The annual AZ Awards, launched by Azure magazine in 2011, celebrates the best design and architecture around the world and provides an international platform for both emerging and established talents. It is one of the most influential awards programs of its kind, globally.
Now open for submissions, the 2019 AZ Awards welcomes entries from architects, landscape architects, product designers, interior designers, students and manufacturers. A jury of their internationally renowned peers will evaluate the submissions, singling out the innovative finalists on the basis of their aesthetics, functionality, creativity, and environmental or social benefit – or for simply evoking, as Vitruvius called it, delight.
In 2018, the AZ Awards celebrated its most successful program yet, attracting almost 1,000 entries from 46 countries – from which the jury selected 64 finalists. Past juries have included Claire Weisz, Giulio Cappellini, Ron Arad, Craig Dykers, Michel Rojkind, Janet Rosenberg and Megan Torza. Stay tuned to find out who will be on the 2019 AZ Awards jury.
The AZ Awards offers the opportunity for design and architecture professionals worldwide to step into the spotlight, elevate their profile, and raise public awareness for their firm and their clients – and it provides both winners and finalists with unprecedented exposure and international recognition. This includes being published in Azure’s Annual AZ Awards Issue, on Azure’s online and social media channels, and on the communication platforms of AZ Awards’ international media partners.
The winners are revealed at the AZ Awards Gala in June. The gala has become the must-attend industry event of the season. Over 400 top architects, designers and related professionals meet and mingle with the finalists, who have travelled to Toronto from as far away as Japan, India, Austria and Brazil to join in the festivities. Winners take home an AZ trophy created by an exciting designer – in past years, Michael Anastassiades, Philippe Malouin and Omer Arbel have designed trophies for the AZ Awards. The gala also welcomes an annual international guest of honour; last year’s was Winy Maas, co-founder of the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV. Look for announcements later this year about our special gala guest and the AZ trophy designer.
The 2019 AZ Awards is presented by Ceragres, Keilhauer and Landscape Forms, and sponsored by Cosentino, George Brown College School of Design and TAS. The AZ Awards Gala sponsors are Alpi and Scavolini.
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Competition opens: January 2, 2019
Early-bird deadline: February 1, 2019
Competition closes: February 19, 2019
Finalists notified: April 2019
People’s Choice voting: April and May, 2019
AZ Awards Gala in Toronto: June 2019
Winners featured in the AZ Awards Annual: June 2019
The 2019 AZ Awards are 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 2018
– Clients and manufacturers
– Projects must be completed by December 31, 2018
– Products must be prototyped or in production
– Concepts must have been developed or presented for the first time in 2018
Architecture: Residential Buildings; Commercial and Institutional Buildings over 1,000 square metres; Commercial and Institutional Buildings under 1,000 square metres; Temporary and Demonstration Projects
Landscape Architecture: Public and Private Landscapes
Interiors: Residential Spaces; Commercial and Institutional Spaces
Design: Furniture; Furniture Systems; Lighting Fixtures; Lighting Installations; Interior Products; Architectural Products
Experiential Graphic Design
Concepts: Unbuilt Buildings; Concepts/Prototypes
A+ Award: projects developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2018. The winner of the A+ Award receives a $5,000 cash prize.
All entries may be considered for the Social Good Award and/or the Environmental Leadership Award by election. A winner in each of these two categories will be selected. Projects may be entered in one or both categories. For the Social Good Award, projects must advance social equity and have a positive impact on the collective realm. For the Environmental Leadership Award, projects must show sensitivity and respect for the use and management of natural resources throughout their lifecycle, especially with respect to materials and energy use.
Online entry portal and more information at awards.azuremagazine.com
Martha Schwartz’s participation at the AZ Awards Gala is made possible by the support of Dark Tools.