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And the Winner Is... Buildings and Construction Awards

Awards for Sustainable Buildings and Contruction

The GlobalABC aims to connect governments, private sector and organizations to drive the transformation to a sustainable buildings and construction sector. One way of doing so is by amplifying initiatives, activities, and success stories of its members and other global leaders working towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.
Awards and recognition encourage existing efforts to go further and spread success stories for knowledge sharing and advancing innovative solutions. The GlobalABC has compiled a non-comprehensive list of awards below to keep interested parties informed of existing efforts to celebrate new ideas and outstanding initiatives. Follow the links below to find out more about specific awards requirements and deadlines for submission.
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Baukulter <<Neuland>> (New Land) Award

The young talent competition "neuland" is intended to serve as a platform for particularly talented young talent in the field of design. The aim is to promote innovative and sustainable design, which is characterized by the highest possible economic and ecological quality.

At the heart of the design should always be the human and the social benefits associated with the design. The junior competition »new territory« is deliberately geared across disciplines. Participation is not restricted to specific subject areas or universities. The competition aims to promote outstanding young designers at the beginning of their careers. At the same time, the broad public will be given an insight into the breadth and diversity of design through the presentation of the award-winning works.

In each of the five categories, there are one winner each and up to four nominations. The winner of each category receives a prize money of 2,000 euros. The award winners will be presented to the public through a traveling exhibition and documentation.

Eligible are students and graduates of colleges, academies and universities who are not older than 28 years at the time of the deadline (ie for the 2016/2017 call: born after 31.3.1989).

Read more about participating here.


Building Sense Now 2019 Global Award*

With the Building Sense Now Global Award we are looking for new, innovative design practices from across the world that achieve challenging design goals and address climate change and sustainability issues. We want to give recognition to practices and individuals whose work has made a difference and demonstrated leadership at whatever level or scale.

This award focuses on the people and their design process as well as the “philosophy and ethic” driver behind it rather than its final resolution in the built project. We are looking for disruptive thinking that demonstrates the potential to tackle big scale issues in a range of fields, including for example: buildings, urban renewal and transformation projects, urban systems, city operating and governance, urban ecology or human centered place making and well-being.

Read more about participating here.


The Center for Active Design Excellence Awards

The Center for Active Design: Excellence awards is an international competition that celebrates the transformative role that design plays in fostering healthy communities. The award-winning projects have advanced the conversation on Active Design, demonstrating the feasibility and impact of design on wellbeing. To date, eighteen Excellence award winners have been widely recognized for their critical role in catalyzing change within their respective communities.

Over the past four years, distinguished jury members have recognized nearly 40 noteworthy projects through the Excellence awards. Taken collectively, the winners demonstrate that Active Design strategies can be successfully implemented in a wide variety of typologies and geographies and can be used to address a range of local priorities. Excellence award winners serve as catalysts for broad-based community transformation and offer inspiring precedents for shaping future design and research.

Winning projects illustrate how an emphasis on physical, mental, and social wellbeing can be achieved—through shifts in regional policies, grassroots advocacy campaigns, and the leveraging of health-promoting design as a key market differentiator.

The Center for Active Design is the leading non-profit organization using design to foster healthy and engaged communities. As a proven partner and trusted resource for design professionals, policy makers, community organizations, and the real estate community, we maintain a multi-disciplinary perspective to translate evidence into practical design solutions. We guide the creation and implementation of initiatives that respond to unique community priorities and result in measurable outcomes.

Read more about participating here.


Construction21 Green Solutions Awards*

International competition run by the Construction21 network, the Green Solutions Awards highlight exemplary buildings, districts and infrastructures contributing to the fight against climate change. Thanks to a worldwide communication plan, each participant – candidate, partner or jury member – will benefit from enhanced visibility among peer professionals and become a source of inspiration. In 2018, the contest generated 4.1 million views.

Submit your best projects before June 10th in one of the following categories: Energy & Temperate Climates, Energy & Hot Climates, Low Carbon, and Health & Comfort, Infrastructures or Districts. The jury will also reward one Sustainable Construction Grand Prize and one Sustainable Renovation Grand Prize.

Read more about participating here.  


European Architecture Award Energy + Architecture

The Architectural Award recognizes holistic planning of building technology and design and, in this sense, awards prizes to buildings that are characterized by high energy efficiency and outstanding design. The prize is under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The prize is 10,000 euros. Architects are eligible as intellectual authors and plan writers.

Read more about participating here.


European Prize for Urban Public Space

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) which, after its exhibition  «The Reconquest of Europe» (1999), decided to establish a permanent observatory of  European cities.

From its inception, the Prize has aimed to recognise and make known the best works transforming public space in Europe. Well aware of the ambiguities inherent in the notion of public space, this is the only prize in Europe which recognises and promotes a space that is both public (open and of universal access)  and urban. The Prize is therefore different from other initiatives focused on the figure of the architect, and awards given for landscaping projects, since it draws attention to the relational and civic nature of typically urban space.

Read more about participating here.


European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is a continuous process focused on how architects are thinking and working in Europe today.

Architecture is a slow process that adapts to social, political and economic changes.

