ARCHITECT DESIGN OF THE YEAR
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.
The Commercial category covers design projects that are primarily intended for commercial purposes. These projects often include office buildings, retail spaces, shopping malls, and other spaces where business activities take place. The design should consider functionality, aesthetics, and the specific needs of the commercial activities involved.
The Industrial/Infrastructure category encompasses projects related to industrial facilities and infrastructure development. It includes designs for factories, manufacturing plants, warehouses, power plants, transportation systems, bridges, roads, and other structures that support industrial or public infrastructure needs. The design should take into account efficiency, safety, sustainability, and the integration of advanced technologies.
The Residential category focuses on projects related to the design and construction of houses, apartments, and other residential spaces. It includes single-family homes, multi-unit residential buildings, housing complexes, and housing developments. The design should consider the functionality, comfort, aesthetics, and livability of the residential spaces.
The Cultural category encompasses projects that are dedicated to cultural activities, such as museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, exhibition spaces, libraries, and cultural centers. The design should reflect the cultural significance, historical context, and artistic expression associated with the specific cultural activities intended for the space.
The Hospitality category includes projects related to the design of hotels, resorts, restaurants, cafes, bars, and other hospitality establishments. The design should consider creating a welcoming and pleasant environment for guests, incorporating elements of comfort, functionality, aesthetics, and unique experiences that align with the purpose of the space.
- Mixed Use
The Mixed Use category in international design awards refers to projects that integrate multiple functions within a single development or building. These projects often combine commercial, residential, cultural, and/or hospitality spaces in a cohesive manner. The design should carefully consider the interaction and integration of different functions while maintaining their individual identities and optimizing the overall user experience.
- Single/Family Dwelling
This category focuses on the design of individual homes or residences intended for a single family. It includes designs for detached houses, townhouses, villas, or any other type of dwelling that accommodates a single household. The design should consider the specific needs and preferences of the occupants while providing a comfortable and functional living environment.
- Disaster Rapid Deployment Housing
This category addresses the design of housing solutions that can be rapidly deployed in the aftermath of a natural disaster or emergency situation. These designs prioritize quick construction, ease of transportation, and temporary shelter needs. The focus is on providing safe and habitable spaces for displaced individuals or communities in challenging circumstances.
- Green, Sustainable Living
This category recognizes designs that prioritize environmentally friendly and sustainable principles. It includes designs for residential buildings that utilize energy-efficient systems, renewable materials, passive design strategies, and sustainable technologies. The goal is to minimize the environmental impact of the dwelling and promote a sustainable and healthy living environment.
- Low cost housing
The Low-Cost Housing category addresses designs that provide affordable housing solutions for individuals or communities with limited financial resources. These designs focus on cost-effective construction methods, efficient use of space, and affordability without compromising on quality, functionality, and aesthetics. The aim is to provide decent and affordable housing options for those in need.
- Multi Unit Dwellings
This category encompasses designs for residential buildings that accommodate multiple housing units within a single structure. It includes apartment buildings, condominiums, housing complexes, or any other multi-unit residential development. The design should consider the functionality, privacy, and communal spaces required for a harmonious living environment for multiple households.
- Off Grid
The Off-Grid category addresses designs that aim to create self-sufficient residential structures or communities that operate independently from public utilities and infrastructure. These designs often incorporate renewable energy systems, water harvesting methods, waste management strategies, and other self-sustaining technologies to reduce reliance on external resources.
- Renovation and Restoration
This category focuses on the renovation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of existing residential structures. The designs should preserve the historical, cultural, or architectural significance of the original building while incorporating modern amenities and functionality. The aim is to breathe new life into existing structures and retain their unique character.
The Rural category encompasses designs for residential buildings located in rural or countryside settings. It includes designs for farmhouses, country retreats, rural cottages, or any other residential structures in non-urban areas. The design should reflect the contextual surroundings, embrace the natural landscape, and consider the specific needs and lifestyle associated with rural living.
- Swimming Pool
This category focuses on the design of swimming pools within residential settings. It includes designs for outdoor or indoor pools, lap pools, leisure pools, infinity pools, or any other innovative pool designs. The focus is on creating a visually appealing, functional, and safe swimming environment that enhances the overall residential experience.
- Tiny Home
The Tiny Home category addresses designs for compact and highly efficient residential structures that are typically smaller in size compared to traditional homes. These designs prioritize space optimization, innovative storage solutions, and multi-purpose functionality to provide a comfortable living experience within a limited footprint.
The Urban category encompasses designs for residential buildings located in urban environments. It includes designs for high-rise buildings, urban infill projects, mixed-use developments, or any other residential structures in densely populated areas. The design should consider urban context, connectivity, access to amenities, and the unique challenges and opportunities presented by urban living.
- Other Residential Architecture
This category allows for the inclusion of any residential architectural designs that do not fit within the defined categories mentioned.
- Breakout spaces
Breakout spaces refer to designated areas within a workspace that provide employees with an opportunity to take a break, relax, collaborate informally, or engage in casual conversations. These spaces are designed to promote a change of environment from traditional workstations and foster creativity, social interaction, and rejuvenation.
- Co-working spaces
Co-working spaces are shared work environments where individuals from different companies or professions can work independently or collaboratively. The design of co-working spaces emphasizes flexibility, functionality, and the creation of a vibrant community atmosphere. It includes a variety of work settings, such as open workstations, private offices, meeting rooms, communal areas, and amenities.
- Conference rooms
Conference rooms are dedicated spaces within a workplace designed to facilitate formal meetings, presentations, and discussions. The design of conference rooms typically includes appropriate furniture, audiovisual equipment, and acoustical considerations to ensure effective communication and collaboration.
- Creative spaces / Fun zones
Creative spaces or fun zones are areas within a workspace designed to inspire innovation, collaboration, and employee well-being. These spaces often include elements such as game rooms, brainstorming areas, art installations, lounge spaces, or other recreational amenities that encourage creativity, relaxation, and social interaction.
- Meeting spaces
Meeting spaces encompass various areas within a workspace that are specifically designed for formal or informal meetings of different sizes and purposes. This category includes small huddle rooms, medium-sized meeting rooms, and larger conference rooms, each with appropriate furniture, technology integration, and acoustics to support productive discussions and collaboration.
- Office Canteen / Restaurant
The office canteen or restaurant refers to the dining areas within a workspace where employees can have meals, socialize, and recharge. The design of these spaces focuses on creating a comfortable and inviting environment that encourages interaction, relaxation, and nourishment.
Pods are small, self-contained workspaces or individual retreat areas within a larger office environment. These enclosed spaces provide privacy and quiet for focused work or confidential discussions. Pod designs often include integrated technology, adjustable lighting, and soundproofing to enhance productivity and concentration.
- Rest Areas
Rest areas are designated spaces within a workspace where employees can take short breaks, relax, or recharge. These areas may include comfortable seating, recliners, or nap pods to promote rest and rejuvenation. The design of rest areas aims to create a peaceful and calming environment away from workstations.
