The World's Foremost International Distinguished Building, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism Awards Program


Since 2004, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. have organized The International Architecture Awards as a way in which to honor the best, significant new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built around the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally. The International Architecture Awards give an important global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work to the real estate, banking, business, and corporate community, as well as to the press and general public worldwide.

The program is one of the Museum’s most important public education outreach initiatives produced throughoutthe year-to the Museum’s international audience.

The International Architecture Awards are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point-of-view.

The program pays tribute to new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking.

This year’s program honors new (2013-2017) corporate, institutional, commercial, residential architecture, interiors, and urban planning, designed for both built and unbuilt projects alike.


All submissions must be the work of international architects and architectural firms either working nationally or internationally for projects both in their respective countries and abroad. U.S. architecture firms headquartered inside or outside the United States are eligible to enter projects built or to be built, in the U.S. and around the world.

Closing date

Closing date for application is December 1, 2017


The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016 (Choose from the links below the online or postal method for your enrty)

Mailed in submissions must include the folllowing on one CD: Copy of the on-line application form; fee; and one-page description in MS Word; three (3) to five (5) photographs including site plans, floor plans, sections, and elevations. All images must be good quality .jpeg/.jpg format and no larger than 2 MB. Attach list of additional consultants. Application fee is €300 per project. Call/Email for information regarding electronic transfer. Please give name for photo credits.


Criteria for submissions includes any commercial, corporate, institutional, or residential building type or urban planning project, built or unbuilt worldwide, designed since January 1, 2015. Unbuilt projects are eligible only when a client is named.

Building types and categories are: corporate headquarters and office facilities, retail, hospitality, institutional, health care, government, transportation, educational, and residential and interiors of any kind, including renovations and restorations, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects. Previously awarded buildings are not eligible.


A jury of recognized design practitioners, business professionals, educators, and critics review the submissions and select winning projects for awards. Previous juries have been held under the auspicious of the following professional associations: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, The Union of Architects of Russia, The Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), and The American Institute of Architects. Each Submission is Juried Anonymously.

Why should you get involved?

Reason to be a part of the International Architecture Awards

The Online Award Archive

The Online Award Archive is the main resource for the academic community, journalists, critics and creative offices in the design industry. The online presentation of all award-winning products of The International Architecture Award, contributes to public knowledge enhancement as respective info remains online and is easily accessible.

The Award Exhibition

The European Centre of Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies together with The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture Art and Design organise dedicated exhibitions for each Award Program every year. This is a great opportunity for all the selected projects to increase their reputation and spread the word on current architecture trends around the globe. A great number of exhibitions have already showcased in Milan, Athens, Berlin, Istanbul, Dublin creating a communication bridge between design agencies/ companies, architecture firms, etc. with the world’s most famous finance markets.

The International Architecture Award Yearbook - All the selected award-winning projects in global architecture

The International Architecture Awards are the largest and most extensive global architecture awards program in the world, honoring new skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences, and real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning, and sustainability and promote the best practice in all types of real estate development for the private and public sectors, including new skyscrapers, high rises, corporate and institutional buildings, commercial projects, bridges, airports, city planning, restorations and adaptive reuse, community projects, religious and civic buildings, and interiors. Every year a major publication is being presented with all the award - winning projects. The yearbook is available to order worldwide. These publications consist the greatest reference in terms of architecture design evolution. The book is easy to read through and structured by type. All interested parties can purchase it online.

  • You can see all the previous along with this year's publications at our Museum Store.
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Due to the variety of programs organised each year by The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum, please visit the official website of Metropolitan Arts Press for more info on available publications. Fields of interest include: product design, graphic design, architecture, poetry.