We recognize individuals and teams who have made substantial contributions in the field of architecture. The IDA award acknowledges excellence in architecture that goes far beyond the practical purposes of a building.

We believe great architecture is about creating an enduring design to be admired for generations to come, inspiring people and enriching their lives. Innovative structures can change the way we live our lives for the better and enable us make the most of the spaces we have.

The Architect Design of the Year accolade is a potentially career-changing honor and will be awarded to the individual or team we feel has explored new ground and created something truly exemplary.


The IDA’s Architect Design of the Year is one of the most respected awards in the industry and aims to showcase the phenomenal talent and vision displayed by exceptional architects all over the world.

  • Commercial
  • Industrial/Infrastructure
  • Residential
  • Cultural
  • Hospitality
  • Mixed Use
  • Single/Family Dwelling
  • Disaster Rapid Deployment Housing
  • Green, Sustainable Living
  • Low cost housing
  • Multi Unit Dwellings
  • Off Grid
  • Renovation and Restoration
  • Rural
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tiny Home
  • Urban
  • Other Residential Architecture
  • Breakout spaces
  • Co-working spaces
  • Conference rooms
  • Creative spaces / Fun zones
  • Meeting spaces
  • Office Canteen / Restaurant
  • Pods
  • Rest Areas
  • Smart offices
  • Workspaces & Offices
  • Other Office Architecture Designs
  • Audio Recording Studios
  • Breweries and Distilleries
  • Factories
  • Film and Cinema Production Studios
  • Greenhouses
  • Mills
  • Other Industrial Designs
  • Refineries
  • Server Farms
  • Warehouse and Storage
  • Wineries
  • Airport
  • Barn
  • Boathouse
  • Bus Station
  • Control Center
  • Cruise Terminal
  • Distribution Center
  • Energy Plant
  • Hangar
  • Metro Station
  • Parking
  • Pedestrian bridge
  • Pier
  • Port
  • Rest area
  • Stable
  • Train Station
  • Tram Station
  • Transportation Hub
  • Vehicular bridge
  • Water Treatment
  • Other Infrastructure Designs
  • Amphitheater
  • Aquarium
  • Auditorium
  • Cinema
  • Concert house
  • Cultural Center
  • Dance hall
  • Exhibition center
  • Gallery
  • Heritage
  • Installation
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Music Venue
  • Opera house
  • Pavilion
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Planetarium
  • Preservation Site
  • Science center
  • Temporary Installation
  • Theater
  • Visitor center
  • Visual arts center
  • Watching tower
  • Youth center
  • Zoo
  • Other Cultural Architecture Design
  • Classrooms
  • Dining Halls
  • Dormitories
  • Early Childhood - Other
  • Educational Libraries
  • Educational Sports Facilities
  • High Schools
  • Higher Education - Other
  • Infant Day Care
  • Institutes
  • Kindergarten
  • Primary, Elementary & Middle Schools
  • Research Centers
  • Schools - Other
  • Student Halls
  • University
  • Other Educational Designs
  • Clubhouses
  • E-Sports stadiums
  • Gymnasiums
  • Health Clubs
  • Horse Racing Facilities
  • Indoor Sports Centers (rock climbing, tenpin bowling etc)
  • Mixed Sports facilities
  • Skateparks
  • Sports Playing Fields and Ice Rinks
  • Sports stadiums
  • Sports Training Centers
  • Studios
  • Swimming, Aquatic and Leisure Centers
  • Winter Sports Facilities
  • Yoga and Meditation Centers
  • Other Sports and Recreational Designs
  • Sustainable Commercial Design
  • Sustainable Conceptual Project
  • Sustainable Cultural/Institutional Design
  • Sustainable Hospitality Design
  • Sustainable Industrial Design
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Design
  • Sustainable Interior Design
  • Sustainable Landscape/Planning Project
  • Sustainable Mixed-Use Design
  • Sustainable Multi-Unit Residential Design
  • Sustainable Residential Private Home
  • Sustainable Sports & Recreation Design
  • Other Sustainable / Green Designs
  • Bar
  • Cabins & Lodges
  • Casino
  • Coffee Shop
  • Dance club
  • Fast food
  • Hostel
  • Hotels
  • Nightclub
  • Pub
  • Resorts
  • Restaurant
  • Spas, Health and Wellness Retreats
  • Theme Parks
  • Tourism
  • Tree House
  • Other Hospitality Design
  • Aesthetic Services Clinics
  • Balneotherapy Centers
  • Clinics
  • Dental Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories, Radiology and Diagnostic Centers
  • Medical Research Centers
  • Naturopathy and Alternative Medical Centers
  • Nursing/Care Homes
  • Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Pediatric Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Saunas
  • Spas and Wellness Centers
  • Veterinary and Animal Care Facilities
  • Other Healthcare Designs
  • Boutiques / Shops/ Kiosks
  • Cinemas
  • Consumer Banking
  • Department Stores
  • Malls
  • Markets
  • Salons
  • Ticket Offices
  • Other Commercial Architecture
  • Cinema & Theater
  • Community center
  • Courthouse
  • Disaster Relief
  • Educational
  • Embassy
  • Fire station
  • Fort
  • Landmarks
  • Memorials
  • Ministry building
  • Monuments
  • Municipal building
  • Parks
  • Public Swimming Pool
  • Recreational
  • Roads
  • Town & City Hall
  • Vistas & Plazas
  • Other Public Space Design
  • Cathedral
  • Chapel
  • Churches
  • Crypts & Mausoleums
  • Memorial Center
  • Monastery
  • Mosque
  • Synagogue
  • Temple
  • Other Religious Architecture
  • Cabin & Lodges
  • Container for commercial use
  • Container home
  • Houses
  • Movable structures
  • Office
  • Shop
  • Other Small Scale Designs
  • Campus
  • Civic Landscape
  • Climate Positive Design
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Gardens
  • Health and Education Landscape
  • Parks and Open Space
  • Play Spaces
  • Small Projects
  • Tourism
  • Other Landscape Designs
  • External Lighting
  • Internal Lighting

