2A Asia Architecture Award


Historically, Asia’s architecture has tended to be heterogeneous; each civilization – from the Persians to the Chinese, the Indians to the Ottomans – has contributed to the creation of an architectural cartography that established the spatial organization of cities such as Istanbul, Isfahan, Samarkand, Calcutta, Beijing, and Tokyo, and immensely influenced the architectural traditions of the European, African continents. Consequently, Eastern contributions to Western culture and architecture deserve significant scholarly investigation. Nineteenth and twentieth century modernism (as evidenced by the modern movement in architecture in the West) dominated the landscapes and cityscapes in Asia, with largely unpleasant results. With the vast urbanization that has taken place in the later part of the twentieth century, the number of megalopolises that have emerged marks a dominant trend around the world. By the end of the twenty-first century, Asia will have the largest number of megalopolises. Recently, architectural traditions and cultures on the continent of Asia have started to stray from modernism. Architects in Asia are now offering alternatives relevant to their specific geographies and cultures.
As part of its expanding activities 2A is now organizing the 2A Asia Architecture Award (2AAA). This event takes place annually to highlight and celebrate regional and Asian achievements in architecture which will feature awards and exhibitions as well as debates by the participants on the influences and methods. 2A Continental Architectural Award is a critical effort to recognize and acknowledge architects who have engaged in creating and designing buildings and cities in Asia originating from their specific cultural and geographical localities and possess specific quality and characteristics attributable to their local origins. This continent-wide annual award is an attempt to offer long overdue recognition to a whole new class of architects. A specific theme will be determined and announced every year, and the award’s content will be adjusted accordingly.
2ACAA brings up and discusses the following aspects of the contemporary practice of architecture in the world:
• Theoretical visions of culture, customs, politics, economics, history, and other social elements
• Ideas regarding various origins
• Conceptualizations
• Artistic and aesthetic criteria
• Sustainability
• Modern life and technology

2A Asia Architecture Award 2018

2A Magazine is pleased to announce 2AAA 2018, with the theme “Innovative Contextual Architecture in Asia”. Accordingly, the Award is for the recognition of an individual's or group's substantial contribution to today’s architecture in terms of contemporary challenges of the field and region and the projects that can have a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
 This gathering is a profile of the diversity of cultures, identities, themes, ideas, and experiences in architecture and a platform to share, explore and discuss in a professional environment.

The program includes:

• The Award Ceremony

• The exhibition of the candidate projects

• Architectural Presentations by the winners at the award ceremony

• The selection of the "Innovative Project of the Year"


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 including Concept, Strategy and Proceedings.
• Technical advancement includes engineering achievements (structural, mechanical, etc.) and innovative use of materials.
• Reflection of sense of place and of cultural identity and ecology; environmental sustainability (including ecological, and sociocultural sustainability)
• Social responsibility and community and urban connectivity.
• The effects of economical condition on the project.

• Transcendent Dimensions of Architecture (the below text has been provided by: Nader Ardalan)

From a survey review of the projects selected by the 2A Asian and European  Architectural Awards, what are the key, common-ground lessons learned about principles and conditions that support transcendence in architecture and practices that perpetuate access to such realm? How can they serve as "beacons" or “attractors” (from Chaos Theory) that may (1) guide future design efforts toward Transcendent Architecture; (2) empirically indicate its presence; and/or (3) provoke an experiential awareness of the sublime and the ineffable in the perceiving individual?At the core of our search might be the questions: what is transcendent creativity and how may some of the following considerations suggest valuable domains for investigation and inspiration to evoke a viable, common-ground and multi-dimensional framework for achieving in the individual and the collective a profound awareness of potentially holistically sustainable, culturally conscious and integrated 21st-century worldviews about the “Transcendent” in Architecture and environment building?

-Sensual Conditions: These include Tectonics/Materiality that are in direct and inevitable relation with natural Light, without which they couldn’t be fully appreciated. However, this dimension through its tactile, haptic, and other sensual qualities also bring the non-visual nature of architecture into full consideration.

-Formal-Spatial Conditions: These include space-form, geometry (proportion, mathematical order) and scale, which are an inseparable set for what could be best called the ‘Aesthetic Conditions’ of Transcendent Architecture.

-Programmatic Conditions: These cluster a creative, Luminous Building Program and the integration of Motion (access, ritual, and path) into the building design that basically deals with what is happening within and in proximity to the building.

-Temporal Conditions: They address anything that involves duration such as silence, sound and time itself.

-Connectedness Conditions: They bring attention to the myriad ways that architecture must relate to its physical and metaphysical environment: Context (immediate site), Cosmos/Nature (larger scale) and Ontological Axis (relation between measurable and immeasurable)

-Holistic Conditions: This puts together the most phenomenological yet profound effect of Transcendent Architecture: the sense of Unity and the Experience of the Hidden/Manifest.

