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Judging Process & Criteria

Architectural criticism, like architecture itself, is not an exact science. Powerful new ideas and technologies arise constantly, reshaping old ideas or paving over them. Not every A+Award winner will score perfect 10’s across the judging table. The weight of each category varies with the goal of each project; architecture is much more than the sum of its parts.


Typology Categories
The Jury will evaluate these projects based on the following criteria:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Innovation

Form
Architecture is a field filled with big ideas, but ultimately architects build things. Form is the visible shape and configuration of the project. The jury will consider how the project’s built-form manifests the stated intent through its materiality, shape, detailing, etc. The project’s form should have a clear stance on its relationship to its surroundings, its users and the public at large. It isn’t enough to be beautiful, and the form need not be cutting edge or trendy, but rather high quality, appropriate and relevant for its audience and the message it is supporting.

Function
Function refers to the purpose for which the project is intended. This is frequently a complex and long list of requirements that can range from the simple (shelter) to the arcane (particular social interactions). The jury will refer to the project’s description to understand which functional criteria was the primary concern. Good functionality means the project works well for the intended use, regardless if it is targeted at the client, the users that occupy the project, the public that encounters it, or even the virtual visitors that are confronted by its photographic representation.

Innovation
Architecture is a relentlessly forward-looking field that embraces new technologies and countenances shifting social and demographic trends with curiosity and eagerness. Projects that take a fresh approach or work to improve existing practices are innovative projects.


Plus Categories
The Jury will evaluate these projects based on the following criteria:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Innovation
  • Intent
  • Reality

Form
Form is the visible shape and configuration of the project. The jury will consider how the project’s built form manifests the project’s response to the Plus Category. The project’s form should have a clear stance on the topic of the category. It isn’t enough to be beautiful, and the form need not be cutting edge or trendy, but rather its response to the Plus Category’s topic is paramount.

Function
Function refers specifically to the project’s functional response to the Plus Category’s topic.

Innovation
Architecture is a relentlessly forward looking field that embraces new technologies and countenances shifting social and demographic trends with curiosity and eagerness. Projects that take a fresh approach or work to improve existing practices are innovative projects.

Intent
Not every experiment is a success and even successes can have aspects of failure. The jury will refer to the submission’s statement to discern the project’s intent and will gauge its success based on the stated intent of the applicant.


Product Categories

The Jury will evaluate these projects based on the following criteria:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Innovation

Form
Form is the visible shape and composition of the product. The jury will consider how the product’s form manifests the stated intent through its materiality, shape, detailing, etc. The product’s form should have a clear stance on its relationship to the individual and the space it inhabits. It isn’t enough to be sculptural; it should also be relevant for the users and the function behind it.

Function
Function refers to the purpose for which the product is intended. While the function may be complex, the jury will refer to the product’s description to better understand the criteria used in developing and designing the product to understand the primary focus. A product’s functionality will be judged on its intended use and target audience.

Innovation
Products are at the forefront of innovation and technology. Products that create a unique approach to improving existing concepts or address new needs will be considered innovative. Products are judged based on their objective as outlined in the description.


Timeline
Below is a timeline of the 2016/2017 A+Awards program:

  • A+Awards Launch – September 27, 2016
  • Early Entry Deadline – November 4, 2016
  • Final Entry Deadline – December 16, 2016
  • Jury Voting – February 14, 2017 – March 3, 2017
  • Public Voting – March 14, 2017 – March 30, 2017
  • Winners Announced – April 11, 2017
  • Gala Event – May 11, 2017