2021 AWARDS - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the most commonly asked questions about entering the Architecture MasterPrize award.  
  • Registration & Entry Process
  • Why enter?

    The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) is dedicated to celebrating and sharing excellence in architecture, interior design, landscape design, architectural photography and architectural product design from across the globe. AMP provides opportunities to make connections with the architecture community and future clients as well as giving your firm and projects global media exposure. 

  • Can I submit a project / photograph that has won an award, or has been entered in a previous edition of the AMP, or in another award program?

    Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted to AMP or another award program, or that has previously won an award. However, in an effort to promote the creation of new work and maintain fresh flow of ideas, we encourage you to submit new work as much as possible.

  • What do I need to fill up the submission form?

    Design of the Year program

    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)

    Once you create your entry for the Architecture MasterPrize, you will have a text box allowing you to use 600 characters to do a description of your project (public – this text will be used on the winner’s page, and in the winners book). There is a second box in case you want to add some information for the jury.

    On the next page, you will be able to upload up to 10 images of your project, and one PDF. Please note that PDF documents will not be viewable by the public; this is only for jurying purposes.

    We encourage participants to submit as much information as possible for a better representation of your project. You could also add links (videos, online materials, website, etc). 

    If you want to have an exact idea of what the submission looks like, we suggest that you create one here. The payment is the last thing to do, so you will know exactly what is required.

    Product Design of the Year program

    For professional submissions you need to provide the following information:

    • Lead Designer (required)
    • List of Team Members (optional)
    • Design Name (required)
    • Client (optional)
    • Category(ies) (required)
    • Brief description of product (public – this text will be used on the winner page, and in the winners book)
    • Upload images and/or PDF description of the product (optional)
    • Add links to product (videos, online materials, website, etc) (optional)

    Firm of the Year program

    You need to provide the following information on the online submission form:

    • Firm name
    • Location
    • Website
    • Firm Size
    • Categories Entered
    • Upload 1 PDF or fill out our online submission form.

    Companies are required to submit the following information:

    • Summary of company history, achievements, awards, contribution to field of work (max 1 page) (Required)
    • Work highlights and most significant projects (Required)
      • Only include built projects.
      • Mention special solutions, technologies, sustainability practices.
      • Indicate role in the project.
      • Include location and date of completion.
      • Include minimum 3 images per project.
    • Optional supporting materials: Publicity & press coverage, awards, team, notable architects & designers, information on company culture and team, sustainability practices & community contribution, project and client list, any other supporting material.
    • You can either upload all this information in a PDF or just fill out our online form.
    • You can download a sample PDF submission here.

    Architectural Photography of the Year program

    First you will need to complete the online submission form, filling in the necessary details about your entry–credit name, entry title (please do not use symbols in the title–only letters and spaces), description, and select the category(s) that you are submitting to.

    Once you have completed the online submission form and filled in the details of your entry, you will be directed to the upload page where you can upload your photos.

    Entrants of Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) will have the option to submit their photographs in addition to their architecture/design work submission. The option will be available once your architecture and design projects have been submitted.

  • Can I enter even if I am not an architect?

    Yes, you don’t have to be an architect to submit your project. The AMP welcomes creative thinkers from around the world to participate. Developers and clients can also submit their portfolios for consideration.

  • 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 5 years.

    There are no specific categories for projects at the render stage but entries can be submitted as not-completed designs or in progress in all categories.
    The Conceptual categories are specific for projects using Conceptual architecture (a form of architecture that utilizes conceptualism, characterized by an introduction of ideas or concepts from outside of architecture often as a means of expanding the discipline of architecture.)

  • Can I enter a project I worked on during my studies as a student even if I am not a student anymore?

    If it’s a project you worked on during your studies, you can enter it as a student even if now you are a professional. So create a Student profile.
    If in the future, you wish to enter projects that you worked on as a professional, you will have to create another profile, as a professional.

  • 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.

  • 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 AMP is a global awards program.

  • My photo looks blurry on the preview entry page, why?

    On the “preview entry” page, photos do not show at their full resolution, that is why they look a bit blurry/low-res. However, when the jury makes their selection, they see the full resolution images. If you are a winner, these are also the images used on our website and for promotion.

  • How do I know if you got my submission?

    After you log into your account, you will see all the details of your submission in History > Completed. If you click on your entry ID, you will preview your entry.
    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.

  • Will we still be able to edit our entry after paying?

    No, you are not able to edit your entries after paying.

  • 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.

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

    No, you don’t have to be working in the US to participate in the competition. AMP is a global awards program.

  • Is the nomination anonymous? Can we mention our company or include the logo in the PDF presentation?

    The entry is not anonymous. Feel free to leave the name of the architecture firm on your submitted documents.

  • Do you accept 3D rendering instead of photographs?

