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The Typology and Plus Categories

Great architecture is driven as much by concepts and materials as by formal and programmatic decisions, so the A+Architecture Awards categories were created to encompass the many facets of design. The Typology Categories celebrate traditional building types. The Plus Categories recognize the link between social and material considerations and the structures that respond to them.


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. To be recognized amongst the best is an incredible achievement worthy of praise — and perhaps a bit of bragging. Entries must be built or conceptualized within the past three years.

Residential

  • Apartment – This category awards the best overall design and architecture of a built apartment.
  • Private House (XS <1,000 sq ft) NEW!– This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home smaller than 1,000 square feet.
  • Private House (S 1,000-2,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home sizing between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet.
  • Private House (M 2,000-4,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home sizing between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet.
  • Private House (L 4,000-6,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home sizing between 4,000 and 6,000 square feet.
  • Private House (XL >6,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home larger than 6,000 square feet.
  • Multi Unit Housing Low Rise (1-4 Floors) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built multi-unit residential complex 1 to 4 floors tall.
  • Multi Unit Housing Mid Rise (5-15 Floors) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built multi-unit residential complex 5 to 15 floors tall.
  • Multi Unit Housing High Rise (16+ Floors) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built multi-unit residential complex taller than 16 floors.
  • Public Housing NEW!– This category awards the best overall architecture for projects including public housing, government housing, social housing, low income housing, student housing or other development incorporating any form of public or institutionally funded housing.
  • Residential Interiors (<3,000 sq ft) NEW!– Interior architecture or design of a built residential project that is smaller than 3,000 square feet.
  • Residential Interiors (>3,000 sq ft) NEW!– Interior architecture or design of a built residential project that is larger than 3,000 square feet.
  • Unbuilt – Private House (S < 3,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best concepts for unbuilt private homes smaller than 3,000 square feet.
  • Unbuilt – Private House (L >3,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best concepts for unbuilt private homes larger than 3,000 square feet.
  • Unbuilt – Multi-Unit Housing (S <10 Floors) – This category awards the best concepts for unbuilt multi-unit housing schemes smaller than 10 floors.
  • Unbuilt – Multi-Unit Housing (L >10 Floors) – This category awards the best concepts for unbuilt multi-unit housing schemes taller than 10 floors.

Commercial

  • Coworking Space – Co-working spaces are spatial solutions within the model of the sharing economy. This category awards innovative built spaces where companies or individual entrepreneurs share quarters with one another.
  • Office Building Low Rise (1-4 Floors) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built office building 1 to 4 stories tall.
  • Office Building Mid Rise (5-15 Floors) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built office building 1 to 4 stories tall.
  • Office Building High Rise (16+ Floors) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built office building taller than 16 floors.
  • Office Interiors (<25,000 sq ft) – Interior architecture of a built office space smaller than 25,000 square feet.
  • Office Interiors (>25,000 sq ft) – Interior architecture of a built office space larger than 25,000 square feet.
  • Retail – Best overall design and architecture for built spaces dedicated to retail, such as branded stores and flagships.
  • Shopping Center – Best overall design and architecture for built shopping centers and malls.
  • Pop-ups & Temporary – The best architecture for a built pop-up or temporary installation.
  • Mixed Use – This category awards the best overall architecture for a built architectural complex with multiple and combined functions, including (but not limited to) commercial, residential, coworking, institutional, health and wellness, cultural, hospitality, sports and recreation, transportation and more.
  • Factories & Warehouses – This category awards the best overall design and architecture of a built complex that acts as a factory or warehouse.
  • Showrooms – Best overall design and architecture for a built commercial showroom.
  • Unbuilt Commercial – Any unbuilt architecture with a commercial function, such as an office space, a space for retail, a showroom, a factory and more.

Hospitality

  • Hotels & Resorts – Best overall design and architecture for a built hotel or resort.
  • Restaurants (L >1,000 sq ft) NEW!– Best overall design and architecture for a built restaurant or café larger than 1000 square feet.
  • Restaurants (S <1,000 sq ft) NEW!– Best overall design and architecture for a built restaurant or café smaller than 1000 square feet.
  • Bars & Wineries – This category awards the best overall architecture for a bar, winery, wine bar, brewery, cocktail lounge, nightclub or other similar establishment.
  • Spa & Wellness – This category awards the best overall architecture for a spa, salon, bath house, massage parlor, meditation space, or other facility dedicated to psychological and physical well-being.
  • Unbuilt Hospitality – Any unbuilt architecture dedicated to the hospitality industry.

