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 The 2022 Residential Architect Design Awards Are Open For Submissions! 

Today ARCHITECT has launched the call for entries to its 23rd annual Residential Architect Design Awards program. RADA recognizes outstanding work and innovations across a wide range of typologies and specialties within residential design. Winning entries of this year's program will be published in the November/December 2022 issue of ARCHITECT with expanded coverage online. Any house or project completed after Jan. 1, 2019, is eligible. You can see the 2021 RADA winners here.

RADA 2022 Deadlines

Regular Submission Deadline: September 2, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EDT
Late Submission Deadline: September 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EDT (will include a late fee of $50 / entry)

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Registration Guidelines
The Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA) recognize outstanding work in advancing residential design. Judging will take place in November 2022. Winning entries will be notified in November 2022, and published in the November/December 2022 issue of ARCHITECT.

The entry process for RADA is entirely digital. Use Chrome or Firefox as your browser when registering and completing the forms.

Eligibility
Entries should be submitted by an architect or designer. Other building industry professionals may submit projects on behalf of an architect or designer. Projects outside the U.S. are welcomed. Any home or project completed after Jan. 1, 2019, is eligible.

Standard Entry Categories (Regular Fee: $160 | Late Fee: $210)

  1. Custom / 3,000 Square Feet or Less
  2. Custom / More Than 3,000 Square Feet
  3. Renovation (residential remodeling and additions) / Adaptive Reuse
  4. Restoration / Preservation
  5. Multifamily Housing
  6. Affordable Housing
  7. Architectural Interiors (build-outs, interior renovations)
  8. Specialized Housing (SROs, shelters, student housing, etc.)
  9. Outbuilding
  10. On the Boards (any unbuilt residential project not yet completed)

Specialty Entry Categories (Regular Fee: $120 | Late Fee: $170)

  1. Kitchen and Bath
  2. Universal Dwelling Design
  3. Architectural Design Detail
  4. New Approaches to Housing and Specialty Homes (built accessory dwelling units, tiny homes, micro-units, multigenerational housing, co-living, co-housing, etc. PLEASE NOTE: submissions in this category must be built. All unbuilt projects should be submitted to Category 10. On the Boards)

Individual projects should be submitted in only one Standard Entry Category. Projects may be submitted to a Standard Entry Category and then to one or more Specialty Entry Categories. 

Important Dates 
Sept. 2, 2022 → Registration deadline for regular entries (pay for your entry by this date; you will have until the regular deadline to upload and complete your support materials)
Sept. 9, 2022 → Submission deadline for regular and late entries

Regular Registration Fees 
$160 → Standard Category Entry
$130 → Specialty Category Entry

Late Registration Fees 
$210 → Standard Category Entry
$180 → Specialty Category Entry

Note: You will be charged the regular fee of $210 per Standard Category Entry and $180 per Special Category Entry for entries registered after 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sept. 9, 2022.  All entry materials, regardless of when they were registered, must be received by 11:59 PM, eastern time, Sept. 9, 2022.

No refunds will be issued.
All materials submitted to the 2022 RADA program become the property of Zonda Media, which will not be responsible or liable for them. Entry fees are non-refundable.

How to Enter
You can register, complete your entry forms, and upload your entry materials (including images, drawings, and plans) by submitting everything through this website in a three-step process.

  • STEP ONE:  Register your project(s) and pay the entry fee(s).
  • STEP TWO:  Fill out the online entry forms and upload your entry materials, as outlined in the next section. With your login credentials, you can return to this website to add to or modify your entry at a later date, up until the final deadline.
  • STEP THREE: Finalize and submit your application. In order to submit your application, you must go through the payment wall at the end of the submission materials section, regardless of whether you submit a regular or late application. In addition, once you finalize and submit an entry, you will not be able to edit it further.

Entry Materials:
Your entry will consist of an online entry form and supporting documents that can be uploaded to this website. The online entry form will ask for the following:

  • Entrant (contact details for the person preparing the entry)
  • Firm (contact details for the firm responsible for the project)
  • Client (contact details and client description)
  • Project (including description, site and zoning constraints, square footage, etc.)

After filling out this information, you will have an opportunity to upload supporting documents for your entry. Files can be .jpg images with a maximum width and height of 2,000 pixels, Microsoft Word .doc files, or .mp4 files. You can upload up to 20 files total, not to exceed 50MB total. 

These supporting documents must include:

  • Photographs of the completed project in .jpg format
  • Site plan, floor plans, and sections in .jpg format

Optional documents include:

  • Energy modeling diagrams, drawings, and model photos, in .jpg format
  • Performance qualifications and diagrams, in Word .doc or .jpg format
  • Videos in .mp4 format 

Rules and Regulations

WHO CAN ENTER  Entries should be submitted by an architect or designer. Other building industry professionals may submit projects on behalf of an architect or designer. Projects outside the U.S. are welcomed. Any home or project completed after Jan. 1, 2019, is eligible.

PUBLICATION  Winners will be featured in ARCHITECT magazine with expanded coverage online. (View the winners of the 2021 RADA  Award.) 

ENTRY CATEGORIES  During the submission process, you will be asked to identify each submission by type (see categories above). Only one category may be selected per submission, and each project may only be entered in one Standard Entry Category. Projects entered in Standard Entry Categories may also be entered in Specialty Entry Categories.

PROCESS DOCUMENTATION  Entries should document the design process, as well as its result. Photographs of the completed project and floor plans are required. Sections and detail drawings are optional. ARCHITECT encourages entrants to include copies of preliminary sketches, alternative preliminary schemes, information on context, precedents for the design, and excerpts from working drawings, all of which should be submitted in .jpg format, with a maximum file height and width of 2,000 pixels.

ANONYMITY  To maintain anonymity in judging, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any submission materials except where specifically requested on the online entry forms. Do not, however, conceal the identity or location of projects. 

ENTRY FORMS  Each submission must be registered online ahead of the submission deadline using this website. Additional materials must also be uploaded to the website prior to the submission deadline.

PUBLISHING RIGHTS  All materials submitted to the 2022 RADA program become the property of Zonda Media. Zonda retains the right to consider all non-winning entries for future publication, but entrants will be notified beforehand. Keep a copy of all entry materials for your records. Note that awards are left up to the judges’ discretion: An award may not be granted in each category. All entries may also appear online in ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.

REGULAR ENTRY  Early bird entries must be registered online by Sept. 2, 2022. The fee is $160 for submissions in Standard Entry Categories and $130 for submissions in Specialty Entry Categories, as outlined above. Entry fees must be paid online by credit card, and are nonrefundable. Upon registering and paying the fee for the submission, entrants will have until the regular deadline to complete and upload their submission materials.

LATE ENTRY  Entries registered after Sept. 2, up until the competition deadline, cost $210 per submission in the Standard Entry Category, and $180 in the Specialty Entry Category. Fees must be paid online by credit card, and are nonrefundable. Entrants will have until the regular deadline to complete and upload their submission materials.

QUESTIONS  Check out our FAQ or e-mail rada@zondahome.com.

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