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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
  • Innovation

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 its 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, and the form need not be cutting edge or trendy, but rather considered, appropriate and relevant for its audience and intent.

Function
Function refers to achieving the purpose for which the project is intended. This is frequently a complex and long list of requirements that can range from the simple (shelter) to the arcane (particular social interactions). The jury will refer to the project’s description to understand which functional criteria was the primary concern. Good functionality means the project works well for the intended use, including for its client, the users that occupy the project, and the public that encounters it.

Innovation
Architecture is a relentlessly forward-looking field that embraces new technologies and countenances shifting social and demographic trends with curiosity and eagerness. Projects that take a fresh approach, work to improve existing practices, and push the boundaries or perceptions in the field are innovative projects.


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

  • Form
  • Function
  • Innovation
  • Intent
  • Reality

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 stance on 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.

Innovation
Architecture is a relentlessly forward looking field that embraces new technologies and countenances shifting social and demographic trends with curiosity and eagerness. Projects that take a fresh approach, work to improve existing practices, and push the boundaries or perceptions in the field are innovative projects.

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.


Product Awards

The Foundation Categories

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

  • Aesthetics
  • Performance
  • Integration

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 users and its function.

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 developing and designing the product and what the product aims to serve. Jurors will consider a product’s specific market position or target audience in judging performance.

Integration
Integration refers to a product’s potential to become ubiquitous — a brand ‘staple’ — in a given category. The jury will look for a product’s ability to be successfully implemented, durable, user friendly, brand relevant, and applicable to a variety of building types or contexts.


The Innovation Categories

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

  • Aesthetics
  • Performance
  • Innovation

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 will inhabit and the users who will experience it. It isn’t enough to be sculptural; it should also be relevant for users and its function.

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 developing and designing the product and what the product aims to serve. Jurors will consider a product’s specific market position or target audience in judging performance.

Innovation
Products that are at the forefront of innovation and technology. Innovative products are those that create a unique approach to improving existing concepts and materials or address new needs. They are likely to emphasize cutting-edge technologies and materials or address contemporary issues like sustainability and socially conscious design.


Timeline
Timeline

  • Early Entry Deadline- February 15, 2019
  • Final Entry Deadline- March 29, 2019
  • Jury Voting- May – June 2019
  • Public Voting- June – July 2019
  • Winners Announced- July 2019

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