Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards 2009Since 1985, the Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards have recognized achievement in the total design of a building and its site. The awards also aim to raise awareness of outstanding planning and design projects among design professionals and the general public. The criteria which the awards are judged on are projects that exemplifies a superior work of architecture; incorporates total site design and landscaping; takes into account the context of the work in relationship to its surroundings and applies energy and water conservation, and other green building practices.

2014 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards Winners

The 2014 Awards Ceremony was held on September 23, 2014 during the Board of Supervisors meeting at the Board Auditorium.
 View the 2014 Exceptional Design Award Winners


Any project completed in Fairfax County in the past five years is eligible for nomination by anyone. Nominations can be submitted in many categories including, but not limited to residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, historical and interiors.

View detailed submission requirements

Selection Process and Criteria

The awards, judged by a jury, include honor awards, merit awards and honorable mentions.  All entries should meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Exemplifies a superior work of architecture.
  • Incorporates outstanding site design and landscaping.
  • Takes into account the context of the project design in relationship to its surroundings.
  • Applies energy and water conservation, and other green building practices.


Submit your project according to the submission requirements. If you require assistance with your submission, please contact staff at 703-324-1380. Submissions will be accepted during the nomination period as noted above.

More Information

Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning
Planning Division
12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035
703-324-1380, TTY 711



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