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.
– Commercial (Retail & Wholesale, Office & Business, Production)
– Public (Sport & Leisure, Education, Health, Mixed-use, Hospitability)
– Residential
– Rural Projects, Public Spaces (including squares and streets) and Landscapes, Urban Projects
– Old and New (Regeneration, Restoration, Renovation, Reuse, and Adaptation)
– Religion, Civic Transportation, and Community Based Projects
– Interior Architecture
– Future Projects/Innovative Designs
This 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 the continents, 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.

Rules, Conditions and the procedure of the 2ACAA 2020

• 2A Continental Architectural Awards [2ACAA 2020] is one-stage entry.

• The 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.

• Join projects between universities and industry are eligible to participate in the competition.
• The first stage Entries include two Sheets, introducing the project, in A3 size (Maximum 10 MB Each File of the Panel).

• 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.

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

• All Projects should have been built /located in countries of Asia in 2A Asia Architecture Award and also the same rule for other continents.

• 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 other words, one project cannot be submitted under two different categories.

• Winner projects of the previous 2ACAA are not eligible to participate in the 2ACAA 2020.
Note : If you have any problem submitting your project to our website please contact us at: [email protected]



The history of Africa, the oldest landmass of earth and the birthplace of the first humans, tells us the story of the ups and downs of human civilization, the story of triumphs and disasters, which has resulted in the modern day Africa. There might be some politics in showing Africa as an underprivileged continent, which is always in need of international aid. But the truth is that like a water flow, Africa cuts through the hard rocks, struggles and fights against all the odds but in the end, it survives bravely.

It overcomes all the ill usages of the outsiders and remains faithful to its own origins.
It can be said that the architecture is the physical resemblance of history in every era, and Africa is no exception. The diversity and the use of nature shown in African architecture is also the acknowledgement of this claim.

Many architecture theorists believe that Africa is the leading continent in Contextual and Eco-Design, both in the past and the contemporary era.

It may have been some times that the architecture of other continents have been imported to these countries as well as the other goods but now their issue is to go back to their roots and emerge a kind of architecture that is both in harmony with todays lifestyle and also the African identity and nature.

The emphasis on “Home-grown” materials is a solution, which is considered by many African architects in order to gain sustainability.

Beside these qualities, African architecture also has another feature, which is diversity; it goes from being the junction of eastern and western cultures in the north to being grounded to nature in the south.

From the rich legacy of ancient Egypt and Ethiopia that leaves everyone in awe to the emerging architecture of the countries in the southern region.
The following points are the more important challenges that African architecture is facing today:

-Recovery from Colonialism:
Despite the protracted struggle of African nations caused by colonialism and on a larger scale, imperialism, their victories to gain the power over their own countries have generated an atmosphere of hope and development. To design in an African country, all the cause and effects of colonialism should be researched and considered in order to rejuvenate the African spirit.
-Collective Way of Living
In African view, it is a society that forms individuals, but in western view, it is the individuals that form a society. This fundamental difference in viewpoints is the key to a positive contextual design.

Since long ago, Africans have taken nature as an important factor of design into account and used it excellently as a solution to climatic difficulties.

-Public Acceptance
No matter where in the world, a positive architecture is the one that connects with people. If the target audience sees a work of architecture as one of them, figuratively, they will feel free to adopt and accept it.

When African architects study in America and Europe and then go back to their homeland to put their knowledge into function, they have to keep in mind that for example, merely designing a building in Bauhaus Style can not connect with people and it should become vernacular.


The following criteria will be considered to recognize and honor a built project/ future project in Asia, Europe, Africa, South & Central America and North America that has produced significant contributions to humanity and the 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

2A Continental Architectural Awards [2ACAA 2020]

2A Magazine is pleased to announce 2ACAA 2020, with the theme “Innovative Contextual Architecture in the Continents”. 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- Online


• The top two winners in each Award category will receive Gold and Silver medals and the award certificate, respectively.

• The award sculpture will be given to the first places in all the categories.

• 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  winner projects will be published in  2A Magazine.

• The winners of 2ACAA 2020 will be registered in the new facility of our website, “ Architectural Encyclopedia”, which is a platform for the introduction of the architects and their projects.

• Clients, developers and investors of the winner projects will receive a Letter of Appreciation. If winners send us the request for providing this letter.

Award Calendar

The entry opens on July 25th and closes on September 25th, 2020 , 4.00 pm CET.

Online judgment October 25th to November 10th, 2020.
Winner announcement ِDecember 5th, 2020.


The consideration: After the Entry Deadline, representation of the jury board and award organization will rate the projects based on the judging criteria. The qualified projects will be chosen.

Copyright Policy

By submitting your projects to the award website [] you will give us (2A Magazine) the permission to publish and share your project in our website and display in the award ceremony, on the other hand, All the information at the projects submitted to 2ACAA have been provided by the competitors (Designer and Director) and they are the copyright holder in this regard.
If there is any miscount, mistake or lack of credits regarding the project team and designers, 2A Magazine has NO obligation and the issue concerns the participants directly.
Note: All the information submitted to the magazine has been provided by the competitors- participants or architect [designer], hence, the responsibility of the third party liability lies with the competitors.