Submission Deadline: Application period is closed!   

The Awards seek projects that:

The Awards particularly seek examples of creative approaches that can be replicated in future projects.


To be eligible for consideration, projects must:

Have been substantially completed (at least in one major phase) and in stabilized operation in 2017, 2018 or 2019; and

Be located in the District of Columbia; the City of Alexandria; Charles, Frederick, Montgomery or Prince George’s County in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William County in Virginia; or cities located within those counties’ boundaries.

Award Categories

Excellence in Housing Development: Includes all types of housing projects, such as multifamily rental, attached and detached for-sale.

Excellence in Affordable Housing Development: Includes any multifamily rental, attached and detached for-sale developments in which at least 30% of the units are income-restricted.

Excellence in Office Development: Includes any project that is predominantly office and may include office buildings that are part of a larger mixed-use development.

Excellence in Mixed-Use Development: Includes projects that integrate a mixture of land uses. If there is a predominant use, one secondary use must account for at least 15% of the project area. This category may include large tract land development, master planned communities and multi- phased projects and others.

Excellence in Institutional Development: Includes projects developed by and intended for use by public agencies or institutional entities, such as schools, universities and hospitals, where the organization takes a meaningful leadership position in developing the project. Projects may include performing arts venues, sports arenas, public buildings and educational facilities and others.

Excellence in Sustainability: Includes buildings that focus on sustainable practices, climate change mitigation and adaptation using design + solutions including environmental stewardship, resilient design, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation.