Frequently Asked Questions
The Entry Process
We have recently updated our system and you can now use your Architizer login credentials to access your A+Awards account. Click here to login or create an Architizer account.
What assets do I need to enter the A+Awards?
Below is a list of everything you will need to submit to the A+Awards.
- Entry Title
- Client Name (Optional)
- Project Status (Year and Location)
- Entry Description (300 words)
- Credits (Optional)
- Select The Category – Select from typology and plus categories.
- Upload Images and/or videos (Single Images ONLY. No collages)
- Upload 1-12 graphic assets. (Images: 100MB max: jpeg, tiff or png file, single images only. Video: 2GB max:mp4, mpg or flv file)
Can I withdraw my entry? Will I get a refund?
You may withdraw your entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds WILL be issued for entries that are withdrawn within 48hrs of being submitted. Refunds WILL NOT be issued for entries withdrawn after 48hrs of being submitted.
How can I be sure you have received my entry?
You see a confirmation page noting your entry number and will also receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your entry. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24hrs, please email email@example.com.
How can I change my entry?
The following information can be changed on an entry any time prior to the close of the call for entry period.
- Contact info
- Project description
- Project images and/or drawings
Please email customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to request changes.
Do you have to be based in the United States to participate?
No. The Architizer A+Awards is a global awards program.
Does the entry description need to be in English?
Yes. In order to ensure our judges are able to review and score your work we require your descriptions to be submitted in english.
The Architizer A+Awards has 94 categories broken up into Typology or Plus Categories. You will be able to select the categories most applicable to your work. In most cases, a project will only be eligible for one of the Typology Categories, but may apply to several of the Plus Categories. There is no limit to how many categories a project can be submitted to, and it is possible to win multiple times. The Architizer A+Awards reserves the right to move entries to other categories if it is clearly appropriate to do so. If this is the case, you will be notified by email.
Can I enter more than one category?
Yes. There is no limit to how many categories a project can be submitted to and it is possible to win multiple times. The more categories you enter the better your chances to win!
Entries submitted must be BUILT with the exception of Architecture +Rendering and the UNBUILT categories within Typology. Projects must be completed in the past three (3) years.
If I submitted last year, can I resubmit the same project this year?
Yes, if the project is still eligible according to the other guidelines, you may submit it again. This applies to projects that were awarded as special mentions, finalists, and winners, as well as to those that were not awarded.
Is judging anonymous?
Yes. The entrant’s identity will not be revealed to the jurors. If your project is nominated for a Popular Choice Award, your firm’s name will be revealed with the project for public voting.
Do I need to be an architect to enter?
No. The Architizer A+Awards celebrates the built environment and all of the people involved with its creation, including clients and constituents, engineers and consultants, and product manufacturers.
Do I need to submit plans and sections or just photographs and renderings?
You are not required to submit a particular asset type, so we recommend submitting as many assets as needed to fully explicate your work. Each project is different, but all upload-able forms of documentation are eligible and we encourage you to think carefully about the materials you submit. We recommend that you include one plan and section of your project so that the jury can better understand the project as a whole.
What file types can I submit?
Photographs and Images – (100MB max: jpeg, tiff or png file)
Video Content – (2GB max: mpg, flv or mp4 file)
How many files can I submit?
Minimum required: 1. Maximum allowed: 12
*Single Images Only – no collages
Our global jury is a collection of 400+ leaders in their fields comprised of practicing architects and designers, critics and journalists, real estate developers, manufacturing and tech industry leaders, and notable artists and thinkers. The jury includes industry luminaries such as Steven Holl (Steven Holl Architects), Sou Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto Architects), Winy Maas (MVRDV), and Iwan Baan (photographer) as well as people from beyond architecture like Charles Adler (Kickstarter), Jared Della Valle (Alloy Development), John Edelman (Design Within Reach), and Roy Kim (Extell Development Company). For a complete Jury list click here.
What is the 2021 A+Awards timeline?
Below is a timeline of the upcoming 9th Annual A+Awards program:
- 9th Annual A+Awards Open For Entries – January 4, 2021
- Early Entry Deadline – January 29, 2021
- Final Entry Deadline – March 12, 2021
- Extended Entry Deadline– April 23, 2021
- Jury Voting – May 2021
- Public Voting – June 2021
- Winners Announced – June 2021
Can you explain how the submissions are judged?
Please see judging process and criteria.
Is it possible to receive the judges rating and/or comments for my project?
Unfortunately due to the high volume of entries, the Architizer A+Awards cannot offer individual comments to its entrants.
How do you ensure that Popular Choice Voting is fair and not fixed?
If we detect suspicious activity we will alert the entrant and remove the votes.
The Architizer A+Awards team is constantly looking for suspicious activity during the A+ Popular Choice campaign.
Our security team looks for the following throughout the voting process and investigates suspicious activity including, but not limited:
- email addresses created from automated email APIs and software
- spiked voting from the same IP address or concentrations from a single geographic IP region
- email addresses that match those purchasable at popular bulk email address providers
- large numbers of votes without any referrals
- a large number of votes in a very short period of time
- large numbers of votes with very little site visit time and/or low session time
- votes from sequential email addresses
When will winners be announced?
Finalists will be announced in June. The Jury winners and Popular Choice winners will both be announced at the end of June.
Winning an Award
For each of the 94 categories, the Jury will select five (5) finalists which represent the five best in the category. Out of the finalists, one (1) winner will be selected and will win the coveted Jury Award for that specific category. Additionally, the online community, through a public vote, will also select a Winner from the five finalists in each category. These projects will receive an Architizer A+Popular Choice Award.
Do you hold an event?
Due to the global nature of the program, Architizer will not be hosting a New York-based Awards Gala. Winners from around the globe can now celebrate their achievements online, in the media, and in print, alongside Architizer’s vast international community. Finalists and Winners will be notified of regional awards celebrations as they are scheduled.
What do I get if I win an Architizer A+Award or if my entry is chosen as a Finalist?
To help promote achievement, the A+Awards provides its winners the notable A+Award trophy, and both Winners and Finalists will be included on the winners page of the Architizer A+Awards Site. Select Jury and Popular Choice Winners will also be featured in the Architizer.com Journal, as well as in the annual A+Awards book, The World’s Best Architecture (published by Phaidon).
Can I buy additional trophies for members of my team, clients and others if i win?
Yes. To help promote achievement, the Architizer A+Awards provides its winners the option to order additional statuettes. Please email us at email@example.com to place your order.
Newsletters / Staying informed
The newsletter is your source for all A+Awards news, sent bi-weekly during the awards submission and judging periods. Click here to subscribe. You can unsubscribe by following the instructions in the footer of each newsletter.
No. We do not rent or sell our entrant or winner lists.
Architizer reserves the right to edit materials provided by entrants for inclusion in The World’s Best Architecture 2021 publication. Entrants will be notified regarding their materials and participation prior to publication.
Can my organization sponsor the A+Awards?
Interested in sponsoring the world’s largest award program celebrating architecture and building products? Opportunities include Category Sponsorship, Voting Recognition, Custom Trophy Fabrication, in-person Activations and more! To learn more about becoming a partner, email David@Architizer.com