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Judging Process & Criteria

The judging process for the A+Awards is designed to reflect the multi-faceted qualities of architecture and building-products. Our outstanding cast of jurors will be asked to select winning entries based on their functional and aesthetic qualities, as well as their intent, innovativeness, and potential to last. Entries that stand out in one or more of the following categories stand a great chance of taking home a coveted A+Award.


Architecture Awards

The Typology Categories

The Jury will evaluate these projects based on the following criteria:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Impact

Form
Form is the visible shape and configuration of the project. The jury will consider how the project’s built-form manifests the stated intent through innovative materiality, shape, spatial organization, detailing, etc. The project’s form should have a clear stance on its relationship to its surroundings, its users and the public at large. It isn’t enough to be beautiful – the form’s response to its site, audience and intent should be recognizable and relevant.

Function
Function refers to achieving the purpose for which the project is intended, including for its client, users, and the public at large. This is frequently a complex and long list of requirements that can range from the simple (shelter) to the arcane (particular social interactions, sustainability practices). The jury will refer to the project’s description to understand its functional goals. Projects that work well for their intended use – in particular those that exceed programmatic, environmental, or organizational goals – will score high marks in this area.

Impact
Architecture is a relentlessly forward-looking field that must embrace new technologies and shifting social and demographic trends with curiosity and eagerness. Projects that take a fresh approach, work to improve existing practices, and push material and conceptual boundaries are considered most impactful. Impact can be measured in a multitude of ways, including environmental, material, social, and professional, and high scores will be given to those projects that place emphasis on their potential for positive change. Both short-term, immediate impact and long-term, potential impact will be taken into consideration.


The Plus Categories

The Jury will evaluate these projects based on the following criteria:

  • Form
  • Function
  • Intent
  • Impact

Form
Form is the visible shape and configuration of the project. The jury will consider how the project’s built form manifests the project’s response to the Plus Category. The project’s form should have a clear relationship to the topic of the category. It isn’t enough to be beautiful, and the form need not be cutting edge or trendy, but rather its response to the Plus Category’s topic is paramount.

Function
Function refers specifically to the project’s functional response to the Plus Category’s topic, as experienced by its client, users, and the public at large. The jury will refer to the project’s description to understand its functional goals. Projects that meet or exceed specific needs relating to the category topic will score high marks in this area.

Intent
Not every experiment is a success and even successes can have aspects of failure. The jury will refer to the submission’s project statement to discern the project’s intent and will gauge its success based on the stated intent of the applicant.

Impact
Architecture is a relentlessly forward-looking field that must embrace new technologies and shifting social and demographic trends with curiosity and eagerness. Projects that take a fresh approach, work to improve existing practices, and push material and conceptual boundaries are considered most impactful. Impact can be measured in a multitude of ways, including environmental, material, social, and professional, and high marks will be given to those projects that place emphasis on their potential for positive change. Both short-term, immediate impact and long-term, potential impact will be taken into consideration.


The Studio Awards

All participating firms will be considered for our new Studio A+Awards, including Small, Medium and Large Firm of the Year.


Product Awards

The Product Categories

The Jury will evaluate these projects based on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetics
  • Performance
  • Impact

Aesthetics
Aesthetics are the visible shape and materiality of the product. The jury will consider the product’s form, detailing, quality, etc. The product’s aesthetic should have a clear stance on its relationship to the architecture it inhabits and the users who will experience it. It isn’t enough to be sculptural; it should also be relevant for its function and end users.

Performance
Performance refers to achieving the often complex goals for which the product is intended. The jury will refer to the product’s description to better understand the criteria used in designing and developing the product and what it aims to serve. This includes innovations that utilize new materials, improve existing building practices, or address new needs.

Impact
Impact refers to a product’s potential to change the way buildings are designed and built. Product designers and brands must embrace new technologies and shifting demands and trends in order to remain relevant. Products that work to improve existing materials and practices, and push technical and conceptual boundaries are considered impactful. Impact can be measured in a multitude of ways, including a product’s impact on the environment or on the construction industry itself, and high scores will be given to products that attempt to catalyze positive change. Both short-term, immediate impacts and long-term, potential impacts will be taken into consideration.


Special Honoree Awards

Participating entrants from all categories (Typology, Plus and Product) will be considered for the A+Awards annual Special Honoree Awards. Special Honoree Awards are presented to a small group of key influencers and projects each year. These honorees are chosen for their extraordinary contribution to the field of architecture and highlight projects that are championing architecture’s potential to positively impact everyday life.


 

Timeline

Timeline

  • Entries Open – January 7, 2020
  • Early Entry Deadline – February 14, 2020
  • Final Entry Deadline- March 27, 2020
  • Jury Voting- May – June 2020
  • Public Voting- June – July 2020
  • Winners Announced- July 2020

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