The 2021 program theme spotlights architecture for a changing world

Architizer announces 2021 shortlist for its "A + Awards", the world’s largest and most democratic architectural awards program, which honors the best architecture and spaces from around the globe. The 2021 program theme spotlights architecture for a changing world. With more than 5,000 entries from 100+ countries, the program’s illustrious Jury has selected Finalists in each of the program’s 94 categories. The 470 projects that made the cut achieved high marks across the judging criteria, which include points for form, function, and social and environmental impact.


He Art Museum by Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Shunde, China
Photo credit: He Art Museum

This year’s Finalists paint a compelling picture of what exceptional contemporary architecture looks like today, and reveal new ways in which architects are responding to the most pressing global challenges. From pop-up medical clinics for COVID-19 treatment to educational centers for studying climate change to novel approaches to public housing, the 2021 Finalists reflect a collective desire to meet the needs of society through design.


St. Carolus Hospital Screening Facility by AT-LARS, Jakarta, Indonesia
Photo credit: William Sutanto

The shortlisted projects all employ innovations to meet the unique needs of their users and stakeholders while showing unprecedented variety in program, geography, and formal design.


The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl's School by Diana Kellogg Architects, Jaisalmer, India
Photo credit: Vinay Panjwani

Select 2021 Finalists include:

See the full list of Finalists here.

"It’s a common cliche, but all submissions displayed the highest standards of design...great to see categories relating to the environment and new materials show such beautiful and thought-provoking work.” Heinz Richardson (A+Awards Juror)


Presence in Hormuz 02 by ZAV Architects, Hormuz Island, Iran
Photo credit: ZAV Architects

Selecting the shortlisted projects were some of the design industry’s most renowned practitioners and thinkers, such as Alison Brooks (Principal & Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects), Nader Tehrani (Founding Principal, NADAAA ), Lesley Lokko (Director, African Futures Institute ), David Benjamin (Co-Founder, The Living ), and Tao Liu and Chunyan Cai (Founders, Atelier Tao+C ). Other members of the A+Awards prestigious 250+ Jury Academy include luminaries from the fields of art, technology, fashion, media, business, and real estate.

See the complete Jury list here.


Stepping Park House by VTN Architects (Vo Trong Nghia Architects), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Photo credit: Hiroyuki Oki

The A+Awards is unique among global architectural awards not just for its diverse Jury — shortlisted projects are also judged by the voting public. With the aim to break architecture out of the echo chamber, each season Architizer invites design students, enthusiasts, building occupants, and the general public to vote for their favorite work. In 2020, over 400,000 ballots were cast.


One Hundred by Studio Gang, St. Louis, United States
Photo credit: Tom Harris

“In a period of unprecedented global uncertainty, we want to remind the world how architecture and design impact people’s everyday lives. We are all deeply affected by the spaces that surround us, and these are our awards.” Marc Kushner (Architizer Founder)

In collaboration with its official partners The AIA,RAIC,v2com,Aesthetica, and Space, Architizer will announce the 2021 A+Awards Winners on July 7, 2021. Winners will be featured in Architizer: The World's Best Architecture, the year’s definitive architectural guide, published by Monacelli.

About Architizer

Based in NYC, it has started its online platform from 2009. This is the largest online community of architects in the world, which provides information on outstanding architecture, interior, furniture, and products throughout the world. Architizer has hosted the A+Award annually, since 2013. Their core mission is to empower architects. Through its inspiring content, building-product marketplace, awards program, and vast online reach, Architizer connects architects with the tools they need to build better buildings, better cities, and a better world.