Why enter

  • All entries will be reviewed by an international judging panel and there will be one winner per category as well as an overall winner
  • All entries will be published in the AR Future Projects catalogue, distributed to all AR subscribers and to all MIPIM delegates – view the 2021 catalogue here or purchase a printed copy
  • The overall winner will be invited to present at the live AR Future Projects Talks, promoted to developers and designers, and available for download
  • All winning projects will be promoted on the AR website, emails and via social media, which have a following of over a million readers worldwide
  • All winners will receive a winners’ pack including a trophy, winner’s logo, draft press release and recording of the webinar for their own website and marketing
  • All winning projects will be displayed on the AR Future Projects awards website


How to enter

  • Read the entry criteria below
  • Register your details online , you will receive an email, click on the link to validate your account, or add the validation code. You will need to do this before you can complete your entries.
  • Submit your entry via the online entry form. Your entry should consist of:
    • two A2 boards, uploaded as two separate PDF files containing compressed images – files should not exceed 12Mb and boards need to be anonymous, otherwise they may be disqualified
    • a 200-word summary of your project, written in English – this text will be used for editorial coverage, so please ensure all important information is included
    • four high-resolution JPEG images – two portrait and two landscape, 300mm on the long side at 300dpi and in CMYK
    To submit your entry, agree to the terms and conditions then click the COMPLETE button at the bottom of the page.
  • Login at any time to finish your entry. If you forget your password, please use the reset password link on the login page.

Please note

  • You can view entry board examples of the 2021 overall winner FX Mayr Wellness Eco Retreat in Wenzhou by AIM Architecture: board 1 and board 2 .


Who can enter

For the 12 future project categories below, architects, developers, funders, contractors and anyone else who can demonstrate their involvement in the project that is being submitted is welcome to enter. Both the name of the architect and the name of the client will need to be provided when filling in the entry form

For the student prize , we accept finished projects from students who have graduated in 2021, completing their masters, RIBA Part 2, or equivalent in that year

For the competition entry prize , we accept unsuccessful proposals submitted to an architecture competition that announced its results in 2021. These can’t have won or been commended in the competition, and should be entered by one of their authors


What can be entered

Projects on the drawing board or at an early stage of construction (expected completion date should be after 30 June 2022) that have a client associated to them and fit one of the following 12 categories – please note that, for all categories, it is very important for the judges to understand the context in which the scheme will be built, and judges reserve the right to change the category of entries without informing the entrant

  • Commercial mixed-use
    This category is for buildings and groups of buildings where at least three different uses have been incorporated into a development in significant quantities – cultural elements could be included provided the overall quantum of the proposal is commercial. Judges will be interested in how the whole adds up to more than the sum of the parts, and how the mix of uses is integrated into a successful overall design
  • Community and civic
    This category covers a range of buildings which are commissioned and/or occupied by a public authority, or are example of buildings where the use will be primarily determined by local need. At one end of the scale could be major projects like town halls or civic offices, but smaller public amenities and spaces or building for community uses are also eligible
  • Cultural regeneration
    This category includes significant cultural projects which seek to improve and enhance their surroundings – at the scale of the neighbourhood, the urban quarter or the city – including museums, galleries, concert halls, theatres and opera houses
  • Hotels and leisure
    Hotels, swimming pools, bars, restaurants, casinos and other tourist attractions are welcome in this category, which may also include a mix of uses where leisure is the primary driver. Judges will be interested in the potential customer experience, as well as intelligent planning and striking display
  • Housing
    Entries should comprise apartment blocks or groups of houses – but not one-off houses. Judges will be looking for convincing site planning, careful gradation from domestic to semi-private spaces as well as wider contribution to the local environment. Please submit housing proposals, NOT single-family houses.
  • Infrastructure
    This category includes airports, bridges, rail and mass transit hubs, metro and underground stations, pedestrian and water-related projects. Judges will pay close attention to how these pieces of infrastructure help connect points on the map and improve users’ everyday life
  • New and old
    This category is for projects that exploit, enhance or extend existing buildings, with no specificity of programme. Judges will be interested in the potential of the revitalised space and in the dialogue between new and old elements
  • Offices
    Judges will be looking for evidence of how the proposal creates a pleasant environment in which workplace productivity can flourish. Single buildings or larger developments where offices are the primary building type are all eligible
  • Regeneration and masterplanning
    Entries in this category will involve long-term masterplans intended to transform and improve a large site, neighbourhood or urban quarter, where generations of inhabitants will enjoy a well-planned new or renewed environment. Judges will be looking for evidence of environmental, economic and social benefits to demonstrate how the project will work in the round and why it will last
  • Retail
    Shopping centres, department stores, superstores, malls, significant shops or groups of shops can enter this category. Judges will be interested in new approaches to retail, striking display and customer experience.
  • Sport and stadium
    Sporting facilities, particularly stadiums, often shape entire neighbourhoods around them. Judges will be looking for designs where the experience of sport is matched by the experience of the development as a whole. Projects include stadiums, gymnasiums, sports centres and sports halls.
  • Tall buildings
    This category includes all towers – residential, commercial or other – of more than 30 storeys. Judges will be interested in the elegance of appearance and structure, the clarity and logic of planning, and how the tower contributes to the skyline and to street life at ground level. Buildings have to be more than 30 storeys, but there are no restrictions of programme.

This year we are also looking to receive entries for two new prizes recognising proposals that will not get built – at least not in their current iteration:

  • Student prize
    Architecture school provides young architects with an infinite playing field onto which to speculate, whether critically commenting on the world we live or imagining better tomorrows. This prize will be awarded to a 2021 graduate for a project that is propositional, experimental and radical
  • Competition entry prize
    Unsuccessful competition entries should not be thrown into the bin. This prize seeks to recognise work and ideas that were dismissed by the judging panel of a 2021 design competition, but that architects can learn and draw inspiration from


How much does it cost to enter

Entry Cost - Future Project categories:

Early Bird Rate before 17 December 2021
1 x entry £549
2 x entries £823.50
3 x entries £1098

Standard Rate after 17 December 2021
1 x entry £599
2 x entries £898.50
3 x entries £1198

Student Prize £25

Competition Entry Prize £50

Please note that 20% VAT will be applied to the basket for UK practices. Note - please use the same contact details on your entry submission that match the name on your debit/credit card.

Entry Deadline - 7 January 2022