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2020 A+Firm Award Categories

The A+Firm Awards is designed to honors firms of every size, across every region of the world. The program is open to architecture firms, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, rendering studios, photographers and architecture students.

Submission pricing is tiered to make the program more accessible for smaller and more recently founded firms, and offers opportunities for firms of all sizes, specialisms and geographies.

Best of the Year Awards

Best of the Year Awards

The Best of the Year Awards are given to architecture and design firms at the forefront of their discipline, demonstrating innovative and creative thinking, as well as impeccable detailing and execution, across a range of projects. Categories are defined by firm size and geographic location, with an additional award reserved for young firms founded in the last 10 years. Firms are encouraged to submit for both size- and geography-based awards to maximize their chances of securing an accolade.

Best Small Firm: For small-sized architecture and/or design firms practicing excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best Small Firm Award should employ 1 to 14 staff as of September 1st, 2020.

Best Medium Firm: For medium-sized architecture and/or design firms practicing excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best Medium Firm Award should employ 15 to 40 staff as of September 1st, 2020.

Best Large Firm: For large-sized architecture and/or design firms practicing excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best Large Firm Award should employ 41 to 99 staff as of September 1st, 2020.

Best XL Firm: For extra large-sized architecture and/or design firms practicing excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best XL Firm Award should employ 100+ staff as of September 1st, 2020.

Best Young Firm: For emerging firms practicing excellence in their field, demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best Young Firm Award should have been founded no earlier than January 1st, 2010.

Best in North America: For North America-based firms demonstrating excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best in North America Award can submit international projects but should have their headquarters located in North America.

Best in Central and South America: For Central- and South America-based firms demonstrating excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best in Central and South America Award can submit international projects but should have their headquarters located in Central or South America.

Best in Asia: For Asia-based firms demonstrating excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best in Asia Award can submit international projects but should have their headquarters located in Asia.

Best in Europe: For Europe-based firms demonstrating excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best in Europe Award can submit international projects but should have their headquarters located in Europe.

Best in Africa: For Africa-based firms demonstrating excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best in Africa Award can submit international projects but should have their headquarters located in Africa.

Best in Australasia: For Australasia-based firms demonstrating excellence in their field, as demonstrated by a range of up to 6 projects with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Best in Australasia Award can submit international projects but should have their headquarters located in Australasia.

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Typology Awards

The Typology Awards are given to architecture and design firms excelling in a specific architectural typology. These awards spotlight the in-depth knowledge of firms that have the ability to respond to unique programmatic challenges, designing buildings that are exemplary in their genre. There are also dedicated awards for landscape architecture and interior design. Firms that specialize in more than one type of project are encouraged to enter multiple Typology Award categories to maximize their chances of securing an accolade.

Architecture - Private Residential: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the private residential typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 private residential projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Private Residential Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Multi Unit Residential: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the private residential typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 multi unit residential projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Multi Unit Residential Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Commercial: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the private residential typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 commercial projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Commercial projects may include but are not limited to: Coworking Spaces, Office Buildings, Office Interiors, Retail, Shopping Centers, Pop Ups and Temporary Commercial Structures, Mixed Use Buildings, Factories and Warehouses, Showrooms and Unbuilt Commercial Projects. Eligible firms for the Commercial Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Cultural: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the cultural typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 commercial projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Cultural projects may include but are not limited to: Museums, Gallery and Exhibition Spaces, Halls and Theaters, Pavilions, Religious Buildings and Memorials and Unbuilt Cultural Projects. Eligible firms for the Architecture - Cultural Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Institutional: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the institutional typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 institutional projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Institutional projects may include but are not limited to: Kindergartens, Primary & High Schools, Higher Education & Research Facilities, Libraries, Government & Civic Buildings and Unbuilt Institutional Projects. Eligible firms for the Institutional Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Hospitality: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the hospitality typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 institutional projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Hospitality projects may include but are not limited to: Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs, Health Care & Wellness and Unbuilt Hospitality Projects. Eligible firms for the Hospitality Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Humanitarian: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the humanitarian typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 humanitarian projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Humanitarian projects may include but are not limited to: Refugee Structures, Temporary Housing, Disaster Recovery Projects, Projects Designed to Promote Political Engagement, Public Health and Peace, Rural Infrastructure, Hospitals, and Schools, Projects for Nonprofit Organizations, Community Driven Projects, Environmental Projects and Pro-bono Projects. Eligible firms for the Humanitarian Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Urban Planning: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the urban planning typology. Firms should submit 3 to 6 urban planning projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Urban planning projects include any completed urban or master plan dedicated to the long-term connections between buildings, infrastructure, social and economic conditions, environments, and future development. Eligible firms for the Urban Planning Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Architecture - Conceptual: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in conceptual / unbuilt projects. Firms should submit 3 to 6 conceptual projects, which have been created in the last 10 years. Conceptual projects include any unbuilt structure, building, group of buildings or master plan, and the projects may be fully conceptual or currently under construction. Eligible firms for the Conceptual Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Landscape Architecture: For landscape architecture and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in landscape architecture. Firms should submit 3 to 6 landscape architecture projects, with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Projects can include public outdoor spaces, private gardens and landscape master plans.

