Reaching over a million readers, 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 second annual Best of Practice Awards, AN recognizes North American firms excelling at multiple levels of the AEC industry, from architecture and engineering to landscape and lighting. Honoring firms of all sizes and regions, the awards will offer a snapshot of what practice looks like today.

The 2022 awards program kicks off February 1st, with early bird entries due by February 25th and the submission period running through April 1. Entrants can enter their firm’s projects and work across eight categories and five 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 on ArchPaper.com in June, and winners will receive a specially designed award. They will also be featured in AN’s end-of-the-year Best of award magazine and promoted across our social media channels. More details to be announced soon.

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Chris T. Cornelius

Principal & Founder


Melissa Shin

Founding Partner

Shin Shin

Sam Alison-Mayne



Victor “Trey” Trahan III, FAIA

Founder & CEO

Trahan Architects

DK Osseo-Asare

Cofounding Principal

Low Design Office

Coren Sharples


SHoP Architects

Aaron Seward

Editor in Chief

The Architect's Newspaper

Sammy Medina

Executive Editor

The Architect’s Newspaper

CATEGORIES PER FIVE REGIONS Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West

  • 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
  • Lighting Designer
  • MEP Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
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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.


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


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.


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

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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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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