Civic Trust Cymru promotes civic pride as a means to improving the quality of life for all in the places where we live and work, and encourages community action, good design, sustainable development and respect for the built environment amongst people of all ages.

The Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize 2015

 

Guest post from the Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust

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The Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust is delighted to announce that in November 2015 it will be
awarding its fifth prize for design in Wales. The triennial Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize is Wales’s prestigious award that recognises the importance of good design to the quality of life, identity and regeneration of Wales The prize builds on the work of The Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust in celebrating the life of this inspirational teacher and advocate for Wales and the Welsh environment. Dewi-Prys, who died in 1985, cared deeply about Wales and the Welsh environment and the prize seeks to capture this inspirational and passionate spirit. Celebrating good design, and passion for good design, in the built environment in
Wales.

Many things make up the environment in which we live, and the Dewi-Prys recognises projects of excellence in a wide range of fields:
• Architecture
• Landscape design and public spaces
• Environmental improvements, sustainability projects and civil engineering
• Public art.
The Trust believes that the debate about, and understanding of, good design in Wales is as
important as the realisation of built projects. Accordingly, the Dewi-Prys rewards not only
completed projects but also insightful contributions to understanding the built environment.
Examples might include:
• The representation of Welsh landscapes and buildings in art and photography
• Inspirational but unrealised designs
• Published works that make a difference to the quality of design in Wales
• Campaigning, educating and contributing to better design.

In all of these areas, the jury will seek to reward projects and initiatives that display the following characteristics:
• Excellence: demonstrating the highest quality of thinking, design and execution
• Utility: fulfilling their essential function simply and brilliantly
• Originality: finding new ways of working in the built environment
• Inspiration: making a difference in the quality and appreciation of design in Wales.

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