2019 awards submission system

Unbuilt Work Awards :: Entry Guidelines


All architects, landscape architects, designers, interior designers, and design consultants, licensed in the U.S. and abroad are eligible to submit entries regardless of project location (worldwide), project size, budget, or style. All projects must have an actual client who commissioned the design.

An entry must be “unbuilt,” meaning that it has yet to be completed at the time of submission. “Completed” is synonymous with “substantial completion” as defined in AIA documents governing project construction. When the submitter is not the sole author of the work, all other participants contributing to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission, regardless of discipline.

For a multi-building unbuilt work, the submitter of the project (or portion thereof) shall offer detailed evidence of authorship of each project portion submitted to this program. Project authorship will remain concealed throughout jury deliberations. If authorship is revealed on any portion of the submission including photos, plans, or narrative the entry will be disqualified.

All submissions must have owner's consent for entry.

Judging Criteria

Each entry in this Awards program is judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements or program. Entries are weighed individually, not competitively.

You will need to provide:

1. Project Description

There will be a space provided on the awards submission website entry form to describe the project. Describe client needs, program, design challenges, design strategy, and projected cost (if applicable). Project descriptions are a maximum of 2,500 characters (this includes spaces).

2. Photographs and/or drawings (maximum of 18 total).

Photographs and/or drawings will be uploaded on the awards submission website. Photographs and drawings must be in JPEG format and a maximum of 2 MB each. You can submit up to 18 photos and/or drawings; at minimum, your photographs and/or drawings must include the following:

  • Site plan with a scale and north arrow, showing the project and its immediate context.
  • Floor plan(s) with a scale and north arrow, and one or more sections with a scale, sufficient to explain the solution.
  • Models of the project showing exteriors and/or interior spaces.
  • Renderings of the project showing exteriors and/or interior spaces.