The VAxDesign Awards

Submissions Due July 10

Virginia by Design is an annual awards program that launched in 2018 targeting visionary thinking and patronage in the design fields that broaden recognition and appreciation for architecture and design throughout Virginia. 

The Branch will recognize visionary thinking; celebrate extraordinary patronage; award corporate ingenuity and insight that relates design to quality of life; honor an extraordinary emerging designer; and recognize and exemplary creative project that has had a transformational effect on its surroundings.

Nominations are accepted for four awards, determined by jury:

Design Achievement Award — is given to a corporation or institution for utilizing design as a strategic tool in their mission and consistently exhibiting ingenuity and insight in relating design to quality of life.

Emerging Designer — This award honors a designer, not yet licensed or professionally certified, who demonstrates an exemplary level of excellence in design execution and a dedication to advancing the discipline.

Prize for Public Interest Design —is given to a creative project that has transformed its surroundings, whether a setting, neighborhood or community. It is for an individual or entity responsible for shepherding the project within Virginia.

Vision in Design Honor — This honor recognizes a visionary thinker such as an educator, author, critic, curator, preservationist or designer who has had a profound impact or influence on design education, theory, practice or public awareness. The recipient may live in Virginia or have executed significant work in Virginia.

Recipient Chosen by Branch Leadership:

The Branch Medallion — The Branch Medallion is given to acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary patronage of and/or support for the architecture and/or design community in Virginia.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design Trustees, Award Jurors, and Awards Committee members are not eligible for nomination. Nor any member of these groups may be used as a reference or may be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor.

Awards will be determined by a panel of jury members distinguished for their contributions to the design field.

There is no fee to submit!

VAxDesign is made possible through the generosity of sponsors and donors.