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:


South & Central America:

 By the 1920s the influence of modern architecture reached Latin America when many specialized magazines, national and international, invaded the region. Brazil and Mexico were the main drivers of modern architecture in the region. This situation came together with cultural questioning European and Central & South American supremacy as the unique source of development, which led to an anti- imperialist feeling which has characterized the region up to the present.
The Mexican Revolution ( 1910-1917), marked the first step by stating the need for modernization. The muralist first created a modern expression with a national accent, which was the first Latin American expression influenced by European pictoric elements, but at the same time totally independent, since it was rooted on local ideas.
Afterwards, architecture played its role, trying to awake in people an innate knowledge based on their historical and cultural richness.
As a result, architecture in that time, intended to search in its past in order to create a proper style fulfilling the needs of modern society.
However, the influence of European pictorial trends and incorporation of modern trends such as Cubism and Surrealism, gave to this architectural expression an avant – garde sense adapted to the site, its landscape and climate.
The idea of regionalism has gained strength in architecture aimed at recovering marginal and even lost local differences. Critical Regionalism appears as a strategy to counteract the lack of significance of today’s architecture. Therefore, it calls on globalization to become the resource for exploration of the latent creative potential that exists in every one of the regions, and to integrate this potential within a new global context.
The issue of architecture in the age of globalization is that, given the increase of foreign influences in a culture, these influences end up being adopted, but not adapted to the context of each region, this creates , in effects, a destruction of what is considered authentic and traditional.
Since every culture has always depended on its intrinsic development of certain cross fertilization through contact with other cultures, this fertilization creates the essence of Latin American modern architecture, which in response to Europe’s cultural domination, became a way of resistance and encouraged the whole region to take the initiative.
Latin American architecture 60 years ago became famous due to its rooting and identity, despite being faithful expression of modernity, the rules of which were against all legacy of the past and autochthonous values. Unfortunately, its sudden success vanished as a result of the political, social and economic circumstances of an unstable period for the region.
However, the sense of postmodernity today leads the region to a more pluralist view which values these lost local connotations aiming at the same time to recover its essence by reinterpreting it. The internationalization of Brazilian architect Roberto Burle Marx’s works is a proof, which has been mimicked in other countries. Likewise, the influence of Mexican architect Luis Barragan is evident on foreign architects such as Japanese Tadao Ando. This is how the new concept of Critic Regionalism appears by calling today’s architects to take the same approach before used in this region : to obtain a better relationship with topography, climate and culture, to develop a sense of a place through being aware, to respect local conditions, and to appropriate modern technology and its practices. This is the reach of Latin American modern architecture: it has the bases for a true regionalism or an intelligent Latin Americanism, creative and without racism which took the best the world imposed up until then, but then proceeded to assimilate and reinterpret it to produce a style in its own right in order to recreate a local identity rooted in tradition. 

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.