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Judging Process & Criteria

The judging process for the A+Awards is designed to reflect the multi-faceted qualities of architecture. Our outstanding cast of jurors will be asked to select winning entries based on their functional and aesthetic qualities, as well as their innovativeness and potential to last. Entries that stand out in one or more of the following areas 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
  • 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.

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.


Special Honoree Awards

Participating entrants from all categories (Typology and Plus) 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 4, 2021
  • Early Entry Deadline – January 29, 2021
  • Final Entry Deadline – March 12, 2021
  • Extended Entry Deadline– April 23, 2021
  • Jury Voting – May 2021
  • Public Voting – June 2021
  • Winners Announced – June 2021

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