Celebrating the year's best buildings and spaces.

The A+Awards are bigger than just the architectural community. Entries are judged by more than 400 luminaries from fields as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech. Architects shape every space and every place where people spend their lives, so we created the A+Awards to remind the world how important architecture is.

2020 A+Architecture Winners

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  • Alison Brooks

    Alison Brooks is one of Britain’s mostly highly acclaimed architects. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to London in 1988 and founded her practice in 1996. She is now internationally recognised for her award-winning works ranging from urban design and housing to performing arts venues, higher education buildings and exhibitions. With a unique design process that fuses history, community and locality Brooks has since become the only recipient of the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. Her work attracts acclaim for its conceptual rigor, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing. Brooks serves as a Trustee of Open City. She taught at the Architectural Association from 2008-2010 and in 2018 was appointed as the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD. She lectures internationally and is currently a visiting professor at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 2016 Alison Brooks was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater, the University of Waterloo, Canada.

  • Lesley Lokko

    LESLEY LOKKO trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture and holds a
    PhD in Architecture from University of London. She is the founder and director of the African
    Futures Institute (AFI) in Accra, Ghana, an independent postgraduate school of architecture
    and platform for pan-African architectural discourse. She was the founder and director of the
    Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg (2014—2019) and the Dean of
    Architecture at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (2019—2020). She is the
    editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture (University of Minnesota
    Press, 2000); editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture. In 2004,
    she made the successful transition from academic to novelist with the publication of her first
    novel, Sundowners (Orion 2004) and has since followed with twelve further bestsellers, which
    have been translated into fifteen languages.

  • Karim Rashid

    Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 4000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award-winning designs include democratic objects such as the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens. Karim collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and BoConcept, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few. Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence Award.

  • Tom Kundig

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, is an owner and principal of global design practice Olson Kundig. Kundig has received some of the world’s highest design honors, including a National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and election to the National Academy as an Academician in Architecture. Kundig was also awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington. Known for his contextual approach to design, Kundig emphasizes the primacy of the site. His buildings are a direct response to place, often serving as a backdrop to the built, cultural or natural landscapes that surround them.

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Alison Brooks is one of Britain’s mostly highly acclaimed architects. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to London in 1988 and founded her practice in 1996. She is now internationally recognised for her award-winning works ranging from urban design and housing to performing arts venues, higher education buildings and exhibitions. With a unique design process that fuses history, community and locality Brooks has since become the only recipient of the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. Her work attracts acclaim for its conceptual rigor, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing. Brooks serves as a Trustee of Open City. She taught at the Architectural Association from 2008-2010 and in 2018 was appointed as the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD. She lectures internationally and is currently a visiting professor at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 2016 Alison Brooks was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater, the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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The A+Awards Book

The World's Best Architecture is an annual compendium of the world's most inspiring architecture, published in partnership with Phaidon. Featuring both Jury and Popular Choice Award winners, it's the definitive guide to the year's best buildings and spaces. See the 2020 book here.

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Global Recognition

We're not here to build for other architects, we're here to build for all of humankind.

Bjarke Ingels

With the largest online architecture community on the planet, the A+Awards deliver unprecedented exposure for Winners. Picture your work in front of an audience of 7+ million via Architizer's Journal and social media channels, plus international media coverage in outlets like CNN, Vogue, Aesthetica Magazine, and Al Jazeera.

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The A+Trophy

Our winners deserve a truly remarkable showpiece. That's why we work closely with some of the world's best awards designers to create a bespoke trophy that reflects our winners' outstanding design ethos and achievements.

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Architecture for a Changing World

The world around us never stops evolving, but in 2020, the rate of change accelerated on all fronts. Our environment, our social landscape, and our daily lives were upended, giving rise to immense challenges across the globe. For designers, these turbulent times provide rich opportunities for innovation. Pioneering architecture is not just a thing of beauty — it can transform society, making it more resilient, empowered, and prepared for what the future might hold. The 2021 A+Awards will celebrate those architects designing for a changing world.