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Discover the different verticals that will celebrate
best-in-class shared living innovations in our 2022 edition
Discover the 2021 winners
Award Category

Building & Architecture

Designing sustainable and future-proof shared living buildings

The built environment can have an immense influence on our shared experience when driven by human-centric, environmentally sustainable and innovative thinking. With the help of cutting-edge spatial design and architecture, fitted uniquely into coliving’s core pillars of community, sustainability and wellbeing, this specialist real estate model is becoming the face of the future of real estate itself – and its designs are some of the biggest creative engines behind that movement. This category will award the builders, developers, architects and spatial designers that are taking the leaps needed to create the future-proof shared living homes our world so desperately needs.

For whom?

Developers, builders, architects, design studios, spatial designers, in-house design teams

Criteria

  1. Efficient construction and development phases and successful opening(s): your building is already in operations and you can prove occupancy, or your design is currently under construction and will be opening in 2022.
  2. Use of innovative/sustainable materials: building materials consider leading sustainability certifications and use state of the art sustainability technologies / materials.
  3. Building includes property and construction technology integrations: the building uses technology to enhance operations and sustainability.
  4. Fosters wellbeing and community: the building design incorporates elements of biophilia, wellbeing design and social interaction techniques.
  5. Building includes spaces open to the public: your building has communal spaces that are open to local neighbours and community groups.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as data on planning, budgeting, development, timelines and user metrics when applicable
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Marc Koehler

Co-founder of Marc Koehler Architects

Co-founder of Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts.co, Openbuilding.co & MaMa Pioneers

Marc believes in the unique craft of architects to create adaptive collective systems - with profound cultural, social, and ecological impact. Marc wants to safeguard architecture as a “safe space” for social experimentation and spatial poetry in the context of hyper-capitalism, which is intrinsically hungry for novelty but sceptical to profound change.

Marc Koehler Architects (MKA) is known for initiating labels such as Superlofts.co and openbuilding.co and have opened a 2nd studio in European start-up capital Lisbon from where he intends to develop international platform brands at the intersection of real estate, branding, architecture & experience design such as MaMa Pioneers: a modular shared living concept offering a mix of affordable and market housing with multiple buildings around Amsterdam, build in CLT and around “Tiny Forests”. And more recently Nomalides; a regenerative Eco Village & hospitality brand in Melides Portugal.

MKA’s ideas about modular design and community building also play a role in the master vision for a new sustainable city in Thamesmead London, currently being developed with Prior & Partners, Arup and ABA and others.

Award Category

Interior & Furniture Design

Environments and designs that instil pride, comfort and wellbeing

Our home environments must be designed to be places of sanctuary, environments that instil a sense of pride, identity and wellbeing. When designing coliving environments, residents need to feel that they have options: scales between intimacy and social life, both private and public spaces that are curated to respond to every need. This category will celebrate the designers who are creating interior design and FF&E innovations that incorporate elements of biophilia, sociability, modularity, personalisation and flexibility.


For whom?

Interior designers, product designers, furniture designers, design studios, in-house design teams

Criteria

  1. Innovative manufacturing and design process: your product / design is made via a transparent and efficient manufacturing system / design process.
  2. Use of innovative / sustainable materials: your product / design uses state-of-the-art and sustainable practises and materials (e.g. biophilia, modularity, prefabrication, upcycling, etc.).
  3. Fosters interaction / productivity / creativity: your product / design enables residents and the public to interact and enhances social interaction, productivity and creativity.
  4. Scalability & durability: your product / design has been created with scalability, circularity and sustainability in mind.
  5. Comfort & personalisation: your product / design is flexible and enables personalisation and fosters a sense of ownership, pride, identity, comfort and wellbeing amongst users.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as including qualitative and quantitative data and any other metrics that inform the creation of your product / design
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Jeroen Vester

Director of Ninetynine

Jeroen Vester started his career at Concrete Architectural Associates where was responsible for the development of the CitizenM room and the design of the public areas of the first hotel of the chain, which opened in 2008 on Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. After the second and third CitizenM Hotel, the Royal Lounge on Schiphol Airport Amsterdam and several other projects Jeroen ended his 7-year period at Concrete opening W Hotel Leicester Square spring 2011.