    There are no specific categories for projects at the render stage but entries can be submitted as conceptual designs or in progress in all categories.

  • 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. You can also submit one PDF file, in A4 or Letter-sized format.

  • What file types can I submit?

    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).

    The PDF file should be A4 or Letter-sized format. The uploaded PDF can be multiple pages long, but cannot exceed 4MB.

  • Categories
  • What are the Conceptual categories?

    The Conceptual categories are specific for projects using Conceptual architecture (a form of architecture that utilizes conceptualism, characterized by an introduction of ideas or concepts from outside of architecture often as a means of expanding the discipline of architecture.)

    If you have an unbuilt project: there are no specific categories for projects at the render stage but entries can be submitted as not-completed designs or in progress in all categories.

  • What are the categories for the Design of the Year program?

    Architectural Design

    • Agricultural Buildings
    • Commercial Architecture
    • Conceptual Architecture
    • Cultural Architecture
    • Educational Buildings
    • Green Architecture
    • Healthcare/Wellness
    • Heritage Architecture
    • High Rise Buildings
    • Hospitality Architecture
    • Industrial Buildings
    • Infrastructure
    • Institutional Architecture
    • Miscellaneous Architecture
    • Mixed Use
    • Other Architecture
    • Recreational Architecture
    • Residential Architecture (Multi Unit / Single Family)
    • Restoration & Renovation
    • Small Architecture
    • Social Housing
    • Transportation

    Interior Design

    • Apartments Interior
    • Commercial Interior
    • Conceptual Interior
    • Exhibition
    • Hospitality
    • Houses Interior
    • Other Interior Designs
    • Public Spaces
    • Residential
    • Retail
    • Rooms and Zones
    • Workplaces

    Landscape Architecture

    • Commercial Landscape
    • Conceptual Landscape
    • Educational Landscape
    • Gardens
    • Installations and Structures
    • Large Scale Landscape Projects
    • Other Landscape Architecture
    • Outdoor Designs
    • Public Landscape
    • Residential Landscape
    • Small Scale Landscape Projects
    • Urban Design
    • Urban Planning
  • Is there a discount for entering a project into an additional category?

    Entries that are submitted into multiple categories enjoy a 30% discount on additional categories — to benefit from the discount, it has to be the same entry, same images, same text, same PDF.
    It is the exact same project, but entered into several categories.
    If you create different entries, it would cost full price each.

  • Can I enter more than one category?

    Yes. There is no limit to how many categories a project can be submitted to and it is possible to win multiple times. The more categories you enter the better your chances to win!

  • Which category should I choose? Can you help me choose?

    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.

    We don’t have strict definitions about the categories. We generally encourage entrants to submit their projects where they see them fitting best. Take a look at past winners to help you decide which category is best for your projects.

    If you feel a project spans over two or more categories, entering in each will give you a better chance of success.

     

  • Judging
  • What is the judging process?

    Our team has worked with data scientists, mathematicians and programmers to develop a reliable, fair and innovative voting system.
    The winner selection is happening in multiple stages, online, through our custom made voting system.

    Initial Review
    After the entry deadline has passed, before the judging process begins, all entries are reviewed by our editors to make sure they are finalised, photos are correctly uploaded, and the entries are ready to be presented to the jurors. We will email you if anything is missing.

    Official Selection / Honorable Mentions
    The first stage is where our editors together with a group of expert jurors select a longlist, known as the AMP Official Selection.

    Winners Selection
    For the second stage, a set of entries are assigned to jurors based on their expertise. Jurors score projects 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 fulfilment of functional requirements, sustainability practices and overall environmental considerations of the project are taken into consideration during the judging process. Sub-category winners are selected in this round.

    Best of Best Selection
    The third stage is where the highest scored entries are selected across all categories, these receive the Best of Best title.

    Architects / Designers Of the Year Selection
    The Best of Best entries are again revised by the jury who select their top three favorite projects to be nominated for the Design of the Year. The entry that receives the highest number of nominations in each main category (architectural, interior, and landscape design) will be awarded as the Design of the Year and receive the AMP 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 a unique opportunity for winners to receive promotional materials to publicize their achievements and gain exposure for their firm and projects worldwide.

  • Who are the judges?

    The Architecture MasterPrize Awards panel of jury is made up of a diverse group of individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds globally. Our jury members are leading industry professionals in the fields of architecture, interior design, art, journalism, architectural photography, education, who are all helping to shape the future of design. AMP winners and finalists will have their work seen by our panel of influential design visionaries. 

    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.

  • Winning Details
  • Do you hold a winners event?

    The annual Gala Dinner will unfortunately not take place this year due to Covid-19. Winners can celebrate their achievements online and will receive extensive media coverage along with many other benefits.

  • Where to access invoice / online certificate and badge?

