With the array of digital, fabrication, collaboration, and analysis tools available these days, anyone working in the built environment can produce groundbreaking, industry-changing, and meaningful work. To celebrate the state of the art—and the efforts that go behind them—ARCHITECT invites design firms, manufacturers, researchers, students, startups, and innovators in all building-related disciplines to enter our 13th annual R+D Awards. This distinct program honors advances in architecture at every scale, from novel design and construction solutions to high-performance building systems and details, newfound building typologies, and must-have products and digital tools.
While design competitions often focus on the polished results, the R+D Awards program values the process, rigor, trials, and outcomes of tackling a problem, an unmet need, or an industry opportunity. Last year's winners include a customized rainscreen perforated by robots, a 3D knitted fabric tube to alleviate sensory-based anxieties in children, and a free, online database of chemicals and toxins found in building products.
Start today by registering online and starting your submissions—all it takes is an abstract (300 words maximum) followed by support materials (20 pages maximum). Keep it simple. Make it compelling. Your entries will be reviewed by a jury of thought leaders (names forthcoming) who straddle the architecture, technology, and innovation space.
The winners will published in the July 2019 print issue of ARCHITECT and on our website.
Register your submission online by the early bird deadline of April 19, 2019, and pay a $175 processing fee for the first entry, and $95 for each subsequent entry. After that date, the fee increases to $225, with each additional entry at $145. Full-time faculty members, students, and researchers at academic institutions pay a reduced processing fee of $95 per entry.
All submissions must be complete and finalized by Friday, April 26, 2019. We do not anticipate extending the deadline this year. For complete rules and regulations, visit rdawards.com. To see past R+D Awards winners, check out our online archive.