2014 AZ Awards for excellence in architecture and design

AZURE Magazine’s AZ AWARDS is an 

international competition recognizing

excellence in design. Entries are juried 

by a multidisciplinary panel of experts.

IMPORTANT DATES

→ Deadline for submissions Friday, February 21, 2014
→ Finalists will be notified in April 2014
→ People’s Choice voting takes place in April 2014
→ Winners will be featured in the AZ Awards annual on newsstands in June 2014
GUIDELINES
→ Entries must be submitted and received via the online entry system by 12 midnight EST on February 21, 2014.
→ All images must be jpg format, 300 dpi resolution and no larger than a 8.5″x 11″ print size.
→ Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.
ELIGIBILITY
→ Designers and design firms from all disciplines
→ Architects, landscape architects and architectural firms
→ Post-secondary students enrolled in design and architecture programs in 2013
→ Clients and manufacturers
→ Projects must be completed by December 31, 2013
→ Products must be prototyped or in production
→ Concepts must have been developed or presented for the first time in 2013
JUDGING CRITERIA
→ Is the design contemporary, visually and intellectually stimulating, forward looking, socially relevant and technically innovative?
→ Does the design have a beneficial social and ecological impact? i.e., is the design sustainable, socially responsible, environmentally friendly; does it possess a long life span, contain recycled materials, can it be recycled?
→ Does the design have the ability to uplift spirits, generate curiosity or simply delight?
GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
→ All information and requested materials must be provided or the submission will be disqualified without notice or return of payment.
→ Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes AZURE Publishing Inc. to publish the submission in the print edition of AZURE Magazine, on azuremagazine.com, and any websites affiliated with the AZ Awards competition. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes.
→ No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
→ Submissions become the property of AZURE.
CATEGORIES
DESIGN
Furniture – residential furniture, office and contract furniture, garden furniture
Furniture systems – office systems, kitchen and bath furniture systems, storage systems
Lighting – indoor and outdoor fixtures, lighting systems, lighting installations
Interior products – wall and floor coverings, housewares, fixtures and fittings, textiles, window coverings, appliances, flooring
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings – single-family, multi-unit, new builds, renovations and additions
Commercial and institutional buildings – over 1,000 square metres/under 1,000 square metres
Landscapes – public and private landscapes
Temporary and demonstration – installations, exhibit designs, presentation centres/model suites, theatre sets and displays
INTERIORS
Residential Interiors
Commercial and Institutional Interiors
CONCEPTS
Unbuilt Competition Entries – Projects previously entered for competition
Concepts and Prototypes – Other concepts and/or prototypes not previously entered for competition

A+ AWARD
Student Work – any industrial design product, architectural structure, interior space or unbuilt/unrealized concept developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2013. Winners will receive a $5000 cash prize sponsored by TD Bank Group.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
All finalists are eligible to receive the People’s Choice Award, decided by the general public. Voting will take place during the month of April 2014, on azuremagazine.com.
FEES
→ $150 per entry
→ $30 for A+ student award submissions
Each entry includes a 1-year digital subscription to AZURE
Magazine valued at $25.95 CAD.
Full payment must be received by the submission deadline. Entries submitted without the appropriate submission fee will not be eligible for judging. Payments are only accepted online.
SUBMISSION SPECS
→ All images must be jpg format, 300 dpi resolution and no larger than a 8.5″ x 11″ print size.
→ Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.
→ Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes AZURE Publishing Inc. to publish the submission in the print edition of AZURE Magazine, on azuremagazine.com, and any websites affiliated with the AZ Awards competition. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes.
DESIGN
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 5 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process. (pdf only)
ARCHITECTURE
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, location, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
INTERIORS
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, location, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
CONCEPTS
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
Substituting drawings/renderings in place of photographs can be made in this category as long as the total number of files does not exceed thirteen.
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
A+ AWARD
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 5 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
CONTACT
For general info: azure@azureonline.com
For technical issues: azawards@adbeast.com

For more about last year’s competition and awards presentation, a couple of blogs have been included for your review: