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:



An architectural style in any region is characterized by the features that make a building or other structure notable and historically identifiable. A style may include such elements as form, method of construction, building materials, and regional cultural character. Most architecture can be classified as a chronology of styles which changes over time reflecting changing fashions, lifestyles, beliefs and religions, or the emergence of new ideas, innovative technologies, or materials which make new styles feasible and possible.
Styles therefore emerge from the history of a society and are evident in the subject of architectural history. At any given time several styles may be fashionable, and when a style changes it usually does so gradually, as architects learn and adapt to new ideas. Styles often spread to other places, so that the style at its source continues to develop in new ways while other countries follow with their own twists, adding or omitting certain features in order to harmonize this new style with their local needs and culture.
European architecture has also been affected and shaped by many factors throughout its history. Major contemporary events such as two world wars, industrialization which lead to massive migration from farm lands to big cities where the factories were centralized . This lead to increased population in urban centers, Furthermore, foreign immigration and emergence of modern technologies have fundamentally affected the course of Evolution of European architecture.
This challenge among others, has caused the European architecture to transform. Today’s European architects have to deal with many dualities and sometimes even paradoxes when trying to design and build a unique new project, because they need to consider their cultural roots while building a modern project which should also be functional and suitable with their contemporary realities and needs.
Some of these challenges are taking into consideration the following dichotomies below.
• Diversity and Unity
Create unity in diversity, And also maintain the diversity and unique features and identities, in the unified continent
• Society and Responsiveness
The euro banknotes reveal a lot about architecture. Its depiction on both sides of the bills – typical buildings on the one side and bridges more exemplary for engineering feats on the other – is a testament to its importance. The bills also prove that this importance stems from architecture’s powers of providing identity: The bridges seem to connect Europe, as does its shared traditional language of architecture or the technological progress interacting with it. If it can define the identity of a whole continent, architecture quite obviously has a great influence on society. It does more than simply stand for itself. It also represents what we stand for. The wielding of such influence demands responsible behavior, and that goes for all aspects of architecture: the aesthetic, functional, social, financial, political and, today more than ever, the environmental aspects.
• Tradition Versus Modernism
the dialogue between old and new, traditionalism and Modernism. Moving forward and  Progress is a necessity, because the needs and consciousness of any society  are subject to constant change and transformation. Failing to react and respond means stagnation. However, the opposite of stagnation can be equally as harmful and dangerous. When a society accelerates so fast that it cuts off all historic ties and loses its cultural memory, it will also lose its identity. That is not progression, but regression. The idea that helps to avoid both of these is that of tradition. These problems concern the dual role of architecture and urban design in a special way with respect to aesthetic and social discipline. To that extent, tradition is of central importance to architecture. Innovation and identity in architecture are not possible without a responsible and keen approach to tradition. This is as true on the global stage as it is on the regional one.
• Innovation and Identity
Buildings and people have a common trait: an identity. At least, they should have one. A person lacking individual character isn’t necessarily a bad person. But he is uninspiring, lacking uniqueness and a dull conversation partner. Without an identity, no one can or wants to identify with him. More than likely, you wouldn’t even notice him in the first place. The same goes for buildings. A building lacking identity is a bad one, architecturally speaking, because it could just as well be a different one. A good building is always specific. It carries a message. This type of message can take various forms. Architecture can relate something about an individual person, a group, a city, or a country. It can tell a story about the relations between tradition and modernity, culture and nature, aesthetics, technology and function. Purely functional design overlooks the fact that it is part of architecture’s role to create identity. And this isn’t only about being distinctive. One of its noblest and most important tasks is to create an outward expression of identity.
Architecture is art applied to society; it is made for people, not for its own sake. In order to create an identity not just for the building itself, but also for the people around it or using it, two kinds of identity are necessary: People have to be able to identify the building as something special (by its distinctiveness). But they should also be able to identify with it and with its message. Identity creates dialogue, and dialogue creates identity.
• Urbanism
Politics, the economy and technology have removed many boundaries in recent decades, or made them more penetrable. Long before the advent of the internet, media theorist Marshall McLuhan coined the often-used term “global village”. But the days of the village have gone. Nowadays it is more appropriate to talk about the “urban globe”: the world population is growing at the same pace as that of the cities. In 2007, for the first time in history, more people lived in cities than in rural areas.
In terms of its population, the world is becoming bigger – and people are living closer together. The word ‘density’ is perhaps the most important keyword for understanding urbanism and its corollary: mobility. The two terms are closely interrelated. Traffic density, population density, density of development – all of these are increasing rapidly.
• Mobility
Thanks to modern transportation technology and logistics, today almost anyone can travel easily to almost any place on earth. Masses of people are on the move at any point in time and meet each other, in particular, at urban intersections: in railway stations and airports.
Today, mobility-related architecture is one of the most complicated building tasks there is. It has to combine the most diverse functions and coordinate a wide range of processes – and all that in a relatively small space and with maximum efficiency. Railway stations and airports link cities with each other and – with respect to their diversity and complexity, and even sometimes their dimension – are themselves comparable to cities. It is not enough to include aspects of security, safety, logistics, leisure, consumption, gastronomy, administration and technology in the design, to mention but a few.
Modern architecture or modernist architecture is a term applied to a group of styles of architecture which emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II. It was based upon new technologies of construction.
Modern architecture emerged from revolutions in technology, engineering and building materials, and from a desire to break away from historical architectural styles and to invent something that was purely functional and new.
2A magazine and its vision for Europe Architecture Award is that a great European architectural project should take into consideration its roots and identity while at the same time use modern technologies, materials and designs in order to meet the dynamic needs of the contemporary era. 

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 Architecture.

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.