ABOUT AN BEST OF PRACTICE 2021

The Architect’s Newspaper is the go-to news source for the architecture and design industry. For years, AN has acknowledged the work of industry leaders through its annual Best of Design and Best of Products Awards, but the firms themselves never got the star treatment…until now.

With the Best of Practice Award, AN tips its hat to North American firms excelling at every level of the AEC industry. And we mean every level—from architecture and landscape to interiors and lighting, from construction and fabrication to wayfinding and photography. Honoring firms of all sizes and regions, the award will offer a snapshot of what practice looks like today.

The first-ever iteration of the awards kicks off January 15, 2020, with the submission period running through April 1, 2021. Entrants can enter their firm’s projects and work across 80 categories and four regions. A jury of industry experts as well as AN editors will evaluate the firms according to relevant criteria. The aim will be to stake out an expansive meaning of excellence, one which takes into account inclusivity, social impact, sustainability, regionality, and technological innovation, in addition to formal and structural considerations. The top prizes will be announced in June, and winners will receive a specially designed award, more details to be announced soon.

Winning practices will be featured in the Best of Design print magazine as well as across social media channels and online at ArchPaper.com—shining a spotlight on each firm to our global audience of over a million members of the A/E/C design community.

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JURY

  • Katherine Darnstadt

    Founder

    Design Trust Chicago

  • Kim Yao

    Principal

    ARO

  • Michael Young

    Founding Partner

    Young & Ayata

  • Sean Canty

    Principal

    Studio Sean Canty

  • Troy Schaum

    Partner

    SCHAUM/SHIEH

  • Refik Anadol

    Director

    Refik Anadol Studio

  • Erica Stoller

    Advisor/Former Director

    ESTO

  • Erleen Hatfield

    PE, AIA, Managing Partner of Hatfield Group

    Hatfield Group

  • Pascale Sablan

    Founder

    Beyond the Built Environment and President-Elect of NOMA

  • Jared Della Valle, FAIA

    CEO

    Alloy

  • Michael Hsu

    Founding Principal

    Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

  • Ann Yoachim

    Director

    Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture

  • David A. Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR

    Principal

    DAVID RUBIN Land Collective

  • Verda Alexander

    Founding Partner

    Studio O+A

  • Sammy Medina

    Executive Editor

    The Architect’s Newspaper

  • Ian Thomas

    Art Director

    The Architect’s Newspaper

CATEGORIES & SUBCATEGORIES

For each of the award categories on the right, the jury will bestow a Winning Practice trophy from each of the following 4 regions:

Northeast

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

South

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

West

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Award Categories

  • Architect (XL Firm) (100+ Employees)
  • Architect (Large Firm) (30 - 100 Employees)
  • Architect (Small Firm) (Under 30 Employees)
  • Architect (New Firm) (Founded Within Last 3 Years)
  • Landscape Architect
  • General Contractor
  • Developer
  • Fabricator
  • Structural Engineer
  • MEP Engineer
  • Rendering/Visualization Studio
  • Photography Studio
  • Sustainability
  • Interior Design
  • Facade Consultant
  • Graphic Design & Wayfinding
  • Lighting Designer
  • Urban Planning
  • Acoustics Consultant / Engineer
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AWARD DATES & DETAILS

LAUNCH

Friday, January 15, 2021

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

$249 until February 11 (midnight EST)

REGULAR REGISTRATION

$399 from February 12 until April 1 (midnight EST)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Thursday, April 1, 2021 (midnight EST)

PUBLICATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

To be published online June 2021 and in the December 2021 issue of The Architect’s Newspaper

Winners and honorable mentions will be published in a special 2021 Design Annual. It will be mailed out in December 2021 and distributed at industry events and conferences throughout 2022.

Winning projects will also be featured on our website, where they will reach a national and international audience and will be promoted via our online and social media platforms. Be seen by 1 Million+ AN readers and Members of the AEC Design Community!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY

The Best of Practice Awards is open to U.S.-based firms, but projects submitted can be located anywhere internationally.

Entrants are allowed to submit photographs and renderings of multiple projects as a part of their submission. Entrants are also permitted to enter more than one category, and must purchase individual registrations in order to do so.

Representatives of firms and developers are allowed to submit on behalf of their clients. Please provide your direct contact information but include the name of the applying firm in the “Company” field on the registration form.

ENTRY FEE

Registration fees per submission:
Early Bird $249
Regular Registration $399

WRITTEN MATERIAL

Registration + entry submission must be completed via the registration portal linked to this page. Submissions must include photographs and/or renderings of projects and a written description of the firm’s practice (250-word limit). Submissions cannot include the company, brand, studio name, logos, or any other identifying mark.

IMAGES

Up to 10 images per submission. These can be photographs, renderings or drawings. It is intended that each jpeg has 1 image.

Digital specs:
File format: 150 dpi, high-res JPG.
Image size: Maximum dimensions, 8 ½ x 11 in or 11 x 8 ½ in (landscape preferred).
Color format: RGB File size: 5 MB maximum for each image.
Label image file names in sequence.

Please refrain from adding text to the images, and please do not include your firm, company, school name on the images.

All submissions must be entered online and received by AN no later than midnight EST on the submission deadline. The Architect’s Newspaper reserves publication rights for all materials submitted as part of the Best of Practice Awards program, extending to all forms of media or content delivery, whether print, online, digital, mobile or otherwise, now or hereafter created.

Registration fees are nonrefundable.

Once a submission is completed and approved, you cannot return to the application to make changes.

Submission is no guarantee of publication or an award.

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ABOUT AN MEDIA GROUP

The Architect’s Newspaper provides timely news and cultural reporting on the built environment through a nationally distributed monthly newspaper as well as a design magazine, AN Interior, online at archpaper.com, and through a series of email newsletters. Every issue delivers our trademark blend of topical essays, opinionated columns, project analyses, firm profiles, interviews, new products, reviews of exhibitions and books, and calendars of events in a handy and handsome full-color tabloid and a quarterly magazine. AN reaches a highly engaged online community of hundreds of thousands through our web and social media platforms. AN is the must-read publication for architects, planners, landscape architects, designers, and allied professionals. Learn more about AN Media Group and our other brands at: https://anmediagroup.com/

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