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The 2023 RICS Awards – Americas

The 2023 RICS Awards – Americas

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.

We invite individuals, teams and organisations to nominate their achievements, professionalism and ethics to the world stage and showcase the best of the built environment from across the Americas region.

All shortlisted nominations will be promoted across the Americas region and winners will be showcased as the top performers via the extensive RICS network and wider platforms.

Nominations are now open. The deadline for submissions is COB Friday 24 February 2023.

Dates:

Nominations open 14 November 2022
Nominations close 24 February 2023
Finalists announced 01 May 2023
Winners announced 12 – 16 June 2023

Step One: Understand the categories, criteria and rules of entry

Before you submit or even begin preparing your submission materials, please be sure to read:

  • Important dates of RICS Awards activities
  • What award categories are available in 2023
  • What the judging criteria will be for each award
  • What the entry rules and procedures are for each award
  • Important Dates
  • Categories
  • Judging Criteria
  • Entry Rules

Important Dates

The deadline for submissions is COB 24 February 2023. Nominations should be submitted via the Awardsforce platform and must be received by RICS by the deadline.

Entries will be announced on 01 May 2023.

The winners will be revealed in the week commencing 12 June 2023. Date and time to be confirmed.

Categories

Team Awards

 

Award Name

 

Award Description

 

 

Criteria Breakdown

Construction Award

Celebrating excellence in quantity surveying, this award recognises companies, teams or consortia engaged in outstanding quantity surveying work in 2022. This includes but is not limited to cost planning and control, cost management and commercial management.

 

Professionalism – 30%

Teamwork – 25%

Innovation – 10%

Sustainability – 10%

Outcome and achievement – 25%

 

Facilities Management/ Corporate Real Estate Award

Awarded to a company, team or consortia responsible for outstanding tenant relationship management, financial management and asset management throughout 2022.

Professionalism – 30%

Teamwork – 25%

Innovation – 10%

Sustainability – 10%

Outcome and achievement – 25%

 

Valuation Award

The Valuation award recognises a company, team or consortia providing excellence in valuation services throughout 2022 which uphold international standards and give confidence to end-users for their objectivity, independence, and reliability on both commercial and/or residential projects

 

Professionalism – 30%

Teamwork – 25%

Innovation – 10%

Sustainability – 10%

Outcome and achievement – 25%

 

Team award criteria

Professionalism  30%

  • Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as technical, financial, legal, environmental, building regulation, sustainability, and restoration where applicable, to achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.
  • Demonstration of using the most appropriate procurement method for engaging contractors and suppliers (if applicable).
  • Demonstration of the ability to resolve disputes.
  • Demonstration of how international standards have been adopted will be an advantage.

Teamwork  25%

  • Effective coordination of skillsets among team members and with stakeholders.
  • Demonstration of how to minimise abortive works.
  • Resources optimisation. How were resources effectively pulled and utilised to overcome the identified challenges and difficulties against a predefined target?

Innovation 10%

  • Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome?
  • Was any innovative outcome generated?
  • How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?
  • Any innovative technology applied to enhance site safety (if applicable)?
  • Any smart information technology applied for document control and communication to enhance productivity?

Sustainability 10%

  • Quantitative analysis on sustainability considerations and achievements.
  • Demonstration of creating better places and spaces for future generations.
  • Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.
  • Social Impact. How did the nominated team promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability in the community and improve the community more broadly?

Outcome and achievement  25%

  • Measurable success of nominated initiative(s)/project(s)/team(s) against a predefined target.
  • Challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity. What were the or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome?
  • Cost effectiveness. How was cost managed effectively against a target?
  • Client satisfaction and positive social impact.
  • Timely completion. Demonstration of how the project is managed effectively with respect to time?
  • How to minimise disruption to the ‘neighbours'?
  • Submission of letter(s) of commendation will be highly regarded.

 

Individual Awards

Emerging Achiever of the Year

The future of our profession rests on the shoulders of emerging professionals. The Emerging Achiever Award acknowledges one outstanding individual who has achieved excellence in their field. The individual selected will embody the highest standards of professionalism, be a role-model for their peers and be capable of making an outstanding contribution to the profession in the course of their future career.

