Entry Guideline

AR Emerging Architecture Awards (AREA)

Entry Guideline

Now in their twentieth year, the AR Emerging Architecture awards support young architects and designers at a key stage in their career, promoting their best work to a worldwide audience. Previous winners have included Carla Juaçaba, Shigeru Ban, Rick Joy, Anna Heringer, Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Neri & Hu, Frida Escobedo, and Avenier Cornejo – while the AR can take no credit for their individual talents, the award galvanised the success of these architects by promoting them on a global stage.

  • There is a prize fund of £10,000
  • All finalist projects will be published in a special edition of The Architectural Review this November
  • All finalists will present to our world-renowned judging panel at WAFVirtual 2020 - 30 November - 4 December. 
  • All finalists will be invited to join the AR editorial team, judges and partners at an exclusive eve-of-presentation dinner in Lisbon (June 23-25 2021).
  • Awards will be presented at an invited drinks reception in central Lisbon.
  • All finalist projects will be exhibited on the AR stand at WAF
  • All finalists will be invited to make brief presentations on a WAF stage (WAF 2021).
  • All finalists will receive a complimentary three-day World Architecture Festival 2021 delegate pass (£1249 GBP)
  • The AR will make a contribution to finalists’ travel costs based on location
  • All entered projects will appear on the AR Emerging Architecture awards website 


  • Read the entry criteria below
  • Register your details on our online entry portal
  • Submit your entry (3x A3 boards in PDF format 297 x 420 mm approximately - 11.7 x 16.5 in)., without trim lines or bleed, not to exceed 12MB in size) via the entry form. Please ensure you include your booking reference number on all communications. You do not have to send physical boards to us. See examples here; boards by Yu Momoeda; boards by Carla Juaçaba and boards by Johansen Skovsted.
  • Submit your payment online.


Standard rate (£299 + VAT) - from 20 June 2020

Deadline Extended: 18 September 2020



Up-and-coming practices involved in architecture, urban and landscape design whose qualifications are recognised by their local accreditation organisations. Practice founders must be under the age of 45 on 4 December 2020.

Project types
Rather than focusing on a single, completed building, the AR Emerging Architecture awards will recognise excellence in an overall body of work. We still encourage a wide range of design projects: new builds, refurbishments, interiors, furniture, infrastructure, pop-ups, as well as product, urban and landscape design, with no restriction of scale, programme, budget or location.

Portfolio submission
Individuals and practices are invited to submit portfolios comprising three projects:

One completed, built project: either a temporary or permanent structure, this project should have been completed after January 2015
One work in progress: still on the drawing board or currently on site, this project should be due to complete after December 2020
One idea: this is your chance to show your broader interests. The idea could be an unsuccessful competition entry, the design of an exhibition or piece of furniture (realised or not), a storyboard, an essay or publication, etc.

Three projects per entry
Each portfolio should show all three projects, with one board per project – multiple schemes entered on one board will not be accepted. Neither will CD's, videos, transparencies, physical models or prototypes. As there is a new jury, work entered in previous years or for other AR awards may be resubmitted on new boards.

Entry fee
If the work is submitted by 14 February 2020, candidates will pay the super early bird entry fee of £149 + VAT. After this date, the earlybird rate takes place for £199+VAT until 19 June. After this date the fee for each submitted portfolio is £299 + VAT. Payment can be made online by credit card, or by invoice if the entry total is over £300. Please follow the steps on the website to pay online. Entries will not be accepted without payment.

Each entry should be designed on three A3 sized boards (one for the completed built project, one for the work in progress, one for the idea) to be provided digitally via the entry form, and must include photography, drawings and a brief written description in English – the location of the submission is helpful to the jury. The boards can be in landscape or portrait format, and maximum board size is 297 x 420 mm (approx. 11.7 x 16.5 in).

To ensure anonymity in shortlisting, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any part of the board. When you register your details online, you will be given a reference number. Please ensure this reference number is provided in the file name and on the board when uploading via the entry form. Only after the finalists have been selected will the identity of the winners be revealed.


Due to the global impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the AR Emerging Architecture Awards will now take place from 23 to 25 June 2021 at the FIL exhibition centre, Lisbon to coincide with the new WAF dates. Judging for this year’s shortlist will however take place digitally during the WAFVirtual week (30 November – 4 December 2020).

Winners announcement
The winners announcement will take place at WAF, Lisbon 23-25 June 2021, where finalists and the winner will be presented with their certificates and awards. 

The Peter Davey Prize
The Peter Davey Prize is a prize awarded to the editors’ choice, inaugurated in 2018 to celebrate the twentieth edition of Emerging Architecture and named after the AR’s 11th Editor Peter Davey, who founded these awards in 1999 and sadly passed away in the spring of 2018. Its first recipients were Aulets Arquitectes from Mallorca, Spain.

Panel discussions
On Friday 25 June 2021, there will be the opportunity for finalists to take part in am AREA panel discussion at WAF 2021.

World Architecture Festival programme
The AREA winner will be invited to the WAF Gala Dinner on Friday 25 June 2021, where they will be re-presented with their prize in front of 800 architects from around the world.


Printed magazine
Finalists will be published in the November 2020 issue of The Architectural Review, displayed on the AR website, and promoted on social channels.

Finalists will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival on the AR stand. Entries may be used at other exhibitions around the world to promote AREA.

Other media
We will provide information on all winning, highly commended and commended entries to other architectural magazines, newspapers, websites and relevant media worldwide to build international recognition for finalists and the winner.

Publishing material
Additional photography, drawings and complementary information from successful entrants will be requested at the end of September. Entrants will acknowledge that The Architectural Review has the right to reproduce materials in whole or part without payment of copyright. Where we are made aware of their names, photographers will be acknowledged.

Use of images in promotional material
The Architectural Review also reserves the right to make use of images of winning projects, both in print and digital media, for editorial and promotional material in connection with the AR Emerging Architecture awards. For instance, this might include publicising an exhibition (of winning entries), a lecture series (featuring the winning architects), or promoting the awards themselves. Use of material in this capacity either in whole or part will not attract payment of copyright. Where we are made aware of their names, photographers will be credited.


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