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Frequently Asked Awards Questions

All Award Categories

Q. What are the key changes to the OAA Awards Program?

A. The Awards program operates on a two-year cycle with Design Excellence and career achievement awards celebrated in even-numbered years and the SHIFT Challenge program in odd-numbered years.

Presentation Schedule for OAA Awards:

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Q. What is the submission format and limit?

A.
The Submission process is simplified and online! The requirements for each award category varies. The complete requirements/Task List for each Category is outlined on the Online submission Website. You will not be able to complete your submission until all tasks are completed. Check out the Online Nomination Walkthrough to preview how the online system works.

Design Excellence

Q. What are the Eligibility requirements for Design Excellence Projects?

A. All projects created by members of the OAA, located anywhere in the world, completed since January 1, 2015 and currently in use are eligible. Projects may represent any form of built architecture including: single buildings, groups of buildings, additions, interiors, conversions, restorations, and renovations.

Architects, intern architects, owners, users, builders, and members of the public are welcome to submit, provided the work was undertaken by a member of the OAA.

Eligibility Breakdown:

If the submitted project’s correct credit of authorship is:

  • An architectural practice – The architectural practice must have an OAA Certificate of Practice and one of the following must be met:

    a) the work must be done by the holder of  a Certificate of Practice located in Ontario
    or
    b) the submitted project is located in Ontario.

  • An individual – The Individual must be affiliated with the Association and one of the following must be met:

    a) The individual resides in Ontario
    or
    b) the submitted project is located in Ontario
Note: Previous Design Excellence Award Finalists are not eligible.

Q. Are previous Design Excellence Finalists eligible  to re-submit to the Design Excellence category a second time?

A. No,  the project has been previously honoured and recognized as a finalist and are therefore ineligible.

Q.  Are Interior Design projects eligible for a Design Excellence Award?

A. Yes, projects may represent any form of built architecture including: single buildings, groups of buildings, additions, interiors, conversions, restorations, and renovations.

Q.  Within the Design Excellence Awards, are projects awarded by category ? Are a certain amout of awards awarded in each category? (i.e. Small buildings, Large Building, Houses, Complex etc.)

A. No, Projects are grouped by category for organizational purposes only. There is no requirement to award in each category type.