After 3 years of creative collaboration in several combinations Jeroen founded Ninetynine in 2014. Ninetynine focuses on concepts and interiors for retail, offices and hospitality and grew to a small core team of creatives, expanded with various external  specialists specifically selected for each project. 

Ninetynine created interior designs for Hotel Casa Amsterdam, Restaurant Entrepot, Mash, de Wasserette, Vice Media Benelux HQ, TSH Collab, The Pool and many others. Besides these stand-alone interiors Ninetynine developed interior concepts for roll-out for clients like Coffeecompany, Vlaamsch Broodhuys, Salsa Shop, Juice Brothers, Vanmoof and others. A full list of projects is available at www.ninetynine.nl.

Award Category

Branding & Marketing

Branding and marketing for authentic shared living communities

Customers – in this case colivers – and stakeholders want to follow bold initiatives and authentic leadership; as such, branding has hardly ever been as important as it is now. The right branding and marketing strategies can help position coliving companies as vanguards at the frontier of an evolving real estate industry. This category will celebrate the brand agencies, marketers and coliving operators who dared to challenge traditional residential living models to create authentic and timeless shared living brands.

For whom?

Creative agencies, digital and marketing agencies, branding agencies, in-house marketing and branding teams, designers and other creatives / marketers / brand specialists

Criteria

  1. Brand recognition and reach: quality of brand identity, brand awareness, use of various brand touchpoints, audience engagement.
  2. Values-driven: branding and marketing reflects brand values, mission and vision and wider agenda for sustainable and impact-driven shared living.
  3. Strong brand identity: identity (e.g. logos, visual identity, brand assets) is timeless and engaging.
  4. Engagement: branding and marketing activities foster engagement (online & offline and both B2B & B2C), use unique visual communication and encourage sustainability, wellbeing and community-oriented mindset.
  5. Innovative and timeless approach to branding and communications: smart / out of the box branding and campaigns that use new technologies, new media and are accessible across multiple platforms.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as brand assets, audience and engagement metrics and other qualitative and quantitative data
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Aitana de Jong

Co-Founder of Coliving Ventures & Managing Partner at Spatial Experience

Co-Founder of Coliving Ventures and Managing Partner at Spatial Experience. Her contributions in various initiatives within the coliving industry – such as Coliving Insights and Coliving Awards – are fuelling the sector with innovative ideas, focus and strategic thinking.

Award Category

Content & Media

The leaders in coliving content creation

The power of image and insights cannot be overlooked in this market, and with more and more players bringing their creativity into the sector, we’d like to showcase the best of the best within this category. When it comes to promoting and understanding the value behind coliving, a certain perspective of imagination, creativity, inspiration and fearless vision for the future is needed. This category is for all the creatives behind coliving’s best photography, videos, visualisations, websites, research, handbooks and other content that is helping drive impact, innovation and consolidation throughout the sector.

For whom?

Creative agencies, digital and marketing agencies, branding agencies, in-house marketing and branding teams, creative directors, researchers, content creators, photographers, videographers, designers and other creatives / marketers / brand specialists

Criteria

  1. Relevance within the coliving sector: your content / initiative is relevant to the coliving / shared living / specialist residential real estate sector.
  2. Impact: your content / initiative has significant audience reach and engagement and it is accessible, relatable, well communicated and impactful.
  3. Legitimacy of content published: your content / initiative is research-backed and / or copyrighted and you can provide resources / intellectual property for all of your content.
  4. Timeless and quality design: your content / initiative is of high quality and has a beautiful design, identity, look and feel.
  5. Technical mastery and know-how: your content / initiative is intuitive and has evolved from an inherent understanding of the shared living sector and a technical creative process.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as brand assets, metrics from social media and other communication channels
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Michael Overzier

Strategy and Implementation Lead at InDomo

Michael helps companies increase marketing effectiveness by improving their marketing organization, operation and internal and external collaboration. He is an expert on strategic planning, media management and in-housing agency capabilities.

