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Registration Guidelines

The 2014 Annual Design Review celebrates the best of American architecture, selecting winners from built projects completed over the last year. Judging will take place in October 2014. Winners will be notified in November 2014; winning projects will be published in the December 2014 issue of ARCHITECT.

Our Annual Design Review Awards have moved to a completely digital format for the first time! This new process will save you hours of work along with reams of paper. Please use either Chrome or Firefox as your browser when registering and completing the forms.



Projects must have been built in the United States or designed by a U.S. firm. Projects completed by a U.S. firm can be in any location. Projects completed by non-U.S. firms are eligible only if located in the United States. Projects must have been completed after June 30, 2013.


Work Office, Government, and Commercial Mixed-Use
Play Sports, Hospitality, and Retail
Live Multifamily Housing, Single-Family Housing, and Residential Mixed-Use
Grow Education, Science, and Healthcare
Move Infrastructure and Transportation
Bond Institutional, Cultural, and Religious

Each project must be submitted in a single category.


Important Dates

Friday, September 12, 2014 → Submission deadline for standard entries
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 → Submission deadline for late entries (must include late fee of $50.00 per entry)


$295 → First entry
$195 → Subsequent entries
Please Note: You will be charged a $50 late fee per entry for any materials submitted after September 12, 2014.  All late entry materials must be received by September 17, 2014.

*No refunds will be issued

All materials submitted to the Annual Design Review become the property of ARCHITECT, which will not be responsible or liable for them. Entry fees are non-refundable.


How to Prepare Your Entry

This year’s Awards have gone completely digital! No more hard copies.  No more binder clips.  No more DVDs.  You can register, complete your entry forms, and upload your entry materials (to include images, drawings, and plans) by submitting everything through this website in a two-step process. 

STEP ONE:  Register your project and pay entry fees.

STEP TWO:  Fill out online entry forms and upload your entry materials, as outlined below.  You may also return to this website to add to or modify your entry at a later date. 

Entry Materials:

Your entry will consist of an online entry and supporting documents that can be uploaded to this website.  The online entry form will ask for the following:

  • Entrant Information (contact details for the person preparing the entry)
  • Firm Information (contact details for the firm responsible for the project)
  • Client Information (contact details and client description)
  • Project Information (including description, site and zoning constraints, square footage, etc.)

After filling out this information, you will have an opportunity to upload supporting documents for your entry.  Files can be .jpeg images or Microsoft Word .doc files.  You can upload up to 20 files.  Please limit your uploaded materials to a TOTAL of 20 MB.   These supporting documents must include:

  • Professional photos of the completed project in .jpeg format
  • Site plan, floor plans and sections in .jpeg format

Optional documents include:

  • energy modeling diagrams, drawings, and model photos, in .jpeg format
  • performance qualifications and diagrams, in .doc or .jpeg format
  • walkthrough videos in .mp4 format


Rules and Regulations

WHO CAN ENTER Architects and other design professionals practicing in the United States or non-U.S. firms entering projects built in the United States.

PROVIDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS Entrants whose submissions are selected as winners agree to make available further information and publication-quality graphic materials as needed by ARCHITECT.

PUBLICATION Winners of the Annual Design Review will appear in the December 2014 issue of ARCHITECT.

MIXED-USE PROJECTS Mixed-Use projects can be entered into Work (for Commercial Mixed-Use), Live (for Residential Mixed-Use), or the category that represents that largest allocated square footage in the project.

PROCESS DOCUMENTATION Entries should document the design process, and the final result. Include information on software, hardware, and hand media employed. ARCHITECT encourages entrants to include copies of preliminary sketches, alternative preliminary schemes, information on context, precedents for the design, and excerpts from working drawings in addition to photographs of the completed project.

PROJECT RESEARCH Include records of any research performed in support of the project.

ANONYMITY To maintain anonymity in judging, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any submission materials except the entry forms. Do not, however, conceal the identity or location of projects. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in immediate disqualification; ARCHITECT will not black out or otherwise adjust any submission to make it comply with this rule.


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