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Design Awards

Recognizing outstanding architectural projects by architects practicing in Texas. The 2020 Call for Entries is now open.

Design Awards

Recognizing outstanding architectural projects by architects practicing in Texas. The 2020 Call for Entries is now open.

Program Overview

The Texas Society of Architects Design Awards program recognizes outstanding architectural and urban design projects by architects practicing in Texas to promote public interest in design excellence. The competition focuses statewide attention on the quality of our built environment while highlighting the important role architects play in every community.

2020 Call for Entries

We are now accepting entries for our 2020 Design Awards competition. For a project to be eligible, construction must have been completed after January 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted by the design architect, who must have been registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners at the time the project was executed.

Before submitting your entries, you will need a free Submittable account. If you already have an existing Submittable account, you can use it to submit your entries. Click this link if you need any additional information regarding your account.

The 2020 Design Jury is: Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Olson Kundig, Seattle; Stella Betts, LevenBetts, NYC; Dan Kaplan, FAIA, FXFOWLE, NYC; and Michel Rojkind, Rojkind Arquitectos, Mexico City.

Eligible Project Types

The TxA Design Awards seek to recognize a broad range of project types, addressing a full spectrum of architectural innovations and urban solutions. The scope of projects we encourage encompasses:

  • New construction
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Pure restoration
  • Renovation of historically significant buildings
  • Completed urban design projects

Entry Guidelines

Entries should demonstrate the following design features: 

  • The positive impact on individuals and communities that use the project; 
  • Effectiveness in accomplishing the goals of clients and users; 
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency; and 
  • Appropriateness of visual character.

See full eligibility guidelines and criteria on Submittable.

Entry Deadline:

April 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

2019 Winners

The 2019 Design Award winners were announced on May 10, during a Livestreamed panel discussion with the jurors held at the TxA offices. The jury selected 28 projects from among 247 entries. The winning projects were featured in the November/December issue of Texas Architect magazine and recognized at our 80th Annual Conference & Design Expo in Galveston.

View the winner announcement.   

Read about the projects in Texas Architect.