NZGBC- Future Thinker of the Year


We’re thrilled to be kicking off the search for the 2022 Future Thinker of the Year!

Future Thinker of the Year is awarded to a student or recent graduate passionate about green building who demonstrates leadership and knowledge about driving change in Aotearoa. Whether you’re a researcher, activist, student, or work in the sustainable building space, it’s a chance for us to help amplify your voice and provide a platform to make a real difference across our built environment.

As well as gaining profile among our building and construction sector and opening up opportunities to speak and educate others at industry events and discussions, the winner will receive:

Entry is now open until 18th April 2022.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all NZGBC Future Thinkers, current students from any tertiary organisation, apprentices, and any tertiary graduate within 4 years of graduation. Entrants must be residing in New Zealand, eligible to be a NZGBC Future Thinker, and over the age of 18 years.

How is the FTOTY chosen?

After all the entries are in an initial shortlist will be selected from the written submissions.

Those who are shortlisted will be asked to then provide a brief video submission elaborating on their ideas. These will then be considered alongside the written submission by an external judging panel. Finalists will have an opportunity to present at NZGBC Future Thinker of the Year awards evening where the FTOTY will be decided.

The winner will receive:

  • entry to Sustainable Housing Summit 2022 in Auckland
  • free entry to all NZGBC networking events in 2022
  • two NZGBC training courses of their choosing
  • an invitation to stand on the selection panel for Future Thinker of the Year 2023
  • involvement in numerous events and speaking engagements

See the full competition terms and conditions

Click here to find out more