AHEAD Asia 2020

12 March 2020 - Andaz Singapore


The AHEAD Asia entry deadline has been extended to Thursday 31 October. Click here to begin...

Eligible projects will need to have opened, reopened or launched between September 2018 - August 2019 to apply. Entries cost £250 (+ VAT) per project, per category.

View our AHEAD Checklist which guides you through the entry process.

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Call for Entries
05 Aug 2019
Judging Panel Announced
21 Oct 2019
Entry Deadline
31 Oct 2019
Shortlist Announced
29 Nov 2019
Judging Day
21 Jan 2020
Awards Ceremony
12 Mar 2020

The judges for AHEAD Asia are acknowledged industry leaders, who represent a wide spectrum of the disciplines involved in delivering new hotel projects across the region.

The panel will be announced 21 October 2019.


The application of design and architecture to deliver great guest experiences are at the heart of AHEAD.

The criteria for success are based not only on creative excellence, but also on commercial viability.

As well as projects that are aesthetically impressive, the judges will be looking for evidence that winning designs have also met the needs of client and customers alike.

The judges will be looking for submissions showing rigorous and appropriate design, demonstrating a sensible use of budget to contribute to the guest experience as well as the 'theatre' of hotel life while satisfying the client brief.

Submitted material should demonstrate clearly why the project is thought to be worth an award in its chosen category and how the design sets the project at an award winning level.

Click here to see our AHEAD Checklist, which guides you through the entry process.

Eligibility / Entry

Hotel projects completed between September 2018 – August 2019 are eligible for entry to AHEAD Asia 2020.

A hotel is defined as a commercial building, or combination of buildings, primarily dedicated to the provision of lodging / accommodation. Please note privately owned accommodations exclusively rented out for lodging via peer-to-peer sites such as Airbnb are not eligible for AHEAD.

AHEAD is unique in its celebration of the key collaborators in hotel projects: the developer / investor; operator; architect and interior designer.

Anyone can enter an award, but we recommend that the designers / architects responsible for the hotel compile the entry.

Hotel owners, operators, developers, investors, PRs and other representatives are encouraged to co-ordinate entries for the hotels they represent with the relevant designers/architects.

Further guidance on specific criteria for individual categories is given here and during the entry process.

Entry costs for AHEAD Asia are £250 per entry.


Photography should clearly show the design and / or architecture of the area of the property relevant to the category in which it is entered

If entering more than one category please submit different photographs that reflect the category you are entering.

Before and after photos, CGIs and renderings, floor plans and / or CAD drawings can be included as supporting material where relevant.

Please do not submit CGIs / renderings in place of actual photography

Please try and avoid use of advertising or marketing photographs e.g. posed models, elaborate table settings etc.

Please ensure that you have the appropriate copyright clearances for all photography submitted (see terms and conditions)