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AZ AWARDS 2023, Canada
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post updated 17 January 2023
2023 AZ Awards – Call for Submissions
AZ Awards 2023
The AZ Awards celebrates the world’s best projects, products and ideas. Make 2023 the year for global recognition of your work!
The AZ Awards is a unique opportunity for architects, designers, urban designers, graphic designers, interior designers, landscape architects and architecture & design students to receive the international exposure and acknowledgement that their exceptional work deserves.
All winners and shortlisted projects are published in the AZ Awards Annual – AZURE’s July/August issue – and featured on AZURE’s and AZ Awards media partners’ digital and social channels.
Submission Deadline is February 24, 2023
Winners will be revealed and celebrated at the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto, on June 23, 2023.
Previously on e-architect:
12 February 2022
2022 AZ Awards Architecture Competition, Canada – International
Still open for submissions:
The deadline to submit is February 25, 2022
Call for Submissions
AZ Awards 2022
The AZ Awards celebrates the world’s best projects, products and ideas.
Recognized for its influence and significance within the global design and architecture sphere, the prize is a unique opportunity for architects, designers, urban designers, graphic designers, interior designers, landscape architects and architecture & design students to receive the international exposure and acknowledgement that their exceptional work deserves.
Submission Deadline is February 25, 2022
Winners will be revealed on June 24, 2022.
Previously on e-architect
AZ Awards 2020
2020 AZ Awards Winners
AZ Awards 2019
2019 AZ Awards Finalists
AZ Awards Architecture Competition 2018, Canada – International
* Entries are juried by a panel of architects & designers at the forefront of their professions
* Finalists and Winners are to be published in the AZ Awards Annual issue and are recognized at the AZ Awards Gala in June
* Student winner receives a $5000 cash prize
28 Jun 2017
AZ Awards 2017 Winners
Winners of AZ AWARDS 2017 – Architecture Competition, Canada – International
Canadian contemporary design publication Azure magazine annually welcomes designers, architects, firms, manufacturers, and students from all design disciplines worldwide to send in the best of their work for a chance to win.
There were 813 submissions from 41 different countries in 2017.
From this, 20 projects were selected fort their excellent and innovative design:
Best Residential Architecture, Single Family – Jean Verville Architecte: FAHOUSE, Eastern Townships, Canada.
Best Residential Architecture, Multi-Unit – Hiroyuki Ito Architects: Tatsumi Apartment House, Tokyo, Japan.
Best Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres – Patkau Architects: Audain Art Museum, Whistler, Canada.
Best Architecture Under 1,000 Square Metres – Anmahian Winton Architects: Gemma Observatory, New Hampshire, U.S.
Best Recreational Architecture – Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects: Five Fields Play Structure, Lexington, U.S.
Best Temporary & Demonstration Architecture – Peoples Architecture Office: Peoples Canopy, Preston, U.K.
Best Lighting Installations – CannonDesign and NEUF Architect(e)s: CHUM Passerelle, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Best Landscape Architecture – Turenscape: Quzhou Luming Park, Quzhou City, China.
Unbuilt Concept – Adamiczka Consulting: A Church for the Local Community, Wroclaw, Poland.
Best Residential Interior – Desai Chai Architecture: Photographers Loft, New York, U.S.
Best Institutional & Commercial Interior – Neri&Hu Design and Research Office: The HUB Performance and Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China.
Best A+ Student Award – Students of Kansas State University: Preston Outdoor Education Station, Cottonwood Falls, U.S.
Best Furniture Design – Republic of Fritz Hansen: Pair Chair, by Benjamin Hubert.
Best Furniture System – Keilhauer: Hangout Collection, by EOOS.
Best Lighting Fixtures – Flos: Infra-Structure, by Vincent Van Duysen.
Best Interior Products – Young Projects: Pulled Plaster Panels.
Best Architectural Products – Rimadesio: Soho Doors, by Giuseppe Bavuso.
Best Experiential Graphic Design – Volume: Bloomberg SF Tech Hub, San Francisco, U.S.
Best Environmental Leadership – Michael Green Architecture: T3 Minneapolis, Minneapolis, U.S.
Best Social Good – OPSYS: Extraction, Venice, Italy.
