ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards

ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards

The year 2011 was a great one for ArchDaily, and all thanks to you. In terms of web traffic, in our network we grew to more than 200,000 daily readers who viewed 350 million pages during 2011. Our social media reach has grown to nearly 500,000 Facebook fans, more than 60,000 followers on Twitter and an ever growing presence on Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, all connecting with architects around our passion: Architecture.

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Since 2009 we have held the Building of the Year Awards, an instance in which all of you make your voice heard by nominating and voting for the best projects featured on ArchDaily during the year. This is a peer based award that recognizes firms of all sizes, trajectories and locations. You can check the results of the previous editions here: 2009 and 2010.

Once again we have partnered with HP to present the 2011 Building of the Year Awards, starting today Feb 7th, 2012 at the following link:

The nomination stage will run for 2 weeks until Feb 21st, 2011. All buildings featured under the available categories during 2011 are elegible for this round. You can nominate one building (in one category) per day.

Like last year, we will authenticate the votes with the My ArchDaily platform, so we can assure that the nominating and voting processes are conducted by the community. You can nominate once per day, so you can propose your favorite projects from Feb 7th to Feb 21st, after which 5 buildings per category will continue to the voting round, between Feb 22nd and Mar 6th. The winners will be announced on Mar 7th, 2012.

Given that you are in charge of the selection process, we have decided to give away 2 custom engraved iPads 2 during the nominating/voting stages (more details on the rules below). Also, the most voted firm will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer (MSRP US$8,000).

Once again I’d like to thank all our readers for your support in 2011, and rest assure that we are working on new ways to improve ArchDaily in 2012. Our inbox is always open, so feel free to leave your feedback, recommendations and support on the contact page.

Rules after the break:

Official rules

Selected Projects

- All buildings published between Jan 1st 2011 and Dec 31st 2011 under the “Selected” category and the available voting categories are eligible for this award.

- Available voting categories are: Houses, Housing, Institutional, Sports, Religious, Interiors, Office Buildings, Industrial, Museums & Libraries, Hotels & Restaurants, Educational, Refurbishment, Cultural and Public Facilities.

- By submitting their works to ArchDaily, offices agree to enter this competition and to be present on the promotional material.

- Authorship and copyright of each project belong to the offices and architects mentioned on each project’s page.


- The nomination process starts on February 7th and ends February 21st, 2012 at midnight EST. - The voting round starts on February 22nd and ends March 6th, 2012 at midnight EST. - The winners will be announced on March 7th, 2012.

Eligibility to vote

- Everyone can register to vote. To do so, you must follow the registration link and complete the required steps to become a registered user or use your existing My ArchDaily account. - The system will count only one vote per user per day, reset at midnight EST. - You can only vote for one building per day. After the system resets at midnight each day, you can vote for a different building. - To register you must use a valid e-mail address. Votes coming from users without a valid e-mail address will be discounted. - Offices and architects are encouraged to promote their works for voting, but no monetary or virtual gift compensation should be offered. You can use the following short link:

Nomination Process

- Starting February 7th 2012, every registered user will be able to nominate their favorite project of the 14 categories included in the Awards. You can nominate the same or a different project each day throughout the nomination period. - Nomination ends on February 21st at midnight EST, after which the top five projects on each category will go on to the voting round.

Voting Round

- On February 22nd 2012, registered users will be able to vote once per day for their favorite project among the finalists. - After the system resets on midnight EST every day, each registered user can vote again, either for the same project, or a different one of their choice. - The voting round will end March 6th 2012 at midnight EST.

Winners Announcement

- Winners of each category will be announced at ArchDaily’s Home Page on March 7th, 2012. - The 5 finalists and the final winners of each category will be announced to the press and will be featured extensively on, giving each office a worldwide exposure (example of previous press coverage). - Winners of each category will receive a distinctive and unique physical award from ArchDaily. - Of all the 14 winners (one per category), the project with more votes will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer (MSRP US$8,000) from our sponsor HP. HP will be responsible for shipping the printer to the winning office. - The 5 finalists and the winners of each category can use the respective title for their own purposes.

You could win an iPad

- We will give away two iPads 2, WiFi 16GB (White or Black, winners choice, more info about iPad 2) during the awards process. - Every registered user who votes will automatically enter for a chance to win an iPad during each stage of the competition. - If you participated in the First Stage of voting, and were the winner of an iPad, you are still eligible to participate in the Second Stage of voting with the possibility of winning an iPad. - The winners of each iPad will be announced after each round. - ArchDaily will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winners, but won’t cover any additional costs related to local taxes, customs, etc.

Important notes

- All data harvested in the user registration will be kept private and won’t be shared with 3rd parties.

- After each stage, all votes will be checked. Every vote submitted by an invalid registered user will be removed from the final vote counting. Also, all attempts to abuse the system, such as creating dummy accounts, suspicious behavior from individual IPs addresses or any other techniques to generate votes will be logged and reviewed for removal.

- ArchDaily reserves the right to analyze the data during every stage of the Awards in order to assure a fair process.

- All questions should be sent to David Basulto, director of the awards through our contact form.

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Cite: David Basulto. "ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year Awards" 13 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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