The Typology, Plus & Product Categories
The A+ Awards consist of three categories. The Typology Categories celebrate traditional building types. The Plus Categories recognize the link between global issues and the structures that society builds. The Product categories acknowledge that symbiosis between products and building.
THE TYPOLOGY CATEGORIES
Architects do a lot of things—signage, branding, presentations, conferences—but at the core of our profession, we make buildings and spaces. The Typology Awards honor this core function. Categories broadly include residential, office, commercial, transportation, cultural, institutional, landscape, and student projects. To be recognized amongst the best is an incredible achievement worthy of praise—and perhaps a bit of bragging. Entries must be built projects completed within the past three years.
- Single Family Home XS <1,000 sq ft
- Single Family Home M 1000-3000 sq ft
- Single Family Home L >3000 sq ft
- Residential Low Rise (1-4 Floors)
- Residential Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)
- Residential High Rise (16+ Floors)
- Residential Interiors
- Office Building Low Rise (1-4 Floors)
- Office Building Mid Rise (5-15 Floors)
- Office Building High Rise (16+ Floors)
- Office Interiors
- Pop-ups & Temporary
- Hotels & Resorts
- Bars & Nightclubs
- Bus & Train Stations
- Parking Structures
- Theatres & Performing Arts Centers
- Art Galleries
- Health Care & Wellness
- Kindergartens, Primary & High Schools
- Higher Education & Research Facilities
- Government & Municipal Buildings, Police & Fire Stations
- Religious Buildings
- Sports & Recreation
- Landscape & Gardens
- Student Design/Build Project (Only student work that has been built. This could be through a formal academic course, or as a self initiated project.)
THE PLUS CATEGORIES
Architecture is everywhere and touches nearly every person on earth every day. The Plus Awards are designed to celebrate architecture’s relevancy through categories that highlight the issues confronting the world. The newness of these issues means that these awards are open to built and unbuilt projects conceived in the past three years.
- Architecture +Aging - The world's population is living longer and the demographic wave of elderly people will have great consequences for the built environment. Submit projects that deal with this seismic shift in population. Only the topic of architecture and aging will be judged in this category.
- NEW! Architecture +Art - Collaborations with artists and buildings made for specific art installations are just some of the ways that architecture interfaces with the artists and their creations. Submit projects that engage art and the built environment.
- Architecture +Branding - It did not start with the Apple store, but this innovative retail environment has changed consumer brand's perception of the power of architecture. Submit projects that deal with the built environment and branded experiences in innovative ways. Only a project's relationship to branding will be judged in this category.
- Architecture +Collaboration - Architecture is an inherently collaborative field, but some projects push this remarkable attribute to new heights by reaching out of our own field to professions far and wide. Submit projects that are the result of new types of collaborations - only the collaborative element and its result in the project will be evaluated for judging this category.
- Architecture +Communication - From the cellphones that we carry with us to social media that we access daily, communication technology is changing the way we live and occupy spaces. Submit projects that take on the broad phenomenon of communication. Only the submission's approach to communication will be considered in this category.
- Architecture +Engineering - Behind every great piece of architecture is superb engineering. Collaboration between the two fields create buildings that achieve the seemingly impossible. Submit projects that push the boundaries of architecture through engineering.
- Architecture +Fabrication - From building sized robots to industrial scaled laser cutters - new means of fabrication are changing the architect's tool-set with stunning results. Submit projects that use cutting edge fabrication techniques at any scale. Only the fabrication methods will be considered in judging this category.
- Architecture +Learning - Great experiments are underway that are changing the way we learn outside of formal education. Submit projects that respond to changing means of exchanging knowledge.
- Architecture +Light - Projects that deploy light in a substantive and innovative manner. Only the use of light and its effects will be considered in judging.
- Architecture +Living Small- The world is urbanizing and as a consequence cities are looking for new models of density. Submit projects that take on the idea of life within a small footprint. The judges will be looking for innovation within this area for judging.
- Architecture +Materials - There is no architecture without materiality and architects are always looking for new types of materials, and new uses of existing ones. Submit projects that have a particularly innovative use of material for this category. Only the issue of materiality will be judged in this category.
- Architecture +Mobility - The way we get around cities is changing. Car sharing, bike rentals, and new forms of public transportation are having an impact on the buildings we build. Submit projects that deal with this phenomenon. Only the aspect of how architecture is responding to mobility will be considered for this category.
- Architecture +Technology - New technologies means architectural projects that were inconceivable just a few years ago are now possible. Submit projects that are the direct result of these new innovations - they will be judged only on the application of this new technology.
