A Quick Guide to the Awards

Why the International Outstanding Achievement Awards (IOAA)?

These new awards gather together a diverse range of disciplines, reaching out to the thousands of dedicated built environment professionals that are making valuable contributions within teams and organisations, but whose achievements are often overlooked by other competitions.

IOAA bridges the gap between CIOB’s other awards: our highly successful Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA), running for more than three decades, focus solely on project leaders working in the UK. By contrast, the International Innovation and Research Awards (I&R Awards) are restricted to innovation and research. The IOAA are open to specialist managers following a wide range of career paths that have introduced change within their organisations and are seeing the results.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to individuals who have performed beyond the normal requirements of their job, introducing innovations or initiatives that have made a visible, tangible or demonstrable change for the better within the built environment sector. The individuals can be from any size of organisation, and from any country in the world. You do not have to be a CIOB member to participate.

The entry process

Entries for 2016 are no longer being accepted. Check back soon to find out about the winners!

  • On the entry form, you will have to explain your achievement in no more than 1,000 words.
  • Briefly explain the challenge, putting it into local or regional context if necessary.
  • Provide evidence of the improvements or changes that this initiative or innovation brought to the project, organisation or team.
  • The judges will be looking for outstanding achievements, rather than exemplary performance within a defined job role.

Don’t forget, you will need someone – your employer, line manager, senior colleague or client, for example – to nominate you, and explain why they think you deserve this award on the entry form (not exceeding 300 words).

How to take part

Entry is simple. First check out our list of categories, and click on the most relevant category for you. The information of each award category and a PDF entry form can be found in each section.

  • Download the PDF entry form.
  • On the entry form, explain your achievement in no more than 1,000 words.
  • Briefly explain the challenge, putting it into local or regional context if necessary.
  • Provide evidence of the improvements or changes that this initiative or innovation brought to the project, organisation or team.
  • Entry form must be completed in clear English language and typewritten.
  • The judges will be looking for outstanding achievements, rather than exemplary performance within a defined job role.

Don’t forget, you will need someone – your employer, line manager, senior colleague or client, for example – to nominate you, and explain why they think you deserve this award on the entry form (not exceeding 300 words). You can read about our general rules of entry here.

For the first phase of judging, entries are restricted to the entry form. Please do not attach or insert pictures or extra documents as they will not be reviewed at this stage. If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be asked to give a presentation later in the year, where pictures, diagrams and charts will be welcome.

Once you have completed the entry form in full, please email the PDF form to ioaa@ciob.org.uk to complete your submission

My company is very small, should I enter?

Absolutely. Judges will take the size of the organisation– and its resources – into account, assessing each entry on its individual merits. Small companies will not be at a disadvantage.

This is an international competition. How can you compare a project in Africa with one in the USA?

Local context is crucial in assessing the achievement of each individual or organisation. The judges are experts in their field and will take the location into account. However, it may help if you explain local conditions and challenges as part of your entry.

Are these awards focusing on the achievement in a single project only?

No, it is expected that entrants will demonstrate their outstanding achievements in a number of projects.

What happens to the profits from the Awards?

CIOB is a registered charity. Like all our awards, any profits from this competition will be ploughed back into projects that benefit our members and the wider built environment sector.