Terms of Use

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SERVICES. BY USING THE WEBSITE AWARDS.ARCHITIZER.COM (THE “SITE”), YOU SIGNIFY YOUR ASSENT TO BECOME BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY RIGHT TO USE THE SERVICES. ARCHITIZER’S ACCEPTANCE IS EXPRESSLY CONDITIONED UPON YOUR ASSENT TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER TERMS; IF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE CONSIDERED AN OFFER BY ARCHITIZER, ACCEPTANCE IS EXPRESSLY LIMITED TO THESE TERMS.

The purpose of the Site, owned and operated by Architizer, LLC. (“Architizer”), a Delaware corporation, is to provide a platform for architects, architecture students and those involved in architecture to submit work to the annual Architizer A+ Awards (the “Services”). The Site is accessed by you (“User” or “you”) under the following terms and conditions:

1. ACCESS TO THE SERVICES.

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Architizer may offer to provide the Services, as described more fully on the Site, and which are selected by you, solely for your own use, and not for the use or benefit of any third party. Services shall include, but not be limited to, any services Architizer performs for you, as well as the offering of any materials displayed or performed on the Site (including, but not limited to text, graphics, news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips and video clips, also known as the "Content") on the Site. Architizer may change, suspend or discontinue the Services including any Content for any reason, at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or content. Architizer may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Services without notice or liability. Architizer reserves the right, at its discretion, to modify this Agreement or the Content at any time by posting a notice on the Site, or by sending you a notice via e-mail or postal mail. You shall be responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Your use of the Services following such notification constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement as modified.

You certify to Architizer that if you are an individual (i.e., not a corporation) you are at least 18 years of age. You also certify that you are legally permitted to use the Services and access the Site, and take full responsibility for the selection and use of the Services and access of the Site. This Agreement is void where prohibited by law, and the right to access the Site is revoked in such jurisdictions.

Architizer will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the Site and Services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. However, there will be occasions when the Site and/or Services will be interrupted for maintenance, upgrades and emergency repairs or due to failure of telecommunications links and equipment. Every reasonable step will be taken by Architizer to minimize such disruption where it is within Architizer’s reasonable control. YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER ARCHITIZER NOR THE SITE WILL BE LIABLE IN ANY EVENT TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, DISCONTINUANCE OR LACK OF AVAILABILITY OF THE SITE, THE SERVICES, YOUR USER CONTENT (AS DEFINED HEREIN) OR OTHER CONTENT.

You shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining any equipment or ancillary services needed to connect to, access the Site or otherwise use the Services, including, without limitation, modems, hardware, software, and long distance or local telephone service. You shall be responsible for ensuring that such equipment or ancillary services are compatible with the Services.

2. SITE CONTENT.

You may download or copy the Content, and other items displayed on the Site for download, for personal use only, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Content. You shall not store any significant portion of any Content in any form. Copying or storing of any Content for other than personal, noncommercial use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from Architizer, or from the copyright holder identified in such Content's copyright notice. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names which appear on the Site (other than those appearing in any Content posted by a User) are proprietary to Architizer and/or third parties. You shall abide by all copyright notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Services.

The Site is protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions, and other copyright laws. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce (except as provided in this Section of the Agreement), create derivative works based on, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the Content, software, materials, or Services in whole or in part. You acknowledge and agree that if you use any of the Services to contribute Content to the Site (“User Content”), Architizer is hereby granted a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable right to use, reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, adapt, collect, modify, delete from, distribute, transmit and make derivative works of such User Content (including all related intellectual property rights) in connection with offering, providing, marketing and promoting the Site and Service, in any medium now existing or developed in the future. You acknowledge and agree that User Content is intended to and will be made available to, and may be used by, other users. [Architizer will use commercially reasonable efforts to attempt to notify you before using User Content posted by you on the Site along with your profile information in other media.]

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Service may provide you with the ability to remove some or all of your User Content. Following any such removal, Architizer will use commercially reasonable efforts to discontinue any further display, performance and distribution of that content by Architizer at the Site; provided, however, you acknowledge and agree that Architizer may continue using such User Content in the same manner and for the same purposes as it did prior to removal (such as, for example, User Content used in any advertising created prior to removal) and that Architizer shall have no responsibility or liability in respect of any User Content that has been shared with other users via the Service or that has been downloaded or copied by other users to other websites, systems and devices.