Besides he is a coach, examinator and assessor at the University of Applied Science in Amsterdam and the Avans Hogeschool in Den Bosch.

Award Category

User & Community Experience

Experience-driven shared living communities

Coliving addresses what concerns humans at their core – the need for belonging, the innate social connection that defines our character as a species. In a time when coliving has proven its ability to not just withstand but also consolidate during a global health and affordability crisis, our focus needs to be on perfecting that core, community-driven service that coliving uniquely offers. This award will showcase the coliving operators and on-site teams that are facilitating and fostering memorable and authentic experiences, moments and communities.

For whom?

Community teams, community facilitators / managers, operational teams, CX / UX designers, consultancies / consultants

Criteria

  1. Strong stakeholder engagement: residents engage authentically with one another, on-site staff, your brand and the local environment.
  2. User and community experience (UCX): ability to prove unique and outstanding user experience with qualitative data / testimonials from residents.
  3. Proven customer satisfaction metrics: ability to measure and record customer satisfaction data (e.g. NPS).
  4. Proven referrals and retention rates: residents feel an attachment to their community and your brand and you have an ability to measure and record brand loyalty.
  5. Personal and professional growth: your community fosters an environment where residents, staff and locals feel like they thrive both personally and professionally.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as customer insights, NPS scores, retention rates, referral rates, resident testimonials and other relevant user data
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Gaëtan de Dietrich

Former Head of Community & Sales
Hmlet

Former Head of Community and Sales at Hmlet Coliving, Gaetan is an award-winning coliving operator who specialises in building sticky resident experiences for the European and South-East Asia Build-to-Rent markets. A pioneer of scaling community-centric residential experiences; he has designed, led and scaled operations that have served thousands of residents to date.

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Award Category

Impact & Sustainability

Social, economic and environmental impact and sustainability

The coliving sector has a big potential to contribute positively to the real estate sector and our planet as an environmentally and socially sustainable housing model. With close relationships to their tenants, coliving developers and operators have the opportunity and the responsibility to enhance the wellbeing of their residents and contribute positively to local economies and neighbourhoods. This category is for the shared living businesses that are thinking deeply about the different stakeholders within their ecosystems, and are doing whatever they can to deliver a positive social, economic and environmental impact for these individuals, their communities and wider neighbourhoods and cities.

For whom?

Shared living business, developers, builders, construction specialists, investors, operational teams, development teams, CSR / Impact / ESG teams, consultancies / consultants

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:


  1. Impact strategy and measurement tools in place: ability to measure and record economic, environmental and social impact.
  2. Sustainable behaviour change strategies / campaigns: your community has effective initiatives (activities / events / programmes) that promote impact and sustainability.
  3. Building design and sustainability: building is designed with sustainability and wellbeing in mind.
  4. Operational sustainability: you have strategies in place for waste management, energy efficiency, procurement policies, suppliers and other operational sustainability measures.
  5. Environmental, economic and social impact on surrounding neighbourhood: your shared living community is a local hub for impact and sustainability.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as qualitative and quantitative data, impact metrics and testimonials
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Penny Clark

Co-Founder and Head of Sustainability & Research

Co-Founder and Head of Sustainability & Research at Conscious Coliving, Dr Penny Clark. Penny has recently obtained a PhD at the University of Westminster in environmentally sustainable practices within communities. During Coliving Awards 2022, Penny will lead the assessment of Impact & Sustainability category.