In addition to the above, the individual must have been born on or after the 1 January 1987 (i.e., be aged 35 or under during the 2022 calendar year) to be eligible.

Nominations in the individual awards category are assessed alongside two overarching criteria:

  • Recognised outstanding performance and achievement in the workplace; and
  • Recognised contribution to the profession and the wider community with a weighting against four categories, which are:

 

Outcome and achievement – 40%

Professionalism – 30%

Innovation – 20%

Sustainability – 10%

 

Individual award criteria

Outcome and achievement 40%

  • Measurable success of nominated initiative(s)/project(s)/team(s) against a predefined target.
  • Challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity. What were the or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome?
  • Cost effectiveness. How was cost managed effectively against a target?
  • Client satisfaction and positive social impact.
  • Timely completion. Demonstration of how the project is managed effectively with respect to time?
  • How to minimise disruption to the ‘neighbours’?
  • Submission of letter(s) of commendation will be highly regarded.

Professionalism 30%

  • Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as technical, financial, legal, environmental, building regulation, sustainability and restoration where applicable, to achieve outcomes
  • Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.
  • Demonstration of using the most appropriate procurement method for engaging contractors and suppliers (if applicable).
  • Demonstration of the ability to resolve disputes.
  • Demonstration of how international standards have been adopted will be an advantage.

Innovation 20%

  • Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome?
  • Was any innovative outcome generated?
  • How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?
  • Any innovative technology applied to enhance site safety (if applicable)?
  • Any smart information technology applied for document control and communication to enhance productivity?

Sustainability 10%

  • Quantitative analysis on sustainability considerations and achievements.
  • Demonstration of creating better places and spaces for future generations.
  • Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.
  • Social Impact. How did the nominated team promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability in the community and improve the community more broadly?

 

Special Category Award

Environmental Impact Award

This category recognises projects where innovation, design or construction techniques have been utilised to address environmental challenges and improve sustainability.

Professionalism – 20%

Teamwork / Collaboration – 20%

Outcome and achievement – 20%

Thought innovation – 20%

Sustainability – 20%

Criteria for the Environmental Impact Award

Professionalism 20%

  • Recognised third party endorsements of the project being professionally outstanding
  • Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as technical competence, finance, legal, environment, and sustainability to achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.
  • Adoption of international standards will be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Sustainable procurement promoted

Teamwork / Collaboration 20%

  • Effective coordination of skillsets among members of the team and with stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the delivery of the project(s)
  • Detailing of challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity e.g. what were the difficulties or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome?
  • How has the team used technology to increase the sustainability of the project?
  • How has the team addressed environmental challenges in their work? How have they improved the sustainability outcomes of their projects?
  • RICS Standards deployed on the project
  • Contribution of the surveyor to social outcomes

Outcome and achievement 20%

  • Realisation of nominated project against a predefined target.
  • How much of the original material remains in the building and what are the important architectural features
  • Cost effectiveness: how was cost managed against a predefined target?
  • Client satisfaction (demonstrated through third party endorsements as appropriate).
  • Project demonstrates best practices in appropriate profession (property, building surveying, facilities management, etc).
  • What steps have been taken to ensure the building’s future resilience?

Thought Innovation 20%

  • Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome? What was this approach and why was this used over more conventional solutions?
  • How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?
  • Sustainable approaches in the planning, procurement, construction, delivery or outcome measurement
  • Innovative strategies embedded that delivered a social impact
  • Strategy for reducing carbon footprint
  • Strategy for reducing air pollution
  • Waste management strategy
  • Have the long term impacts of the project rather than a short term ones been considered?
  • Is the project adaptable to accommodate future change?