All images courtesy of Azure
28 Feb 2017
2017 Design Contest
AZ AWARDS 2017 – Architecture Competition, Canada – International
April 2017: Finalists notified
April 6 to May 5, 2017: People’s Choice
Friday, June 23, 2017: AZ Awards Gala
June 2017: AZ Awards Annual released
The design contest is open to:
•Designers and design firms from all disciplines
•Architects, landscape architects and architectural firms
•Post-secondary students enrolled in design and architecture programs in 2016
•Clients and manufacturers
•Projects must be completed by December 31, 2016
•Products must be prototyped or in production
•Concepts must have been developed or presented for the first time in 2016
Each project is evaluated on its own merits according to the following criteria:
•Aesthetics: Is the design contemporary, visually and intellectually stimulating? Does it provoke curiosity, have the capacity to uplift spirits or simply delight?
•Function: How well does it serve its intended use? Does it effectively resolve problems?
•Creativity: Does it incorporate a unique approach, use a new medium or materials? Is it technologically innovative, forward-looking?
•Social and Environmental Responsibility: Does it make respectful use of materials and resources? Does it possess a long life span? Does it contain recycled materials and/or can it be recycled? Does it provide a social benefit?
Monday, January 3, 2017: AZ Awards opens for submissions
Wednesday, February 1: Early-bird deadline
Tuesday, February 21: Submissions close
Deadline Extended to Friday, February 24 at 12noon est
19 Feb 2016
AZ Awards 2016
Now in its 6th year, the AZ Awards attracts entries from some of the most innovative firms around the world. In 2015, over 700 architects, landscape architects, product designers, interior designers, students and manufacturers from 43 countries entered the AZ Awards. From this impressive number of entries, the jury selected 66 finalists, singled out for their innovative design, environmental or social benefit, or for simply evoking, as Vitruvius called it, delight.
AZ Awards 2014
Last chance! The 2014 AZ Awards for Design Excellence closes Wed, Feb 26!
Deadline is now February 26, 2014 @ 12noon EST (but the backend will be open until Friday 28th February).
The 2014 AZ Awards for Design Excellence closes Feb 26. Take this opportunity to have your work viewed by Ron Arad, Diego Burdi, Jamie Gray, Patricia Patkau and Charles Waldheim.
Design Competition in 2013
AZ AWARDS – Architecture Competition, Canada – International
Feb 26 2013 – extended submission deadline
The deadline has been extended to February 26, 2013 at 12noon est.
25 Feb 2013 – update – the jury: Furniture manufacturer Giulio Cappellini, architect Shirley Blumberg, product designer Todd Bracher, landscape architect Ken Smith, interior designer George Yabu and architect Todd Saunders.
AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine announces the opening of submissions to the AZ AWARDS January 2, 2013. The 3rd annual international competition celebrates excellence in design.
SUBMISSIONS OPEN JANUARY 2, 2013
Submissions are open to designers and design firms from all disciplines, manufacturers and clients.
AZ AWARDS Categories
– Architecture: single-family, and multi-unit residential, commercial & institutional, landscapes, temporary & demonstrational spaces
– Design: furniture, furniture systems, lighting, interior products
– Interiors: residential, commercial & institutional
– Concepts: unbuilt competition entries, other unrealized concepts
– A+ Award: $5000 prize for work developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2012.
Sponsored by TD Bank Group.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: FEBRUARY 22, 2013
20 Jun 2011
AZ Awards Winners – 2011
AZURE has revealed the winners of its first annual AZ AWARDS. An exhibition produced by AZURE and presented by opened to the public on Saturday at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, and runs until September 25.
These awards are the first of their kind: the only international, multi-disciplinary design competition in Canada. Representing a global snapshot of the world of design, submissions were open to designers, architects and firms of all disciplines, as well as students in these fields. To be eligible, designs and concepts had to be realized by 2010.
The high-calibre international jury included landscape architect Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier Landscape Architects (Montreal), architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta (Oslo/New York), designer and consultant Patty Johnson of Patty Johnson Design (Toronto), architect and product designer Eero Koivisto of Claesson Koivisto Rune (Stockholm) and interior designer Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg (Toronto/New York). In March, the expert panel conferred at Toronto’s Hotel Le Germain, narrowing the field from an impressive 600 entries arriving from 25 countries to a shortlist of 52 finalists. From there, they selected the 14 outstanding winners.
