The editors of Architectural Record are looking for the best emerging architecture firms from around the world to be selected as a 2021 Design Vanguard.

Winning firms will be decided upon by an editorial jury and published in the June 2021 issue of the magazine.



Submit your entry by Monday, March 1, 2021.



Although we do not have an age limit, we try to select architects and designers who have had their own practices for 10 years or less.



To enter the competition, please complete the fields below and upload two separate multi-page PDFs:

  1. Portfolio of Work: A multi-page, horizontally oriented PDF (no larger than 10 MB) containing a selection of full-page, good quality images and descriptions of five to eight projects (both built and unbuilt). IMPORTANT: Please explain the status of each project. Is it a concept, a competition entry (did you win?), commissioned by a client, designed/built on spec, under construction? Etc.
  2. Resumes: A multi-page PDF with the CVs of all your firm’s partners.



Entries must be accompanied by a credit card payment for US$25, payable after the upload has been completed.



Email questions to (Please indicate “Design Vanguard” in the subject of the email.)


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