2021 Vitruvian Honors & Awards Program

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:

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
  • Primary entrant 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 (Utility) – 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:


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


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


  • Tectonics, material and formal

Judging Process

Submissions will be comprised of one pdf file per entry. Each pdf file will include two A1 size posters. Formatting requirements and guidelines will be provided, and requirements must be strictly adhered to. Entries will be subject to a blind peer review process and file name and posters will not include any identifying names or affiliations. Eligibility qualifications will be verified for a qualified shortlist of candidates without informing the judging panel.

Judges will be thought-leaders from a cross section of the AECO industry, in keeping with the FTI mission. Judges will be announced with each call for entries. Judges need not be members of FTI.

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
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – FTI Vitruvian Honors & Awards Ceremony

Prizes and Travel Awards

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Mark your calendar! The submission deadline for the 2021 Vitruvian Awards is Monday, January 18, 2020.