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.
PE, AIA, Managing Partner of Hatfield Group
For each of the award categories on the right, the jury will bestow a Winning Practice trophy from each of the following 4 regions:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Friday, January 15, 2021
$249 until February 11 (midnight EST)
$399 from February 12 until April 1 (midnight EST)
Thursday, April 1, 2021 (midnight EST)
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!
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.
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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