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2A Asia Architecture Award 2015

United Kingdom Architecture News - Jul 7, 2015 - 09:59   3797 views

2A Asia Architecture Award 2015 :

“The Emergence of Contemporary Architecture in Asia”

2A Magazine is pleased to announce the first annual 2A Asia Architecture Award; 2AAA 2015, which celebrates “The Emergence of Contemporary Architecture in Asia”. 



This  annual international award is to honour architects -individuals or groups- whose substantial contributions to today’s architecture and urbanism  in Asia, have made waves and impact on Asia or even  international architecture scene.

As the Middle East regional source for information regarding architecture, design and art ,2A Magazine has always attempted to avoid the extinction of cultural identity in architecture and art and emphasis on these unique distinctions rather than global modernism. Accordingly this Award will be the context to highlight and recognize the essences of architectural identity in Asia and present them to the audience. 



-Entry takes place in two stages and is free of charge.

-The submission process is completely digital and online.

-It is open to all entrants who can meet these conditions:

The Project should have been built /located in one of the Asian countries.

The project should have been completed on or after 01 January 2001. For Future Projects/Innovative Design sub category entries, the design dates should not be older than 2001.

-The First Stage Entry will close on July 30, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. EEST (UTC/GMT +3 hours).

-Short listed entrants of The First Stage Entry, will be notified by email at the first week of September 2015 to participate in Second Stage.

-Second stage submission due (for shortlisted entries) will be announced subsequently.

-The Second Stage Entry boards could either be printed and mailed to the award administrative office or be submitted online by paying respective print fee.



The following criteria will be considered to recognize and honor a built project/ future project in Asia that has produced significant contributions to humanity and built environment:

Design Achievement;

Technical advancement, includes engineering achievements  and innovative use of materials;

Reflection of sense of place, of ecology and environmental sustainability, and of cultural identity;

Social responsibility and community and urban connectivity;

The effects of economical conditions on the project.


Categories for Completed Projects:

1) Residential (House, Housing)

2) Commercial (Office & Business,  Retail and wholesale, Production)

3) Public (Sport & Leisure, Education, Hospitality, Culture, Mixed Use, Health, Religion, Civic ,Transportation)

4) Urban Projects, Rural Projects, Community-based projects, Landscape & Public Spaces (Including squares and streets)

5) Old and New (Reuse and adaptation, Renovation, Restoration, Regeneration)

6) Interior Design


Future Projects/Innovative Designs

This sub-category is a celebration of excellence for design only /unbuilt or or future projects  that meet the following conditions - regardless of the program and subject, i.e., Function, gross area.

-The site of the project should be located in Asia, having rich ecological, cultural, historical or physical characteristics and features.

-Has Focused on responsive design, having addressed, challenged or responded to an architectural-related issue (physical, ecological, socio- cultural, contextual, technical and..).

-Is based on local or regional studies.

-Introduces or represents an innovative design vision / approach



Sinan Mert Sener -(Turkey) -PhD, Architect, Faculty Dean at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Architecture

Seung H-Sang- (South Korea)-Architect, Founder of IROJE Architects & Planers

Bahram Shirdel -(Iran)- Architect, Director of Shirdel & Associates Architects and urban planners

Romi Khosla-(India)- Architect, Founder of Romi Kholsa Design Studio, Principle Consultant to UNDP, UNESCO and UNOPS

Yavuz Selim Sepin -(Turkey)- Architect, Researcher, Professor of Yildiz Technical University, Maltepe University & Okan University


Awards and Exhibition

-The 2015 Award will be accompanied by an event taking place in Istanbul in 15 and 16 October 2015, including an international conference, the award ceremony, and the exhibition of finalist projects.

-Category winners will be publicly announced on Friday October 16, 2015 in a gathering taking place at ITU (Istanbul Technical University), Istanbul.

-All short listed entries will be displayed in an Exhibition at ITU on October 16 2015.

-The top two winners in each Award category will receive gold and silver medals, respectively.

-Upon Jury’s approving decision there might also be some special mentions in each category.

-The special mentions will receive certificates of recognition and memorial plaques.

-All shortlisted projects will be published in a special edition of 2A Magazine and extra pages will be allocated to the winners and special mentions.

-One representative/architect of each shortlisted entry is invited to attend the whole 2-day event – Conference on 15 October, the Award Ceremony and the shortlist Exhibition on 16 October-free of charge.

-Maximum two of other members of each shortlisted entry can attend the whole event by paying 70% off the price ( Only Prepaid Registration Fee).

-All winner projects may be internationally announced by or published in our media partners. (at their discretion)

-Media interviews might be arranged for lead architects or his/her representative(s).

-There are no cash prizes.


Academic Partner: ITU (Istanbul Technical University)

Cultural Partners:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Iran (RICHT)

Istanbul Bilgi University

Dubai Total Art Gallery

Please click here to see the poster

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