2021 Vitruvian Honors & Awards Program

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The Facade Tectonics Institute is excited to announce the Vitruvian Honors & Awards program to celebrate outstanding achievements in the field of facade design and delivery. The program recognizes outstanding projects, as well as project teams and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to facade design, engineering, fabrication, installation and lifecycle performance. The projects and contributions demonstrate the goals of the Institute in advancing the art, science and technology of designing, planning, and constructing high performance building facades for the benefit of planet and people.

FTI is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Vitruvian Honors & Awards and invites you to submit a project or project team to one of the categories below. The deadline to submit is Monday, January 18, 2020.

Award Categories

To learn more about submission requirements and project guidelines, explore the award categories linked below:

Project Awards


Entries and Eligibility

  • Projects must have been completed in the last five years and have been in place and functional for at least one calendar year.
  • Nominator must be a member of FTI.
  • All members of the project team—owner, architect, and key consultants, contractors, fabricators and material and systems suppliers—must be credited.
  • Members of the jury credited in an entry, or whose organization of employment is credited in an entry, will be recused from judging that submission.
  • Submission form and deliverables must be completed by the submission deadline.

Assessment Criteria

The Roman architect Vitruvius in his treatise on architecture, De Architectura, asserted that there were three principles of good architecture:

  • Firmatis (Durability) – It should stand up robustly and remain in good condition.
  • Utilitas (Usefulness) – It should be useful and function well for the people using it.
  • Venustatis (Beauty) – It should delight people and raise their spirits.

With these principles in mind; each submission should address the following areas of consideration:

Durability

  • Lifecycle planning
  • Resilience: passive/active/adaptive
  • Resistance to obsolescence (in its many forms)
  • Materiality: appropriateness and embodied carbon efficiency
  • Quality of design and construction

Usefulness

  • Functionality: fitness of purpose
  • Health, wellness and productivity
  • Carbon efficiency (operational)
  • Integration: holistic attributes
  • Cost effectiveness

Beauty

  • Tectonics, material and formal

People Awards


Entries and Eligibility

  • Nominator must be a member of FTI.
  • Members of the jury with affiliations to the entrant, or whose organization of employment is affiliated with the entrant, will be recused from judging that submission.
  • Submission form and deliverables must be completed by the submission deadline.

Judging Panel

Judges will be thought-leaders from a cross section of the AECO industry, in keeping with the FTI mission. Members of the jury credited in an entry, or whose organization of employment is otherwise related to the entry, will be recused from judging that submission.


Timeline, Deadlines and Milestones

  • Monday, January 18, 2021 – Award submission deadline
  • Monday, February 22, 2021 – Nominee slate is finalized; nominees notified
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 – Announcement and publication of the nominees
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 – FTI Vitruvian Honors & Awards Ceremony

Finalists & Winners

Finalists will have the opportunity to present their project at the FTI biennial Vitruvian Honors & Awards Symposium, in the afternoon prior to the Awards Ceremony. Winners will be honored at Vitruvian Honors & Awards Ceremony to be held in Los Angeles on April 29, 2021.

Mark your calendar! The submission deadline for the 2021 Vitruvian Awards is Monday, January 18, 2021.