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The 2015 R+D Awards

Are you revolutionizing the process and product of architecture? ARCHITECT wants to celebrate the most innovative building research, materials, and technologies at every scale—from design strategies and building systems to must-have products and digital tools. The ninth annual R+D Awards program welcomes entries from architects, engineers, manufacturers, researchers, students, and designers of all disciplines. Winning entries will be published in the print and online versions of the July 2015 issue of ARCHITECT.

The submission process for the awards program is now completely digital. No need to rush to the post office last minute! We recommend you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to complete the registration.

Click here to begin your entry

The awards are open equally to architects and designers of all disciplines, engineers, manufacturers, researchers, and students around the world. Commercial products must be available in the United States. Entries must be completed or in continued, active development after Jan. 1, 2012. To see a sample of the diverse range of projects, products, and ideas that the R+D Awards program receives, visit our archive of past winners.


  • Prototype: For entries that are in the experimental and testing phases.
  • Production: For entries that are currently available for use.
  • Application: For entries that use technology in a novel manner on an architectural project.

The jury will consider newly introduced technologies as well as innovative uses of existing technologies. Digital technologies, such as software, modeling programs, mobile apps, and workflow and analysis tools are welcomed.

Regular: Friday, April 24, 2015
Late: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (requires an additional fee of $50 per entry)

First entry: $175
Additional entries: $95 each
Late fee: Entries that are registered and submitted after midnight on April 24, 2015, will be automatically charged $50 per entry in addition to the regular entry fee listed above.  Entry fees are non-refundable.  Users must register and pay for their entries online before they can upload submission materials.  Users who register before the regular deadline but finalize their submission materials after the regular deadline will still be assessed the $50 late fee. 

ARCHITECT will email a confirmation for each registration, payment, and entry submission to the contact person identified during registration. Due to the volume of entries, ARCHITECT cannot respond to inquiries about the status of individual submissions or the competition.

Your online submission will comprise two parts:

  • Registration form. This form will ask for basic information about: the contact person for the submission; the firm or institution behind the entry; and the entry name. This information is used only to identify your project in the awards database and cannot be edited once submitted.
  • Supporting documents. After completing the registration form, entrants can upload support documents. One document must contain a written abstract of no more than 5,000 characters (approximately 600 words) that summarizes the entry’s R+D objectives, process, and innovation. Diagrams, photographs, drawings, screenshots, videos, and other visual collateral are encouraged, along with supplementary text, captions, and full project and photo credits. The entrant’s name, affiliation, and commercial or trademarked name of the product or technology must not appear anywhere in the entry; please use a generic name or descriptor instead.

After registering your entry, you can log back onto the site and submit your supporting documents at a later visit. You can also make changes to these documents until you hit the save and finalize button—but do so before the deadline! Entrants who finalize their materials after the regular deadline will be automatically charged the $50 late fee.

Upload specifications: A maximum of 20 files, totaling no more than 20 MB, may be uploaded. Acceptable file types are .jpg images and .mp4 videos. We cannot accept PDFs at this time. However, feel free to convert PDF pages into individual .jpg files.

The R+D Awards program celebrates the process of research and development, from learning and discovery to trial and error. Concise documentation of the effort and lessons learned behind the project, technology, and product can go a long way in telling the story of the final result. Each entry is unique so there is no standard submission format or template.

The entries will be reviewed by leading members of the architecture, design, and engineering communities. Judging is blind, but jurors who have a close professional or personal association with an entrant will be asked to recuse themselves from the judging of that submission.

We're excited to announce this year's jury members:

The editors of ARCHITECT reserve the right to refuse publication of winning entries that fail to meet the entry criteria.

All materials submitted to the 2015 R+D Awards program become the property of Hanley Wood Media, publisher of ARCHITECT. ARCHITECT retains the right to consider all non-winning entries for future publication, but entrants will be notified beforehand.

Email [email protected].

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