Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2021. If COVID-19 restrictions are required, the exhibition and lectures might shift to a digital format. Winners will receive a cash prize of $2,000.

Tatiana Bilbao
Peggy Deamer
Fritz Haeg
Victor Jones

Ivi Diamantopoulou
Cyrus Peñarroyo
Alison Von Glinow

Established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners, the Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. Learn more about past winners of The Architectural League Prize here.

Stay-at-home orders have prompted many of us to see our domestic settings anew, and to consider the various ways in which we “keep house.” The term “housekeeping” involves restoring the home to its ideal state by scrubbing, disinfecting, and decluttering its surfaces. It evokes the comfort of the familiar, the excitement of the new. For some people, layers of dust went unnoticed until their living rooms had to double as workplaces. In other cases, household chores have provided respite from digital devices that require their own form of upkeep to optimize performance. Housekeeping implies oversight and control, maintenance and responsibility. It is as much a necessity as it is a ritual: An act of labor, but also an act of care. That said, it is impossible to think about housekeeping without considering its constitutive role in systemic oppression on the basis of gender, race, and class.

Architecture has been complicit in social, ecological, and economic crises that demand immediate attention. How should we think about the maintenance of our disciplinary home? What is it about the way designers work that we’re so desperate to maintain, preserve, and protect? Architecture is invested in appearances—how we present ourselves and our work—but for whom and why? Could we redirect our efforts toward caring for ourselves, one another, and the environment? How might we have more regard for the actors and agents whose care and labor manifest the appearances we strive for? Is now the appropriate time to housekeep how we housekeep? If and when the dust settles, how do we work together to clean up the mess? Our profession is overdue for some housekeeping.

Winners will present their work in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2021. Winners will receive a cash prize of $2,000.

The competition is open only to current full-time residents (who need not be citizens) of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Entrants must be ten years or less out of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Current students are ineligible.

Entrants may submit individually or as a gaggle . If the individual(s) is/are the only principal(s) of a firm, the winning firm name are going to be listed also . Entrants must submit work done independently; no work done as an employee of a firm, where the entrant isn’t a principal or partner, is eligible for submission. No student work completed for any educational program or degree is eligible for submission. Educators might not include work wiped out their studios or for his or her teaching. Past League Prize winners are ineligible. If just one partner of a firm is eligible, the eligible partner can enter as one entrant. The entrant must have all other partners submit a web form describing the collaborative nature of the work, and therefore the firm won’t be listed as a recipient of the Prize. Collaborative work between unrelated firms or individuals is eligible if the partnership is equal; any project with collaborators requires collaborator(s) to submit a web form describing the collaborative nature of the work. Collaborative work are going to be considered within the context of an individual’s complete portfolio.

No Architectural League board members or staff members; no firms or immediate family of board or staff members (spouse/partner; children; siblings); no firms or immediate family of jury members (spouse/partner; children; siblings) are eligible to participate within the competition. Individuals who work for the firms of League board members may enter the competition if they’re submitting independent work administered without connection to the firm.


A single digital portfolio in PDF format, no larger than 8.5″×22″ and 20MB. it’s going to not contain quite 15 spreads (or 30 pages) in total, excluding the duvet page. Please use a minimum of a 10-point size font to make sure legibility. Portfolios are going to be reviewed on screen. If the portfolio is supposed to be viewed as a selection , please reserve it accordingly. The portfolio may include several projects; please don’t include video or audio. Please name your enter the subsequent format: LastName_FirstName_Portfolio. If there’s quite one entrant in your group, please use the name of Entrant #1 as listed within the Formstack submission.

A separate one-page, 8.5″ x 11″ image-key PDF in landscape format should even be submitted; it should contain thumbnail images of the projects included within the portfolio for reference. Please name your enter the subsequent format: LastName_FirstName_Images. If there’s quite one entrant in your group, please use the name of Entrant #1 as listed within the Formstack submission.

The competition theme is given as a basis for young architects and designers to reflect upon and reevaluate their work. A written statement to not exceed 250 words is required, which defines and considers the work under the rubric of the competition theme. Significant weight is given to how an applicant’s work addresses the theme. The written statement must get on the primary page of the portfolio.

As this is often an anonymous competition, your portfolio and image-key cannot contain any sort of identification. Please don’t include your name or firm name on your submission materials.

Entries must be received through this link by 11:59 p.m. EST February 8, 2021.

Each submission must include an entry fee of $35. Entrants may pay the fee online here. Please be sure that the credit card is in the name of one of the entrants; we are unable to accept payments made on behalf of others.

Each submission must include an entry form, available here. To maintain anonymity, no identification of the entrant may appear on any part of the submission, except on the entry form. If relevant, please also include collaborator acknowledgment and/or partner acknowledgement form(s). The portfolio and image-key files should be uploaded on the entry form.

February 8, 2021
Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Winning entrants will be notified by mid-March 2021.

Anne Rieselbach

Catarina Flaksman

Applicants may email questions to

Download the information related to this competition here.

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