Interior Design - Residential: For interior design and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in residential interiors. Firms should submit 3 to 6 interior residential projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Projects can include interior designs for private residences or multi unit housing. Eligible firms for the Residential Interior Design Award can also submit for an Overall Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Interior Design - Commercial: For interior design and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in commercial interiors. Firms should submit 3 to 6 interior commercial projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Projects can include interior designs for coworking spaces, offices, retail, shopping centers, pop ups and temporary, mixed use buildings, factories and warehouses, showrooms, hospitality, transport and infrastructure, or unbuilt commercial projects. Eligible firms for the Commercial Interior Design Award can also submit for an Overall Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Interior Design - Institutional/Cultural: For interior design and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in interiors outside of residential or commercial uses. Firms should submit 3 to 6 interior design projects, with at least 3 built within the last 10 years. Projects can include interior designs for cultural, institutional, humanitarian, or sports and recreation projects. Eligible firms for the Institutional/Cultural Interior Design Award can also submit for an Overall Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.


Specialization Awards

Great buildings are only made possible by great teams. The Specialization Awards seek to recognize the unique expertise of everyone involved in the design process, from concept to completion. This includes rendering studios, architectural photographers, engineers and real estate developers. The Specialization Awards also includes categories for firms that have unique bodies of work that are conceptually connected, for example: humanitarian, small projects, collaborations, and projects in the public realm.

Rendering Studio: For rendering studios and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in rendering and architectural visualization. Firms should submit 3 to 6 rendering projects. Projects can include commissions for clients or personal works. Each project can comprise one or multiple visualizations.

Photography Studio: For photography studios and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in architectural photography. Firms should submit 3 to 6 photography projects. Projects can include commissions for clients or personal works. Each project can comprise one or multiple photographs.

Engineering Firm: For engineering firms and/or architecture firms demonstrating excellence in structural engineering. Firms should submit 3 to 6 projects in which they played a key engineering role. Projects can be from any of the above typologies, at any scale, and from any region.

Real Estate Developer: For real estate developers demonstrating excellence in their field. Firms should submit 3 to 6 projects in which they played a key role as developer, with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Projects can be from any of the above typologies, at any scale, and from any region.

Sustainability: For architecture and/or design firms practicing excellence in the field of sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental design. Firms should submit 3 to 6 projects that excel in sustainability, with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Eligible firms for the Sustainable Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Public Projects: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in the public realm. Firms should submit 3 to 6 public projects, with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Public projects may include but are not limited to: Cultural Projects (Museums, Gallery and Exhibition Spaces, Halls and Theaters, Pavilions, Religious Buildings and Memorials, Unbuilt Cultural Projects, etc.), Transport/Infrastructure (Airports, Train Stations, Bus Stations, Bridges, etc.), Sports and Recreation (Stadiums, Sports Halls, Gyms, Public Parks, Play Areas etc.), Hospitality Projects (Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs, Health Care & Wellness, Unbuilt Hospitality Projects), Urban Planning Projects and Landscape Architecture Projects. Eligible firms for the Public Projects Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Small Projects: For architecture and/or design firms demonstrating excellence in small scale projects. Firms should submit 3 to 6 conceptual projects, which have been created in the last 10 years. Small scale projects must be under 1,500 square feet, and can be from any of the above typologies, at any scale, and from any region. Eligible firms for the Small Projects Award can also submit for a Best in Industry Firm Award with some or all of the same projects.

Collaboration: For architecture and/or design firms practicing excellence in collaborative projects. Firms should submit 3 to 6 projects in which they collaborated with another firm, with at least 3 completed within the last 10 years. Collaborators can include but are not limited to architecture firms, landscape architecture firms, interior design firms, furniture designers, building product manufacturers and industrial designers. Eligible firms for the Collaboration Award can also submit for an Overall Firm Award with some or all of the same projects. Collaborators’ credits must be provided as appropriate.


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