Sustainability 20%

  • Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.
  • How does the project show efficiency in resource use (e.g. recycled construction materials, monitoring systems, energy efficient construction procedures, performance targets, certification)?
  • Provide a quantitative analysis on sustainability achievements.
  • Social Impact. How did the project promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability and improve the community more broadly?
  • How does the project increase awareness of sustainability issues among users, customers or visitors?
  • How were environmental considerations incorporated into the project?
  • Consideration of impact on local biodiversity/co-existence of built and natural environment
  • Contribution to needs of local area such as flood mitigation measures
  • Any certification achieved
  • How has energy efficiency performance in large-scale buildings been demonstrated?

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will consider nominations against the following criteria, weighted based on the category of the award.

All nominations should demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics and a commitment to the highest ideals of professionalism. Further details about RICS’ commitment to ethics can be found at rics.org/ethics.

Team awards

Nominations in the team awards category are assessed with a weighting against five categories:

  • Professionalism – 30%
  • Outcome and achievement – 25% 
  • Teamwork – 25%
  • Innovation – 10%
  • Sustainability – 10%

Individual awards

Nominations in the individual awards category are assessed alongside two overarching criteria:

  • Recognised outstanding performance and achievement in the workplace; and
  • Recognised contribution to the profession and the wider community with a weighting against four categories, which are:
    • Outcome and achievement – 40%
    • Professionalism – 30%
    • Innovation – 20%
    • Sustainability – 10%

Special Category Award

Environmental Impact Award

Nominations for the Environmental Impact Award category are assessed with a weighting against five categories:

  • Professionalism – 20%
  • Outcome and achievement – 20%
  • Teamwork / Collaboration – 20%
  • Thought innovation – 20%
  • Sustainability – 20%

Professionalism  

  • Use of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise in areas such as technical, financial, legal, environmental, building regulation, sustainability, and restoration where applicable, to achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated adherence to RICS ethics.
  • Demonstration of using the most appropriate procurement method for engaging contractors and suppliers (if applicable).
  • Demonstration of the ability to resolve disputes.
  • Demonstration of how international standards have been adopted will be an advantage.

Outcome and achievement  

  • Measurable success of nominated initiative(s)/project(s)/team(s) against a predefined target. 
  • Challenges overcome in the process relative to complexity. What were the or unique challenges? How were these challenges overcome? 
  • Cost effectiveness. How was cost managed effectively against a target? 
  • Client satisfaction and positive social impact. 
  • Timely completion. Demonstration of how the project was managed effectively with respect to time? 
  • How to minimise disruption to the ‘neighbours'? 
  • Submission of letter(s) of commendation will be highly regarded.

Teamwork  

  • Effective coordination of skillsets among team members and with stakeholders.
  • Demonstration of how to minimise abortive works.
  • Resources optimisation. How were resources effectively pulled and utilised to overcome the identified challenges and difficulties against a predefined target?

 Innovation

  • Was an innovative approach used to deliver the outcome?
  • Was any innovative outcome generated?
  • How was technology applied to deliver the outcome?
  • Any innovative technology applied to enhance site safety (if applicable)?
  • Any smart information technology applied for document control and communication to enhance productivity?

 Sustainability

  • Quantitative analysis on sustainability considerations and achievements.
  • Demonstration of creating better places and spaces for future generations.
  • Demonstrated adoption of sustainable development principles.
  • Social Impact. How did the nominated team promote and educate stakeholders about sustainability in the community and improve the community more broadly?

Entry Rules

Team and company awards

  1. Nominated project(s) and major/key team member(s) must be located or operated in the Awards region being submitted for.
  2. Nominations can be made by the nominee (team, company or consortia) or a third party.
  3. The project(s) which is the subject of the nomination must have been worked on within the 2022 calendar year, though not necessarily completed.
  4. Nominations must be based on at least one but no more than three projects within the calendar year (nominating party to select).
  5. A company may submit a joint nomination however, where a joint nomination is submitted a subsequent, stand-alone application from the same company, on the same project(s) and in the same category is not allowed.
  6. Nominations must be submitted via the online submission platform. Where multiple nominations are being submitted by the one organisation, a separate online submission will need to be completed for each nomination.
  7. Nomination must be accompanied by a 100-word summary in word file for marketing purposes.
  8. Other relevant supporting materials/documents are optional but welcomed. These should be limited to a maximum of three additional pieces of supporting material/documents and three testimonials, all in PDF format.
  9. A logo must be provided as well as a photo of the team or individual nominated. This will be used during award presentation.
  10. Information provided within the submission may be used by RICS for the purpose of the judging or promotion of the Awards. Any confidential information must be clearly stated within the submission.
  11. The jury panel’s decision on eligibility of the nominations shall be final and is non appealable.
  12. Any category which receives less than 2 nominations will not be awarded a winner (exceptions made at the judges discretion).