    You can access your winning certificate and badge by login to your AMP account, then clicking on History. In the Completed section, you will be able to print your invoice. In the Winners section, you will access your certificate and badge.

     

  • How are winners notified? Do non-winners get a notification?

    The results will be announced in autumn. As an entrant, you will receive a notification by email whether your entry has been awarded or not (sometimes they get caught up by spam filters though, so we suggest that you check your filters to allow emails from AMP). You can also follow us on social media to have updates: 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/architectureprize

    Instagram: @architecturemasterprize https://www.instagram.com/architecturemasterprize/

     

     

  • What do I get if I win an Award?

    The Design 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:

    • Press campaign directed to hundreds of thousands of design professionals, press, and potential clients worldwide,
    • A profile in the online directory, making it easier for you to be reached by prospective clients and community,
    • Feature in the Book of Architecture,
    • Online Certificate of Achievement,
    • Winners Seal to promote winning online, on social media and in printed material.
  • Do all winners receive a trophy?

    Only the three finalists in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture received the AMP trophy. Winners in each of the 41 individual categories receive online certificates.
    Winners can access and print out their winner’s certificates and marketing badges by logging onto their AMP account, and go to History > Winning entries.

  • How many projects can win an award?

    There will be finalists in each discipline of the AMP programs: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, architectural product, architectural photography, and Firm of the Year. Each will receive the MasterPrize trophy.
    In addition to this, projects in each of the individual categories will be awarded winners certificates by the jury.

     

  • How many winners per category?

    There can be more than one winner per category, or none, it depends on the ratings the entries received. If several projects in the same category have been graded high by the jury, those projects will be winners. On the other side, if no project made it to the minimum grade to be considered a winner in one given category, there won’t be any winner in that category.

    We use this system to be fair to all entries, some categories having a large number of entrants and others just a couple.

    In addition to the projects awarded in the 41 individual categories, there are three finalists in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.

  • Deadlines & Fees
  • What are the deadlines and discounts?

    For all programs, the 2021 deadlines and discounts are the following:

    • Early Bird Deadline: March 31, 2021 (15% discount)
    • Extended Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2021 (15% discount)
    • Regular Deadline: June 30, 2021 (10% discount)
    • Final Deadline: July 31, 2021 (no discount)
    • Late Deadline: August 31, 2021 (+10% late fee)
  • When are the winners announced?

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

     

     

  • How much are the submission fees?

    Design of the Year program

    The regular fee is $330 per entry, for professionals. If you submit during the early bird period, you would get a 15% discount. The discounted prices start at $280 per entry. Student fees are $80 per entry. 

    Product Design of the Year program

    Each entry is $300.

    Firm of the Year program

    Entry fees are calculated based on firm size, categories entered, and discounts based on deadlines. Please create an account to calculate your exact entry fees. Smaller firms, or firms with special focus enjoy great discounts.

    Small firms (less than 10 employees): from $340
    Medium firms (10 – 49 employees): from $390
    Large firms (49+ employees): from $440

    Architectural Photography of The Year program

    Professional entries are $50, and non-professional / student entries are $25.
    If the entry is entered into multiple categories, there is a 30% discount for additional categories.

    For all programs, the 2021 deadlines and discounts are the following:

    • Early Bird Deadline: March 31, 2021 (15% discount)
    • Extended Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2021 (15% discount)
    • Regular Deadline: June 30, 2021 (10% discount)
    • Final Deadline: July 31, 2021 (no discount)

     

     

  • Do I get a discount for entering more than one category / entry?

    Entries that are submitted into multiple categories enjoy a 30% discount on additional categories — to benefit from the discount, it has to be the same entry, same images, same text, same PDF. It is the exact same project, but entered into several categories.

    If you create different entries, it would cost full price each.

  • Are there any additional fees for non US/EU participants?

    No, there are no extra fees for non-US or non-EU participants.

  • Extra fees for winners?

    No. There are no extra fees, winners can access their resources online, including the winner’s certificate and seal by logging into their AMP account.  

     

  • Payment
  • How do I keep informed on key dates and news?

    Our e-newsletter keeps you informed about the Architecture MasterPrize award news, updates and deadlines. Subscribe here to receive the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time.

  • I’ve paid but my entry is showing as unpaid?

    We apologize for this. In most cases, payments done by a participant do not appear on the user interface in real time as there are unavoidable delays due to internet connections. The process starts with the participant’s bank and sending that information to our own bank which confirms the payment either on our Paypal or VISA/Mastercard accounts. Thank you for your patience. Check again in a couple of days.

  • Are all the fees in USD?

    Yes, at this time we only accept US currency.

  • How can I pay for the project that I submitted?

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

     

     

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

    No, you are not able to edit your entries after paying.

  • Where can I find the invoice?

    You can access your invoice by logging into your AMP account, then clicking on History. In the Completed section, you will be able to download and print your invoice.

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