IAA Details

International Architecture Awards 2015



The IAA 2015 will carry extraordinary eminence to your work. Our reputable judges will AwardAlso depending on the Jury’s Decision, Some projects will receive Honorable Mentions. These projects are then will be compiled in a book ‘International Architecture Awards 2015’, which will be given to every participant of the IAA 2015. The book will also be available online for the people worldwide.

IAA 2015






This award recognises the architectural excellence and innovations in commercial buildings which includes retail and shopping centres.



Projects that serve the need of cultural spaces such as Museum, Gallery, Hall or Theatre, Pavillions and Religious & Memorials with innovations.



Architectural Excellence and Innovations projects like Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants, Bars & Nightclubs and Wellness Centres.



This award recognises the architectural excellence and innovations in the Institutional Buildings such as Schools, and Hospitals.


Mixed Use

Featuring a combination of one or more categories, such as hospitality and commercial or residential and commercial or a mixture of all the three categories.


Office Building

This award has been instituted to recognise architectural excellence for office designs that seek the new architectural language to fulfil the functional requirements.


Private Residence

This award recognises the best residential projects that provide a comfortable and attractive living environment for a private house.


Housing (upto 5 Floors)

This award recognises the architectural innovations in low rise housing upto 5 floors to provide residents comfortable environment in their respective climates.


Housing (more than 5 floors)

High rise housing design that defines the new standards for living, which could be either new technologies based or simply the use of wisdom.


Sports & Recreation

Stadium or Arena and Recreation Centers with innovation in design that gives the new directions and provide the new generation a food for thought.


Temporary Strusctures

This award recognises the year’s best architectural temporary structure or pop-ups that come in events like exhibition and installations etc.



Transport terminals such as Railways, Airports, Bus Stations, Boat Piers, Port facilities etc. that take transport architecture to a new level and define some new directions.



Landscape Design

Featuring innovations in providing the comfortable living outdoor environment that characterizes the new models for site planning.


Urban Design

A proposal responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, socialization and globalization.



Residence Interior

Interior design project featuring innovations in providing the comfortable living environment for inhabitants that characterizes the new models for living.


Commercial Interior

This award recognises the perfection and excellence in commercial interior spaces like retail, hotels, foodcourts etc with innovations as of already known to us.


Urban Design

A proposal responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, socialization and globalization.


Corporate Interior

This award has been instituted to recognise the best projects in corporate interior spaces. Designs that look for the new building dialect to fulfil the utilitarian necessities.


20 Esteemed Judges Across The Globe


Weichi Chen

AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman, Republic of China

Qualified as an Architect at ESARQ (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya) in 2002 and as an Architectural Technologist at the EUPB (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) in 1997. In 2003 he established Pepe Gascón Arquitectura, a multidisciplinary architectural consultancy with a young, creative and innovative team. They develop architectural, urbanistic and interior design projects of varying scale and technical complexity, in both the public and private spheres with their own work methodology and orientation, combing a love for architecture with technical effectiveness and constructive pragmatism. Their work has been published and exhibited in numerous publications and exhibitions, national and international.


Vikas Pawar

Director, Rethinking The Future, India

Graduate of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Vikas Pawar started his practice with a number of competitions. Subsequently he designed a number of projects ranging from ‘Eco-Skyscraper’ to the ‘Center for Climate Change’. Vikas Pawar’s work has been extensively covered by national as well as international media. His design of ‘Eco-Skyscraper’ has been awarded as the Best Eco-Friendly Skyscraper for 2011 by All World Architecture Community. Vikas Pawar has also been invited to give talks on ‘Hybrid Architecture’ at TEDx Platform. He worked at proposal for ‘Redevelopment of Vikas Marg, New Delhi’ exhibited at 1st India Habiat Forum. He has been awarded “Innovative Concept Design Award 2010” for his innovations in Sustainable Design for “District Centre at New Delhi”. His research “Survival of Cities in Era of Climate Change” is awarded at National Symposium.


Theodora Batchvarova

Associate, Gensler, USA

Studied at university of kansas. she is a Practicing designer and educator with a diverse professional background, teaching experience, and community involvement. Main interests include sustainable design, craftsmaship and detail in mass-produced design, integration of technology and construction


Scott Duncan

AIA LEED, Design Director, SOM, USA

Throughout his 13-year tenure at SOM New York, Scott Duncan has developed a broad body of work recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Municipal Arts Society of New York City, and the Chicago Athenaeum. He offers extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects in Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East, as well as the United States — including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments. Duncan’s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, Casabella, Forbes Publications, Metropolis, The New York Times, The Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture, along with the SOM Journal, an annual publication featuring selections of the firm’s best work as chosen by an external panel of experts. His work at SOM was also exhibited at the Chicago Athenaeum, the Skyscraper Museum, and the 2002 Venice Biennale. Duncan also serves on the advisory board for the SOM Foundation Travel Fellowship.


Savanna Barker

Associate Design, Gensler, USA

Savanna is a Designer in Gensler’s Seattle office. Her project experience spans from workplace to hospitality to aviation and master planning. She has worked with clients such as Boeing, Microsoft, Bank of America and Brooks Sports, to name a few. her source of inspiration is Music + outdoors + random moments throughout the day. There are certain people in her life (family, friends and coworkers) who continuously inspire her, probably without knowing it.