The Prize objectives aim at promoting and understanding the significance of quality and reflecting the complexity of Architecture's own significance in terms of technological, constructional, social, economic, cultural and aesthetic achievements.

Architecture's significance —linked with the construction market— has a social Impact and transmits a cultural message. Quality therefore refers to universal values of generic buildings, independent from their programmes: the essence of things rather than their formal values.

The Prize, awarded every two years, consists of 60.000 € and the Special Mention consists of 20.000 € with both receiving a sculpture that evokes the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona – the symbol for this Prize: excellence and innovation in conceptual and constructive terms.

Read more about participating here.


German Architecture Prize (Deutscher Architekturpreis)**

The German Architecture Award awards exemplary buildings for the development of contemporary construction. They should have a particular Baukultur quality or witness to exemplary treatment in the renovation and modernization of historic buildings, be committed to sustainable building in ecological, economic and socio-cultural terms and contribute positively to the design of public space.

The total price is 60,000 euros (gross). The German Architecture Prize is endowed with 30,000 euros; the remaining 30,000 euros are distributed up to 5 awards @ 4,000 euros and up to 5 recognitions @ 2,000 euros.

Those eligible to participate may only submit works or ensembles completed between 1 January 2017 and 15 January 2019 in the Federal Republic of Germany or abroad in the name of, or predominantly from, funds from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Read more about participating here.


Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

Each year the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture ™ recognizes five architects who share both the principles of sustainable development and a participatory architectural approach to the needs of society, in both the northern and the southern hemispheres.

The Global Award was created in 2006 by the architect and scholar Jana Revedin, in partnership with the Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine and the member institutions of its international scientific committee. In 2010 it was put under patronage of UNESCO.

The Global Award Community, which consists of the 60 contemporary architects and teams from around the globe who have received the award, works towards a sustainable architectural ethic and fosters research, experimentation and transmission in the fields of sustainable architecture, urban renewal and academic social responsibility. It defines architecture as an agent of empowerment, self-development and civic rights.

Read more about participating here.


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Each year Green Roofs for Healthy Cities recognizes integrated design and installation excellence with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. They also recognize outstanding contributions to the industry in research, policy, and corporate contribution. Award winners will be profiled in front of hundreds of industry professionals at CitiesAlive, in the Living Architecture Monitor, and in numerous other publications.

The Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence program recognizes distinction in five areas:

Design Awards acknowledging excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design.

Research Award honoring outstanding research contributions to the green roof industry.

Civic Award honoring outstanding contributions to green roof policy development.

Living Architecture Monitor Advertising Award honoring supporters of the Living Architecture Monitor. 

President's Corporate Award honoring individuals and companies that have made a significant contribution to the industry.

Read more about participating here.


The International High-Rise Award (IHP)

The City of Frankfurt has bestowed The International Highrise Award every two years since 2004. It was jointly initiated in 2003 by the City of Frankfurt, Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank. It has since been organized by Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank cooperating as partners, and in 2018 will be bestowed for the eight time.

The honor is awarded to a structure that combines exemplary sustainability, external shape and internal spatial quality, not to mention social aspects, to create a model design. The prize, a statuette by the internationally renowned artist Thomas Demand and EUR 50,000 is awarded to the planners and developers jointly.

Read more about participating here.


IOC IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities

The IOC IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design. This competition has been held since 1987 and is organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

Entitled to enter the 2019 competition are newly built facilities as well as expansions, modernizations, rehabilitations or conversions of existing buildings and facilities. The facilities must have been completed and gone into operation between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2018. Temporary venue infrastructure/architecture (e.g. demountable or relocatable infrastructure for major sport events) may also be entered in the competition.

The designers/architects and owners (or operators) of facilities are eligible to enter. The entry must be jointly submitted by the designer/architect and the owner (or operator) of the facility.

Read more about participating here.


LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction*

The LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction are a well-known competition for sustainable design. Each competition cycle spans three years, from announcement to completion and a total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded.

The next competition will be open for entries from June 4, 2019 until February 25, 2020.

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The fifth Awards attracted 5,085 entries by authors in 121 countries. The regional and global winners of the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design have now been announced. Global prizes were presented to projects from Mexico, Niger, USA, Argentina and Ghana. Read more »

Read more about participating here.


PCBC's Gold Nugget Awards

PCBC's Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to the top innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally.

One Grand Award winner in each category, as well as the coveted “Home of the Year” award winner will be announced at a marquee event on Friday, May 31, 2019. The categories are numerous, with awards for several building types. Categories specific to GlobalABC’s members and mission include:

Best Innovative Energy Design

Best International On-the-Boards Project– Commercial and Residential Award**

On the Boards Site Plan**

Landscape Architecture for a Community**

Community Land Plan**

**Submit digital illustrations and photos that address community, neighborhood character, environmental issues, circulation, land uses, topography, innovative solutions, etc. Entry monuments, street scenes, rec areas, green belts, open space and aerial/bird's eye views can all be helpful. Indicate product types and densities.

Read more about participating here.


