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The Architect’s Newspaper speaks directly to leaders in architecture and design with news, products, developments, trends, and updates. With our recently launched magazine, A|N Interior, our outreach to the design community has grown exponentially.

Our fourth annual Best Of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements.

Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 26 categories that reflect A|N’s editorial coverage, as well as the interests and obsessions of our readers.

The BoD jury, will judge entries based on several criteria—strength of the presentation, evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, and, most importantly, good design.



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  • Building of the Year – EastWe’re seeking the best new building in the Eastern region of the U.S.
  • Building of the Year – MidwestWe’re seeking the best new building in the Midwestern regionof the U.S.
  • Building of the Year – SouthwestWe’re seeking the best new building in the Southwestern region of the U.S.
  • Building of the Year – WestWe’re seeking the best new building in the Western region of the U.S.
  • Adaptive Restoration
  • Adaptive ReuseWe define adaptive reuse as a new use for a building, site or place for another use than what it was originally intended.
  • Architectural Lighting – IndoorThis category includes all types of architectural lighting applications for permanent or temporary indoor installations. We’ll be looking for visually appealing projects with creative technical solutions.
  • Architectural Lighting – OutdoorThis category includes all types of architectural lighting applications for permanent or temporary outdoor installations. We’ll be looking for visually appealing projects with creative technical solutions.
  • Architectural Representations – AnalogSubmissions will be judged on the quality of the drawing, construction of a model, or beauty of the sketch. Submissions can be any analog or hybrid drawing, diagram, technical drawing, model, or sketch. Representations of unbuilt projects are accepted.
  • Architectural Representations – DigitalSubmissions can be a drawing, diagram, technical drawing, model, sketch, or other representation. Hybrid analog/digital drawings should be submitted to the analog category.
  • Building RenovationA renovation does not necessarily mean there is a change in use to the building, site, or place – and can also be a conservation or preservation project.
  • Civic InstitutionThis category is in pursuit of educational, academic, governmental, religious or social institutions whose design not only elevates, but also is central to the organization’s mission.
  • Digital FabricationWe’re seeking the best architectural applications of building components. These can be digital fabrications or parametric designs.
  • Facade
  • Interior, Workplace
  • Interior- Retail/Hospitality
  • Interior – Residential
  • Landscape – Private
  • Landscape – Public
  • Residential, Multi
  • Residential, Single
  • StudentProjects that are built or unbuilt are eligible. Students must be in an accredited architectural school or graduated from their program with in the last academic year.
  • Temporary InstallationWhether your installation is a site-specific exhibition or it created an entirely new site, enter your work that showcases materials, techniques and invention.
  • Unbuilt – On The BoardsAny design project that will be, but is not yet completed, whether under construction or in design development.
  • Unbuilt – In The DrawersAny building project that got left behind or didn’t get it’s chance to see the light of day—a second or non-placing competition entry, a project for a client who decided to go another route, etc.—this category gives your project a second chance.
  • Urban DesignBuilt or unbuilt, enter your design plans that focus on groupings of buildings, street and public spaces to create a more sustainable and functional neighborhood or city.
  • Young ArchitectsEmerging architects or firms often have the talent but don’t always get the glory. This category seeks to celebrate the work of young practices (10 years or less) or professionals (35 years or less). All project types are eligible.
© Touloukian Touloukian | 2015 Building Renovation Winner
July 2016
September 30, 2016
October 2016
December 2016 issue of The Architect’s Newspaper
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in a new booklet created for Best Of Design. It will be mailed out with the December 2016 print issue and distributed at industry events and conferences throughout 2017.
Winning projects will also be featured on our website, where they will reach national and international audiences, and will be promoted via social media.
Winners will also receive a 3-D printed trophy designed by Synthesis Design + Architecture and printed by Formlabs.
Be seen by 1,000,000 A|N readers and Members of the A/E/C Design Community!
In order for a project to be eligible for submission it must have been completed within one year’s time of the submission deadline. Landscape projects must have been completed within two year’s time of the submission deadline.

The Best Of Design Awards is open to U.S. and international firms (e.g., architects/consultants/engineers/manufacturers), but projects submitted must be located within the United States.


Registration fees per submission are $150 for professionals and $45 for students.

There is no limit on the number of products you may submit, but each must be entered individually and a separate entry fee paid.


Registration + entry submission must be completed via the registration portal linked to this page.

Submissions must include photographs of the finished project and a written description (150-word limit). Submissions must not include the firm name, logo, or any other identifying mark.


Images must be submitted in JPG/PNG format, and each submission can have up to 9 images (detailed information on registration page).

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be contacted for high-resolution materials for publication, and will be requested to submit a list of the project’s client, design team members, design consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and materials and systems suppliers/manufacturers.

Submissions must be entered online and received by A|N no later than midnight PST on the submission deadline. The Architect’s Newspaper reserves publication rights for all materials submitted as part of the Best Of Design Awards program, extending to all forms of media or content delivery, whether print, online, digital, mobile, or otherwise, now or hereafter created.

Registration fees are nonrefundable. Submission is no guarantee of publication or an award.

© Timothy Hursley/Trahan Architects | 2015 Building of the Year: Southwest Winner
The Architect’s Newspaper provides timely news and cultural reporting on the built environment through four regional editions – East, Midwest, Southwest, and West – as well as a design magazine, A|N Interior, online at archpaper.com, and through a series of email newsletters. Every issue delivers our trademark blend of topical essays, opinionated columns, project analyses, firm profiles, interviews, new products, reviews of exhibitions and books, and calendars of events in a handy and handsome full-color tabloid and a quarterly magazine. A|N reaches a highly engaged on-line community of hundreds of thousands through our web and social media platforms. A|N is the must-read publication for architects, planners, landscape architects, designers, and allied professionals.

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