Sarah Calburn

Director, Sarah Calburn Architects, South Africa

Sarah Calburn was born in Johannesburg where she attended Roedean School, matriculating in 1981. She studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 1987, and in 1996 was awarded a masters degree for her research at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. The same year she set up an architecture practice in Johannesburg.


Sarah Dirsa

LEED® AP BD+C, Chair of Social Responsibility, HOK, Global

Sarah Dirsa is HOK’s social responsibility chair and a co-founder of HOK IMPACT, the firm’s social responsibility and community service initiative. Sarah is a registered architect in HOK’s St. Louis office. Sarah was part of an all-volunteer team of HOK architects and engineers for the USGBC’s Project Haiti. The new William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center will replace an orphanage that was severely damaged in the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


Rodger Dalling

Global Director, Woods Bagot, Australia

Rodger has led individual studios as well as the Australia region achieving great success and growing the practice over the past 20 years.
He is recognised as having excellent commercial skills and an ability to maintain strong management control over the design process in order to satisfy the brief, the budget and the program.
He continues to focus on major development projects using his specialist knowledge of commercial workplace design and the integration of retail and hospitality functions, achieving optimum commercial outcomes through design intelligence.


Raymond S. Clark

Senior Vice President, Managing Principal, HOK, USA

Raymond Clark, AIA, LEED AP, has joined HOK’s leadership team in Chicago as senior vice president and managing principal.
Clark brings 35 years of experience in the architectural and engineering profession. Most recently, he served as managing director of Perkins+Will’s Chicago office. He began his career at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
“Ray is a proven leader in the design profession with a focus on integrating architecture and engineering solutions to create high-performance buildings,” said Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, LEED AP, HOK’s chairman and chief executive officer. “He has deep roots in Chicago and will make a significant impact on our robust practice here.”


Preston Scott Cohen

Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., USA

Preston Scott Cohen is the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture. His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world. Cohen’s work has been the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Sylvia Lavin, Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Terry Riley, Robert Somol, Hashim Sarkis and Rafael Moneo. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University.


Nicole Dosso

AIA, LEED® AP, Director, SOM, USA

As a director in the technical group in SOM’s New York office, Nicole Dosso joined the firm in 1998. She is a recognized expert in the technical challenges and solutions associated with the design of tall buildings in complex urban contexts. She has extensive project experience that includes work on SOM’s key projects at the World Trade Center site: 7 World Trade Center and One World Trade Center, currently under construction.


Margit Mutso

Principal Architect, EEK & MUTSO, Estonia

Margit Mutso was born in Tallinn. She studied in the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR (today’s Estonian Academy of Arts) in the department of architecture. She graduated from the institute in 1989.
From 1989 to 1990 Margit Mutso worked in the state design bureau Eesti Kommunaalprojekt (Estonian Communal Design). From 1990 to 1992 she worked in the architectural bureau V. Suonmaa in Finland. From 1993 to 1995 Margit Mutso worked in the architectural bureau of the Tartu city government. From 1995 to present she works in the architectural bureau Eek&Mutso OÜ. From 2004 to 2005 she was the chairman of the Union of Estonian Architects.


Ksenija Bulatović

Principal Architect, Studio CUBEX, Serbia

Bulatović was born in 1967 in Belgrade, Serbia. She studied under Prof. Arch. Milan Lojanica – member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art and received a degree in architecture from the University of Belgrade’s School of Architecture in 1992. After graduating, from 1992 to 1997 she worked with her former teacher Prof. Arch. Lojanica as a University Assistant in the area of Architectural Design and Planning at the University of Belgrade. From 1992 to 1995 she also cooperated with many well known and established companies and architectural studios from Belgrade, such as: Studio ARCVS, Biro A43, Eurosalon – Home Market, Me.COM and Delta Invest. In 2005 she founded and incorporated the architectural firm CubeX. Bulatović is an active member of Association of Belgrade Architects and Association of Serbian Architects, and throughout her career, she has entered and won many architectural competitions and awards. In 2008, she began work on experimental theme – Symbiosis with Saša Naumović, Ivan Sasin and Aleksej Đermanović.


Keith Griffiths

Chairman, Aedas, Global

Keith Griffiths is a design leader and founder of Aedas with over 35 years experience designing for Asia. He has a deep understanding of the growth of Asian cities and their changing markets, society and culture. He is passionate to create unique and timeless architecture which appropriately responds to its location and culture and meets the requirements of change and growth. Keith has designed award-winning successful projects for most of the leading developers in Asia and his experience includes high-rise, mixed commercial, retail and masterplanning as well as airport and civic buildings. He is passionate about his and Aedas’ design and for his clients and Asia’s success. His passion for design extends into his many lectures, publications and academic work upon the appropriate directions for urbanisation and cultural identity. Keith is an Honorary Fellow of the Cardiff University, Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Non-Executive Director of the Link Management Ltd in Hong Kong.