Award Category

Proptech & Contech

Enhancing coliving brands and experiences through tech

Technology can undoubtedly accelerate the growth of coliving, increase profitability, enhance community and support all kinds of inspiring and disruptive new shared living concepts. We have already started adopting the tools that will define how we manage, support and scale community-based businesses like coliving. This category will be awarded to those developing software, hardware, platforms and other technology innovations that are moving the sector forward towards greater sustainability, profitability and interactivity, by experimenting with the vast array of technologies that are available to us in the present moment.

For whom?

Technology service providers, including in the proptech, contech, PMS, community app, roommate matching and access control sectors, amongst others

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Services are currently and efficiently being provided to shared living operators: measured by units in operations, surface area, devices installed, etc.
  2. Relevance: Product / tool and brand understands the specific technological needs of shared living operators and their users / residents.
  3. Product / tool enhances operational efficiency: ability to prove cost savings, level of optimisation and / or automation.
  4. Product / tool is easily integratable with other systems and is scalable: possibility of integration and / or adaptability with other relevant products / systems.
  5. Product / tool fosters innovation, impact and consolidation within the coliving sector: your product / tool is pushing the boundaries of the proptech / contech sectors.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as qualitative and quantitative data, case studies and testimonials
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

James Dearsley

Co-founder of Unissu
Unissu

James is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market. He travels the world as a keynote speaker, or moderator at some of the leading property events.  

His role as the Co-Founder of Unissu (http://www.unissu.com/), the trusted PropTech procurement portal, means he has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends.

Surveying over 10,000 PropTech businesses, and being exposed to the challenges from the global property market gives James an incredible insight into the property market. With his role, and research, surrounding the innovators in the industry, James’ speeches are filled with useful knowledge for companies, and their employees about the digital transformation of the industry.

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Award Category

Marketplace & Aggregator

Discovering, booking and curating colivers

Colivers need to do their due diligence when moving into a new home and what better way to do so than through a platform that curates and rates these coliving spaces according to peer reviews and interests. The ”Airbnbs of coliving” – coliving booking and discovery platforms – are emerging left and right trying to be the go-to places for booking within this fast-growing sector. For both colivers’ sake and the sector’s, we need to know which platforms are the best ones to use, and this category will aim to do just that and narrow them down to award the best-in-class coliving marketplaces and aggregators.

For whom?

Discovery and booking platforms, aggregators and marketplaces

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevance: marketplace / platform is dedicated specifically to coliving / shared living communities. 
  2. Curation process: both B2B and B2C curation processes are well established and consider different shared living typologies and characteristics as well as varying resident needs and interests.
  3. Integrated features: discovery, booking and curation features are well defined and can be integrated into other technologies / platforms when applicable.
  4. International reach: marketplace / platform has a global reach and includes shared living communities from around the world.
  5. User experience: marketplace / platform has an intuitive and accessible user experience and significantly enhances the efficiency of the discovering and booking process.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as criteria for curating shared living communities onto your marketplace / platform, engagement rates, case studies and number of users
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Samuel Vetrak

Founder and CEO of BONARD
BONARD

Samuel Vetrak is the Founder and CEO of BONARD, a global market research and advisory firm that assists with data, strategies and assessments in rented residential asset classes, incl. student housing, co-living, BTR, PRS and senior living.

Samuel has over 20 years’ experience advising governments, municipalities, sector associations, investors, developers, operators and other real estate stakeholders.

Since 2007, his staff of 50 researchers and analysts operating in four offices around the world have been providing the highest level of secondary and primary (in-field) research, making BONARD a go-to address for granular data in various sectors.

Samuel speaks frequently and at major real estate conferences, sharing latest, insights backed by his long-term industry experience.

Award Category

Student Coliving

From PBSA to student coliving

The purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) and coliving sectors are growing closer and closer together and both models support one another: as students move from their professionally-managed dorms, they want to keep the aspects of sociability and community they got so much out of during their studies. As these students and younger generations evolve their tastes and needs, so should their housing options. This category will showcase those PBSA and student coliving offers that are paving the way for communal living throughout all stages of life.

