Exceptional design should be rewarded. The RDDAs are awarded annually for beautiful and functional design, and economic success of projects within the South African property industry.

New shopping centres can be entered, as well as existing centres that have undergone renovation and/or expansion. There is also a separate category for International entries.

Judging Criteria

All aspects of shopping centre and store/restaurant design and development are judged including:

Excellent Design

Achieving a clear overall development goal

Responding positively to its market and surroundings

Adopting innovative design and construction solutions

Embracing sustainable design and business technique

Aerial Shot

Key Anchors & Brands

Main architectural features

Food courts

Parking area

Development Plans



Type of centre

Key success factors

What benefits to the community

Number of shops

Contribution of infrastructure

What’s different

What’s new

% Return

On time

On budget

Employment before/during/after

How was project finalised

The following are optional but advantageous to the entry, as they give the judges more insight into the overall design vision:

Development costs and returns
Green innovation/effectiveness

Drawings and images of their entries are also welcome additions to entries.

Judging Process

Step 1

Judges review eligible submissions and score them confidentially. Judges will not review entries from their own companies or any entry that might constitute a conflict of interest. In the 1st round judges are required to score yes/no if they feel the entry meets the above requirements and should be short-listed to 2nd round judging. All entries receiving more than 50% vote by the first round will go through to 2nd round judging.

Step 2

The 2nd round judging then includes all entries where “YES” was scored by 50% of the judges. Site visits are then conducted by judges and judges give a score out of 100%.

Step 3

Judging takes place in person, judges discuss entries based on the scores received and winners are decided.