Urban Designers shape the physical features of towns, cities, and regional spaces. They considers 'bigger picture' issues of economic, social and environmental value and social design.

  • Parks
  • Plazas
  • Public infrastructure
  • Sport cities
  • Streets
  • Other Urban Designs

Metaverse Architecture Design

Other Architecture Designs

Deadlines & Fees

IDA invites architects, builders, engineers and design teams to submit their projects of conceptual, in-progress or completed work.
Winners are chosen based on one project submitted; and not for a body of work.

30 MAY

Early Bird Deadline

-10% Discount


Extended Earlybird

-5% Discount


Regular Deadline


Final Deadline

15 November

Extended Final Deadline













* Multiple entries must be paid at the same time as your first entry in order to be counted as “additional entries”. An entry paid at a later time will be counted as a “first entry”.
** You may submit an entry into multiple categories at the same time but must be in the same disciplines. The first Category will be charged as per the original submission fee. Additional categories (2 or more) will be charged at 50% in the same discipline.

You may choose to pay online via PayPal or Credit Card.
Please note that entry fees are non-refundable. Also, once your submission fee is paid, you will NOT be able to edit or change your entries.
Once you have paid your submission fee, your entry is complete. There are no hidden expenses further down the line. Winners will not be charged any additional fees for publication, publicity, or the IDA trophy.


Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years.

Awards Titles


The architect of the year will receive publication of his/her work in the International Design Awards Book of Designs, to be distributed to museum bookstores internationally; promotion in a newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges. He/she will also receive the IDA certificate of achievement and winners seal to use it online announcing his/her win, along with a personalized press release and the IDA trophy.


This award will be given to a student who has demonstrated devotion to elevating the art of architecture. He/she will receive publication of his/her work in the IDA Book of Designs, to be distributed to museum bookstores nationwide; promotion in an newsletter to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges.

Prizes and Promotions

The Winner of the Architect Design of the Year Award will receive the coveted IDA trophy and be highlighted on the main page of the IDA website and published in all our social media platforms throughout the coming year.

Along with all the sub-category winners, they will also receive a Winner Certificate, Winner Seal, and a personalised press release to use for promotional purposes. All the winning designs will also be featured in the Annual IDA Book of Design.

Our winners will receive extensive publicity all throughout the following year, showcasing their designs to a worldwide audience. They will be promoted on the IDA website in the Winners Gallery and in IDA Newsletters sent out to 100,000 design industry professionals and potential clients.

Winners will also be listed in the IDA online Design Directory, making it easier for them to be reached by potential customers.


to over 100,000 design professionals, press and potential clients worldwide.


inclusion, with contact information of all IDA winners, and on the IDA website Gallery of Winning Work.


The IDA Book of Designs is distributed through Art Publishers and Dubb Publications around the world.


A handsome certificate to promote your winning.


Promote your winnings on the website and all your printed material.

Submission Details


1. Click “submit” to create a free membership and password. If you are already a member, log in.

2. Fill in the simple online submission form–remember you can select multiple categories for each entry.

3. Upload the images for your entry. (Repeat the first 3 steps if you have multiple entries.)

4. The final step is to pay your submission fees.

Up to 10 images (JPG/PDF) and 1 PDF can be submitted per entry—For best results, make sure your images are a jpg/png file cropped to a 4:3 format, are at least 1000px wide, and no larger than 4mb. Size for PDF files: Please save as “screen view” and limit it to only 6 pages per file, Max 4 MB.

Entries should include as much detail as possible, including images of each side of the building or environment along with the contextual surroundings. Please include floor and small-scale (8.5”x11”) site plans showing the project in its context.

Where the project is a group of buildings, entrants should provide a rendering that illustrates the complete project. If the entry concerns an alteration or restoration, please include both “before” and “after” images.

Entries can be submitted as completed, in-process, or conceptual works. Projects completed more than 5 years before the time of submission are not eligible.

Description of the project should be limited to 600 characters or less.