To the extent allowed by law, the foregoing includes all rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal and any other rights that may be known as or referred to as “Moral Rights.” To the extent you retain any such Moral Rights under applicable law, you hereby ratify and consent to any action that may be taken with respect to such moral rights by Architizer and agree not to assert any Moral Rights with respect thereto. You warrant, represent and agree that you have the right to grant Architizer and the Site the rights set forth above. You represent, warrant and agree that you will not contribute any User Content that (a) infringes, violates or otherwise interferes with any copyright or trademark of another party, (b) reveals any trade secret, unless you own the trade secret or have the owner’s permission to post it, (c) infringes any intellectual property right of another or the privacy or publicity rights of another, (d) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, indecent, threatening, harassing, hateful, offensive or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party, (e) contains a virus, trojan horse, worm, time bomb or other computer programming routine or engine that is intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information, or (f) remains posted after you have been notified that such User Content violates any of sections (a) to (e) of this sentence.

Architizer reserves the right to remove any User Content from the Site at any time, for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such User Content or if Architizer is concerned that you may have breached the immediately preceding sentence), or for no reason at all. You are responsible for all User Content posted or developed under your username, including User Content contributed by a third party whom you have authorized to post User Content under your username (whether in the form of comments to a Circle or any other form). If you believe User Content residing on the Site infringes a copyright, please see our Copyright Policy.

Content on the Site is organized by architectural works (“Projects”). A Project may be posted by [architect/student/fan] [and may only be posted one time / the User who posts a Project may determine which other users may associate themselves with the Project / Architizer may remove Projects which have been posted more than once or by a User determined by Architizer in its sole discretion not to have the authority to post such Project.]

Any comments, suggestions, or feedback relating to the Site or the Services (collectively “Feedback”) submitted to Architizer shall become the property of Architizer or its designee. Architizer will not be required to treat any Feedback as confidential, and will not be liable for any ideas (including without limitation, product, Site or advertising ideas) and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in our future Site, Services, or operations. Without limitation, Architizer will have exclusive ownership of all present and future existing rights to the Feedback of every kind and nature everywhere and will be entitled to use the Feedback for any commercial or other purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other person sending the Feedback. You acknowledge that you are responsible for whatever material you submit, and you, not Architizer, have full responsibility for the message, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and copyright.

3. RESTRICTIONS.

You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Services and accessing the Site. You may not post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any Architizer user.

You shall not use any part of the Site or Services to violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store material that is deemed threatening or obscene, or engage in any kind of illegal activity. You will not run Maillist, Listserv, any form of auto-responder, or spam on the Site, or any processes that run or are activated while you are not logged in.

4. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER.

Architizer has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that Architizer has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gain access to the Site; what Content you access via the Site; what effects the Content may have on you; how you may interpret or use the Content; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. You release Architizer from all liability for your having acquired or not acquired Content through the Site. The Site may contain, or direct you to sites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. Architizer makes no representations concerning any content contained in or accessed through the Site, and Architizer will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Site. THE SERVICES, CONTENT, SITE AND ANY SOFTWARE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, ARCHITIZER DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, COMPLETENESS, LEGALITY OR OPERABILITY OF THE MATERIAL OR SERVICES PROVIDED ON THIS SITE. BY USING THIS SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ARCHITIZER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY HARM RESULTING FROM (1) USE OF THE SITE; (2) DOWNLOADING INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE SITE; (3) UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF IMAGES, INFORMATION OR DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD OR STORAGE OF CONTENT POSTED BY USERS; (4) THE TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT INABILITY TO ACCESS OR RETRIEVE ANY USER CONTENT FROM THE SITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, HARM CAUSED BY VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJAN HORSES, OR ANY SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE PROGRAM; (5) CONTENT POSTED IN ANY FORUM OR COMMUNITY AREA OF THE SITE; AND (6) UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF IMAGES, INFORMATION OR DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD OR STORAGE OF POSTED CONTENT.

5. THIRD PARTY WEBSITES.

Users of the Site may gain access from the Site to third party sites on the Internet through hypertext or other computer links on the Site. Third party sites are not within the supervision or control of Architizer or the Site. Unless explicitly otherwise provided, neither Architizer nor the Site make any representation or warranty whatsoever about any third party site that is linked to the Site, or endorse the products or services offered on such site. Architizer and the Site disclaim: (a) all responsibility and liability for content on third party websites and (b) any representations or warranties as to (i) the security of any information (including, without limitation, credit card and other personal information) you might be requested to give any third party, and (ii) the functionality of third party sites if you export User Content onto them. You hereby irrevocably waive any claim against the Site or Architizer with respect to such sites and third party content.