- Smart offices
Smart offices incorporate advanced technologies and automation systems to optimize efficiency, productivity, and user experience. These designs may include features such as IoT (Internet of Things) integration, sensor-based controls, smart lighting, and environmental monitoring. The focus is on creating a technologically enhanced workspace that adapts to the needs of employees and enables seamless connectivity and collaboration.
- Workspaces & Offices
The Workspaces & Offices category encompasses the overall design of work areas within a workspace, including individual workstations, open-plan areas, private offices, and shared spaces. This category recognizes the comprehensive design approach that considers functionality, ergonomics, aesthetics, and employee well-being in creating effective and inspiring work environments.
- Other Office Architecture Designs
This category allows for the inclusion of any other architectural designs specifically related to workspace or office environments that do not fit within the defined categories mentioned above. It provides flexibility for innovative and unique design solutions that may emerge in the evolving landscape of workspace design.
- Audio Recording Studios
Audio recording studios are specialized spaces designed for the production, recording, and mixing of music, sound effects, voice-overs, and other audio content. The design of these studios focuses on acoustic treatment, sound isolation, and optimal audio quality. It includes control rooms, live rooms, vocal booths, and other spaces tailored to meet the specific needs of professional audio recording.
- Breweries and Distilleries
Breweries and distilleries are facilities dedicated to the production of beer and spirits, respectively. The design of these facilities considers the brewing or distilling process, including the equipment layout, fermentation areas, storage facilities, and visitor spaces such as tasting rooms or tour areas. It also emphasizes efficiency, safety, and branding elements that showcase the unique identity of the brewery or distillery.
Factories are industrial buildings where goods or products are manufactured or assembled on a large scale. The design of factories focuses on efficient workflow, spatial organization, machinery layout, logistics, and safety considerations. It aims to create a functional and productive environment for manufacturing processes while ensuring worker comfort and safety.
- Film and Cinema Production Studios
Film and cinema production studios are specialized spaces designed for the creation and filming of movies, television shows, commercials, and other audiovisual productions. These studios typically include sound stages, green rooms, editing suites, production offices, and support facilities. The design prioritizes flexible spaces, soundproofing, lighting control, and infrastructure to accommodate the various needs of the production process.
Greenhouses are structures designed for the cultivation and growth of plants in controlled environments. The design of greenhouses includes considerations such as temperature regulation, lighting systems, ventilation, irrigation, and space optimization to create ideal conditions for plant growth. It may encompass various types of greenhouses, including commercial or research-focused facilities.
Mills are industrial facilities that process raw materials or produce goods through mechanical or chemical means. Examples include textile mills, paper mills, sawmills, and grain mills. The design of mills takes into account the specific processes involved, machinery layout, storage requirements, environmental considerations, and worker safety.
- Other Industrial Designs
This category allows for the inclusion of any other architectural designs specifically related to industrial facilities or processes that do not fit within the defined categories mentioned above. It provides flexibility for recognizing innovative and unique designs in the industrial sector.
Refineries are industrial facilities where raw materials, such as petroleum or chemicals, undergo processing to extract valuable components or refine them into usable products. The design of refineries considers safety regulations, process flow optimization, equipment layout, storage capacities, and environmental considerations. It aims to create efficient and safe working environments while minimizing environmental impact.
- Server Farms
Server farms, also known as data centers, are specialized facilities designed to house and operate computer servers and related equipment for data storage, processing, and communication purposes. The design of server farms focuses on efficient cooling systems, power management, redundancy, security measures, and scalability to meet the growing demands of data storage and processing.
- Warehouse and Storage
Warehouse and storage facilities are designed for the efficient storage and distribution of goods and materials. The design of these facilities considers factors such as space utilization, accessibility, material handling systems, logistics, and security. It aims to create organized and functional spaces that facilitate the movement and management of goods.
Wineries are facilities dedicated to the production and aging of wine. The design of wineries includes considerations such as grape processing areas, fermentation tanks, barrel storage, bottling facilities, tasting rooms, and visitor spaces. It focuses on creating an environment that supports the winemaking process, reflects the winery's brand and aesthetics, and provides an engaging experience for visitors.
Airports are transportation hubs designed to accommodate and facilitate the movement of passengers and cargo by air. The design of airports considers terminal buildings, runways, aircraft parking areas, security measures, passenger amenities, and efficient flow of passengers and baggage.
A barn is a building used for the housing and storage of livestock, crops, or farm equipment. The design of barns focuses on providing shelter, ventilation, and functional spaces for the specific agricultural or farming needs of the area.
A boathouse is a structure designed to provide shelter, storage, and maintenance facilities for boats and watercraft. Boathouses can vary in size and design and are often located near bodies of water to provide convenient access for boat owners.
- Bus Station
A bus station is a facility designed to serve as a hub for the departure and arrival of buses. The design of bus stations considers the layout of bus bays, waiting areas, ticketing counters, passenger amenities, and effective flow of buses and passengers.A control center is a facility designed for the monitoring, control, and coordination of various systems or operations. Examples include traffic control centers, emergency response centers, or utility control centers. The design of control centers focuses on efficient layout, ergonomics, information display systems, and effective communication infrastructure.
- Control Center
A control center is a facility designed for the monitoring, control, and coordination of various systems or operations. Examples include traffic control centers, emergency response centers, or utility control centers. The design of control centers focuses on efficient layout, ergonomics, information display systems, and effective communication infrastructure.
- Cruise Terminal
A cruise terminal is a facility designed to handle the embarkation and disembarkation of cruise ship passengers. The design of cruise terminals considers the flow of passengers, luggage handling, security measures, customs facilities, waiting areas, and amenities to provide a pleasant experience for travelers.
- Distribution Center
A distribution center, also known as a warehouse or logistics center, is a facility designed for the storage, sorting, and distribution of goods. The design of distribution centers focuses on efficient storage systems, material handling equipment, logistics flow, and integration with transportation networks.
- Energy Plant
An energy plant, such as a power plant or renewable energy facility, is designed to generate electricity or other forms of energy. The design of energy plants includes considerations for the type of energy generation, equipment layout, safety measures, environmental impact, and efficient operation.
A hangar is a large building designed to house and maintain aircraft, particularly airplanes or helicopters. The design of hangars considers the aircraft size, storage capacity, maintenance areas, access points, and safety regulations.
- Metro Station
A metro station is an underground or elevated facility for rapid transit systems, such as subway or metro lines. The design of metro stations includes platforms, ticketing areas, wayfinding systems, station entrances, and integration with other transportation modes.
Parking facilities are designed to provide space for the temporary storage and parking of vehicles. The design of parking structures or lots considers efficient layout, traffic flow, parking guidance systems, lighting, security measures, and user convenience.
- Pedestrian bridge
A pedestrian bridge is a structure designed for pedestrians to cross over obstacles, such as roads, rivers, or valleys. The design of pedestrian bridges emphasizes safety, accessibility, aesthetics, and integration with the surrounding environment.
A pier is a raised structure extending into a body of water, typically used as a docking facility for boats or ships. The design of piers includes docking areas, passenger access points, amenities, and consideration for tidal variations or water levels.
