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AIA Shanghai Design Excellence Awards is Here

AIA Shanghai is pleased to announce its first ever awards program to celebrate China's best design and designers; a benchmark for international excellence. 

The AIA Shanghai Design Excellence Awards Program celebrates new architecture in China. This international design awards program welcomes entries from all AIA members and associate members practicing in China.  

The 2018 AIA Shanghai Design Excellence Awards Program celebrates regional diversity within innovative architecture, interiors and planning projects shaped by architects living, breathing, and working in China regardless of scale, budget, style, or type. 

The winning Awards will be judged by an international jury comprised of leading figures from around the world, including a unique mixture of mainland and international architects, critics, academics, and theorists.  



Meet the Judges


New Judges Recently Confirmed!


Regine Leibinger (of Barkow Leibinger) 

Barkow Leibinger is an American/German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York, founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger.

Their work was included in the Serpentine Summer House program 2016 in London and was shown in the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017. It was part of the 4th Marrakech Biennale, the 14th and the 11th Architecture Biennale, Venice, and is housed in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. They have won four National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability as well as various German architecture awards.


Reed Kroloff

Mr. Kroloff is the founding principal of jones|kroloff, a unique practice that develops strategy for clients in the architecture and design industry and also guides architect selection processes. He previously served as the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and as Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, which he led through Hurricane Katrina and its recovery. While in New Orleans, Mr. Kroloff co-directed the mayor’s urban design recovery planning process. The recipient of the American Academy in Rome’s 2003 Rome Prize Fellowship, Mr. Kroloff was also Editor-in-Chief of Architecture magazine. Under his direction, Architecture received more awards for editorial and design excellence than any magazine of its type, and quickly became the nation’s leading design publication.

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Billie Tsien

Billie Tsien (born 1949, Ithaca, New York) received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale University and her M. Arch. from UCLA. She has worked with Williams since 1977 and they have been in partnership since 1986. Tsien is currently President of the Architectural League of New York and Director of the Public Art Fund.[8] She has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tsien was one of the recipients of the Visionary Woman Awards presented by Moore College of Art and Design in 2009.

In 1977, Tsien started her studio with her husband Todd Williams.  Their work focuses primarily on schools, museums, and non-profit organizations.  Together, they have won awards ranging from AIA's Firm of the Year, to the National Medal of Art from President Barack Obama in 2013.

For more on their works, click here.



Billie Tsien (left) with her husband and partner Todd Williams

Billie Tsien (left) with her husband and partner Todd Williams


Magui Peredo (Estudio Macias Peredo)

Guadalajara, Mexico 

Estudio Macias Peredo has given several lectures on his practice at various universities and forums in Mexico and abroad including at the University of Columbia, the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and the University of Tokyo. 

They have received two silver medals for the Academy of Architecture of Jalisco and several citations for his work built. Obtained the second place in the competition of the Mexico Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo 2010 and first place in the Eco Pavilion 2013 in Mexico City.

Awarded by The Architectural League of New York with the Emerging Voices award 2014. They have exhibited his work in LIGA, Space of Architecture 2015. Finalists by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture, in Chicago, for the ‘Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize’. And they participate in the Mexico Pavillion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018. 

Recently, his first monograph ‘Calmar el Ruido’ has been published.

Lyndon Neri (Neri&Hu Design and Research Office)

Shanghai, China

Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages.  The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

Neri&Hu has been featured widely by the press around the world, including Architectural Review, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record, FRAME, MARK, Abitare, area, Diseño Interior, Interior Design, I.D., Travel+Leisure, MARU, Perspective Magazine, ELLE Décor Italia, ELLE Deco China, Vogue China, Red Dot Year Book,, and countless more print and online media, as well as TV programs. Neri&Hu and their design have been recognized by a number of prestigious international design awards. UK Wallpaper* announced the Founding Partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year. They were inducted into U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2013. They were selected as one of the I. D. Magazine I.D. Forty and one of the 40 under 40 prominent designers shaping Hong Kong and Greater China respectively. Neri&Hu’s design has been awarded by INSIDE Festival, AR House Awards, AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, World Architecture Festival, D&AD Awards, Design Vanguard, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards and Gold Key Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design awards, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, Red Dot Awards, Contractworld Awards, The Great Indoors Awards, Design For Asia Awards, Perspective Awards, Taiwan Interior Design Awards, etc. 




Zheng Shi Ling

Shanghai, China

Ph.D. in Engineering, Laurea honoris causa of Rome University. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Membere de l'Academie d'Architecture of France, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The Ex-vice President of the Architectural Society of China, Ex-President of the Architectural Society of Shanghai, Ex-Director of the Committee of Urban Space & Environment, Shanghai Urban Planning Commission.

Now, Director of the Committee for Strategic Development, Shanghai Urban Planning Commission; Director of the Academic Board of Tongji University.

