Submissions for the 39th Annual Arthur Ross Awards are no longer being accepted.
Due to safety concerns, we have made the difficult decision to forego holding an in-person Arthur Ross Awards in 2020. In order to properly recognize the tremendous achievements of this year's winners, the ICAA will be honoring them in person at the upcoming ceremony for the 40th Annual Arthur Ross Awards, which we look forward to celebrating on Monday October 4, 2021.
The awards honor lifetime achievement, a career, or a body of work. The exceptions are for the categories of “Patronage” and “Stewardship” where single works may be honored.
In Fine Arts, the body of work should have been created in association with architectural projects, be related to design and placemaking, or be a depiction of the built environment.
Lastly, please note that awards are not given in every category every year; however, by tradition, an award in the architecture category is made every year.
Nominees may be an individual, firm, institution, or organization in the United States or from abroad. Nominees may be nominated by another individual or firm or may nominate themselves.
Each entry must be a single PDF file sent to [email protected]. Entries may be sent via Dropbox, WeTransfer, or by other electronic means. All submissions must include the following:
- A letter describing why the nominee should be considered for the award (up to 1 page, written either by the Nominator or by the Nominee).
- A company or individual profile (up to 1 page) if appropriate.
- One page with visual highlights (e.g. drawings, plans, photographs, etc.). For example, view a sample page with image highlights.
- Up to 25 additional pages of images may be submitted. A page may be a composite of images or a single image. Drawings and plans are encouraged, in addition to photography. The portfolio should also include captions and/or descriptions of the work being shown.
- Nominations in the category of History / Journalism / Criticism / Writing / Editing / Publishing may include a portfolio with photographs, publications, clippings, research projects, and any relevant material. Submissions in this category should also include excerpts of work. This should comprise up to four (4) excerpts of no more than ten (10) pages per excerpt.
- Submissions may be in landscape or portrait format.
- Up to three (3) published books may be submitted as supporting material to the above. All books submitted will be considered, as per protocol, gifts to the ICAA library for use by our students, staff, and members and will not be returned. If you previously submitted books that are now part of the ICAA library, please note which three you would like the jury to review as part of your updated submission.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: May I nominate myself for an award? A: Yes, self-nominations are accepted.
Q: I’ve previously been awarded an Arthur Ross Award. May I submit again? A: Previous winners of the Arthur Ross Award may not submit or be nominated in the same category for which they have previously received an award; they may, however, submit in another category, if appropriate.
Q: May posthumous nominations be made? A: No, the committee does not accept posthumous nominations.
Q: Are undergraduate or students eligible to submit or be nominated? A: Many of the ICAA regional awards honor student work. Please consult the ICAA's list of regional awards.
Q: Must nominees be a certain age or be at a particular place in their career to be considered for an award? A: The Arthur Ross Awards honor lifetime achievement, one’s career, one’s body of work. Candidates tend to not be at the very beginning of their career. However, in the past, juries have awarded younger candidates who have a considerable and impressive volume of work.