These questions are especially urgent now, at this threshold of the 21st century threatened by vast impending global crises when critical thinking, at its most profound best, must contend with and challenge the pervading, outdated materialistic notions of reality that have brought us to this tipping point. The current model of ultimate reality holds that all questions can be answered by means of the scientific method of objective observation and measurement and existence is but a temporary, lifeless group of particles and waves that accidentally created separated human consciousness from isolated material realities. This notion is now being doubted by new state of the art paradigms and reinforced by discoveries of ancient wisdom traditions, which contend that our external and internal perceptions are fully intertwined and say that reality is based upon our consciousness which conceives, governs and generates our perceptions of the physical world. [1]

[1] Robert Lanza & Bob Berman, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, BenBella Books, Dallas, 2009

Categories for Completed Projects

For completed projects, the award will be presented in the following categories. All categories are open to practices of all sizes and there is no limit to the amount of categories. You can enter, however one project cannot be entered in two different categories. Please see How to Enter for more details on entries.
1) Residential
A- Apartment
B- Villa
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, Landscape & Public Spaces (Including squares and streets)
5) Old and New (Reuse and adaptation, Renovation, Restoration, Regeneration)
6) Interior Architecture
If you need help to select the right category for your Entry please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Future Projects/Innovative Designs

This sub-category is a celebration of excellence design-only, future or uncompleted projects including entries of regional/ international competitions, that meet the following conditions. We will be looking to champion creation and concept that has pushed its specific typology forward and proven a holistic and effective approach. Also:
• The site of the project is 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, sociocultural, contextual, technical and..).
• It is based on local or regional studies.
• Introduces or represents an innovative design vision / approach.

Please note that:
• Future project category covers all eligible entries, regardless of the project program and subject.
• Except for the date of completion, this category covers and follows the same regulations and procedure for submission as built project categories.
• Student designs including student competition entries are not eligible for participation, however university research-based projects are highly welcome to enter.

Rules, Conditions and the procedure of the 2AAA:

• 2AAA is a one-stage entry/ two-stage judging competition.                                                                                                          

• The First Stage Entry is open to all professional entrants, i.e., Individual architects, urban designers, urban planners, landscape architects, multi-professional teams and Architectural firms and offices.

• Other associated bodies, e.g., clients, developers, contractors, may also enter on behalf of the architect, with their consent.

• Student designs including student competition entries are not eligible for participation

• Join projects between universities and industry are eligible to participate in the competition.

• The First Stage Entry Opening will be announced here. The Entries include two Sheets, introducing the project, in A2 size.

• The candidate projects of The First Stage Entry will be notified by email as well as will be announced in the 2A magazine website.

• The sheets of candidate projects will be printed out and the jury members will choose the winners of each category in a meeting held by 2A Magazine in Iaac school of architecture.

• All projects should have been completed on or after 01 January 2010. For Future Projects/Innovative Design category entries, the design dates should not be older than 2010.

• Future project category covers all eligible entries, regardless of the project program and subject.

• All Projects should have been built /located in one of the European countries. As for Future project category, the site of the project must be located in Europe.

• Participants can submit multiple projects under one website account, and there is no limit on the number of submitted projects.

• Each project can be applied only to a single category of the Award. In another words, one project cannot be submitted under two different categories.

• Winners of the previous 2ACAA are not eligible to participate in the 2ACAA 2018.

• The winners of each category will be invited to present their projects in front of the jury members and the audience.

• The presentation of the winner projects is open for the public visit.

• One project, among all the winners will be chosen as the "Innovative Project of the Year", after the public presentation. The winner of the project will be introduced to a developer.

Note:  The winners will be notified to take part in the award ceremony at least 45 days ahead. The expenses in this regard are covered by our sponsors e.g. flight, etc. 


• 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.

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

• Names and a brief review of all entries will be published in the news part of the website, after the event.

• Clients, developers and investors of the winner projects will receive a Letter of Appreciation.

• Submission of an entry will be taken to imply the granting of permission to publish all material and particulars of the successful schemes, including any jury citation.

• Displayed boards of first-stage nominated projects may be displayed at subsequent events or exhibitions.

• Basically, the medals would be given to the winners of 7 categories of 2A Asia Architecture Award.

"Best Historic Contribution" Award

History and the background of a nation is what makes it significant and forms its culture and context. To save and cherish the valuable legacy that remains from our past is a efficient step towards forming a better future, hence 2A magazine has created an award "Best Historic Contribution" to appreciate the efforts of architects who take time to protect and revive the buildings with historic significance.

Among all the participant of the 2ACAA for Asia and Europe, the best project that has played an important role in the rehabilitation and renovation of a historic texture will be chosen and awarded separately as the "Best Historic Contribution" of the year.


The Judging Stages:

-All the applicants will submit their projects in Two A2(420 x 594 mm) Sheets in PDF format to 2Amagazine.com website in the respective category.

-After the Entry Deadline, the jury members will be provided with an access to the Award database and will rate the projects based on the judging criteria. The Candidate Projects will be chosen.

- In a meeting held by 2A Magazine in IaaC school of architecture, the winners will be chosen.

- The "Innovative Project of The Year" will be announced in the award ceremony after the presentation of the projects by winners.

Entry and Submission Date

The entry opens at June 1st 2018 and closes at June 30th 2018, 4:00 pm CET.

Submission Fee

The entrance fee for each project is 150 USD.

Note1: This fee will be charged online at the submission process.

Note2: In case of inaccessibility to online payment, please contact us at info@2amagazine.com (for more information)

Note3: This fee covers all the expenses in regard of printing, postage, exhibition, etc.

Copyright Policy

By submitting your project to 2A magazine website, you transfer the copyright of all the submitted materials (texts, pictures, architectural sheets,...) to 2A magazine. 2A Magazine has the privilege to require more publishing materials if needed by contacting the participants by email or telephone.

If there are any misconduct, mistake or lack of credits regarding the project team and designers, 2A magazine has no obligation and the issue concerns the participants directly.