The Planning Awards

The Planning Awards, which incorporate the Placemaking Awards and the Regeneration & Renewal Awards, reward excellence in professional planning work, as well as related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice, environmental consulting and property development. ALL ENTRIES MUST RELATE TO WORK EITHER CARRIED OUT OR COMPLETED.

There are many categories of awards, the three listed below are the most relevant for GlobalABC’s mission.

Local authority planning team of the year

This award will go to the local planning authority team that most clearly demonstrates outstanding service to the local community. This could be through demonstrating the positive impact that its work has had on the physical or environmental quality of a place or places and/or the economic or social well-being of a community or communities, or the likelihood of such impact in the future. Entries could come from teams responsible for plan-making, development management or enforcement, or a combination of these.

Award for planning consultancy of the year

This award will go to a consultancy that can most clearly demonstrate how its planning work has helped clients to have a positive impact on the physical or environmental quality of a place or places and/or the economic or social well-being of a community or communities.

Planning law firm of the year

This award will go to the law firm that can most clearly demonstrate how its planning legal work has enabled clients to have a positive impact on the physical or environmental quality of a place or places and/or the economic or social well-being of a community or communities.

Read more about participating here.


Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards (Hanley Wood)

The Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation. Judging will take place in December 2018. Winning entries will be notified in December 2018, published in the February 2019 issue of ARCHITECT, and honored at a celebration in New York in February 2019.

ELIGIBILITY: Architects and other design professionals practicing in any region may enter one or more submissions. All entries must be commissioned by paying clients for execution. Proposals may be for any location. All entries must have been commissioned for compensation by clients with the contractual intention and the authority to carry out the submitted proposal. Projects must have a completion date after January 1, 2019.

The 67th Annual P/A Awards will open for submissions in June 2019.

Read more about participating here.


ULI Global Awards for Excellence**

The ULI Global Awards for Excellence program is a timely reminder of the key difference that responsible land use can make in terms of community longevity and sustainability.

A guiding principle of the Urban Land Institute is that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI began the Awards for Excellence program in 1979 to recognize truly superior development efforts in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Winning projects represent the highest standards of achievement in the development industry—standards that ULI members deem worthy of attainment in their professional endeavors. Today the development community widely recognizes the ULI Global Awards for Excellence program as one of its most prestigious awards programs.

ULI Global Awards for Excellence recognize the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design—although these elements play an important role.

The jury will evaluate projects and programs on the extent to which they:

achieve marketplace acceptance/financial success;

achieve a high standard of excellence in all areas—architecture, design, planning, construction, amenities, economics, and management, etc.;

demonstrate relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which they are located;

have a positive impact in their communities and/or immediate context;

exhibit environmental sustainability, stewardship, and resiliency; and

provide models, lessons, strategies, or techniques that other communities can replicate or adapt.

Read more about participating here.


University of Notre Dame Richard H. Driehaus Prize

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame complements the School of Architecture’s classical and urbanist curriculum, providing a forum for celebrating and advancing the principles of the traditional city with an emphasis on sustainability.

Beauty, harmony, and context are hallmarks of classical architecture, thus fostering communities, enhancing the quality of our shared environment, and developing sustainable solutions through traditional materials.” —Richard H. Driehaus

Established in 2003, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact.

In conjunction, the School presents the Henry Hope Reed Award to recognize achievement in the promotion and preservation of those ideals among people who work outside the architecture field. Together, the $200,000 Driehaus Prize and the $50,000 Reed Award represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment.

Read more about participating here.


VELUX Daylight Award for Architecture**

Since 2016, the Daylight Award is an international prize presented by the three sister foundations Villum Fonden and Velux Fonden in Denmark, and Velux Stiftung in Switzerland.

Each award, amounting to € 100,000, is presented biannually to personalities in two categories: Architecture and Research.

The Daylight Award for Architecture is awarded to one or more architects or other professionals who have distinguished themselves by creating architecture or urban environments that showcase the unique use of daylight. Special emphasis will be put on architecture that considers the overall quality of life, its impact on human health, well-being and performance, and its value to society.

The Daylight Award for Research is awarded to individuals or smaller groups of scientists who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to internationally recognised daylight research. It acknowledges highly original and influential advances in the areas of natural science, human science or social science, with special emphasis on the effects of daylight on human health, well-being and performance.

Read more about participating here.


Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment

The “Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment” is an architectural award that acts as a stimulus for new developments and concepts in the built environment that help meet current and future demands for improved urban living conditions and energy needs.

The Zumtobel Group Award was first presented in 2007. Since then, a total of nine projects have been awarded first place, while 36 projects have earned nominations. Today it ranks among the most respected awards in the world of architecture.

The Zumtobel Group Award aims to:

Address challenges and opportunities in sustainable architecture, engineering and urban planning.

Identify and discuss expectations and interests around humanity and sustainability in the built environment.

Encourage research into and implementation of new sustainable and socially beneficial perspectives in the built environment.

Stimulate innovations that promote sustainability and humanity in the built environment.

Foster interdisciplinary communication, knowledge exchange and networking strategies in this field.

Read more about participating here.


*GlobalABC supports Award

**Organization is GlobalABC member



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