Products incorporating sensors and connected systems, as well as those that benefit from engineering breakthroughs and that are produced via digital technologies, dominated Architectural Record's Products of the Year competition. Foreseeing this trend, we have added a ninth category—Hardware, Software & Control Systems—to the annual contest. We also ensured that the jury of architects, lighting designers, and interiors experts had extensive knowledge of engineering and production methods. Each of the six jurors rated this year’s 425 entries according to usefulness, aesthetics, and degree of innovation. Click on the below links to see the winners and their flashes of genius.

2016 Record Products Winners


Finishes & Surfacing


Hardware, Software & Control Systems


Kitchen & Bath

Lighting & Electrical


Outdoor & Recreational