For whom?

PBSA brands, student coliving brands, hybrid hospitality brands and other shared living brands and communities targeting students

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevant & in operations: your shared living brand is dedicated to students and strongly considers their needs, budgets and interests and is currently in operations.
  2. Branding & marketing: your student coliving business has a timeless and engaging brand with strong communications and marketing strategies.
  3. Spatial design & architecture: your student coliving building(s) considers the latest within sustainable and state-of-the-art spatial design and architecture and the lifestyles of students. 
  4. Impact & sustainability: your student coliving brand embeds social, environmental and economic impact and sustainability into the core of its business, designs, experience and operations.
  5. User & community experience: your student coliving community has a strong user and community experience and that experience is reflected through high customer satisfaction metrics.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as impact measures, occupancy rates, testimonials, NPS scores, referral rates, retention rates, etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Arunima Dey

Programme Co-ordinator of The Class Foundation

Arunima is a former interdisciplinary researcher of the humanities with a PhD. During her time as a lecturer and admissions co-ordinator, she honed her expertise in providing quality education by working with various stakeholders. Her interest with the area of youth development has motivated her to be involved in projects aimed towards making learning accessible, and thus, equitable.

As the Programme Curator for The Class Foundation, she approaches higher education in a holistic manner by focusing on affordable student housing and student mobility grounded in the ethos of sustainability, and creating social value for both students and their host communities.

Award Category

Nomad Coliving

Facilitating the remote work movement and lifestyle

Digital nomads, freelancers, remote workers and ‘slowmads’ seek places to live and work that cater to their mobile lifestyles. Wanting to move on from the typical hostel or hotel experience, they are looking for workations, rural coworking and coliving hubs, a few weeks on a ‘nomad cruise’ and other options around the world that respond to their flexible jet setting lifestyle. This category will showcase the nomad coliving spaces that best cater to these needs, while considering the cultures of local areas, as well as the impact their space has on their neighbourhoods, communities, villages and the planet.

For whom?

Workations, rural coworking and coliving hubs, digital nomad retreats, pop-up coliving spaces and other shared living brands and communities specifically targeting digital nomads

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevant & in operations: your shared living brand is dedicated to digital nomads and remote workers and strongly considers their needs, budgets and interests and is currently in operations.
  2. Branding & marketing: your nomad coliving business has a timeless and engaging brand with strong communications and marketing strategies.
  3. Spatial design & architecture: your nomad coliving building(s) consider(s) the latest within sustainable and state-of-the-art spatial design and architecture and the lifestyles of digital nomads and remote workers.
  4. Impact & sustainability: your nomad coliving brand embeds social, environmental and economic impact and sustainability into the core of its business, designs, experience and operations.
  5. User & community experience: your nomad coliving community has a strong user and community experience and that experience is reflected through high customer satisfaction metrics.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as impact measures, occupancy rates, testimonials, NPS scores, referral rates, retention rates, etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Gonçalo Hall

CEO of NomadX
NomadX

Gonçalo Hall is the CEO at NomadX, one of the biggest nomad communities in the world with physical communities in Madeira, Cabi Verde and Lisbon.

Also he  launched projects like the Remote Work Movement, Future of Work Conferences, Remote Portugal and Remote Europe in order to help the movement grow and spread. 

The Digital Nomad Village is Gonçalo’s popular project, being developed in Ponta do Sol, Madeira island, where he is building a community of digital nomads focused on positive local impact and deep human connections. The project was featured in CNN, Washington Post, Lonely Planet, Irish Times and many other international publications. 

He started working with the Cabo Verde government to replicate the project and attract thousands of remote workers and entrepreneurs to the beautiful islands of Africa, helping digitalizing and educating the local population to work remotely from Cabo Verde to any company around the world.

He is also the host of the Remote Movement Podcast where he interviews people making a ruckus in the remote world.

