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Architecture: Categories
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 (S <1,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home smaller than 1,000 square feet.
  • Private House (M 1,000-3,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home sizing between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet.
  • Private House (L >3,000-5,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home sizing between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet.
  • Private House (XL >5,000 sq ft) – This category awards the best overall architecture of a built private home larger than 5,000 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.
  • Residential Interiors – Interior architecture of a built residential project.
  • 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 – Innovative architecture for a built architectural complex with multiple and combined functions, whether residential, commercial, institutional, cultural 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 – Best overall design and architecture for a built restaurant.
  • Bars & Nightclubs – Best overall design and architecture for a bar or nightclub.
  • Health Care & Wellness – Innovative built spaces dedicated to health care and 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.
  • 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

  • Museum – Best overall architecture of an entire museum complex.
  • Gallery – Best overall architecture of a gallery space.
  • Hall / Theater – Innovative built architecture of a hall or theater.
  • 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

  • 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 & Municipal Buildings and Police & Fire Stations – 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.
  • Private Garden – This category awards the best design for a built private garden.
  • Unbuilt Masterplan – Any unbuilt masterplan for an architectural system.
  • Urban & Masterplans new– 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.

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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 +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 +Climate Change new– Projects that respond in some way to contemporary challenges related to the environment, including 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 by reaching out of their own field to professions far and wide. Submit projects that are the result of new types of collaborations – only the collaborative element and its result in the project will be evaluated for judging this category.
  • 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 new – 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: 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 +Leadership new– Projects that are advancing dialogue surrounding ethically and socially responsible design and/or advocacy for the profession, including academic work, professional publications, activism, etc.
  • 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 – For decades, architects and interior designers have been involved in renovating, preserving and adapting existing buildings to accommodate new use, and effectively recycling an outdated building. Submit projects that reuse existing infrastructure or buildings for new uses. 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 +Technology – This category celebrates building designs and architectural practices that express innovation through their use and application of new technologies. Submit projects that utilize new technologies to design for a particular environment, form or performance.
  • 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 +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 +Cantilever new– Projects that include a structural overhang, including cantilevered buildings, bridges, lookouts, observation decks, roofing, canopies and staircases.
  • Architecture +Ceilings new– 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 +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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