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Submissions open through
May 19, 2024

Design Awards

The A+D Museum Design Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements and innovative spirit in the fields of architecture and design. These awards recognize the talent and hard work of individuals and collectives who transcend traditional boundaries, setting new standards of excellence and fostering interdisciplinary exchanges. By spotlighting these outstanding contributions, the awards aim to inspire the design community, showcasing the transformative power of design in shaping our world.

This year, we are also delighted to feature the winners in an exhibition at the A+D Museum, providing a unique platform to display their visionary work. It's an opportunity to engage with groundbreaking designs and to be part of an evolving dialogue on the future of architecture and design.

Submission Date

The 2024 A+D Design Awards submissions period is open through May 19, 2024 at 11:59PM, PST.

Design Awards Categories

  • Wearables
  • Printed Matter
  • On The Screen
  • Realtime & Interactive
  • AI & Generative Art
  • Landscape Techtonics
  • Sustainable Solutions
  • Small Scale
  • Medium Scale
  • Large Scale


$80 USD ($25 for students)

Submissions are open to all disciplines and levels, with a fee of $80 per project, and $25 for students. This fee is considered a donation and goes directly to supporting the museum’s mission. Please include your Paypal Transaction ID in the submission form to confirm that payment has been made. Submit your fee via Paypal here.

Fee Waiver

If the fee presents an obstacle to submission we ask that you contact the A+D Museum at with the headline “Design Awards Waver Application” and we will work with you.

Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be submitted as PDFs via thisGOOGLE FORM.
  • If submitting a Video/Digital project, please include a URL prominently in the PDF.
  • No hard copy submissions are accepted.
  • There is no limit to the number of eligible projects an individual or firm may submit.
  • Each project may be submitted to maximum two categories.A submission fee is required for each entry.
  • Maximum file size 100MB per submission.

  • How Do I Submit?
    1. Go to and navigate to “Guidelines/Submit”
    2. Read through all restrictions, information, and guidelines.
    3. Submit Fee
    4. Fill out Google Form (open on March 11). Please be sure to include your submission information and your Paypal Transaction ID.

    What is the deadline for submissions?

    The Submission deadline is May 19, 2024 at 11:59 PM, PST.

    Do I need to pay before submitting?

    Yes. Each submission fee is considered a donation as it will all go back to supporting the museum as a non-profit institution. Each submission helps us continue to provide a platform for emerging voices in architecture and design. As an inclusive institution we have reserved a number of fee waived submissions. If the submission fee is a barrier please email us at and we will work with you.

    Once I complete the payment and fill out the Google Form, will I receive a confirmation?

    You will receive a confirmation from Google Forms once your submission has been successfully submitted. We will reach out with additional questions/updates if any issues arise.

    How many entries can I submit?

    • You may submit up to two projects per category.
    • You may submit one project into a maximum of 2 categories.
    • Each entry will require a separate fee. For example, if you submit two projects in one category and another project in two additional categories, your overall fee would be $320.

    What dates do I need to know?
    • May 19, 2024: Submission Deadline
    • May 30 - June 7, 2024: Jury Convenes
    • June 12 - 15, 2024: Finalist Jury Convenes
    • June 19, 2024: Winners Announced
    • June 26, 2024: Design Awards Gala
    If I am submitting multiple entries, should I send in multiple google forms?

    No, please only submit one form. Within the form, it will ask you which categories you will be submitting to, and you will be able to upload all your submissions.

    Is there a limit to the amount of images or documents that I submit?

    Yes. Please limit your submissions to one pdf per project. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to upload more than 100mb.

    Who qualifies as a student?

    You must currently be enrolled either part time or full time at an academic institution, or graduated in 2024.

    Can I get a refund and withdraw my submission?

    We will not be offering refunds for submissions. For any inquiries about erroneous payments, please contact

    Can I make changes to my submission?

    For any changes that need to be made to the Google Form, please contact You may make changes to your submission until May 19th at 11:59PM PST.

    Will I be notified if I’ve been selected?

    Yes. You will be notified via email, as well as social media announcement. Be sure to include your Instagram handle, as winners and runner-ups will be tagged.

    What is the jury’s selection process?

    The Jury for each category will review all submissions and make a shortlist of 4 submissions. These will be reviewed in the second jury round for final selection.

    What do the winners receive?
    • Winners will receive an award and certificate.
    • Winners and Runner-Ups will be exhibited in the A+D Museum from August through September 2024 (exact dates TBD).
    • Winners will be featured in our Awards Website Gallery and across all our social media platforms.


    Celebrating a diverse array of creations, including accessories, fashionable wear, and body modification pieces, affirming that if it embellishes the body, it's eligible for consideration.


    This category honors outstanding design in zines, books, and magazines, drawing inspiration from innovative approaches to classical presentation formats.


    Recognizing outstanding conceptual creativity and execution across a spectrum of digital mediums, including short films, digital graphics, visual storytelling, speculative worldbuilding, and more.


    Acknowledging the best in real-time and interactive design, including immersive experiences, metaverse, AR, VR, and video games.


    Honoring artistic expressions through prints, installation art, and short films inspired by AI-driven creative outlets and generative models powered by deep learning technology.


    Celebrating the artistry and innovation in landscape and biophilic design. Whether built or unbuilt, large-scale parks, intimate gardens, installations, and more, this category highlights the transformative impact of design on our relationship with nature.


    Recognizing built or unbuilt projects prioritizing sustainability in architecture, urban design, and community development, this category celebrates eco-friendly initiatives and sustainable infrastructures shaping a resilient future for all.


    Celebrating excellence in (built or unbuilt) small-scale projects, 500 square feet or smaller.


    Celebrating excellence in (built or unbuilt) medium-scale projects, 500 sf - 5,000sf. This category is open to any type of work ranging from built architecture, theater/set design, interior design, industrial design, installations, etc.


    Recognizing outstanding design in (built or unbuilt) projects larger than 5,000sf from the street scale to the urban scale. The concept behind the category comes from the museum’s appreciation of urbanism and scale.

    Support the Awards, Support the Museum

    This event offers a new level of exposure for our donors while ensuring funds raised go directly to supporting the A+D Museum’s mission. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please see the range of sponsorship levels outlined below. Should you have any questions or inquiries about becoming an awards sponsor, please reach out to Stephanie Ibarra, Assistant Director, at

    To become a sponsor, donate through our Paypal Giving Fund. Simply select the "Other" option and submit the amount at the level of your choice. Thank you for your generosity!

    Category Sponsors $5,000

    Category Sponsors will have the chance to select a category they would like to support (subject to availability). The sponsor’s brand & logo will be recognized within all category presentations, including but not limited to in press materials, social media, and at the awards gala.

    Benefits at A Glance
    • Donor name tied to all mentions and presentations of the selected category.
    • Donor logo on Awards website.
    • Donor brand/logo on all press material.
    • Recognition on Social Media posts.
    • Dedicated category e-blast, featuring company branding and an opportunity for brief sponsor message.
    • 4 Tickets to the Design Awards Gala

    Submission Sponsors $2,500

    Submission fees are $80, and $25 for students. Submission Sponsors provide the opportunity for designers and artists to apply for fee waiver.

    Benefits At A Glance
    • Donor logo on Awards website.
    • Donor brand/logo on related press material.
    • Recognition on Social Media posts.
    • 3 Tickets to the Design Awards Gala

    Community Sponsors $500

    Benefits At A Glance
    • Donor logo on Awards website.
    • Donor name on related press material.
    • Recognition on Social Media posts.
    • 1 Ticket to the Design Awards Gala

    Become a Sponsor

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