Award Category

Senior Coliving

The new generation of senior living

As young professionals move on to family life, then into retirement later on in life, there should still be a place for ‘new agers’ that want to continue to live communally. Senior coliving spaces are the multigenerational communities that provide dynamic resources and services for people at all life stages. As Generation X, Xennials and Millennials age, this category will be awarded to the shared living projects that are considering and responding to the needs and desires of the ‘biggest population we’ve never heard of.


For whom?

Senior coliving brands, multigenerational shared living brands / communities, cohousing communities and other shared living brands and communities targeting seniors

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevant & in operations: your shared living brand is dedicated to seniors and strongly considers their needs, budgets and interests and is currently in operations.
  2. Branding & marketing: your senior coliving business has a timeless and engaging brand with strong communications and marketing strategies.
  3. Spatial design & architecture: your senior coliving building(s) consider(s) the latest within sustainable and state-of-the-art spatial design and architecture and the lifestyles of seniors.
  4. Impact & sustainability: your senior coliving brand embeds social, environmental and economic impact and sustainability into the core of its business, designs, experience and operations.
  5. User & community experience: your senior coliving community has a strong user and community experience and that experience is reflected through high customer satisfaction metrics.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as impact measures, occupancy rates, testimonials, NPS scores, referral rates, retention rates, etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Ron van Bloois

Founder / CEO of MI & Co-Founder and Chair of the SHHA

Ron has devoted his life to researching and teaching topics like senior housing and healthcare real estate finance, impact investing, business cases and asset management. His various accomplishments in the industry include fulfilling his roles as a Founder / Chief Executive Officer of MI, a Co-Founder and Chair of the Senior Housing & Healthcare Association, a lecturer at Sociëteit Vastgoed Netwerk® (SVN) and Managing Editor of Real Asset Media Journal.

Award Category

Blended Living

Mixed-use and hybrid live-work hubs

With the overlap of the residential, hospitality, commercial and office sectors comes new live / work / play hubs that accommodate people of all lifestyles, ages and backgrounds. As the coliving sector consolidates, shared living models that can respond to the diverse living, working and recreational needs of their residents and local communities will be the ones that stand out. This category will be awarded to the mixed-use developments that are providing hyper-flexibility and state-of-the-art amenities and services to their diverse communities and local areas.

For whom?

Shared living brands, operators, developers, builders and investors working in the cross-section of coliving, student accommodation, build to rent, senior living, hybrid hospitality and other residential specialist real estate sectors

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevant & in operations: your shared living brand is mixed-use, caters to a wide variety of demographics and is currently in operations.
  2. Capacity for different usages that enhance living experience for residents and locals: your blended living space accommodates different use classes on top of residential, such as commercial, F&B and office, amongst others. 
  3. Diversity of user demographics and psychographics: your blended living community caters to different demographic and psychographic needs and wants.
  4. Branding & marketing: your blended living business has a timeless and engaging brand with strong communications and marketing strategies.
  5. Building sustainability, financial viability, operational efficiency, resident engagement and wellbeing: your blended living space embodies the principles of sustainability, wellbeing and community while being financially viable and operationally efficient.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as impact measures, occupancy rates, testimonials, NPS scores, referral rates, retention rates, etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Adina David

Director of Urban Living

Adina is Director of Urban Living at Greystar, tasked with consolidating Greystar’s global strategy around the development and acquisition of urban living assets which integrate efficient unit design, expanded shared areas, resident programming, and communal workspace to deliver cost-effective and connected communities.

Adina was most recently Vice President of Investments at The Collective until 2019. She was previously with Greystar’s UK investments team focused on BTR in the UK. Prior to joining Greystar in 2016, Adina worked in acquisitions and asset management for Dermot, a residential company in New York. She started her career in CRE with Knight Frank in Bucharest, Romania in 2010. 