- Architecture +Preservation - Preservation of existing buildings - of all typologies - requires a unique architectural disposition and a specialized skill-set. Submit projects that preserve and enhance the existing built environment.
- Architecture +Photography - The architectural photographer is more important than ever thanks to social media and ease of sharing images. A building no longer exists on a single physical site but inhabits the internet as photographs and videos. This category honors the craft of capturing a building. Submit images or videos (or both) that capture a single architectural project.
- Architecture +Self Initiated Projects - Online crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are changing the traditional role of the architect by putting the designer into the driver's seat. Submit projects that were incepted by architects and designers and demonstrate how the architecture and design fields are impacting the larger discourse around design. Only the entrepreneurial aspect of entries will be considered for judging in this category.
- Architecture +Sound - Architecture effects all of the senses, but increasingly there is experimentation with how it impacts the way we hear the world around us. Submit projects that take on the topic of sound and architecture. Only this aspect will be considered in judging this category.
- Architecture +Sustainability - Projects that tackle the issue of sustainability. Only the project's sustainability performance will be judged in this category.
- Architecture +Urban Transformation - Cities across the globe are revitalizing abandoned infrastructure, creating new public spaces out of neglected areas and building new ways for the world's citizens to live more densely within existing urban fabric. Submit projects that highlight this trend - architectural projects that spur new occupation and lively places. Only the transformative aspect of projects will be eligible for this category.
- Architecture +Workspace - The way we work is changing with the advent of shared work spaces, open offices, live/work setups and much more. Submit projects that take on the concept of 'new workspace'. Only the project's innovative design of the workspace will be considered for judging.
THE PRODUCT CATEGORIES (new)
Every architect and designer knows that it takes spectacular products to bring their designs to reality. This year Architizer is proud to introduce Product Awards in 15 innovative categories that address the issues that architects care most about. Products can be entered into multiple categories, but must available for purchase in 2014.
- Products +Access - From a set of doors to a simple lock, access products create and structure both flow and circulation. Architects search for products that will seamlessly integrate into a larger ecosystem; submit the best ones here.
- Products +Acoustics - Invisible to the eye, acoustic technology is integral to our sensory experience of architecture. Whether an architect needs to create solace in a crowded bar, or turn up the volume of a church choir-- acoustic products have become a part of the architectural conversation. Submit products that dialogue with sound and space.
- Products +Apps - Architects rely on on technology to do their jobs. Submit applications, both desktop and mobile based, that serve the architectural and design profession.
- Products +Bath - Bathrooms are spaces where technology, innovation, and unexpected detail can flourish through product and material. Submit products that enhance the art of bathing.
- Products +Health Care - No one wants to get sick, but when they do spectacular products make spaces of healing more efficient, sanitary and spatially pleasing. Submit products that engage in a dialogue between space, design, and health.
- Products +Kitchen - Both inherently domestic and technologically complex, the kitchen is a place where design meets daily ritual. Submit products that engage the way we consume, store, prepare and gather around food.
- Products +Landscape - Architects know that good buildings do not end at the front door, but rather extend into the landscape. To do this they rely on products that interface with the natural environment in new and novel ways - from outdoor furniture to new retaining wall solutions.
- Products +Lighting - Whether natural or artificial, architecture relies on the application and modulation of light to achieve spatial effects. We are looking for products that architects can deploy to craft light into architecture.
- Products +Living - This category is about the spaces in a home where people spend their time... well... living! Spaces besides the bathroom and kitchen. Architects rely on a host of products to add utility and comfort to these spaces, from furniture to storage solutions. Submit products that address the living spaces of homes.
- Products +Materials - Reclaimed, man-made, and reimagined resources have created entirely new categories of raw materials for architects to deploy in their designs. Submit building materials that our grandparents could never have dreamed of in this category.
- Products +Facades - The facades or outer-skin of a building is usually the first thing that people notice and identify with. Submit products that are used in facade design to create the buildings unique identity.
- Products +Sustainability - The word sustainability is used a lot in product design. However, it is a crucial time for sustainability innovation and product designers are enlarging the word’s very definition. Submit products that are at the forefront of that discussion.
- Products +Partnerships - The products that architects use often have creators from diverse fields. We want to see products that are the result of partnerships between brands and unique designers. They can be artists, graphic designers, architects, really anyone that brings unique perspective to product designs for the built environment.
- Products +Technology - As the smartphone morphs into the smarthouse, new products engage with technology to give architects a tool kit for controlling and enhancing the built environment. Submit products that revolutionize architecture through the application of technology.
- Products +Work - It is a common trope today that “the workplace is changing.” Show us the products that make this revolution possible - at the scale of the paper clip all the way to integrated workspace solutions.
back to top