FAQs  – Architectural Designs of the Year

This document refers to the Architectural Designs of the Year program.

Click here to access the FAQs for the other two programs:

Architectural Firms of the Year FAQ

Architectural Products of the Year FAQ

General Questions

Are there any submission fees?

Professional: $380. The discounted prices start at $285 per entry in the Early Bird phase. Please check the current prices in your account when creating an entry.
Student: $80.
Entries that are submitted into multiple categories enjoy 30% discount on additional categories — to benefit the 30% discount, it has to be the exact same project (same text, same images) entered in several categories. Select several categories on your submission form.

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 (public – this text will be used on the winner page, and in the winners book) (optional)
  • Additional information for the Jury (this text is only seen by the jury) (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?

One cover image is required, that will be used as the entry profile picture to showcase and identify your entry. It should be the best image to represent your project.

In addition, up to 10 supporting images can be submitted with each project as well.

Images must not exceed 4MB per file and should be minimum 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 4MB. The PDF will be only used for jurying purposes, and will not be viewable by the public.

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 team@architectureprize.com 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 team@architectureprize.com 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 award program 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. The award program is open to projects from all over the world.


The award program 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?

We welcome 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 the 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.

Can I Receive Judges Rating or Comments?

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

The Selection Process

After all submissions have been finalized, the jury will begin the process of selecting the OFFICIAL SELECTION. This first round selects the qualified entries and prepares them for jury voting. The judging is based on design excellence (including aesthetics, environmental, cultural and contextual considerations) and the overall originality of the project – including new, innovative technologies or creative solutions used. The projects’ practicality, and fulfillment of functional requirements, sustainability practices and overall environmental considerations of the project are also taken into account during the judging process.

One entry in each main category (architectural, interior, and landscape design) will receive the trophy.

All successful entrants will receive the Winner’s logo, and are entitled to use it for commercial purposes to promote their winnings. Receiving the MasterPrize award is not only a significant achievement in architecture, but also ensures that the award winners will receive promotional material to publicize their achievements.


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 MasterPrize trophy. In addition to this, projects in each of the 41 individual categories will be awarded winners certificates by the jury.

What do I get if I win an Award?

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

  • a press campaign directed to hundreds of thousands of design professionals, press, and potential clients worldwide,
  • a profile in the online architect directory, making it easier for you to be reached by prospective customers,
  • a page in the Book of Architecture,
  • online Certificate of Achievement,
  • Winners Seal to promote winning online and in printed material.

Deadlines and Prices

When is the deadline to submit entries and are there any discounts on submission fees?

The discounted prices start at $280 per entry in the Early Bird phase. Normal submission prices are $330.
Additional categories enjoy 30% discount.
Student submission price is $80.

Please check the current prices in your account.

  • Early Entry deadline (-25% discount): February 28, 2023
  • Extended Early Entry deadline (-20% discount): April 30, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: June 30, 2023
  • Final Deadline: July 31, 2023
  • After final deadline: +10% late fee

Winners will be announced 4 to 6 weeks after submissions close.


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

Yes, you are able to edit some details of your entry after paying such as the description, and images.
You will not be able to edit the title of the entry, and the categories entered.

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.