Adina holds an MSc in Real Estate from NYU and a BA from Emory University. She is an active member of ULI UK and ULI Europe and founder of Ladies in Real Estate. She has been named a RESI Trailblazer (PropertyWeek, 2018), a woman shaping the future of RE in the UK (Bisnow, 2019), a Rising Star by PropertyEU and Estates Gazette (2020), and a UK BTR Influencer (EG, 2022). Adina spends most of her spare time cycling.

Award Category

Coliving Operator of The Year

Shared living at its finest

As the sector evolves and expansions, administrations, bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions occur, we need a shared understanding for what makes a great coliving brand stand out. Coliving at its finest needs to be experience-driven, tech-integrated, financially viable and have social, economic and environmental sustainability at its core. In order to have visibility through what is becoming a cloudy landscape in the shared living sector, this category will be awarded to the most well-rounded, innovative and impactful coliving brands out there.

For whom?

Coliving and shared living operators

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevant & in operations: you are a shared living brand that has locations (or a location) that are currently in operations (1 year minimum), and you can prove strong occupancy rates and relevance within the sector. 
  2. Branding & marketing: your shared living brand has a timeless and engaging brand with strong communications and marketing strategies.
  3. Spatial design & architecture: your shared living building(s) consider(s) the latest within sustainable and state-of-the-art spatial design and architecture. 
  4. Impact & sustainability: your shared living brand embeds social, environmental and economic impact and sustainability into the core of its business, designs, experience and operations.
  5. User & community experience: your shared living brand and community has a strong user and community experience and that experience is reflected through high customer satisfaction metrics.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as impact measures, occupancy rates, testimonials, NPS scores, referral rates, retention rates, etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Sophie Chick

VP, Research & Advisory Services of ULI

Sophie Chick has recently joined ULI to lead the research for Europe. She is responsible for developing and delivering original, objective research on a wide range of issues related to land use, climate change and sustainability, real estate development and investment, and the built environment.

Prior to joining ULI, Sophie was the head of department for Savills World Research team and the lead researcher on ESG in the Urban Environment. Working across all property sectors, she delivered market leading research on global real estate markets and the international forces that shape them.

Before her global role, she moved to Sydney, Australia in 2016 for two years, where she set up a residential research department for Savills. This role was followed by a period at Mirvac, an Australian owner and developer, which saw her working closely with the capital transaction team to best understand risks and opportunities for potential purchases and sales. Sophie began her career at Savills in 2010 in the UK residential research team.

Award Category

Emerging Coliving Concept

Make room for the newcomers

If you are an aspiring coliving project and are currently developing your brand, space and ultimately community, this category is for you. Although you may not yet be in operations or even under development, we wanted to showcase and celebrate the grit, courage and effort you are putting into making your dream a reality. This category will therefore award those projects that are in ideation, development and / or construction phases that have the biggest potential for being the ‘new kid on the block’.

For whom?

Emerging shared living brands that are in ideation, prototyping, development and / or construction phases

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevance & innovation: your new product / brand is clearly an innovative reflection of the shared living and specialist residential real estate sectors.
  2. Collaborations & partnerships: you are putting in place the partnerships needed to cater to your new product's / brand's B2B and B2C needs.  
  3. Spatial design & architecture: your shared living building(s) considers the latest within sustainable and state-of-the-art spatial design and architecture. 
  4. Branding & marketing: you are creating a timeless and engaging shared living brand with strong communications and marketing strategies.
  5. Impact & sustainability: your shared living brand embeds social, environmental and economic impact and sustainability into the core of its business, designs, experience and operations.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as impact framework / model, brand assets, case studies, renders, floor plans, etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Kristen Zupancic

COO of Co-Liv & Founder of Plot Twist Placemaking

Kristen Zupancic is a shared living professional with an eye for trendspotting in future living, working and learning spaces. A former researcher and innovation analyst in coliving and PBSA, Kristen now heads operations at Co-Liv, the global nonprofit for coliving professionals and leads the transformation of underutilised spaces as founder of Plot Twist Placemaking.