His main design works are: Nanpu Bridge, Gezi Middle School, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Fuxing High School, Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, Shanghai, The National Finance and Taxation Museum, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, The Bund Public Service Centre, Shanghai(2013)  etc. He has published more than 90 papers and thesis in academic periodicals, journals both international and domestic and international conferences, he has been the chair for many important juries for international and national architecture and urban planning competitions.






Public Architecture Award

The 2018 ASDA Public Architecture Award celebrates the best contemporary Public, Civic or Cultural architecture regardless of budget, size or style. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.

Eligible entries include projects that are built or under construction, with programs that are primary used by the Public, such as cultural centers, museums, schools, stadiums, community facilities, government buildings. The built work must be completed since January 1, 2016. Projects currently in construction must demonstrate a completion date of no later than December 31, 2018.



Commercial / Mixed-Use Architecture Award

The 2018 ASDA Commercial / Mixed-Use Architecture Award recognizes the exemplary use and implementation of diverse use typologies, integrated design, place-making and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients.

Eligible entries include projects that are built or under construction, with programs that are primary for Private or Commercial use, such as retail centers, mixed-use developments, industrial parks. The built work must be completed since January 1, 2016. Projects currently in construction must demonstrate a completion date of no later than December 31, 2018.



Housing Award


The 2018 ASDA Housing Award celebrates the “home,” which remains the most important architectural space for every person throughout their lifetime, ensuring security, privacy and stability. Current trends in digitalization and globalization continue to rebuild our daily lives and change our physical environment, including the very idea of what “home” means. It is important to understand how to adapt our living spaces to these changes. The award invites participants to think about the future of our homes and the social impacts on our neighborhoods and communities.

Eligible entries include projects that are built or under construction, with programs that are primary for Private use, such as villas, apartments, residential complexes, etc. The built work must be completed since January 1, 2016. Projects currently in construction must demonstrate a completion date of no later than December 31, 2018.



Heritage Architecture Award

The 2018 ASDA Heritage Award focuses on a building or combination of buildings that have stood the test of time for over 25-35 years and continue to set standards of excellence for its architectural design and historical significance. Projects in this category are encouraged to showcase innovative modernized systems, adaptive re-use, creative preservation techniques or any other formal architectural design integration that reinforces the spirit of the building and its surrounding context.

Eligible entries must showcase modern uses (repurposing) while maintaining and restoring the integrity of the existing historic architecture. New structure construction but shall NOT constitute more than 50 % new building structure construction based on the total program area. Projects must be built or under construction. Built work must be completed since January 1, 2016, and projects currently in construction must demonstrate a completion date of no later than December 31, 2018.



Unbuilt Innovation Award

The 2018 ASDA Unbuilt Innovation Award celebrates design excellence in unbuilt or unrealized projects. This category encourages architects and designers to submit projects that celebrate strong conceptualization and design ideology, pushing the boundaries of conventional thought and are forward thinking.

Eligible entries must be unbuilt projects that will not be built. The project design must be completed since January 1, 2016.



Master Planning Award

The 2018 ASDA Master Planning and New Cities Award recognizes the best in urban design, regional and new city planning, and community development. Sustainable planning accounts for the entire built environment, infrastructure, local culture, and available resources. Submissions are encouraged to discuss the importance of our evolving cities and our commitment as architects and planners to improving the quality of life of the inhabitants, neighborhoods and communities we envision.

Eligible entries are Design Projects at the urban scale, including Urban Design, Urban Planning, Public Space. Projects can be built or unbuilt, or at various phases of implementation. The project design must be completed since January 1, 2016.




Interior Spaces Award

The 2018 ASDA Interior Architecture Award celebrates innovative and spectacular interior spaces. Impactful building interiors make their mark on the cities, places, and spaces where we live, work and play. Submissions are encouraged to showcase unique spatial and environmental quality.

Eligible entries must be built or under construction. Built work must be completed since January 1, 2016, and projects currently in construction must demonstrate a completion date of no later than December 31, 2018.


How to Submit

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Click "My Account" and enter your information to register as an applicant


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Submit Entry

Click "Submit Entry", then "Click Here to Begin a New Submission".

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Registration Info

Enter registration info about your company and AIA membership, if applicable. This must be completed before submitting project information / file uploads. Be sure select the submission category.  If you will be submitting multiple entries, you will repeat this step for each entry.  When you are done with each submission registration, click "Add to Cart".

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IMPORTANT - Once you complete payment with this option, please return to the previous tab to complete the submission process.  When you return to the awards submission page, click "Process" to complete payment. 


If you pay by WeChat / AliPay / UnionPay, your payment will be confirmed by us later, thus it may show as "Unpaid" in the awards system.  You will still be able to submit project, even if this is marked as unpaid.   If you submit a project but we do not receive your payment, we will contact you. 

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Submit Entry

After you have finished payment, you will be directed to complete the forms for submission of each entry.  This includes project descriptions, information about materials, architect, completion date, etc.  Each one will be submitted separately.

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