The Entry Process

Can I log in with my existing Architizer or A+Awards username & password?
We’ve recently upgraded our entry system. To enter the A+Firm Awards, you will need to create a new account. The submission form has been designed for ease of use, but if you have any difficulties, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firmawards@architizer.com

What assets do I need to enter the A+Firm Awards?
Below is a list of everything you will need to submit to the A+Firm Awards. Entry materials may vary depending on which verticals you are entering — Best of the Year, Typology, Specialization or a combination of all 3. Firms that specialize in more than one type of project are encouraged to enter multiple Typology Award categories to maximize their chances of securing an accolade.

Each firm will be asked to provide the following company information:

  • Firm Name
  • Firm Location (city and country)
  • Firm Description and Mission
  • Firm URL

Then, each submission should comprise a total of 3 to 6 projects. For each project, the following information should be provided:

  • Project Title
  • Project Year and Location
  • Project Status (Built or Unbuilt)
  • Entry Description (300 words)
  • Collaboration credits (Optional)
  • Upload 1-8 images for each project (Images: 20MB max each, jpg, jpeg or pdf format, single images only, no collages.)

Can I withdraw my entry? Will I get a refund?
You may withdraw your entry by emailing firmawards@architizer.com. Refunds WILL be issued for entries that are withdrawn within 48 hours of being submitted. Refunds WILL NOT be issued for entries withdrawn after 48 hours of being submitted.

How can I be sure you have received my entry?
Upon submission, you will see a confirmation page, and will also receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your entry. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24hrs, please email firmawards@architizer.com.

How can I change my entry?
The following information can be changed on an entry any time prior to the close of the call for entry period.

  • Contact info
  • Project descriptions
  • Project images and/or drawings

Please email customer service at firmawards@architizer.com for further information and to request changes.

Do you have to be based in the United States to participate?
No. The Architizer A+Firm Awards is a global awards program.

Do the project descriptions need to be in English?
Yes. In order to ensure our judges are able to review and score your work we require your descriptions to be submitted in english.


Which category should I enter?
The Architizer A+Firm Awards has 30+ categories broken up into Best of the Year Awards, Typology Awards, and Specialization Awards. You will be able to select the categories most applicable to your work. Submission materials can be the same or vary across categories. There is no limit to how many categories a project can be submitted to, and it is possible to win multiple times. The Architizer A+Firm Awards reserves the right to move entries to other categories if it is clearly appropriate to do so. If this is the case, you will be notified by email.

Can I enter more than one category?
Yes. There is no limit to how many categories a firm can enter, and it is possible to win multiple times. The more categories you enter, the better your chances to win!


When does my project have to be completed for it to be eligible?
For Best of the Year and Typology categories, submitted projects can be built or unbuilt, but at least 3 projects must have been completed (built) within the last 10 years (with the exception of the Conceptual Typology Award, dedicated to unbuilt works).

For Specialization categories, non-built works (such as renderings and photographs) are eligible as long as they have been created in the last 10 years. Detailed requirements specific to each award category can be found on the Award Categories page.

If I submitted projects for the A+Awards, can I resubmit them for the A+Firm Awards.
Yes, if the project(s) is still eligible according to the other guidelines, you may submit it again. This applies to projects that were awarded as special mentions, finalists, and winners, as well as to those that were not awarded.

Do I need to be an architect to enter?
No. The Architizer A+Firm Awards celebrates the built environment and all of the people involved with its creation, including engineers, rendering studios, photographers, developers and all other consultants.

Do I need to submit plans and sections or just photographs and renderings?
You are not required to submit a particular asset type, so we recommend submitting as many assets as needed to fully portray your work. Each project is different, but all upload-able forms of documentation are eligible and we encourage you to think carefully about the materials you submit.

What file types can I submit?
Photographs, renderings, drawings and other images relevant to each project (20MB max each, jpeg, jpg or pdf format, single images only, no collages)

How many files can I submit?
Minimum required per project: 1
Maximum images allowed per project: 8
*Single images only – no collages


Who is the Architizer A+Firm Awards jury?
Our global jury is a collection of industry leaders with a close connection to the built environment, comprising practicing architects and designers, critics and journalists, real estate developers, manufacturing and tech industry leaders, and notable artists and thinkers. For a complete list of A+Firm Awards Jurors,
click here.

What is the 2020 A+Awards timeline?
Below is a timeline of the upcoming 1st Annual A+Firm Awards program:

  • 1st Annual A+Firm Awards Opens – September 15, 2020
  • Early Entry Deadline – October 9, 2020
  • Regular Entry Deadline – November 20, 2020
  • Final Entry Deadline- December 11, 2020
  • Jury Voting – December 2020 to January 2021
  • Winners Announced – January / February 2021

Can you explain how the submissions are judged?
Please see
judging process and criteria.

Is it possible to receive the jurors’ rating and/or comments for my project?
Unfortunately due to the high volume of entries, the Architizer A+Firm Awards cannot offer individual comments to its entrants.

When will winners be announced?
Finalists will be announced in December 2020, with winners announced in early 2021 (exact date TBA).

Winning an Award

How many entrants win Architizer A+Firm Awards?
For each category, the Jury will select five (5) finalists which represent the five best in the category. Out of the finalists, one (1) winner will be selected and will win the coveted A+Firm Award for that specific category.

Do you hold an event?
Due to the high volume of international A+Firm Awards winners and global uncertainty around in-person events, Architizer is no longer hosting a New York-based Awards Gala. Winners from around the globe can now celebrate their achievements online, in the media, and in print, alongside Architizer’s vast international community. Finalists and Winners will be notified of regional awards celebrations as they are scheduled.

What do I get if I win an Architizer A+Firm Award or if my entry is chosen as a finalist?
To help promote achievement, the A+Firm Awards provides its winners the iconic A+Firm Award trophy, and both Winners and Finalists will be included on the winners page of the Architizer A+Firm Awards Site. Winners will also be featured in the Architizer Journal and shared across Architizer’s social media channels, home to more than 7.5M followers, as well as being published in multiple international publications.

Can I buy additional trophies for members of my team, clients and others if I win?
Yes. To help promote achievement, the Architizer A+Firm Awards provides its winners the option to order additional trophies.

Newsletters /
Staying Informed

What is the newsletter?
The newsletter is your source for all A+Awards and A+Firm Award news, sent regularly during the awards submission and judging periods. Subscribe by registering using the button at the bottom of this page. You can unsubscribe by following the instructions in the footer of each newsletter.


Can I rent the list of Architizer A+Firm Awards entrants or winners?
No. We do not rent or sell our entrant or winner lists.

Winning Projects
Architizer reserves the right to edit materials provided by entrants for inclusion in future publications. Entrants will be notified regarding their materials and participation prior to publication.

Can my organization sponsor the A+Awards?
Interested in sponsoring the newest addition to the world’s largest global awards program for architects and designers? Opportunities include Overall Program Sponsorship, Category Sponsorship, Trophy Sponsorship, and Custom Partnerships! To learn more about becoming a partner, email