The 2021 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.
In 2019, the AIA adopted the Framework for Design Excellence as the set of guidelines and requirements to assess project performance. Climate action requires a holistic approach addressing the interdependence among people, buildings, infrastructure, and the environment. The Framework for Design Excellence provides the elements that support this vision during project evaluation. While projects submitted do not need to address all the measures included in the framework, they do need to highlight how they perform in this context and highlight relevant narratives and metrics when applicable.
- any US-licensed architect may enter
- submitting architects do not have to be the head of the team
- projects must credit every substantial contributor
- new construction, renovations, and restorations are eligible
- projects may be located anywhere in the world but must have been designed by a U.S.-licensed architect
- projects must have been completed since January 1, 2015