Establish Your Firm as a Visionary Home of Architectural Ideas

The Vision Awards allows firms to showcase their expertise beyond built designs, establishing their studio as leaders in architectural ideas.

Eric Baldwin Eric Baldwin

Effectively telling a project’s story is told is what brings great designs to life. Representation is an art in its own right — a process that imagines new futures and ways to live. Expanding upon the widespread popularity of our One Rendering, One Drawing and One Photo Challenges, this year, the competitions evolved into Architizer’s exciting new Vision Awards. Now, we’re offering individual creators and visionary studios/firms alike the opportunity to gain recognition for their eminence in the field of architectural representation. We believe ideas hold weight and that designers should be recognized for ideas at any stage of the creative process.

The Vision Awards comprises three honors awarded in each Vision category: one for studiosindividuals and students. Not sure what category is best? Read on to find out more about our Studio Categories:

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Apartment #5, a Labyrinth and Repository of Spatial Memories by Clement Laurencio

Why a Studio Should Submit

Entering the Vision Awards allows a studio to showcase their expertise and establish their firm as a leader in design. Remember, any in-house assets made during a project are eligible! There are a number of advantages to submitting as a studio, including:

  • Diverse Submissions: You can submit for a range of different types, including speculative projects, unbuilt work, visualizations for work-in-progress, or complete and finished designs. Creative ideas should be celebrated at all stages, so we created an awards program for all of them.
  • Competition Ideas: Did your studio already submit a great photograph, video, drawing, visualization, or model to a competition? Extend the life of your work by submitting to the Vision Awards and your idea can gain the recognition it deserves.
  • Keep Momentum Going: Not all designs are brought to life overnight, and often, they can take years until completion. The Vision Awards allows a studio to keep up the excitement and momentum of a project while it is underway.  Even if a project is still on the drawing board, you can gain recognition for the work of your studio and team.
  • Gain Recognition for Clients: Some of the best projects come from working with the best clients. Our awards program allows a studio to gain exposure for their work and for their clients. Studios can harness the marketing potential and highlight the value they can bring to other clients as well.

Memento Mori: A Peckham Hospice Care Home, Section Drawing by Jerome Ng

Understand the Categories

For the Vision Awards, you can submit in either the Vision or Creator Categories as a studio, individual or student. Firms are encouraged to apply: you can win recognition for your studio’s work, whether it is a photograph, video, drawing, visualization or model. Most awards programs are designed for constructed projects, whereas we conceived of a program for any visual. A studio can be recognized for ideas and any of their creations, even if it is unbuilt.

As a firm or studio, you can also win in three of the five Creator categories. These include Photographer of the Year, Visualizer of the Year, and Videographer of the Year. The final two categories, Architect Creator and Student Creator, are for individuals.

Television City, Visualization by Kilograph

Vision Categories

The Vision Categories celebrate every aspect of architectural representation, from early sketches and conceptual renderings to photographs and videos of a built project, as well as awards for physical models. There are 12 individual categories within the following category groups: Best Architectural Photograph, Best Architectural Visualization, Best Architectural Drawing, Best Architectural Video and Best Architecture Model.

Creator Categories

The Creator Categories honor the achievements of talented creators across every discipline listed above, forming a definitive “who’s who” of visionaries for the AEC industry. It includes 5 awards for the following categories: Architectural Photographer of the Year, Architectural Visualizer of the Year, Architectural Videographer of the Year, Architect Creator of the Year and Student Creator of the Year.

The House of Rising Sun, Visualization by Bogdan Begmat

Establish Your Firm as a Visionary

Clients come to studios looking for solutions, and in turn, designers can offer new ideas on how to work, play and live. Winning the Vision Awards helps cement a firm position as a pioneering practice. We created the global awards program to honor the art of architectural imagery and those that bring it to life. Communicating your value as thought leaders and experts in your craft, you can showcase what great design looks like for your studio.

We understand that exposure matters. So we’ve also assembled a multi-disciplinary jury of thought leaders from around the world, allowing studios to get their work and ideas in front of some of the industry’s leading figures. Our esteemed jury comprises practitioners from the worlds of architecture, design, technology and film, each with a special connection to visualizing our built environment. At the same, the winning submissions will also be published in print. If your studio possess a passion for visualizing our built environment, you could win a 2023 Vision Award.

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Hero image: The Fifth Facade Project, Seattle, WA, USA by Alan Maskin and Jerome Tyron, Photography by Chris Burnside. See more here.

Eric Baldwin Author: Eric Baldwin
Based in New York City, Eric was trained in both architecture and communications. As Director of Communications at Sasaki, he has a background spanning media, academia, and practice. He's deeply committed to trying as many restaurants as possible in NYC.
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