2018 Design Awards Jurors Guidelines

  1. Jury Organization: At your discretion. You may choose to select a chair or not.
  2. Number of awards: We are hoping that the 2018 jury will be as generous as possible, without sacrificing excellence as criteria. Traditionally, our juries have selected at least 10% of the submissions for recognition.

The break-down of submissions is roughly:

  • Built: Commercial, Institutional, Multi-family Residential, Interiors
  • Built: Single Family Residential
  • Built: Preservation
  • Unbuilt
  • Architecture: The Encompassing Art

We ask that jurors consider each entry on its own merits, particularly in the context of the pool of entries.

  1. Categories: As indicated above, there are three general categories: Built, Unbuilt and Architecture: The Encompassing Art. The Built category is sub-divided into 3 categories:
  • Commercial, Institutional, Multi-family Residential
  • Residential
  • Preservation We will review each category separately and select winning projects from each individual category before moving on to the next. The rationale behind this is that a small residential project would not be competing with a high budget commercial project.
Category Information
  •  Built:  Commercial, Institutional or Multi-Family Residential projects: This long-lived category continues to attract numerous entries.
  • Residential: In this category we want to acknowledge the large number of residential projects done in CT. We hope that the jury will acknowledge the characteristics of residential work done by Connecticut architects.
  • Preservation: We have clarified the breadth of project types inherent in this category, an important clarification in a state with such a variety of existing structures older than fifty years of age.
  • Unbuilt: These might be projects that will never be built or ones that are about to be built. They might be provocative or fantastic. Clear design should be the underlying standard for selection.
  • Architecture: The Encompassing Art: It is our hope that the jury will take delight in the tiniest aspect of these submissions. It is the ingenuity in the smallest element that can be reflective of the beauty of the larger design. Well-wrought detail contributes to integral design.
  1. Entry requirements: We have simplified these and tried to make requirements more uniform, so that all entrants, regardless of size of firm or resources, are on a more or less “level playing field”.
  1. Guidelines for the Process: The system “yes,” “no,” “maybe” seems to work well. Kristen Leigh and Gina Calabro will review your preview designations and cull out all unanimous “no” decisions. If it is acceptable to the jury, two “nos” may also be discarded. If not, they maybe be reviewed with the “maybe” decisions. Unanimous “yes” decisions will also be separated.  Projects in each category will be projected onto a large screen, and jurors in concert will review submissions to come to final agreement on the group choices. Your binders have space for comments on the selected projects so that when at the end of the day we put together your jury comments, you will have some notes.
  1. Jury Comments: We would greatly appreciate jury comments on the winning projects. We have supplied a list of projects by number for comments on these and other projects of special interest. Staff will take down your comments.