One of the only constants in architecture is change. Designers never cease to iterate, constantly adapting their approach to the design and specification projects with each passing year. Dynamic by default, architects seek increasingly high quality, sustainable materials, products, lighting and furniture to satisfying the needs of their clients.
It makes sense then, that Architizer’s Annual A+Product Awards program celebrates brands that are dedicated to innovation, continually challenging the status quo and refining their product lines to stay relevant in this ever-changing industry. While the iconic Winners’ Gallery is populated by a diverse range of products, they are unified by the pioneering qualities shown by their manufacturers across every conceivable vertical.
This season, Architizer is excited to reveal a brand new set of categories to provide even more opportunities for the AEC industry’s top brands to earn the recognition they deserve. The “Best of the Year” Categories are designed to celebrate world-class products at the top of their technical or typological class. Brands are invited to submit products that excel in their field, confirming their position an industry leader.
The “Best of the Year” A+Product Award categories are outlined in more detail below.
The Residential Design Award celebrates the world’s best products and materials used in residential applications. This includes both realized and conceptual products of all types, including building products, furnishings and materials that are designed for use in buildings such as:
- Private residences
- Multi unit residences
- Ancillary structures such as garden studios and sheds
- Residential interiors
The Commercial Design Award is dedicated to the world’s best products and materials used in commercial applications. This includes both realized and conceptual products of all types, including building products, furnishings and materials that are designed for use in buildings such as:
- Office buildings & interiors
- Coworking spaces
- Retail, showrooms & shopping centers
- Pop ups & temporary commercial structures
- Factories & warehouses
- Hospitality, including hotels, restaurants, bars & nightclubs
- Cultural & institutional buildings
The Landscape Design Award celebrates the world’s best products and materials used in landscape architecture and outdoor spaces. This includes both realized and conceptual products of all types, including building products, furnishings and materials that are designed for use in spaces such as:
- Public outdoor spaces
- Private gardens
- Landscape master plans
The Sustainable Design Award celebrates products that are among the most sustainable in their field. This includes but is not limited to products that minimize or actively help reduce carbon emissions, highly energy efficient products, products that facilitate passive heating and cooling, products with a sustainable “cradle to grave” lifecycle and products that utilize locally sourced materials.
The Flexible Design Award celebrates products whose primary quality is adjustability, flexibility or modularity. This category is open to products of all types that have a flexible element, including but not limited to: modular furniture, flexible seating, customizable wall or acoustic panels, flexible façade and glazing systems, modular storage, and customizable or modular lighting.
The Innovation Award is dedicated to products that are among the most innovative in their field. Contenders for the Innovation Award should be groundbreaking, pioneering products that set a precedent in their industry, breaking away from the conventions of their product type. Products that set a new benchmark for design and quality within their vertical stand the best chance of success in this category.
The Architectural Design Award is dedicated to products that are integral to the building’s envelope or structure. These are the products that enable architects to realize their creative vision. Eligible products include façade systems, cladding, glazing, windows and doors, roofing and flooring materials.
The Positive Impact Award celebrates building products that do good for the environment or society as a whole. Eligible products include products that are designed to be accessible to communities of all socio-economic contexts, products that are expressly non-harmful to people and the environment, or the product of a business model with humanitarian or other socially ethical goals.
Health & Wellness
The Health & Wellness Award celebrates the world’s best products and materials used in health and wellness settings. Eligible products include those used in healthcare architecture, such as hospitals, clinics, medical centers and mobile or temporary healthcare facilities, and products used in wellness-related architecture such as spas, leisure centers, bathhouses, wellness retreats, and both commercial and non-commercial bathrooms.
Products can be entered into multiple categories, and must be available to market by December 31, 2022 to qualify. If you have questions about any of the above categories, the eligibility of your products, or a broader enquiry about this year’s program, don’t hesitate to reach out to our awards team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Main Entry Deadline for the 2022 A+Product Awards is June 24th, with a Final (Late) Entry Deadline of July 22nd (submission fees increase with each passing deadline).
Top image: LIGHTWALL 3440® – Interlocking Polycarbonate Wall System by EXTECH, 2021 A+Product Awards Finalist in the Building Envelopes, Cladding, & Roofing category.
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