Rewarding the World’s Best Firms: Register for the 1st Annual A+Firm Awards

The A+Firm Awards will spotlight the best in the AEC industry, giving innovative companies the global recognition they deserve.

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Launching this Fall, Architizer is thrilled to announce a brand new, international awards program, specifically designed to spotlight the world’s best architecture and design firms and their incredible partners.

Expanding on the A+Awards — the world’s largest architectural awards program — the A+Firm Awards will spotlight the best in the AEC industry, giving innovative companies the global recognition they deserve. It is the only program designed explicitly to reward studios of all sizes, geographies, and specializations.

Registration is open today, and the program will open for entries on September 15th, 2020. Register today for key updates, important information and deadline reminders:

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Jeanne Gang receiving the Firm of the Year Award on behalf of Studio Gang at Architizer’s A+ Awards Gala in 2016; photography by Jenna Bascom.

Become an Industry-Leading Name

The A+Firm Awards is designed to honor firms at every level and every region of the world. The program is open to architecture firms, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, rendering studios, developers and photographers. Award categories will offer opportunities for firms of all sizes, specialisms and geographies, including:

  • Best Small Firm
  • Best Medium Firm
  • Best Large Firm
  • Best XL Firm
  • Best Young Firm
  • Best in North America
  • Best in South America
  • Best in Asia
  • Best in Europe
  • Best in Africa
  • Best in Australasia
  • Architecture – Private Residential
  • Architecture – Multi Unit Residential
  • Architecture – Commercial
  • Architecture – Cultural
  • Architecture – Institutional
  • Architecture – Hospitality
  • Architecture – Humanitarian
  • Architecture – Urban Planning
  • Architecture – Conceptual
  • Interior Design – Residential
  • Interior Design – Commercial
  • Interior Design – Institutional / Cultural
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Rendering Studio
  • Photography Studio
  • Engineering Firm
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Sustainability
  • Small Projects
  • Public Projects
  • Collaboration

Eligible firms can submit for multiple awards categories, so there are many ways to win.

Iván Marín and his team celebrate their 2019 A+Award win at the Cultural Center at Centro Educativo de Morelia, winner of the Popular Vote in the Architecture +Brick category. Image courtesy of the architects

Celebrate the People Behind Your Projects

Great architecture would not be possible without the talent, creativity and innovation of the teams that work so hard to bring it to life. The new A+Firm Awards program is designed to celebrate those amazing architects, designers and consultants, each of whom play a pivotal role in a project — from concept to completion.

Architecture has never been created by a singular, star architect — so why should they take all the plaudits? The concept of the “lone design genius” is outdated and needs to be overhauled. The A+Firm Awards provides an opportunity for your whole team to be given the spotlight. It’s the ultimate award for collaborative creativity in the 21st Century.

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Take Your Place Among the World’s Best Firms

The new awards program provides architecture and design firms with an opportunity to join the extraordinary ranks of Architizer’s past Special Honoree A+Award Winners, including BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (2014 Firm of the Year), Reiulf Ramstad Architects (2015), Studio Gang Architects (2016), Adjaye Associates (2017) and MVRDV (2018).

Principals from past Firm of the Year firms, from left to right: Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE RA, Principal of Adjaye Associates, photo © Ed Reeve; Jeanne Gang, principal at Studio Gang; Jacob van Rijs, co-founder and principal architect of MVRDV, photo by Bastiaan van der Sluis

On receiving the 2017 honor on behalf of his firm, Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE RA, Principal of Adjaye Associates, said: “It’s an incredible honor and, of course, very humbling. To be recognized for work that you deeply believe in is incredibly rewarding.” Jacob van Rijs, co-founder and principal architect of MVRDV, said of his firm’s achievement in 2018: “Firm of the Year is a great appreciation of our work, because Architizer is such an international, global platform.”

Categories for Every Team Player

The A+Firm Awards seeks to celebrate everyone involved in the design process, recognizing the incredible collaboration required to bring brilliant buildings to fruition. This includes rendering studios, modelers, architectural designers, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers and architectural photographers.

There are also awards on offer for design firms of all sizes, so whether you are part of a tenacious team of two or an epic team of 800, there is an opportunity for you to receive recognition on a global stage.

Send Us Your Portfolio

A firm’s work can never be defined by one project. That’s why, with the A+Firm Awards, a firm can show the full breadth of their achievements by submitting 3 to 6 projects for review by our expert panel of jurors. This provides a powerful platform to showcase the full range of your architectural work in front of some of the most esteemed thought leaders in the industry.

Winners will see their work celebrated in the form of a year-round digital exhibition, with their projects being published on Architizer Journal, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest and Twitter. With a combined audience of more than 7.5 million, the exposure that awaits A+Firm Award recipients is unparalleled.

Without further ado, register your firm now to ensure you are kept up to date on the program, and begin preparing your project materials for entry. We can’t wait to see your work this Fall!

Register for the 2020 A+Firm Awards

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