A port is a facility that serves as a harbor for the loading and unloading of ships and the transfer of cargo and passengers. The design of ports encompasses various structures, such as docking facilities, storage areas, customs facilities, container terminals, and passenger terminals.
- Rest area
Rest areas are designed to provide facilities for travelers to take a break and rest during long journeys. The design of rest areas includes amenities such as parking spaces, restrooms, picnic areas, food services, and information kiosks.
A stable is a building or structure designed to house and provide shelter for horses or other livestock. The design of stables focuses on animal welfare, ventilation, cleanliness, and efficient use of space.
- Train Station
A train station is a transportation facility designed to serve as a hub for the arrival and departure of trains. The design of train stations considers platform layout, ticketing areas, waiting areas, amenities, and efficient flow of passengers and trains.
- Tram Station
A tram station is a facility designed for the boarding and alighting of passengers on tram or light rail systems. The design of tram stations includes platforms, shelters, ticketing areas, passenger amenities, and integration with other transportation modes.
- Transportation Hub
A transportation hub is a comprehensive facility that integrates multiple modes of transportation, such as trains, buses, trams, and airports. The design of transportation hubs aims to provide seamless connectivity, efficient transfers, passenger services, and effective transportation management.
- Vehicular bridge
A vehicular bridge is a structure designed to carry road traffic over obstacles such as rivers, valleys, or other roads. The design of vehicular bridges focuses on load-bearing capacity, traffic flow, safety measures, aesthetics, and durability.
- Water Treatment
Water treatment facilities are designed to purify and treat water to make it safe for consumption or industrial use. The design of water treatment plants considers processes such as filtration, disinfection, chemical treatment, and storage facilities.
- Other Infrastructure Designs
This category allows for the inclusion of any other architectural designs specifically related to infrastructure projects or elements that do not fit within the defined categories mentioned above. It provides flexibility for recognizing innovative and unique designs in the infrastructure sector.
An amphitheater is an open-air venue with tiered seating surrounding a central stage or performance area. It is designed for hosting theatrical performances, concerts, and other cultural events in an outdoor setting.
An aquarium is a facility that houses various aquatic organisms, featuring tanks or enclosures for public viewing and education. The design of aquariums focuses on creating suitable habitats for marine life, incorporating informative exhibits, and providing an engaging visitor experience.
An auditorium is a dedicated space designed for large-scale presentations, lectures, performances, or conferences. It typically includes tiered seating, a stage, audiovisual equipment, and acoustically optimized design to enhance sound quality.
A cinema, also known as a movie theater or cinema hall, is a venue designed for the screening of films. The design of cinemas involves considerations such as seating arrangements, audiovisual systems, acoustics, lighting, and overall audience comfort.
- Concert house
A concert house, also referred to as a concert hall or music hall, is a specialized venue designed for hosting musical performances, including orchestral concerts, recitals, and operas. The design of concert houses focuses on optimal acoustics, seating arrangements, stage visibility, and architectural aesthetics.
- Cultural Center
A cultural center is a multifunctional facility that serves as a hub for cultural activities, events, and exhibitions. It may include spaces for performances, exhibitions, workshops, educational programs, and community gatherings, designed to promote arts, heritage, and cultural exchange.
- Dance hall
A dance hall is a venue specifically designed for dance performances, social dancing, or dance classes. The design of dance halls considers features such as dance floors, mirrors, sound systems, and appropriate lighting to support various dance styles.
- Exhibition center
An exhibition center, also known as an exhibition hall or convention center, is a large facility designed to host trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, and other events. The design of exhibition centers involves flexible spaces, display areas, conference rooms, amenities, and logistical considerations for exhibitors and attendees.
A gallery is a dedicated space for the display and exhibition of visual arts, such as paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations. Gallery designs prioritize appropriate lighting, wall configurations, display techniques, and visitor flow to enhance the viewing experience.
Heritage architecture refers to the design and preservation of historically significant buildings, structures, or sites. It involves the restoration, renovation, or adaptive reuse of cultural heritage to protect and showcase architectural, historical, or cultural values.
An installation refers to a temporary or site-specific artistic creation that often involves the use of multiple media or unconventional materials. Installations are designed to evoke unique experiences and interactions in a specific environment.
A library is a facility designed to house collections of books, periodicals, and other informational resources for reading, research, and education. Library designs focus on functional space planning, shelving systems, reading areas, digital access, and user-friendly environments.
A museum is an institution dedicated to preserving, studying, and exhibiting artifacts, artworks, or historical objects of cultural significance. Museum designs consider exhibition spaces, climate control, security measures, educational facilities, and visitor circulation to create engaging and informative experiences.
- Music Venue
A music venue is a space designed for hosting live music performances, such as concerts, gigs, or music festivals. The design of music venues includes stage setups, acoustics, audience capacity, seating arrangements, and audiovisual equipment to enhance the live music experience.
- Opera house
An opera house is a theater specifically designed for the performance of opera. It typically features a stage, orchestra pit, seating arrangements, and acoustically optimized design to accommodate opera productions.
A pavilion is a freestanding structure or temporary building designed for specific cultural or recreational activities. Pavilions often serve as exhibition spaces, performance venues, or gathering areas within larger cultural complexes or public spaces.
- Performing Arts Center
A performing arts center is a dedicated facility designed to host a variety of performing arts events, including theater productions, dance performances, music concerts, and more. These centers provide specialized spaces for rehearsals, performances, and audience engagement.
A planetarium is a specialized facility designed to simulate and display astronomical phenomena, such as stars, planets, and galaxies, on a dome-shaped ceiling. Planetarium designs incorporate high-resolution projectors, seating arrangements, and immersive audiovisual systems to create educational and entertaining experiences.
- Preservation Site
A preservation site refers to a specific location or property recognized for its cultural, historical, or architectural significance. These sites require careful restoration, conservation, and maintenance to preserve their heritage value and make them accessible to the public.
- Science center
A science center is a facility that provides interactive exhibits, educational programs, and hands-on activities to promote scientific understanding and exploration. Science center designs focus on creating engaging and immersive environments that encourage curiosity and learning.
- Temporary Installation
A temporary installation refers to a temporary structure or artistic creation that is intentionally designed to exist for a limited period. These installations can be site-specific, conceptual, or experimental in nature, often serving as a temporary addition to the cultural landscape.
A theater is a dedicated space designed for live performances, including plays, musicals, and other theatrical productions. Theater designs consider stage configurations, seating arrangements, acoustics, lighting, and backstage facilities to support the needs of performers and create an immersive audience experience.
- Visitor center
A visitor center is a facility that provides information, orientation, and services to visitors at cultural sites, natural parks, or tourist destinations. Visitor center designs include exhibition spaces, educational displays, information kiosks, and amenities to enhance the visitor experience.
- Visual arts center
A visual arts center is a facility that supports the creation, exhibition, and promotion of visual arts, such as painting, sculpture, photography, and digital art. These centers provide studios, galleries, and educational spaces for artists, exhibitions, and art-related programs.
- Watching tower
A watching tower, also known as an observation tower or lookout tower, is a tall structure designed to provide panoramic views of the surrounding landscape or specific points of interest. These towers may be standalone structures or incorporated into cultural complexes or tourist destinations.
