With a whole new category of urban design, the AZ Awards kick off a new decade. Now is the time to submit your best work. | News

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The AZ Awards have recognized excellence in design and architecture around the world for over a decade now. Since AZURE launched the AZ Awards in 2011, the program has grown in size, scope and momentum to be internationally recognized for its influence in the global spheres of design and architecture. The 2021 edition of the AZ Awards adds the all-new category of urban design, encouraging developers to submit their projects.

The rewards program welcomes entries until February 25 and promises to attract entries from some of the most forward-thinking companies from all corners of the world.

Winner 2020 – Studio Lotus: Krushi Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, India / Winner and People’s Choice – Social Good

In 2020 – the 10th anniversary of the AZ Awards – the program received projects from more than 1,200 architects, landscape architects, product designers, interior designers, students and manufacturers from 47 countries. From this unprecedented number, the international jury of experts selected 68 extraordinary finalists.

This year, our jury of internationally renowned practitioners in the fields of product design, architecture, landscape architecture and interiors will meet remotely from their homes and offices around the world to assess applications. Former jurors included Thom Mayne, Nader Tehrani, Nina-Marie

Lister, Philippe Malouin, Marion Weiss, Omar Gandhi, Craig Dykers, Michel Rojkind and Brigitte Shim. Stay tuned to find out who will be the 2021 AZ Awards jury members!

2020 Winner – Johnson Chou: ShadowBox, Toronto, Canada / Winner – Residential Interiors

The winners will be announced at the AZ Awards gala in Toronto in June. The gala became the event of the season, an exciting evening with other members of the industry’s elite. Every year – with the exception of 2020, when we hosted our online gala – nearly 500 top architects, designers and industry professionals come together to meet, mingle and celebrate the finalists and winners. Former finalists have come from as far away as South Korea,

Austria, Brazil, Peru and Japan join in the festivities. The gala also welcomes an international guest of honor each year; Guests from previous years included legendary landscape architect Martha Schwartz, architect Winy Maas (co-founder of Dutch architectural firm MVRDV) and designer Gaetano Pesce.

The winners take home the AZ Awards trophy, recreated each year by a distinguished designer. In recent years, figures such as Luca Nichetto, Michael Anastassiades, Matt Carr, Philippe Malouin, Karim Rashid and Omer Arbel have designed trophies for the AZ Awards. Look for announcements later this year about our special guest at the gala and the designer of the 2021 AZ Awards trophy.

Azure and its partners encourage design and architectural professionals, developers, students and manufacturers to submit their work to the AZ Awards for the opportunity to gain global recognition, improve their profile and educate the public about their business and their customers.

Closing of submissions Tuesday February 25, 2021 (early submissions end January 31, 2021).

Online registration portal and more information on awards.azuremagazine.com

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