Individual awards

  1. Nominated individual must be currently located/operating/have worked in the Awards region being submitted for.
  2. The project which is the main subject of the nomination must have been worked on within the 2022 calendar year, though not necessarily completed.
  3. Nominations must be based on at least one but no more than three project(s) (nominating party to select).
  4. Nominations must be submitted via the online submission form. Where multiple nominations are being submitted by the one organisation, a separate online submission form will need to be completed for each nomination.
  5. Nomination must be accompanied by a 100-word summary in word file for marketing purposes.
  6. Other relevant supporting materials/documents are optional but welcomed, should be limited to a maximum of three additional pieces of supporting material/documents and three testimonials, all in PDF format.
  7. A logo must be provided as well as a photo of the team or individual nominated. This will be used during award presentation.
  8. Information provided within the submission may be used by RICS for the purpose of the judging or promotion of the Awards. Any confidential information must be clearly stated within the submission.
  9. The jury panel’s decision on eligibility of the nominations shall be final and is non appealable.
  10. Any category which receives less than 2 nominations will not be awarded a winner (exceptions made at the judges discretion).

Emerging Achiever of the Year Award

In addition to the individual award criteria, the Emerging Achiever of the Year must have been born on or after 1 January 1987 (i.e. be aged 35 or under during the 2022 calendar year) to be eligible.

Nomination check list

  • An online submission is completed for each nomination.
  • For team awards, at least one but no more than three projects have been included in the nomination.
  • Supporting material may include testimonials, photographs, technical documentation, media clippings, floor plans, etc. to support the adjudication process.
  • Supporting material is limited to five individual materials and no more than three testimonials.
  • In addition to the nomination and supporting materials, the nomination is accompanied by photographs of the team/individuals nominated, the project(s) nominated (limited to 3 photographs) and includes a copy of the nominee’s company logo (as appropriate).
  • Confidential information is clearly labelled ‘RICS Awards in Confidence’.

Step Two: Prepare your submission materials

Each submission must be accompanied by specific submission materials, which will be reviewed by the judges.

Your submission should include:

  1. Category you are submitting for.
  2. Nominator and Nominee contact details.
  3. Main body of nomination – this should clearly explain the project, demonstrate a connection to the judging criteria and show a commitment to professionalism and ethics (showcasing at least 1 but no more than 3 projects that the team/individual has worked on). This is where you want to make it clear to the judges exactly why your submission is deserving of the award. Please note that this will not be a PDF upload, you will need to complete free text sections within the online form, including an introduction and responses to each applicable element of the judging criteria (professionalism, outcome and achievement, teamwork, innovation and sustainability). Word limits have been applied to each free text box in accordance with the criteria weighting. We recommend drafting your responses within a word document and then copying and pasting them into the online submission form.
  4. Up to 3 testimonials (PDF upload).
  5. Photographs of the nominated team/individual and project(s) referenced in the submission.
  6. Any other appropriate supporting material, such as technical documentation, media clippings, floor plans, etc.
  7. Your company logo.
  8. A 100-word summary of the nomination for marketing purposes – what the project was and how the team/individual has showcased excellence (free text section within the form).

Step Three: Submit your nomination

It's time to submit!

Have you double-checked the guidelines for submission materials, criteria and entry rules? Have you included all the necessary information? If so, it's time to submit your nomination.

By clicking the “Submit your nomination” button, you will be directed to complete the online submission form and upload your supporting materials online.

Submission materials must be received by COB Friday 24 February 2023.

Submit your nomination