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 2021

  • 2A Continental Architectural Awards [2ACAA 2021] 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, (Maximum 10 MB Each File of the Panel).
    Note: If participant is interested to submit further images, it could be available to add them in the same PDF.
  • The candidate projects of The First Stage Entry will be notified by email as well as will be announced in the 2A magazine website.
  • 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 2021.
  • First round is free of Cost. However, on successful selection of the submission as Candidate’s Project participant has to pay 

         (For each Project: € 149)

  • Organizing Committee holds right to change/replace jury member.

Note 1: If you have any problem submitting your project to our website please contact us at:



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.

Criteria based on the 2ACAA Characteristics & Viewpoints 

The following criteria will be considered to recognize and honor a built project/ future project in Asia- Oceania , 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.

• Contextual analysis and studies based on the Ideas regarding various origins.

• 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 Architectur

2A Continental Architectural Awards [2ACAA 2021] 

  2A Magazine is pleased to announce seventh 2ACAA 2021, 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

Candidate Project 

1) The projects that pass the first stage of scrutiny are regarded as  “Candidate Project.”

Note 1: The fist stage judgment will be done by a representative of the jury board and organizing committee.

Note 2: The project submission has to be done from July 25th to September 25th, 2021.

Note 3: The consideration of the first step to select the qualified projects will be done by the organizing committee.

2) The message of qualification of the candidate projects will be sent to participants [via email].

3) The list of candidate projects of 2ACAA 2021 will be declared at the website.

4) All the candidate projects will be published in a special edition of 2A Magazine.

5) All the candidate projects will receive a qualification email, representing that their project has been nominated for the final stage of judgment.

6) All the candidats’ projects will be shown in an independent video clip on the online announcement day of November 10th.

7) The professional comments from the side of jury members will also be shown at the same date of the day.

Judgment Process

The First Judging Stage:

·  All the applicants will submit their projects in Tow  A3(420*297 mm) sheets in PDF format to in the respective category.

·  In this stage, candidate projects will be selected by a representative of jury board and also organizer, And it will be published in the website. 

Note: It would be available to give them a letter to architect of the candidate projects when they continue all the procedures based on the rules & conditions.  

The Second Judging Stage:

· The candidate projects will be judged online by Jury board. 

 At the final stage, List of the 2ACAA 2021 winners and report of the judgment will be announced via 2A Magazine [International Hub for Architectural Studies].


• 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 candidate and winner projects will be published in a special edition of 2A Magazine. 
• The winners of 2ACAA 2021 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.
Note: To receive the prizes and certificates which will be mailed you by the organizer. 

Award Calendar 

– Stage 1:
Free Online Registration & Submission
June 20th to September 1st

– Stage 2:
Announcement of Candidate Projects : September 10th

Online Jury Process

Note: First round is free of Cost. However, on successful selection of the submission as Candidate’s Project participant has to pay €135.

Winner Announcement 📢 November 2021

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.