“The AZ AWARDS shows the high calibre of Canadian design by pitting it against the best in the world,” said Nelda Rodger, editor-in-chief of AZURE. “This competition is the next step in AZURE’s mission to provide our readers with visionary and engaging coverage of the international contemporary design scene.”
During the month of April, the public was also given the chance to vote online for their favourite designs in the People’s Choice Awards.
(*Indicates both jury-selected and People’s Choice Winner)
Residential Architecture: Linear House, by Patkau Architects (Canada)
photograph : James Dow
– People’s Choice: 60 Richmond East, by Teeple Architects (Canada)
Commercial and Institutional Interiors: Scandinave Les Bains, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada)
photo : Marc Cramer
Spa Scandinave Montréal
– People’s Choice: DRU Cultural Factory, by M&R Interior Architecture (The Netherlands)
Unbuilt Concepts: Musée National des Beaux-Arts, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada)
photo © Les Photographes Kedl, 2004
Musée National des Beaux-Arts Quebec
– People’s Choice: Openair, by Jet Architecture, CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group (Canada/China)
Commercial and Institutional Architecture: Long Studio, by Saunders Arkitektur (Norway)*
Temporary and Demonstration Architecture: NY-11-18-02-10, by Campaign (UK)
– People’s Choice: Ontario Pavilion, by Hariri Pontarini Architects (Canada)
Residential Interiors: Surry Hills Warehouse, by Ian Moore Architects (Australia)
– People’s Choice: Crosstown Loft, by Campos Leckie Studio (Canada)
Landscape Architecture: Ballast Point Park, by McGregor Coxall (Australia)
– People’s Choice: Trinity College Quadrangle, by gh3 (Canada)
Other Unrealized Concepts: Metropolitan Vertical Amusement Park, by Ju-Hyun Kim (USA)*
Student Work: Temporary Mosque, by Alex Josephson, University of Waterloo (Canada)
– People’s Choice: Visions of Settlement, by Katherine Kovalik, University of Waterloo (Canada)
Furniture Design: Ply Shelves, by Matter Design and CW Keller (USA)*
Furniture Systems Design: Invitrium Recyclable Kitchen, by Valcucine (Italy)*
Lighting Design: Softlight, by Molo (Canada)
People’s Choice: Canopy, by United Visual Artists (UK)
Interior Product Design: SensoWash Stark, by Duravit (Germany)*
For the Jury Award: Hydroelectric Lamp, by Hierve (UK)
– People’s Choice: OMS Stage, by 5468796 Architecture (Canada)
AZ AWARDS – 2011
AZ AWARDS for Design Excellence, International
1 Mar 2011 deadline – submission by 11:59 pm ET
AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine announces the opening of submissions to the AZ AWARDS, its first annual international competition celebrating excellence in design.
Online submissions are open to designers and design firms from all disciplines, manufacturers and clients for work completed before December 31, 2010.
The 13 categories are:
DESIGN: furniture, furniture systems, lighting, interior products
ARCHITECTURE: residential, commercial & institutional, landscapes, temporary & demonstration spaces
INTERIORS: residential, commercial & institutional
CONCEPTS: unbuilt competition entries, other unrealized concepts
A+ AWARD: students are eligible for the $2,500 prize
Entries will be juried by a panel of international experts including:-
– CLAUDE CORMIER of Claude Cormier Landscape Architects
– CRAIG DYKERS of Snøhetta
– PATTY JOHNSON
– EERO KOIVISTO of Claesson Koivisto Rune
– GLENN PUSHELBERG of YABU PUSHELBERG
Winners will be featured in the AZURE AWARDS ANNUAL on newsstands Jun 2011.
Submissions deadline for the AZ Awards was 1 Mar 2011.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
American Institute of Architects Gold Medal
Canadian Architectural Designs
Canada Architecture Design – chronological list
Canadian Building Designs – architectural selection below:
Fredericton Performing Arts Centre, New Brunswick
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
image courtesy of architects
Fredericton Performing Arts Centre, New Brunswick
New Central Library, Alberta
Architects: Snøhetta and DIALOG
photography © Michael Grimm
New Central Library in Calgary
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