TRENDS Excellence Awards for Architecture & Design 2021

In its eighth year, TRENDS EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN has become India's most sought after design awards. Presented by Home & Design TRENDS magazine, the awards aim to accolade utmost level of creativity, innovation, originality and inspiring practices in the field of Indian architecture, interiors and design.

Our judges define the TRENDS Awards each year – and each year we bring forth a stellar group; extraordinary individuals who have shaped or are shaping the Indian architecture and design milieu. If it is just not just plain, simple, unequivocal excellence of design practice, then it will be out-of-the-box, new thinking that a TRENDS judge will look for in the entries. Hope you are ready.

This website is designed to help you submit an eligible entry. Entries that do not comply with all the entry requirements will be declared ineligible for judging.

2019 Awards Book

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runners up, and party images

2018 Awards Book

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runners up, and party images

2017 Awards Book

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runners up, and party images


Entering and participating in the awards is simple. All entries have to be submitted ONLINE only. Please read all the rules & regulations carefully. Your entry stands valid only when it meets all the eligibility rules & regulations. Non-compliance of any of these will lead to cancellation of the entry.

  • Projects must have been completed within the following timeframes:

    • Architecture: May 2017 - May 2021
    • Interior Design: May 2017 - May 2021
    • Product Design: May 2017 - May 2021
    • Best Practice: May 2017 - May 2021
    • Visual Design: May 2017 - May 2021
    • Projects-South India: May 2017 – May 2021

  • A firm can submit upto 2 entries per subcategory.
  • The work can be located anywhere worldwide. However, the firm must be based in India.
  • An architect/interior designer should be a principal/owner of the practice and should possess a formal license of the copyright in the work being entered.
  • A one-time registration is compulsory to participate.

Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria given below:

  • Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Appeal
  • Human Experience
  • Aesthetics

To make a valid TRENDS Awards entry, all of the below have to be submitted. We would like to stress on the importance on the right selection of project images.

  • 10 images per project
  • Minimum 1 to maximum 5 drawings per project (not required for visual design)
  • One floor plan per project (not required for visual design)
  • A project concept note (max 150 words)
  • Only actual photographs should be submitted. Computer generated/modified photographs will not be accepted (they will be accepted only for Best concept for an unbuilt project category).
  • Do not club multiple images and upload as a single JPEG.
  • Each image should be captioned. The caption has to be put on the image
  • Resolution of each image: minimum 72 dpi
  • Size of each image: maximum 5 MB



  • Residential Project
  • (Private homes, Villas, Holiday homes, Bungalows, Apartments, Gated housing communities, etc)
  • Commercial Project
  • (Office buildings, Retail, Hotels, Shopping malls, Factories, Mixed Use, Resorts, etc)
  • Public / Institutional Project
  • (Educational institutions, Museums, Cultural centers, Pavilions, Auditoriums, Airports, etc)
  • Sustainable Project
  • (Residential or commercial projects that display exceptional sensitivity to energy costs, material use and environment impact)
  • Temporary Architecture
  • (Galleries, Exhibition space, Set design, Temporary installations, etc)
  • Best Concept for an Unbuilt Project
  • (Conceptual drawings and renders of unbuilt or upcoming projects)


  • Residential Interiors
  • (Private homes, Villas, Holiday homes, Bungalows, Apartments, etc)
  • Bar/Restaurant Interiors
  • (Bars, Cafes, Restaurants, etc)
  • Leisure Project Interiors
  • (Spas, Nightclubs, Lounge, Gymnasiums, Wellness centers, Salons, etc)
  • Workspace Interiors
  • (Offices)
  • Retail Interiors
  • (Stores)
  • Public / Institutional Project Interiors
  • (Educational institutions, Museums, Cultural centers, Pavilions, Auditoriums, Airports, etc)


  • Furniture Design
  • (Tables, Chairs, Beds, Chaises, Sofas, etc)
  • Light Design
  • (Lamps, Chandeliers, Pendants, etc)
  • Accessory Design
  • (Vases, Trays, Carpets, Cutlery, etc)


  • Under this category, a firm needs to submit 3 of its projects. The projects should ideally be able to show a diverse range of work of a firm.
  • (Constructed between May 2017 – May 2021)


  • Architecture Photography
  • (Only one photograph to be submitted, in B/W or colour)
  • Interiors Photography
  • (Only one photograph to be submitted, in B/W or colour)


  • Residential, Commercial, Public/ Institutional or Sustainable Projects built in any part of South India, displaying characteristics that respond to the local climate, site and context. Submissions can be for architecture or interior design projects. Participating firms for this category can be registered in any part of India, but the project must be situated in South India.



Neesha Alwani



Rahul Kadri



Rooshad Shroff



Shruti Jalan



Zubin Master



Awards 2019

Awards 2018

Awards 2017

About TRENDS Magazine

Back in 1984, TRENDS was launched in New Zealand to fulfill the need gap for an authoritative source of reference on contemporary architecture and design. Since then, the brand has grown from strength to strength to become one of the most referred to magazines across 11 countries including Australia, USA, UAE, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

In 2010, TRENDS was launched in India as Home TRENDS to showcase the best in international and Indian design trends and concepts pertaining to residential design. However, over the time the brand realised that it needs to widen its reach and target a wider audience.

Hence in 2013, Home TRENDS widened its scope and reach, and entered the exciting area of spatial design to become Home & Design TRENDS. The new title was introduced to address the dynamic flux that the architecture and the design communities were witnessing.

The new magazine explores exciting avenues ranging from latest global products, newsmakers and extraordinary design concepts to commercial projects that include hotels and restaurants, upcoming luxury residential properties, iconic architectural cities, etc.

Positioned to be the only magazine in India that brings the conversation about good design to the forefront, the content focuses on this mission in various ways. It could be in form of newsmakers and works of world famous architects, interior designers, street artists, or product designers and visual artists along with extraordinary works in public spaces and famous architectural cities.

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