Sponsored / How the PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards shortlist is selected

Posted on: March 1, 2018 | Special Reports

Sponsored: A look at what goes in to selecting the nominees for the annual PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards, which acknowledges the best architects and designers in the country

The judging criteria for the design awards is displayed at the 2017 ceremony

Every year the PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards recognise the finest in the country’s real estate sector, presenting more than 40 awards and commendations since the first gala dinner took place in 2016.

But how is the prestigious Cambodia Property Awards shortlist selected? Boasting a free-to-enter system, the Awards has an unparalleled reputation for being credible, fair and transparent, and is recognised as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

Nominees are evaluated based on strict criteria set by an independent judging panel. For Developer awards, the judges carefully consider a company’s reputation, image and corporate social responsibility initiatives, overall track record, displays of innovation and achievement in the past 12 months.

For Development and Design awards, entries are judged based on location, value for money, unique selling points, state of completion, sales success, design concept, innovation, use of space, quality of amenities, and construction and materials used.

BDO Cambodia plays a crucial role in supervising the awards from the entries stage to site inspections and final deliberations. The team of 2018 supervisors in Cambodia is led by partner Lim Seng Siew, assistant manager Sok Sochetra and senior associate Norng Kiman.

As with the rest of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards events across the region, BDO reviews completed entry forms to check that they meet the published criteria; judges then submit all scores for tabulation directly to BDO, which presents all scoring results to the judges.

A BDO representative is always present at judges’ meetings to ensure that criteria and procedures are correctly followed. Attention is closely paid to identifying conflicts of interest during the judging process, with jury members asked to consider and disclose conflicts of interest before casting their votes.

Finally, BDO reviews completed entry forms to check that they meet the published criteria; judges then submit all scores for tabulation directly to BDO, which presents all scoring results to the judging panel led by incumbent chairman Sorn Seap, founder and director of Key Real Estate.

The rest of the panel includes respected experts in Cambodia’s real estate sector and related fields: Simon Griffiths (managing director, Urban Assets Solutions), David Littlejohn (sales & marketing manager, Comin Khmere), Michel Cassagnes (managing director, Archetype Cambodia), Sok Siphana (vice-president, Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agent Association, and CEO/founder, Cambodia Property), Ross Wheble, MRICS (country manager, Knight Frank Cambodia), Thida Ann (director, CBRE Cambodia) and Grace Rachny Fong (executive director, Century 21 Cambodia).