- Youth center
A youth center is a dedicated facility designed to provide recreational, educational, and social opportunities for young people. These centers offer spaces for activities such as sports, workshops, cultural events, and community engagement, with designs that prioritize youth-friendly environments and programming.
A zoo is a facility that houses a collection of animals, often representing various species from around the world, for public viewing, education, and conservation purposes. Zoo designs involve creating habitats that mimic natural environments, visitor circulation, animal welfare considerations, and interactive educational exhibits.
- Other Cultural Architecture Design
This category encompasses cultural architectural designs that do not fall into the specific categories mentioned above. It allows for the recognition of innovative, unique, or unconventional cultural architectural projects that contribute to the cultural landscape in diverse ways.
Classrooms are dedicated spaces within educational institutions where teachers instruct students. These spaces are designed to facilitate effective teaching and learning, providing comfortable seating, appropriate lighting, and necessary equipment to support educational activities.
- Dining Halls
Dining halls are communal spaces within educational institutions where students and staff gather to have meals. These spaces are designed to accommodate large numbers of people, with seating arrangements, food service areas, and amenities that promote a pleasant dining experience.
Dormitories, also known as student residences or dorms, are on-campus housing facilities for students attending educational institutions. These buildings or complexes include individual rooms or shared living spaces, communal areas, and amenities to support student life and foster a sense of community.
- Early Childhood - Other
This category encompasses architectural designs for early childhood education that do not fall into specific subcategories mentioned above. It includes facilities dedicated to preschool education, daycare centers, early learning centers, and other specialized educational spaces for young children.
- Educational Libraries
Educational libraries are specialized facilities within educational institutions that house collections of books, digital resources, and study materials for academic research and learning. Library designs prioritize comfortable study areas, accessible shelving, quiet zones, computer workstations, and collaborative spaces.
- Educational Sports Facilities
Educational sports facilities are spaces within educational institutions designed for physical education and sports activities. These facilities can include gymnasiums, indoor and outdoor sports courts, athletic fields, fitness centers, and other spaces that promote physical well-being and athletic development.
- High Schools
High schools are educational institutions that provide secondary education to students typically between the ages of 14 and 18. High school designs encompass various specialized spaces, including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, administrative areas, sports facilities, and communal areas that cater to the unique needs of high school students.
- Higher Education - Other
This category includes architectural designs for higher education institutions that do not fall into specific subcategories mentioned above. It encompasses colleges, universities, vocational schools, and other higher education facilities, including their various specialized spaces and amenities.
- Infant Day Care
Infant day care facilities provide childcare services for infants and toddlers typically up to the age of two. These facilities are designed with safety features, age-appropriate play areas, nap spaces, and amenities to cater to the needs of young children.
Institutes refer to specialized educational institutions that focus on specific areas of study or research, such as scientific research institutes, language institutes, or vocational training institutes. Institute designs include dedicated spaces for research, classrooms, laboratories, and specialized facilities relevant to the specific area of study.
Kindergartens are educational institutions that provide early childhood education to children typically between the ages of three and five. Kindergarten designs prioritize age-appropriate learning environments, play areas, classrooms, and facilities that support early childhood development and education.
- Primary, Elementary & Middle Schools
This category includes architectural designs for educational institutions that cater to primary, elementary, and middle school education. These designs encompass classrooms, administrative areas, libraries, outdoor play areas, and other facilities that support the educational needs of students in these age groups.
- Research Centers
Research centers are specialized facilities within educational institutions dedicated to conducting academic or scientific research. These centers provide laboratories, research spaces, collaboration areas, and equipment necessary for research activities in various disciplines.
- Schools - Other
This category encompasses architectural designs for educational institutions that do not fall into specific subcategories mentioned above. It includes specialized schools such as art schools, music schools, vocational schools, or alternative education institutions.
- Student Halls
Student halls, also known as student residences or dormitories, provide housing for students attending higher education institutions. These residential buildings or complexes include individual rooms or shared living spaces, communal areas, and amenities that cater to the needs of college or university students.
Universities are higher education institutions that offer a wide range of academic programs and degrees. University designs encompass classrooms, laboratories, libraries, research centers, administrative areas, student facilities, and other spaces that support diverse academic disciplines.
- Other Educational Designs
This category encompasses educational architectural designs that do not fall into the specific categories mentioned above. It allows for the recognition of innovative, unique, or unconventional educational projects that contribute to the learning environment in diverse ways.
Clubhouses are facilities designed to serve as social gathering spaces for sports clubs or organizations. They typically provide amenities such as meeting rooms, lounges, changing rooms, and food and beverage services for club members.
- E-Sports stadiums
E-Sports stadiums are specialized venues designed for competitive video gaming events. These stadiums provide state-of-the-art gaming equipment, seating arrangements, broadcast capabilities, and immersive environments to accommodate e-sports tournaments and attract spectators.
Gymnasiums are indoor sports facilities designed for various physical activities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and gymnastics. These spaces typically include courts, spectator seating, equipment storage, and changing rooms to support athletic events and recreational activities.
- Health Clubs
Health clubs are fitness facilities that offer a range of exercise and wellness services. These clubs provide workout areas, fitness studios, spa facilities, relaxation spaces, and amenities to promote physical fitness, well-being, and healthy lifestyles.
- Horse Racing Facilities
Horse racing facilities are venues specifically designed for horse racing events. These facilities include race tracks, grandstands, stables, paddocks, and other infrastructure necessary for horse training, racing, and spectator experiences.
- Indoor Sports Centers (rock climbing, tenpin bowling etc)
Indoor sports centers are versatile facilities designed to accommodate a variety of indoor sports and recreational activities, such as rock climbing, tenpin bowling, indoor soccer, and more. These centers provide suitable spaces, equipment, and amenities for different sports and activities.
- Mixed Sports facilities
Mixed sports facilities refer to versatile venues designed to accommodate multiple sports and recreational activities in a single location. These facilities may include fields, courts, tracks, pools, or other areas that can be adapted or transformed to cater to various sports and events.
Skateparks are recreational spaces designed for skateboarding, inline skating, and BMX biking. These parks typically feature ramps, rails, bowls, and other structures that provide challenging terrain for riders and promote the development of their skills.
- Sports Playing Fields and Ice Rinks
Sports playing fields and ice rinks are dedicated outdoor or indoor spaces designed for specific sports activities, such as soccer, football, baseball, hockey, or skating. These fields and rinks are designed with appropriate dimensions, markings, and surfaces to support the respective sports.
- Sports stadiums
Sports stadiums are large-scale venues designed to host professional sports events, including football, baseball, soccer, and other major sports. These stadiums provide seating for spectators, playing fields, VIP areas, concessions, and other amenities necessary for hosting high-profile sporting events.
- Sports Training Centers
Sports training centers are specialized facilities dedicated to the training and development of athletes. These centers offer state-of-the-art equipment, training areas, coaching facilities, performance analysis tools, and other resources to support athletic training and performance enhancement.