Sports & Recreation

  • Stadium / Arena – Innovative architecture of a stadium or arena where audiences can view sporting events.
  • Gyms & Recreation Centers – A recreation center can be an indoor track, pool or sports center dedicated to practicing sports and spending leisure time exercising. This category awards the most innovative design and architecture for built recreation centers.
  • Unbuilt Sports & Recreation – Any unbuilt architecture dedicated to the sports & recreation industry, including training centers, stadiums, arenas and more.

Cultural

  • Cultural & Expo Centers NEW!– This category awards the best overall architecture of an exposition center, cultural center, visitor center, nature center, or other cultural building of a similar function.
  • Museum – Best overall architecture of a freestanding museum or museum complex.
  • Gallery & Exhibition Spaces – This category awards the best overall architecture of a gallery or exhibition space. Projects can be either new builds, renovations or adaptive reuse projects, and be either a permanent or a temporary structure.
  • Hall / Theater – Innovative built architecture of a hall or theater. Stand alone theaters or theaters constructed as part of a larger performing arts complex.
  • Pavilions – This category awards the best overall design and architecture of a built cultural pavilion.
  • Religious Buildings & Memorials – Built architecture dedicated to the practice of religion or remembrance.
  • Unbuilt Cultural – Any unbuilt architecture with a cultural function, such as museums, galleries, temporary pavilions, religious or memorial complexes and more.

Institutional

  • Hospital & Healthcare Centers NEW!– This category awards the best overall architecture of a hospital, health center, clinic, doctors’ office, pediatric and specialty care center, research center, medical school or other healthcare facility.
  • Kindergartens – Innovative built spaces for kindergarten education.
  • Primary & High Schools – Innovative built spaces for primary and high school education.
  • Higher Education & Research Facilities – Innovative built spaces for higher learning and research, such as universities, laboratories and research centers.
  • Libraries – This category awards innovation in the design and architecture of a built library.
  • Government & Civic Buildings – This category awards the best overall design and architecture for built complexes that act as a seat or meeting place to any rank of the government.
  • Unbuilt Institutional – Any unbuilt architecture dedicated to educational, governmental and other institutional entities.

Landscape & Planning

  • Public Park – This category awards the best design for a built public park or other public outdoor space.
  • Private Garden – This category awards the best landscape design for a built private home or property.
  • Unbuilt Masterplan – Any unbuilt masterplan for an architectural system.
  • Urban & Masterplans – Any completed urban or master plan dedicated to the long-term connections between buildings, infrastructure, social and economic conditions, environments, and future development.

Transportation

  • Transportation Infrastructure – Any built architecture dedicated to transportation infrastructure, such as parking structures, airports, bus & train stations, ports & marinas and more.
  • Unbuilt Transportation – Any unbuilt architecture dedicated to transportation infrastructure, such as parking structures, airports, bus and train stations, ports and marinas and more.
  • Transport Interiors – Any interior architecture for structures dedicated to transportation, such as airports, bus & train stations, ports & marinas, parking structures, parking structures and more.

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The Plus Categories

Architecture touches everyone at multiple scales. At the largest scale, The Plus Awards celebrate how architecture is capable of responding to global issues, shifts in technology and our evolving society — these are the Concept Categories. At the smallest scale, architecture is tactile; nearly everyone in the world touches architecture every day. The Detail Categories celebrate innovative features and material applications. Entries must be built within the last three years.