6. REGISTRATION AND SECURITY.

As a condition to using certain of the Services, you may be required to register with Architizer and select a password. You shall provide Architizer with accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of this Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You may not (i) select or use the name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; or (ii) use as your name a name subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization. Architizer reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel a username in its discretion. You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Architizer password.

You hereby irrevocably authorize Architizer to disclose your personally identifiable information at the request of any state or federal agency or in response to any judicial process (including, without limitation, a subpoena).

7. INDEMNITY.

You will indemnify and hold Architizer, its director, officers and employees, harmless, including costs and attorneys' fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of your access to the Site, use of the Services, your violation of this Agreement, or your infringement, or the infringement by any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.

IN NO EVENT SHALL ARCHITIZER, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES OR MEMBERS BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE OR THE SERVICES FOR (A) ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER; (B) DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, PROFITS, DATA, IMAGES, USER CONTENT OR OTHER INTANGIBLES; (C) DAMAGES FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE, NON-PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS; OR (D) DAMAGES RELATED TO DOWNLOADING OR POSTING CONTENT. ARCHITIZER’S AND THE SITE'S COLLECTIVE LIABILITY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THREE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO USER.

9. TERMINATION.

Either party may terminate the Services at any time by notifying the other party by any means. Architizer may also terminate or suspend any and all Services and access to the Site immediately, without prior notice or liability, if you breach any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. Any fees paid hereunder are non-refundable. Upon termination of your account, your right to use the Services, access the Site and any Content will immediately cease. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability.

10. PRIVACY.

Please review our Privacy Policy, which governs the use of personal information on the Site and to which you agree to be bound as a user of the Site.

11. MISCELLANEOUS.

The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder. Architizer shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond Architizer’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this Agreement shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. This Agreement is not assignable, transferable or sublicensable by you except with Architizer’s prior written consent. Architizer may transfer, assign or delegate this Agreement and its rights and obligations without consent. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. Both parties agree that this Agreement (including the Privacy Policy) is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of this Agreement and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind Architizer in any respect whatsoever. Any notice to the Site that is required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed effective upon receipt, when sent by confirmed e-mail to legal@architizer.com or when delivered in person by nationally recognized overnight courier or mailed by first class, registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, to:
Architizer, LLC
281 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Fax: +1 (646 607-5081
Attn: Legal Dept.

Copyright 2009 Architizer, LLC. All rights reserved.

REFUND POLICY

You may request a refund within 2 business days of your transaction by sending an email to awards@architizer.com. You can expect your refund within 5 business days. We will notify you via email once your refund is processed.

Architizer has adopted the following general policy toward copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf). The address of Architizer’s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) is listed at the end of this policy. It is Architizer’s policy to (1) block access to or remove Content that it believes in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our advertisers, affiliates, content providers, members or Users; and (2) remove and discontinue service to repeat offenders. If you believe that Content residing on or accessible through Architizer Site or Service infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement by facsimile or regular mail (not e-mail) to Architizer, Inc., Attn: Copyright Agent, 281 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Fax: 646.607.5081, containing the following information:

Once proper infringement notification is received by the Designated Agent, it is Architizer’s policy to remove or disable access to the infringing Content and to notify the Content provider or User that it has removed or disabled access to the Content; that repeat offenders will have the infringing Content removed from the Service and that Architizer will terminate such content provider’s or User’s access to the Site and the Service.

In the event that Architizer notifies User that Architizer has received proper infringement notification about User’s Content, User may elect to send Architizer a counter notice.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

The process for counter-notifications is governed by Section 512(g) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf

To file a counter notification with Architizer, User must provide the following items to us in writing:

  1. The specific URLs of material that Architizer has removed or to which Architizer has disabled access.
  2. User’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  3. A statement that User consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or New York County, New York if your address is outside of the United States), and that User will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
  4. The following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled."
  5. User’s signature.

Send the written communication to the following address:
Architizer, LLC
281 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
Attn: DMCA Counter-Notification
Tel: +1 (646) 461-6083
Fax: +1 (646 607-5081
Email: legal@architizer.com

After we receive User’s counter-notification, we will forward it to the party who submitted the original claim of copyright infringement. Please note that when we forward the counter-notification, it includes User’s personal information. By submitting a counter-notification, User consents to having User’s information revealed in this way. We will not forward the counter-notification to any party other than the original claimant.

After we send out the counter-notification, the claimant must notify us within ten (10) days that he or she has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain you from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on Architizer. If we receive such notification we will not display, distribute or otherwise exploit the material. If we do not receive such notification, we may elect, in our sole discretion, to not display, distribute or otherwise exploit the material or reinstate the removed content to the User's account.