Studios in the context of sports and recreation refer to dedicated spaces for activities such as dance, yoga, fitness classes, martial arts, or group exercise. These studios provide suitable flooring, mirrors, sound systems, and equipment to accommodate specific types of physical training and movement practices.
- Swimming, Aquatic and Leisure Centers
These are facilities that provide swimming pools, aquatic recreational areas, and leisure amenities such as water slides, splash pads, jacuzzis, and lounging areas. They may also include fitness areas, changing rooms, and other amenities to support aquatic and leisure activities.
- Winter Sports Facilities
Winter sports facilities are designed to support activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or sledding. These facilities can include ski resorts, snow parks, ice rinks, and related infrastructure that cater to winter sports enthusiasts and provide suitable conditions for these activities.
- Yoga and Meditation Centers
Yoga and meditation centers are dedicated spaces for practicing yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and other wellness practices. These centers typically provide serene environments, meditation rooms, yoga studios, and relaxation areas to facilitate holistic well-being and inner reflection.
- Other Sports and Recreational Designs
This category encompasses sports and recreational architectural designs that do not fit into the specific categories mentioned above. It allows for the recognition of unique, innovative, or unconventional projects that contribute to the field of sports and recreation in diverse ways.
- Sustainable Commercial Design
Sustainable commercial design focuses on creating environmentally friendly and energy-efficient spaces for businesses and commercial activities. It involves incorporating sustainable materials, energy-saving systems, efficient waste management, and sustainable practices into the design of commercial buildings, such as offices, retail stores, and restaurants.
- Sustainable Conceptual Project
A sustainable conceptual project refers to an architectural design or proposal that explores innovative and visionary ideas for sustainable development. These projects may not be implemented yet but showcase conceptual designs that prioritize sustainability, such as renewable energy integration, eco-friendly materials, and sustainable systems.
- Sustainable Cultural/Institutional Design
Sustainable cultural/institutional design involves creating environmentally conscious and sustainable structures for cultural institutions, museums, galleries, libraries, and other institutional facilities. The design incorporates sustainable principles, energy-efficient systems, natural lighting, efficient space utilization, and sustainable materials to minimize environmental impact.
- Sustainable Hospitality Design
Sustainable hospitality design focuses on creating environmentally responsible and resource-efficient spaces for the hospitality industry, including hotels, resorts, lodges, and restaurants. It incorporates sustainable practices such as energy-efficient systems, water conservation, waste management, use of renewable materials, and integration with the natural environment.
- Sustainable Industrial Design
Sustainable industrial design aims to reduce the environmental impact of industrial facilities and processes. It involves designing industrial buildings, factories, warehouses, and manufacturing plants with a focus on energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, use of sustainable materials, and implementation of eco-friendly technologies.
- Sustainable Infrastructure Design
Sustainable infrastructure design emphasizes the development of infrastructure projects that minimize environmental impact, conserve resources, and promote sustainable practices. This category includes sustainable designs for transportation systems, bridges, roads, water and wastewater treatment plants, renewable energy installations, and other infrastructure projects.
- Sustainable Interior Design
Sustainable interior design focuses on creating environmentally friendly and healthy interior spaces. It involves selecting sustainable materials, utilizing energy-efficient lighting and appliances, promoting indoor air quality, incorporating natural elements, and considering the lifecycle impacts of interior products and finishes.
- Sustainable Landscape/Planning Project
Sustainable landscape/planning projects encompass the design of outdoor spaces, parks, gardens, and urban planning initiatives with a focus on ecological sustainability and environmental stewardship. These designs integrate green infrastructure, sustainable drainage systems, biodiversity conservation, water conservation, and use of native plants.
- Sustainable Mixed-Use Design
Sustainable mixed-use design combines different functions such as residential, commercial, and recreational within a single development, with a focus on sustainability. These projects aim to create vibrant, walkable communities that minimize environmental impact, promote energy efficiency, and encourage sustainable living.
- Sustainable Multi-Unit Residential Design
Sustainable multi-unit residential design involves creating environmentally friendly and energy-efficient housing complexes or apartment buildings. These designs incorporate sustainable features such as energy-efficient appliances, green building materials, renewable energy systems, rainwater harvesting, and community green spaces.
- Sustainable Residential Private Home
Sustainable residential private home design focuses on creating energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and healthy homes for individual families. It involves incorporating sustainable building materials, energy-saving systems, water conservation measures, passive design strategies, and renewable energy integration.
- Sustainable Sports & Recreation Design
Sustainable sports and recreation design focuses on creating sports facilities, stadiums, and recreational spaces that minimize environmental impact and promote sustainability. These designs incorporate energy-efficient lighting, water conservation measures, waste management systems, use of sustainable materials, and integration with the natural environment.
- Other Sustainable / Green Designs
This category allows for the recognition of innovative and unique sustainable designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It encompasses projects that push the boundaries of sustainability, explore new technologies, or address specific environmental challenges in creative ways.
A bar is a social establishment that serves most commonly alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. Bar designs focus on creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for patrons, often incorporating elements such as a counter or bar top, seating areas, and a variety of drink offerings.
- Cabins & Lodges
Cabins and lodges are accommodation structures typically located in natural or rural settings. These designs prioritize a cozy and rustic ambiance, blending with the surrounding environment. Cabins and lodges often feature comfortable living spaces, bedrooms, kitchens, and outdoor amenities.
Casinos are entertainment facilities that house gambling activities, including slot machines, table games, and card games. Casino designs aim to create an exciting and luxurious atmosphere, incorporating elements such as gaming areas, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars, and lavish interiors.
- Coffee Shop
Coffee shops are establishments that primarily serve coffee and other beverages, often with a focus on creating a relaxed and cozy environment. Coffee shop designs typically include seating areas, a counter or barista station, and sometimes a small food menu.
- Dance club
Dance clubs are nightlife venues that offer a space for dancing, music, and entertainment. These designs often feature a spacious dance floor, a DJ booth, lighting effects, VIP areas, bars, and lounges to create an energetic and immersive experience.
- Fast food
Fast food establishments are quick-service restaurants that provide convenient and efficient dining options. Fast food design focuses on efficient ordering and food preparation areas, seating arrangements, and branding elements that reflect the establishment's identity.
Hostels are budget-friendly accommodation options that provide dormitory-style rooms and shared facilities for travelers. Hostel designs focus on maximizing space utilization, creating communal areas for social interaction, and providing basic amenities for guests.
Hotels are commercial establishments that provide temporary furnished accommodation for travelers. Hotel designs vary in scale and luxury, ranging from boutique hotels to large-scale resorts. They incorporate guest rooms, common areas, reception areas, restaurants, conference facilities, and other amenities.
Nightclubs are entertainment venues that primarily offer music, dancing, and nightlife experiences. Nightclub designs prioritize spacious dance floors, stages for performances, VIP areas, bars, and immersive lighting and sound systems to create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.
Pubs are establishments that serve food and alcoholic beverages and offer a casual environment for socializing. Pub designs often feature a bar area, seating options, a cozy ambiance, and sometimes include additional amenities such as a kitchen or outdoor seating.