Award Category

Academia (Students & PhDs)

From research to refurbs (and new builds)

We understand that innovation not only comes from entrepreneurs and creatives, but also the curious students and researchers of the world. Universities around the world are studying the shared living phenomenon from a range of perspectives: real estate development, asset management, spatial design, sociology, psychology and many more. This category will highlight academic research projects from undergraduate and graduate students who are aiming to redefine the future of coliving.

To empower innovation in coliving we offer 75% discount to students applying to the Academia (Students & PhDs) category. Please reach out to connect@colivingawards.com to claim your discount code.

For whom?

Masters and PhD students and recent post-graduates

Criteria

Your application will be considered eligible according to the criteria below:

  1. Relevance & innovation: your research / project is clearly an innovative reflection of the shared living and specialist residential real estate sectors.
  2. Structured & well presented: capacity of students / researchers to deliver a clear, concise and sleek presentation and structure.
  3. Methodology: research / project derives from thoughtful and rigorous methodologies (e.g. quantitative data, qualitative data, interviews, etc.)
  4. Validation & viability: research / project has been reviewed and validated by peers / research advisors (or is in the process of being validated) and has the potential to be executed / materialised.
  5. Impact & sustainability: your research / project promoted the integration of social, environmental and economic impact and sustainability into the core of the shared living model.

Deliverables

Below we have summarised the deliverables for your application. Please also make sure to download the application guide and presentation template by following the buttons below to make sure you read all necessary information to have a successful Coliving Awards entry. Note that every category has its own application guide!

1. Presentation including:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Logo (if applicable)
  • Details about specific project / site / product in English
  • Responses to questions in the application guide and additional resources requested in the eligibility and evaluation criteria, such as methodologies, quantitative data, qualitative data, case studies, interviews etc.
  • Presentation should be max 20 slides / pages and in PDF format (16:9 horizontal format). Please see the presentation template below for reference

2. High level summary of your project submission in the Application portal (max 300 characters including spaces)

3. Supporting images / renders (in high resolution JPG / PNG -> 150 dpi) in ZIP format** (max 10 images). Files to be named in the following format " organisation-projectname-image# “

4. Representative project image (max 10 MB) to be used as a thumbnail in the application portal and other relevant communication from Coliving Awards about your project

5. It should be clear that your project meets the criteria for this category

Lead Judge

Virginia Scapinelli

Board Member of Co-Liv
Co-Liv

Virginia is passionate about analysing emerging lifestyles and designing new space usages and business models to promote them. Gathering a double expertise in architecture and consulting, she has helped major real estate groups in the creation of innovative concepts, including coliving and coworking offers. She’s also an advisor for the global coliving no-profit Co-Liv, for which she leads the academic partnership with the School of Design - Politecnico di Milano.

About Evaluation Process

Coliving Awards and its jury members are leading a transparent and fair evaluation process to all applications

Voting

Our voting system is based on the combination of different voting power percentages, accounting for: the expertise based evaluation by our lead jury member (35%), a congregate of votes by the jury panel (30%) and a popular vote by industry stakeholders and public audience through LinkedIn (35%).
The audience vote remains visible for the public to follow throughout the process, however the jury results are disclosed during the awards ceremony.

Nomination

Submissions are evaluated by a jury composed of coliving industry experts. The lead judge of each category evaluates all received applications* and select the top entries per category, nominated and announced publicly as finalists. The nominated candidates also benefit from media exposure, as well as the possibility to juxtapose their projects with industry-leading professionals.

*Applications are deemed received when all submission criteria are met.

2022 Coliving Awards Winners

In June 2022, during the upcoming Coliving Awards ceremony, the winners of each of the 15 categories will be revealed. The winners will be selected for their creativity, state-of-the-art ideas and novel thinking that are fostering innovation in the sector.
Discover the 2021 winners