The Firm of the Year Award - Regular Deadline: April 30, 2017 - Enter Here


For AAP – Firm of the Year questions please click here.

General AAP Questions

When is the deadline to submit entries?

AAP 2016 has closed. If you would like to be notified when AAP 2017 opens for submissions, register an account with your email here and we will send you all the information when the deadlines are announced.

Are there any submission fees?

Yes, you can see the details on the Prize page. Submission fees were discounted during the Early Bird phase.

Entry Process and Requirements

What information do I need to provide to submit my work?

For professional submissions you need to provide the following information:

  • Lead Architect (required)
  • List of Team Members (optional)
  • Project Name (required)
  • Client (optional)
  • Category(ies) (required)
  • Brief description of project (optional)
  • Upload images and/or PDF description of the project (optional)
  • Add links to project (videos, online materials, website, etc) (optional)

For student submissions you need to provide the following information:

  • Name of your University
  • Project Name (required)
  • Category(ies) (required)
  • Brief Description of your Project (optional)
  • Upload images and/or PDF description of the project (optional)
  • Add links to project (videos, online materials, website, etc) (optional)

What are the requirements for the supporting images and documents?

Up to 5 Supporting images can be submitted with each project. Images must not exceed 2MB per file and be no more than 1000 pixels on the longest side. Images must be saved as JPEGs (.jpg, .jpeg) or PNGs (.png).

You can also submit one PDF file, in A4 or Letter-sized format. The PDF must not exceed 2MB.

You can utilize the images and PDF however you think best represents your work.

Can I cancel my submission and get a refund?

You can withdraw your entry within 48 hours of submission. Please email for assistance and additional information. Please be informed that when you request a full refund, your original transaction fee is credited back to you minus a processing fee.

How do I know if you got my submission?

After you log into your account, you will see all the details of your submission. If you didn’t receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please check your spam folder or email us at if you cannot find it.

Do I have to be based in the US to participate?

You don’t have to be working in the US to participate in the competition. The AAP is open to architects and designers from all over the world.

Does my project have to be designed or built in the US?

No, the design doesn’t have to be designed or built in the US to participate in the competition. AAP is open to projects from all over the world.


The AAP offers 41 categories, separated into three disciplines: architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture. In most cases, a project will be suitable for one category; however, there is no limit to how many categories a project can be submitted.


Does my project need to be completed to be submitted?

We accept both completed, in progress, and conceptual projects. Finished projects must be completed within the past five years.

Do I have to be an architect to participate?

No, the AAP welcomes creative thinkers from around the world to participate. You don’t have to be an architect to submit your project. Developers and clients can also submit a project for consideration.

Do I have to provide plans or can I just submit photographs?

You are not required to submit your drawings, section plans, or floor plans. However we encourage participants to submit as much information as possible for a better representation of your project. We understand that every project is unique, therefore, you have the freedom to submit any information that you think is suitable. We encourage you to provide a plan of at least one section. This is to ensure our jury will have enough information for project evaluation.


Who are the Judges?

Our international list of jurors consists of a wide variety of professionals in architecture, journalism, interior design, art, and other related fields.

For a complete list of the jury please click here.

How does the Judging Work?

You can have a look at our judging process here.

Can I Receive Judges Rating or Comments?

Due to the scope of the competition, our judges are unable to provide individual feedback on projects.


How Many Projects Can Win an Award?

There will be 3 finalists in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture who will receive the AAP trophy. In addition to this, projects in each of the 41 individual categories will be awarded gold, silver, and bronze winners certificates based on how they are ranked by the jury.

What do I get if I win an Award?

The AAP Architect of the Year Award winners will have their designs showcased to a worldwide audience, receive the AAP trophy, and enjoy extensive publicity throughout the following year in addition to the following benefits:

  • the chance to attend the AAP Winners Gala at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC on October 25, 2016
  • a press campaign directed to hundreds of thousands of design professionals, press, and potential clients worldwide,
  • a profile in the AAP online architect directory, making it easier for you to be reached by prospective customers,
  • a page in the AAP Book of Architecture,
  • the AAP Certificate of Achievement,
  • the AAP Winners Seal to promote winning online and in printed material.


Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?

No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be altered. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment.

How can I pay for the project that I submitted?

You can pay for your submission online via PayPal or credit card.

Are all the fees in USD?

Yes, at this time we only accept US currency.