Resorts are large-scale hospitality establishments that offer various amenities and recreational activities for guests. Resort designs include accommodations, dining options, spa and wellness facilities, recreational areas, swimming pools, gardens, and other amenities to create a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere.
Restaurants are dining establishments that provide a variety of cuisines and dining experiences. Restaurant designs can range from intimate fine dining spaces to casual eateries, focusing on creating a pleasant dining ambiance and efficient service areas.
- Spas, Health and Wellness Retreats
Spas and wellness retreats are establishments that offer relaxation, rejuvenation, and therapeutic services. These designs prioritize serene and calming environments, incorporating treatment rooms, relaxation areas, hydrotherapy facilities, fitness centers, and other amenities for holistic well-being.
- Theme Parks
Theme parks are recreational facilities that feature various attractions, rides, and entertainment experiences. Theme park designs aim to create immersive environments, incorporating themed areas, rides, shows, dining options, and amenities that provide a memorable and enjoyable experience for visitors.
Tourism designs encompass visitor centers, tourist information points, and other architectural structures that support and promote tourism activities. These designs focus on creating welcoming and informative spaces that showcase local attractions, cultural heritage, and provide visitor services.
- Tree House
Tree houses are elevated structures built within or around trees, offering a unique and nature-immersed accommodation experience. Tree house designs blend harmoniously with the surrounding environment while providing comfortable living spaces and amenities.
- Other Hospitality Design
This category allows for the recognition of innovative and unique hospitality designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It encompasses projects that push the boundaries of hospitality architecture, explore new concepts, or address specific user needs in creative ways.
- Aesthetic Services Clinics
Aesthetic services clinics specialize in providing non-surgical cosmetic treatments and services. The design of these clinics focuses on creating a calming and inviting environment while incorporating treatment rooms, consultation areas, waiting rooms, and aesthetic technology.
- Balneotherapy Centers
Balneotherapy centers are facilities that offer therapeutic treatments using mineral-rich waters, mud baths, or other natural resources. The design of these centers includes treatment rooms, hydrotherapy areas, relaxation spaces, and amenities that promote healing and well-being.
Clinics are medical facilities that provide outpatient services, diagnostic procedures, and basic medical care. Clinic designs focus on efficient patient flow, examination rooms, waiting areas, consultation spaces, and necessary medical equipment.
- Dental Clinics
Dental clinics are specialized medical facilities that provide dental care and treatments. Dental clinic designs prioritize treatment rooms, dental laboratories, reception areas, waiting rooms, and sterile environments that meet specific dental requirements.
Hospitals are large-scale healthcare facilities that provide a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, surgeries, specialized treatments, and inpatient care. Hospital designs prioritize patient wards, operating rooms, diagnostic facilities, specialized departments, administrative areas, and supportive services.
- Laboratories, Radiology and Diagnostic Centers
Laboratories, radiology, and diagnostic centers are medical facilities that focus on conducting medical tests, analyzing samples, and diagnosing illnesses. The design of these centers includes specialized laboratory spaces, imaging rooms, waiting areas, and administrative sections.
- Medical Research Centers
Medical research centers are facilities dedicated to scientific research in the field of medicine. These designs incorporate laboratories, research offices, collaboration spaces, data analysis rooms, and specialized equipment to support medical research activities.
- Naturopathy and Alternative Medical Centers
Naturopathy and alternative medical centers offer non-conventional approaches to healthcare and holistic treatments. The design of these centers focuses on creating a serene and healing environment, incorporating treatment rooms, consultation areas, natural elements, and spaces for alternative therapies.
- Nursing/Care Homes
Nursing/care homes are residential facilities that provide care and support to elderly or dependent individuals. The design of these homes prioritizes private living spaces, communal areas, medical support facilities, and amenities that enhance the quality of life for residents.
- Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Clinics
Osteopathy and physiotherapy clinics specialize in manual therapy, rehabilitation, and physical treatments. The design of these clinics includes treatment rooms, exercise areas, therapy spaces, waiting rooms, and supportive amenities.
- Pediatric Clinics
Pediatric clinics focus on providing medical care and treatments specifically for children. The design of pediatric clinics incorporates child-friendly spaces, examination rooms, waiting areas, play zones, and specialized equipment that caters to the needs of young patients.
- Rehabilitation Centers
Rehabilitation centers are specialized facilities that provide medical care, therapy, and support services to individuals recovering from injuries, surgeries, or chronic illnesses. These centers are designed to facilitate the rehabilitation process, with spaces for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and other therapeutic activities.
Saunas are spaces designed for heat-based therapy and relaxation. They typically consist of small rooms or cabins with high temperatures and controlled humidity. Saunas promote sweating and provide health benefits such as improved circulation, stress relief, and detoxification.
- Spas and Wellness Centers
Spas and wellness centers are establishments that offer a range of treatments and activities focused on relaxation, rejuvenation, and well-being. These facilities often include amenities such as massage rooms, saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy pools, meditation spaces, and fitness areas.
- Veterinary and Animal Care Facilities
Veterinary and animal care facilities are designed to provide medical care, diagnostics, and treatment for animals. These facilities can include veterinary hospitals, clinics, animal shelters, and animal rehabilitation centers. The design considerations include animal-friendly spaces, veterinary treatment areas, surgical suites, boarding facilities, and specialized areas for different types of animals.
- Other Healthcare Designs
This category encompasses innovative or unique healthcare architecture designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It may include specialized medical centers, dental clinics, medical research facilities, laboratories, radiology and diagnostic centers, alternative medicine centers, aesthetic services clinics, osteopathy and physiotherapy clinics, pediatric clinics, care homes, and other healthcare-related projects.
- Boutiques / Shops/ Kiosks
Boutiques, shops, and kiosks are retail establishments that offer a variety of products for sale. The design of these spaces focuses on creating an attractive and functional layout, incorporating display areas, storage, checkout counters, and branding elements that align with the products or brand identity.
Cinemas are entertainment venues that feature multiple movie screens and seating areas for film screenings. Cinema designs prioritize comfortable seating arrangements, audiovisual technology, concession stands, ticketing areas, and atmospheric lighting to enhance the movie-watching experience.
- Consumer Banking
Consumer banking designs encompass retail bank branches that provide financial services to individuals and small businesses. These designs focus on creating a welcoming and secure environment, incorporating teller counters, private consultation rooms, waiting areas, and self-service banking facilities.
- Department Stores
Department stores are large-scale retail establishments that offer a wide range of products across multiple departments and brands. Department store designs prioritize spacious and well-organized display areas, fitting rooms, checkout counters, escalators or elevators, and comfortable shopping environments.
Malls are commercial complexes that house a variety of retail stores, restaurants, entertainment facilities, and common areas. Mall designs focus on creating an inviting and vibrant atmosphere, incorporating open spaces, atriums, walkways, food courts, seating areas, and amenities that enhance the shopping experience.
Markets are spaces where vendors gather to sell fresh produce, food products, and other goods. Market designs can range from open-air spaces to enclosed structures, incorporating stalls, circulation areas, seating, and amenities that facilitate a bustling and interactive market experience.