Jing Liu

Principal, SO-IL, USA

Jing Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, concluding with a Master of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans.
In 2008 Liu founded SO – IL with Dutch architect Florian Idenburg. In 2010, the firm won the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program with Pole Dance a highly experimental and interactive structure installation. They went on to design the award-winning Kukje Gallery in Seoul. The design of Kukje Gallery marks an important moment in the architecture today in which “one finds a multidimensional architecture in step with the ambiguous spatiality of the digital era,” wrote the British architectural critic Sam Jacob in Domus. In 2012 and 2013, SO – IL was commissioned to design the inaugural presence for the Frieze Art Fair in New York City.Liu has taught at Columbia University’s GSAPP, Syracuse University, School of Architecture, and at Parsons The New School for Design.


Gurjit Singh Matharoo

Principal Architect, Matharoo Associates, India

Born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, in 1966, Matharoo received his diploma (Equivalent to B.Arch.) in architecture at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad in 1989, and then worked for one year in the office of Michele Arnaboldi and Giorgio Guschetti in Ticino, Switzerland. In 1991, he established his firm Matharoo Associates in Ahmedabad, and began teaching at CEPT. In Matharoo Associates Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and Structural Design are all practiced under one roof. It has a strength of 15 members and is fully equipped to render highest quality services.


Gong Dong

Founding Partner, Vector Architects, China

Gong Dong received Bachelor & Master of Architecture from Tsinghua University, followed by a diploma at University of Illinois where he received the Master of Architecture. The major awards included:2102 WA China Architecture Award, 2012 Good Design is Good Business Award, 2011 the China Architecture Association Design Award, 2010 China Architecture Media Award Honorable Mention of the Best Architecture & Shortlist of the Best Young Architects, 2010 CA’ASI New Chinese Architecture 1st Prize, and etc. “Vector Architects: Intervening”, an exhibition of Vector Architects selected projects, are now taking place at Columbia University Beijing Architecture Center – Studio X.


Emad Bouless

Senior Associate, Gensler, USA


Christine Barber

Senior Associate, Director of Research, Gensler, USA


Chris Fannin

Senior Vice president, HOK, USA

Senior Vice President Chris Fannin is the director of HOK’s Asia Pacific planning group and co-director of the firm’s global planning practice. He is a member of HOK’s board of directors, design board and management board.


Further details of the Award & Guidelines for the Submission

15th        Oct      2014             Registration Begins

15th        Oct      2014             Submission Begins

14th       Dec       2014            Last date of receiving queries

30th       Dec       2014            Last date for answering all queries

05th       Mar       2015            Registration Ends (Extended)

10th        Mar      2015             Submission Deadline (Extended)

12th        Mar      2015             Jury Meeting – Evaluation period begins.

20th        Apr     2015              Winners Announcement (Extended)

15th Oct – 31st Oct   2014          25$

1st Nov- 5th Mar   2015              50$

  1. Professionals and Students are invited for ‘International Architecture Awards 2015’.
  2. Entries are invited from all the nations.
  3. The projects submitted are considered by the author that submits the entry for the Award. Every violation of copyright will be punished with immediate disqualification.
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  5. The works reached out of time will be excluded.
  6. It is absolutely prohibited the participation to the awards of a Jury member, a relative or a person or body connected professionally to the jury.
  7. Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of these rules.
  1. Jurors will only assess the ‘qualifying submissions’. A ‘qualifying submission’ should meet the following criteria :
    (i)   It should be free from any identifying information to ensure anonymity and impartial judging.
    (ii)  It should emerge from Entrants who are eligible.
    (iii) It should be in strict adherence with all ‘competition guide lines’.
  2. A submission shall be advanced to the judging round ONLY if the submission strictly follows all the imperatives of the’IAA 2015′ Rules.
  3. Non-compliant submissions shall be disqualified.
  4. The Promoters are under no obligation to notify the Entrant of a submission’s disqualification.
  5. Jurors will base their judgement and selection on their own expertise, the work submitted by the Entrants.
  6. Qualifying submissions shall be advanced to a panel of jurors convened for the awarding of the winners and honorable mentions.
  1. Submissions may contain any or all of the following, i.e. text, diagrams, plans, sections, sketches, photographs, graphics, collage etc, in a combination without restrictions that can convey the visual summary of the design intent of the entrant comprehensively illustrating the :
    (i)  Response to challenges outlined in the Brief.
    (ii) The emergence of unified and relevant image of Design
  2. Submission must contain Design Brief (not more than 500 words) in .doc file.
  3. Max. of 6, A3 size sheets (420mm X 297mm), in horizontal format and submitted as digital, coloured, high-resolution files, meant for printing in JPEG format needs to be upload at Architecture Podium Website prior to the submission deadline.
  4. Each submission must contain the ’Registration ID’ provided by the AP at the time of registration, this ID must be written in bold Arial font, 5 mm in height on the top right corner of each submission entry.
  5. Submission must be free from any kinds of identifying marks, such as and including firm logos, name of participant.
  6. The submissions will ONLY bear the Registration ID, given to an entrant after their successful registration, as a means of identification and any other identifying mark will make the entrant liable for disqualification.


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