Concepts

  • 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 +Adaptive Reuse – Projects that involve the creative transformation of old, derelict, abandoned or outdated architecture for an explicitly use, e.g. The conversion of commercial or industrial buildings to residential use, the renovation of institutional buildings to create new cultural spaces, the adaptation of transport infrastructure to create new parks, etc.
  • Architecture +Health NEW!– Designing for health has never been more critical. This category is dedicated to projects designed to improve or preserve the health of its inhabitants. This includes conventional healthcare facilities, but also conceptual designs for cleaner homes, healthier offices and schools, and architecture designed in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.
  • Architecture +Branding – Creating an innovative retail environment has changed the 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 +Environment NEW!– This category is dedicated to projects designed in response to their enviroment, including architecture in remote places, projects located within sensitive habitats or preservation areas, and resilient design for areas prone to flooding, hurricanes, droughts, forest fires and other disasters.
  • Architecture +Collaboration – Architecture is an inherently collaborative field, but some projects push this remarkable attribute to new heights. This category is dedicated to projects that were successfully realized in collaboration with others, including associate architects, engineers, consultants, artists and artisans, product manufacturers, clients and more.
  • Architecture +Color – While architects are notorious for their monochrome palettes, this category celebrates those who dare to use color within their designs to bring new light to their projects. Submit projects that utilize color in new and innovative ways. Only a project’s relationship to the color scheme will be judged in this category.
  • Architecture +Community – Emphasizes the critical role of collaboration throughout the design and building process, considering political, social and cultural stakeholders that surround a project. Submit projects where the community is key to the work.
  • 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 +For Good – This category celebrates those projects and architects that use their skills and passions to address crises in collaboration with communities and bring vital hope to those in need. Projects in this category may include, but are not limited to: architecture to promote activism and/or social justice refugee structures, temporary housing, rural infrastructure, hospitals, and schools.
  • Architecture +Landscape– Landscape and architecture have always been closely intertwined. This category celebrates innovative designs that create natural environments. Projects can include courtyards, rooftop gardens, public and private parks and other outdoor public green spaces.
  • Architecture +Learning – Architecture can be a powerful tool for exchanging knowledge, whether through the environment it provides to a community or with design solutions that facilitate the learning process. Submit projects that respond to changing means of knowledge sharing.
  • 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 +Models & Rendering – Before a project is built, countless renderings and models are created to best communicate the concept of the overall project. This category, discounted to encourage young architects and students to enter, celebrates the detailed work and communicative aspect of models and renderings created for particular projects. Only the quality of the renderings or models will be judged in this category.
  • Architecture +Photography & Video – The architectural photographer is crucial to the representation of a project to an international audience. Thanks to social media and the ease of sharing images, a building no longer exists on a single physical site but is propagated around the globe through photographs and videos. Submit images or videos (or both) that capture a single architectural project.
  • Architecture +Prefab – Prefabricated design is not a new concept but has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. This category celebrates projects that are manufactured off-site, in advance, and then shipped and assembled on site.
  • 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 +Renovation – Projects that involve renovating and effectively recycling an outdated building. Project may include those that revitalize existing spaces or structures through thoughtful renovations for similar functions. Only the renovation aspect of the project will be considered in this category.
  • Architecture +Sustainability – Sustainability is a concept that acknowledges the need to provide regenerating resources for future generations. In architecture, sustainability is demonstrated by providing design solutions to control the social, economic and environmental footprints of a project. Only the project’s sustainability performance will be judged in this category.
  • Architecture +New Technology – Innovative architecture is intrinsicially tied to emerging technology. This category is dedicated to projects realized through BIM, generative design, parametric software and other high tech processes, as well as architecture constructed using new technology, such as 3D printers, additive manufacturing, drones, robots and more.
  • Architecture +Urban Transformation – Cities across the globe are adapting to greater urban populations by 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 contribute to urban development and change. Only the transformative aspect of projects will be eligible for this category.
  • Architecture +Water – Projects designed with careful consideration given to our evolving relationship with water. This includes but is not limited to projects on flood-prone sites, projects that include flood or stormwater mitigation details, projects related to irrigation, coastal or riverfront projects, projects that incorporate rainwater collection and/or recycling, etc.
  • Architecture +Low Cost Design NEW!– This category is dedicated to projects built or conceptualized on a low budget, economically efficient architecture, affordable housing, and architecture designed for regions where lowering the cost of design and/or construction is beneficial to its development.
  • 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.

Details

The detail category celebrates the innovative features and material applications.

  • Architecture +Brick – Projects that display a substantive and innovative use of brick. The use of brick and its effects will be considered in judging.
  • Architecture +Ceilings – Projects that incorporate innovative or beautiful ceiling design, whether it be through the use of clever detailing, materials, building products or technology.
  • Architecture +Concrete – Projects that display a substantive and innovative use of concrete. The use of concrete and its effects will be considered in judging.
  • Architecture +Facades – Façades are both a building’s skin and the visual element most powerful in attracting the eye of the passerbys. This category celebrates projects in which the element of the façade stands out as a central feature of the overall architecture.
  • Architecture +Glass – Projects that display a substantive and innovative use of glass. The use of glass and its effects will be considered in judging.
  • Architecture +Metal – Projects that display a substantive and innovative use of metal. The use of metal and its effects will be considered in judging.
  • Architecture +New Materials – Projects that incorporate new, experimental or unconventional materials, and projects that use conventional materials in pioneering ways. Eligible projects may also involve innovative manufacturing and construction methods that unlock new ways to build.
  • Architecture +Stairs – This category celebrates projects in which the element of the staircase stands out as a central feature of the overall architecture.
  • Architecture +Stone – Projects that display a substantive and innovative use of stone. The use of stone and its effects will be considered in judging.
  • Architecture +Wood – Projects that display a substantive and innovative use of wood. The use of wood and its effects will be considered in judging.

 

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