Salons are establishments that provide beauty and grooming services such as hair styling, manicures, and spa treatments. Salon designs prioritize functional salon stations, wash areas, waiting areas, and ambiance that promotes relaxation and well-being.
- Ticket Offices
Ticket offices are spaces dedicated to selling tickets for various events, transportation services, or tourist attractions. Ticket office designs focus on efficient customer service areas, queuing systems, information displays, and transaction counters.
- Other Commercial Architecture
This category allows for the recognition of innovative and unique commercial designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It encompasses projects that explore new retail concepts, unconventional approaches to commercial spaces, or address specific user needs in creative ways.
- Cinema & Theater
Cinema and theater designs encompass the architectural structures and spaces dedicated to film screenings, live performances, and cultural events. These designs prioritize auditoriums, stages, seating arrangements, acoustics, lighting systems, and amenities that enhance the audience experience.
- Community center
Community centers are multipurpose facilities that serve as gathering places for community activities, events, and programs. Community center designs incorporate versatile spaces, meeting rooms, recreational areas, classrooms, administrative offices, and amenities that support diverse community needs.
Courthouses are buildings that house judicial courts, offices, and support facilities for legal proceedings. Courthouse designs focus on functional courtrooms, waiting areas, administrative spaces, consultation rooms, and security measures that ensure access to justice.
- Disaster Relief
Disaster relief designs encompass architectural solutions for temporary or emergency structures deployed during natural disasters or humanitarian crises. These designs prioritize fast deployment, functionality, durability, and provisions for shelter, medical care, and basic services.
Educational public spaces include school campuses, libraries, and other educational institutions that serve as learning and gathering environments. These designs prioritize classrooms, libraries, study areas, common spaces, outdoor areas, and amenities that support educational activities.
Embassies are diplomatic buildings that house foreign missions and provide consular services. Embassy designs focus on secure entrances, public areas, administrative offices, consular sections, meeting spaces, and cultural representation that reflect the country's identity.
- Fire station
Fire stations are facilities for firefighters and emergency response teams to prepare, store equipment, and respond to fire and rescue emergencies. Fire station designs prioritize vehicle bays, living quarters, training areas, administrative spaces, and amenities that ensure efficient emergency response.
Forts are fortified structures historically used for defense purposes. Fort designs incorporate defensive elements such as walls, bastions, gates, barracks, and functional spaces that reflect the fort's historical significance.
Landmarks are prominent architectural structures or sites that hold cultural, historical, or symbolic significance. Landmark designs emphasize the unique characteristics of the structure or site while considering accessibility, preservation, and public interaction.
Memorials are architectural structures or spaces dedicated to remembering and honoring individuals, events, or historical periods. Memorial designs focus on creating contemplative spaces, commemorative elements, landscaping, and aesthetics that evoke reflection and remembrance.
- Ministry building
Ministry buildings are governmental structures that house administrative offices and departments responsible for policy-making and governance. Ministry building designs prioritize functional office spaces, meeting areas, public spaces, and architectural representations of governmental authority.
Monuments are architectural structures or sculptures erected to commemorate historical events, individuals, or cultural significance. Monument designs focus on the artistic representation, symbolic elements, landscaping, and integration within the surrounding environment.
- Municipal building
Municipal buildings are structures that house local government offices and public services. Municipal building designs prioritize functional offices, meeting spaces, public areas, service counters, and amenities that facilitate interaction between citizens and local authorities.
Parks are open green spaces that provide recreational areas, natural environments, and social gathering spaces for communities. Park designs incorporate landscaping, pathways, seating areas, playgrounds, sports facilities, and amenities that encourage outdoor activities and leisure.
- Public Swimming Pool
Public swimming pools are recreational facilities that provide swimming and water-based activities for the general public. Public swimming pool designs focus on pool areas, changing rooms, spectator areas, amenities, and safety features to ensure a pleasant and secure swimming experience.
Recreational spaces encompass various architectural structures and amenities designed for leisure and recreational activities. These designs can include sports complexes, amusement parks, play areas, and facilities that promote physical and social engagement.
Road designs encompass the planning and layout of transportation corridors, including streets, highways, and pedestrian walkways. Road designs prioritize safe and efficient circulation, landscaping, signage, lighting, and amenities that enhance the user experience.
- Town & City Hall
Town and city halls are governmental buildings that house administrative offices, council chambers, and public spaces for local governance. Town and city hall designs prioritize functional offices, public meeting spaces, ceremonial areas, and architectural representation of civic pride.
- Vistas & Plazas
Vistas and plazas are open spaces designed for visual prominence and social gathering within urban or natural environments. Vistas and plaza designs focus on landscaping, pedestrian-friendly features, seating areas, public art installations, and views that enhance the urban experience.
- Other Public Space Design
This category allows for the recognition of innovative and unique public space designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It encompasses projects that explore new approaches to public spaces, address specific community needs, or create unique experiences.
A cathedral is a large and important Christian church that serves as the principal church within a diocese. Cathedrals are typically grand in scale and often feature intricate architectural details, such as vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, spires, and elaborate decorations.
A chapel is a small place of worship, typically associated with a specific institution or community. Chapels are usually more intimate and modest in size compared to churches or cathedrals. They often serve as a place for prayer, meditation, and religious ceremonies.
Churches are buildings designed for Christian worship and religious gatherings. They vary in architectural styles, reflecting different periods, cultures, and denominations. Church designs typically include a sanctuary for worship, seating areas, an altar, a pulpit, and often feature bell towers or spires.
- Crypts & Mausoleums
Crypts and mausoleums are architectural structures designed for the burial or commemoration of the deceased. Crypts are underground chambers or vaults, while mausoleums are freestanding structures. These designs often incorporate tombs, memorial plaques, and spaces for reflection and remembrance.
- Memorial Center
A memorial center is a dedicated space designed to honor and remember a specific event, group, or individual. These designs may include exhibition areas, memorial walls, contemplative spaces, and educational resources to provide a meaningful and reflective experience.
A monastery is a religious community or residence for monks or nuns. Monastery designs typically include living quarters, communal spaces, a chapel or prayer hall, libraries, and other facilities that support the monastic lifestyle.
A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Mosque designs vary based on cultural influences, but they often include a prayer hall, minarets, a courtyard, and ablution areas. Islamic architecture often features intricate geometric patterns, calligraphy, and decorative elements.
A synagogue is a Jewish place of worship and community gathering. Synagogue designs vary, but they often include a prayer hall, an ark for housing the Torah scrolls, a bimah (elevated platform), and spaces for communal events and educational activities.
A temple is a sacred space dedicated to religious practices in various traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and other belief systems. Temple designs reflect the specific religious and cultural contexts, often featuring ornate decorations, sculptures, prayer halls, and ritual spaces.
- Other Religious Architecture
This category encompasses innovative or unique religious architecture designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It includes projects that explore new approaches to religious spaces, incorporate sustainable design principles, or respond to specific cultural or contextual requirements.
- Cabin & Lodges
Cabins and lodges are small-scale residential structures typically located in natural or rural settings. They provide cozy and comfortable accommodations for recreational purposes or temporary stays, often designed to blend harmoniously with the surrounding environment.
