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Architecture & Design Awards Calendar

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Your comprehensive guide to a list of significant national and international architecture and interior design competitions. Many include categories for product manufacturers. This is a work in progress.

Currently Accepting Applications

Ongoing | Monthly | Now Awards | | A collection of extraordinary projects from around the DRIVENxDESIGN community. Curated by an advisory panel of global design giants, NOW brings you the newest projects, latest trends and inspiring futures across design, experience, tech and innovation. Project nominations close 1st of each month, monthly winners and collections published second Thursday of each month - get recognized, nominate now.

Design Educates Awards | | Multidisciplinary call for ideas and implementations in the categories of architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design. Submission deadline appears to be in September.


IIDA Indiana Idea Awards | | Submissions open in January. Save the date announced in 4 LOOP email campaign. Event date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Tibbs Drive-in Theater, Indianapolis.

Green Product Award / Green Concept Award | | Best green products and concepts. 2021 Nominees have been announced. Voting ends 1/31/2021. Winners announced in March.


Dezeen Awards | | Identifying the world's best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work. | ±20 Architecture and Interior Design Categories + Furniture, Seating, Lighting and other product categories + Studio (people) categories.

A’ Design Award | | A' Design Awards is a premier annual juried design competition that honors the best designers, architects, engineers, design studios and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. | Architecture, interiors, landscape, building materials, furniture, and more. Registration open here.


New York Design Awards | |Marketplace recognition across an extensive range of categories and celebrates the creativity and courage of those who are leading the way. ±23 Architecture and Interior Design Categories

GOV Design Awards | | The GOV Design Awards celebrate the courage of both commissioners and creators design projects within the government, community and public sectors. Nominations are across space, object, visual and experience design categories, culminating in the best project, best transformation and best innovation awards. ±17 Architecture and Interior Design Categories

Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards | | The 2019 Innovation by Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. Categories include built projects, products, workplace and more.

International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) | | Originally founded to recognize exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program has since grown to highlight design in many forms including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more. Categories include Design Strategy, Environments, Furniture & Lighting, Office & Accessories, and more.

Architizer A+Awards | | Celebrating the year's best buildings and spaces.


IDA Design Awards | | The IDA’s Interior Design of the Year Award recognizes the designers and design teams who set new standards and push boundaries in interior design, transforming the spaces in which we live and work. Registration begins in May. Final deadline historically in October.

Contract Interiors Awards | | Contract’s Annual Interiors Awards are a celebration of the best designs in the commercial interiors community each year. ±16 categories 2020 Awards were cancelled. 2021 is unknown. Final deadline historically in September.

BESTofyear | | Interior Design's Best of Year is the design industry's premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year and recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. Deadline historically in September.

iF Design Award | |The latest trends, innovation and uniqueness are reflected in the awarded submissions in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design and Architecture. Registration currently open. Deadline historically in October.

AL Light & Architecture Design Awards | | Honoring outstanding and innovative projects in the field of architectural lighting design.

Iconic Awards: Innovative Architecture | | Visionary architecture. Innovative products. Sustainable communication. The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture honour the best of the best. Our internationally respected, impartial design and architecture competition honours holistic projects in the fields of architecture, interior architecture, product design and brand communication.

Best of NeoCon | | Honoring new products exhibited at theMART during NeoCon® in June. Best of NeoCon 2019 is sponsored by Contract magazine and the McMorrow Reports for Facilities Design & Management.


Contract Design Healthcare Environment Awards | | Contract magazine, in partnership with the Center for Health Design, honoring innovative architectural and interior design solutions that enhance the quality of healthcare delivery. ±7 categories

CGarchitect Architectural 3D Awards | | The CGarchitect Architectural 3D Awards are the largest and most prestigious awards event for the architectural visualization industry. Now in its 16th year, the awards attract entries from top studios, freelancers and students from around the world.


AIA Innovation Awards | | The Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients, in support of the design, delivery and operation of buildings or research in practice and academia.

AIA Interior Architecture | | The 2018 Interior Architecture program celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces, with projects ranging from a distillery visitor center to an ice rink to an 1,100 foot table, and that’s just the beginning.

IIDA Healthcare Design Awards | | This competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. 

AIA Film Challenge | | Film your impact and you could win up to $10,000 and a trip for two for a screening of your film in Chicago! Enter the fifth annual AIA Film Challenge and highlight the ways you’ve helped build stronger communities alongside civic leaders, from blueprint to execution. In this challenge, architects and filmmakers collaborate to produce a documentary-style film, three-to-five-minutes long, for a chance to win up to $10,000 plus a trip for two to a film screening at Chicago Ideas in October. Winners announced in October.September

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards | | The only award that recognizes entire library structures and all aspects of their design.


AIA Justice Facilities Review Awards | | The Justice Facilities Review (JFR) documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture.


AIA COTE® Top Ten Awards | | The COTE® Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance.


IIDA Interior Design Competition | | This annual Interior Design Competition celebrates outstanding, innovative Interior Design/Interior Architecture that encourages new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishings of interior spaces. In partnership with Interior Design magazine.

What's missing? Please let me know if I am missing any awards opportunities not listed below.

DISCLAIMER: The timeframes and information below are based on information posted on websites at the time of gathering this information. Learn more by visiting each website link below. Not responsible for broken links. Confirming deadlines, official rules, and other details are the responsibility of each applicant.

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