The Davidson Prize rewards transformative architecture of the home.

It aims to promote excellent design and wellbeing and the compelling communication of these solutions.

Each year entrants will be asked to consider a different aspect of the home, starting with future ways of working.

View the 2021 prize exhibition.

Charles Eames in the studio circa 1951–52. Photo credit: Eames Office

2021 Theme:
Home/Work –
A New Future

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The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted us to reassess how we want to live in the future. One impact is the desire of many people to work from home at least part of the time. This is why we believe a new housing type needs to emerge with ‘home/work’ at its heart.

Registration for the 2021 Davidson Prize closed on 23 December 2020.



Alison is one of Britain’s most highly acclaimed architects. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to London in 1988 and founded her practice in 1996. With a design process that emerges from broad cultural research, fusing history, community and locality, Alison Brooks Architects is the only recipient of the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Heatherwick Studio

Thomas is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Heatherwick Studio is currently working on approximately 30 projects in 10 countries. It has recently completed a new public centrepiece for Hudson Yards in New York and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town – the first museum of its kind on the continent.

Writer, consultant and presenter

Michelle is internationally renowned as a thought-leader on interior trends, colour and style.

Originally trained as an architect, and the former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, she is a lead judge on the BBC2/Netflix series 'Interior Design Masters' and author of Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness.

Narinder Sagoo
Art Director Foster + Partners

Narinder heads the Design Communications team at Foster + Partners where he is a Senior Partner. He is well known for his perspective drawings and exceptional ability to grasp and visualise architectural ideas, and has been personally involved in all of the practice’s projects over a period of two decades.

Sonia Solicari
Director Museum of the Home

Sonia is a curator, writer and cultural leader with 20 years’ experience in the museums sector. She joined the Museum of the Home as Director in 2017, overseeing an £18.1m development of the building and gardens. Previous roles include Head of the Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre, and Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A.

Alan Davidson's sketch of his last home

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The Davidson Prize rewards architecture that imaginatively rethinks the design of the contemporary home to keep pace with the times and people's lifestyle preferences.

The aim is to promote excellent design and wellbeing and the compelling communication of these solutions.

Each year the prize will address a different aspect of the home, starting with home/work. Three finalist teams will each receive an honorarium of £5,000 and the winner will receive a £10,000 prize.