- Container for commercial use
Containers for commercial use involve repurposing shipping containers as functional spaces for commercial activities. These containers are modified to provide suitable environments for businesses such as retail shops, cafes, exhibition spaces, or pop-up stores.
- Container home
Container homes are residential structures created by converting shipping containers into habitable dwellings. They offer an alternative and sustainable approach to housing, utilizing recycled containers as the primary building blocks for affordable and eco-friendly living spaces.
This category encompasses small-scale residential designs that do not fall into the other specific subcategories. It includes various types of houses, such as single-family homes, cottages, townhouses, or compact urban dwellings. The focus is on designing efficient, functional, and aesthetically pleasing spaces for living.
- Movable structures
Movable structures refer to architectural designs that are designed to be mobile or easily transportable. These structures can include portable offices, mobile classrooms, temporary event spaces, or innovative modular constructions that can be relocated or adapted as needed.
Office architecture designs focus on creating functional and productive work environments. These can range from small-scale home offices to compact office spaces designed for startups or small businesses, incorporating elements such as ergonomic workstations, collaborative areas, and efficient storage solutions.
Shop architecture designs pertain to small-scale retail spaces that provide a physical environment for commercial activities. These designs consider factors such as product display, customer flow, branding, and aesthetics to create an inviting and engaging shopping experience.
- Other Small Scale Designs
This category encompasses innovative or unique small-scale architectural designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It may include artistic installations, temporary structures, micro-architecture projects, or experimental designs that explore new possibilities in small-scale construction.
Campus landscape designs focus on creating functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor environments for educational institutions, corporate campuses, or research facilities. These designs integrate elements such as pathways, green spaces, gathering areas, and recreational features to enhance the overall campus experience.
- Civic Landscape
Civic landscape designs revolve around the planning and development of public spaces within urban areas. These landscapes can include plazas, squares, streetscapes, and other outdoor areas that promote social interaction, community engagement, and civic pride.
- Climate Positive Design
Climate positive design refers to landscape architecture projects that actively contribute to mitigating climate change and reducing carbon emissions. These designs incorporate sustainable practices, such as renewable energy systems, water management strategies, carbon sequestration, and resilient plantings, to create environmentally friendly landscapes.
- Cultural Heritage
Cultural heritage landscape designs focus on preserving and celebrating the cultural, historical, and archaeological significance of a place. These landscapes often include heritage sites, museums, memorial gardens, or adaptive reuse projects that honor and interpret the cultural heritage of a specific community or region.
Garden designs encompass a range of landscape elements, such as botanical gardens, public gardens, private gardens, or specialized gardens like Japanese gardens or therapeutic gardens. These designs emphasize the aesthetic beauty, horticultural diversity, and sensory experiences provided by carefully curated plantings and outdoor spaces.
- Health and Education Landscape
Health and education landscape designs cater to the unique needs of healthcare and educational institutions. These landscapes can include healing gardens, outdoor classrooms, recreational areas, and therapeutic environments that support wellness, learning, and social interaction.
- Parks and Open Space
Parks and open space designs focus on creating recreational areas, green spaces, and natural habitats within urban or suburban environments. These landscapes provide opportunities for relaxation, leisure activities, sports, and communing with nature.
- Play Spaces
Play space designs prioritize creating engaging and inclusive outdoor environments for children and families. These landscapes may include playgrounds, interactive installations, nature-based play areas, or imaginative spaces that encourage physical activity, creativity, and social interaction.
- Small Projects
Small-scale landscape projects encompass compact or limited-space designs that demonstrate innovative and sustainable approaches to landscape architecture. These can include pocket parks, rooftop gardens, urban plazas, or streetscape enhancements that make efficient use of available land.
Tourism landscape designs aim to enhance the visitor experience and promote tourism in specific destinations. These landscapes may include resort gardens, scenic viewpoints, interpretive trails, or visitor centers that showcase the natural, cultural, or historical attractions of a region.
- Other Landscape Designs
This category encompasses innovative or unique landscape architecture designs that do not fit into the specific subcategories mentioned above. It may include experimental installations, urban interventions, ecological restoration projects, or landscape designs that address specific social or environmental challenges.
- External Lighting
External lighting refers to the strategic illumination of the external areas of buildings, landscapes, and public spaces. It involves the design and implementation of lighting fixtures, techniques, and systems that enhance the aesthetics, functionality, and safety of outdoor environments during nighttime. External lighting may include the illumination of facades, pathways, gardens, plazas, monuments, landmarks, and other exterior architectural features.
- Internal Lighting
Internal lighting pertains to the lighting design within the interior spaces of buildings. It encompasses the selection, placement, and control of lighting fixtures to provide adequate and appropriate illumination for various purposes and activities. Internal lighting considers factors such as functionality, aesthetics, visual comfort, energy efficiency, and the desired atmosphere or mood within each space.
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 in urban design refer to designated areas of land that are intentionally designed and landscaped for recreational and leisure activities. They typically feature elements such as walking paths, open lawns, playgrounds, sports facilities, seating areas, and sometimes water features.
Plazas are open public spaces within urban areas that are specifically designed to accommodate social gatherings, events, and pedestrian activities. They often serve as focal points or gathering places within the city, featuring open paved areas, seating, landscaping, and sometimes decorative elements such as fountains, sculptures, or artwork.
- Public infrastructure
Public infrastructure in urban design refers to the physical systems and facilities that support the functioning of cities and urban areas. This can include transportation networks such as roads, bridges, tunnels, and public transportation systems (e.g., buses, trains, subways). It also encompasses utilities infrastructure such as water supply and sewage systems, electrical grids, and communication networks.
- Sport cities
Sport cities are urban areas that have been intentionally designed and developed to support and promote sports and recreational activities. These cities often feature a comprehensive network of sports facilities, stadiums, arenas, training centers, and recreational spaces.
Streets in urban design refer to the public thoroughfares that provide transportation routes for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists within cities. Street design involves the layout, dimensions, and arrangement of roadways, sidewalks, bike lanes, and other elements to ensure safe and efficient movement of people and vehicles.
- Other Urban Designs
This category encompasses any other architectural designs and interventions that contribute to the overall planning and development of urban areas.
Metaverse Architecture Design refers to the creation and design of virtual architectural environments within the metaverse. In Metaverse Architecture Design, architects and designers create immersive and interactive virtual spaces that can be accessed and experienced by users through virtual reality headsets or other devices. These virtual environments can include buildings, landscapes, urban areas, interior spaces, and other architectural elements. Metaverse Architecture Design explores the possibilities of creating unique and engaging digital experiences, blurring the boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds.
The category of Other Architecture Designs encompasses a wide range of architectural projects and interventions that do not fall under specific predefined categories. It includes innovative and experimental architectural designs, unconventional structures, temporary installations, adaptive reuse projects, and any other architectural creations that are unique, creative, and outside the conventional norms.
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Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years.
OF THE YEAR, PROFESSIONAL
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.
OF THE YEAR, STUDENT
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.
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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.
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