have flow, balance and form?
  • Does it meet with all aspects of design principles and standards, specifications, products, ergonomics and technology?
  • Does the kitchen, bathroom or other space link well into adjoining rooms?

Style mark (25 points)

The WOW factor.

  • Does this entry convey creative excellence?
  • Does it have unique character?
  • Does it show innovative use of product, design, lighting or colour?

Plans (15 points) – detailed plans with specifications

Does this entry meet with all aspects of design practices and standards?

  • Are the plans clear to understand?
  • Are the drawings supplied of high quality and professional standard? Note: To qualify for CDS award categories, plans must be drawn by the entrant.

Important notes

  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The judges may determine at their discretion, in accordance with the ‘Conditions of Entry’, whether any award will be issued within any category.
  • Failure to adhere to the Conditions of Entry and the competition rules will result in disqualification.
  • No entry fees will be refunded for disqualified entries.
  • Please contact the NKBA directly with any queries 2019entries@nkba.org.nz

Official processing and acceptance of entry submission is only undertaken once the online entry form is completed, payment processed and the “submit entry” button clicked.

Conditions of Entry

Eligibility

  • Open to all current financial NKBA (NZ) members, excluding Associate members or employees of that member who have designed a kitchen, bathroom or other installed in a domestic or commercial dwelling within New Zealand, including self-owned dwellings.
  • Employees, contractors, or immediate family of the judges are not permitted to enter.
  • Entrants are required to attend the NKBA Conference at their own expense (compassionate exclusions apply).
  • Non-attendance may result in prizes being withheld (at the discretion of the NKBA).
  • Prizes awarded belong to the individual designer.
  • Kitchens and bathrooms within showrooms or showhomes are eligible only for entry in the Spatial Innovation Award – Commercial Category.

Conditions

  • All entries must be fully submitted (including completion of payment) by 5pm on Tuesday 9 April 2019. No late entries will be accepted, unless previously communicated and agreed on by the NKBA.
  • All designs submitted into this competition must be the work of the designer/member entering. No joint entries will be accepted.
  • Please note on the entry form ANY involvement in the design by a contributor, ie. fellow designer, architect, draughtsperson, interior designer, colour or lighting consultant.
  • Please note on the entry form if the design is the entrants own home or immediate family members home. Also, please note if the entry is in a showhome. These are eligible for entry however disclosure is necessary. These are not eligible for entry in the Kitchen Distinction Award Category.
  • Design entries cannot have been published previously in any printed media prior to 31 May 2019, i.e. newspapers or magazines. Local publications acceptable for either advertising or editorial purposes, as long as no reference is made to the entry being submitted into the 2019 NKBA awards. The following channels are considered as acceptable; any printed material produced for promotion by your own company/group e.g. brochures and in-house printed materials. Publication on your own company/group website and social media activity should be limited and should not list the entry as having been submitted into the 2019 NKBA awards programme.

If you require clarification on any of these conditions, please contact us via email at 2019entries@nkba.org.nz

Ownership/publication/media

  • All entry material including, but not limited to, photos, product specifications, plans and design briefs may be used by the NKBA (NZ) Inc. for ongoing marketing and promotional activity. Designers will be acknowledged wherever possible.
  • Entry collateral (including awards booklet and/or awards boards) showing images and submitted content will be produced using information supplied. A digital Awards Booklet will be created. A1 award boards will be made for entrants who opt for these on the entry form and will be an additional cost of $160 + GST per board.
  • Entry artwork will be supplied to individual entrants to sign off prior to their production. This will allow for one round of corrections where deemed appropriate before final sign off. Changes will only be made in the case of incorrect information or images being displayed.
  • NKBA (NZ) Inc. reserves the right not to publish.
  • Winning entrants are free to use their entries in any printed material produced for promotion by their own company/group e.g. local newspapers, brochures, in-house printed materials, publication on their own company/group website and social media activity. Publication in national magazines is not permitted until after Monday 26 August, 2019.
  • Non-member names will be excluded in any publication of awards.
  • Award winners may be required to speak briefly, pose for photographs and/or conduct media interviews both on the awards night and post awards. This activity will be to promote the designer and support the awards category and the award category sponsor.

Judging

  • The judging process is anonymous with judges seeing all submitted awards entry content.
  • Judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • As outlined in the ‘Judging Criteria’, whether an award is presented in any category is at the judges’ discretion.

Award categories

An entry can be submitted for more than one category.

All kitchen entries will be eligible for awards in the following categories:

  • Supreme Kitchen Design Award 2019
  • Chapter Recognition Kitchen Awards 2019
  • Creative Excellence Kitchen Award 2019
  • Colour Excellence Award 2019
  • Peer Recognition Award 2019

All bathroom entries will be eligible for awards in the following categories:

  • Supreme Bathroom Design Award 2019
  • Chapter Recognition Bathroom Awards 2019
  • Creative Excellence Bathroom Award 2019
  • Colour Excellence Award 2019
  • Peer Recognition Award 2019

The following categories need to be specified upon entry:

  • Designer of the Year Award 2019
  • CDS Kitchen Design Excellence Award 2019 (CDS members only)
  • CDS Bathroom Design Excellence Award 2019 (CDS members only)
  • Outstanding Renovation Kitchen or Bathroom Award 2019
  • First Time Entrant Award 2019
  • Spatial Innovation Design Award 2019 – Residential
  • Spatial Innovation Design Award 2019 – Commercial
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 up to $25k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $25k – $40k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $40k – $60k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $60k-$80k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $80-$100k
  • Creative Small Space Design Award 2019
  • Lighting Design Award 2019
  • Manufacturer’s Craftsmanship Award 2019

Category Descriptions

  • Supreme Kitchen Design Award 2019
    This category winner will have displayed overall exceptional design processes – outstanding brief, design and concept, style, plans and specifications. This is the entry judged to be the overall ultimate winning entry from all valid kitchen entries. The winner of this award will be invited to be a judge for 2020.
  • Supreme Bathroom Design Award 2019
    This category winner will have displayed overall exceptional design processes – outstanding brief, design and concept, style, plans and specifications. This is the entry judged to be the overall ultimate winning entry from all valid bathroom entries. The winner of this award will be invited to be a judge for 2020.
  • CDS Kitchen Design Excellence Award 2019 (CDS members only)
    This category is open to financial members of the Certified Designers Society that hold current OPD points. NB New for 2019 entrants must draw their own plans.
  • CDS Bathroom Design Excellence Award 2019 (CDS members only)
    This category is open to financial members of the Certified Designers Society that hold current OPD points. NB New for 2019 entrants must draw their own plans.
  • Designer of the Year Award 2019
    This category winner will have entered a minimum of two design entries and received the highest points in sum total (of their top two entries only) by the judges.
    NB this is to acknowledge the designer rather than the project/s.
  • Outstanding Renovation Kitchen or Bathroom Award 2019
    By popular request this award category has been renamed from the Classic Kitchen or Bathroom. The category winner will be either a kitchen or a bathroom.
    This is your opportunity to showcase the difference that can be made by a kitchen or bathroom transformation.
    The judging criteria will stand for this entry for brief, design & concept, style and plans plus your entry will epitomise the art of recreating the space. NB Make sure you include in your entry, before and after photos.
  • Creative Excellence Bathroom Award 2019
    The judges will be looking for the entry with the best overall creative design.
  • Creative Excellence Kitchen Award 2019
    The judges will be looking for the entry with the best overall creative design.
  • Creative Small Space Design Award 2019 – Kitchen or Bathroom
    Replaces best use of Small Space. Measurements must be taken from finished wall to wall and include island space if applicable. If the island or breakfast bar return has seating, then 700mm must be added to the room depth at this point.
    Bathroom size must not exceed 6m2. Kitchen size must not exceed 10m2. The measurements must be taken from finished wall to wall.
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 up to $25k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $25k – $40k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $40k – $60k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $60k-$80k
  • Kitchen Distinction Award 2019 $80k-$100k
    The price must represent the entire value of the kitchen including GST, materials, cabinetry and benchtop materials, manufacturing and installation. Excluding the design fee, appliances and other sub trades for example plumber, builder and electrician.
    Validation of cost must include either a signed quotation from the kitchen designer or manufacturer or a copy of the final invoice costs, verified on a signed declaration. Invoice needs to include all major components itemised. NB: New for 2019, any kitchens or bathrooms that is the entrant’s own home or immediate family members home are excluded from these award categories.  Showrooms and showhomes are ineligible for these awards also, please see eligibility conditions.
  • Colour Excellence Award 2019 – Kitchen or Bathroom
    The winner of this category is the entry judged to have used the most effective application of colour or the most creative use of colour from all valid entries.
  • First Time Entrant Award 2019
    You must tick and opt-in to be included in this category. It is open to designers who are entering for the first time.
  • Spatial Innovation Design Award 2019 – Residential
    The winning design for this category will be a laundry, outdoor kitchen, powder room, bar, media room, pool room or other space. Any space excluding interior kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Spatial Innovation Design Award 2019 – Commercial
    The winning design for this category will be a kitchen, bathroom, laundry, outdoor kitchen, powder room, bar, media room, pool room or other space within a showroom or commercial space.
  • Lighting Design Award 2019 – Kitchen or Bathroom 
    This category winners lighting design will  enhance the kitchen or bathroom. Designers must have completed the lighting design. You will need to submit a plan and preferable evidence i.e. night image. Judges will be looking at lighting within joinery and feature lighting. NB: Please ensure contributors are disclosed
  • Chapter Recognition Awards – Kitchen and Bathroom 2019
    This category is to acknowledge the designer in each of the nine NKBA Chapters (Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Top of the South, Canterbury and Southern). The design will be a kitchen and a bathroom. Points need to be attained to be eligible for an award. Any chapter who has over 15 entries is eligible for a second award.
  • Manufacturer’s Craftsmanship Award 2019
    Innovative product application and/or use of complex manufacturing technique. You must opt-in for this category.
  • Peer Recognition Award 2019
    You’ll have an opportunity to vote for your favourite entry at conference. The entry with the highest number of votes will be the winner of our Peer Recognition award.

The conditions of this entry form the rules of the competition and failure to follow these will mean disqualification – no entry fees will be refunded for disqualified entries.

If any NKBA member considers that a design entered may be in breach of Awards Entry Terms and Conditions, this must be notified to an NKBA Board member in writing no later than two weeks prior to the awards being announced. Any decision to include or exclude the entry will be assessed, including whether the judging process was unduly influenced, and ruled on by the Executive Committee. All decisions will be final, and no further correspondence entered into.

Entry Form

Thank you to those who have entered. Entries to the 2019 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards are now closed.