Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards 2009
Since 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 design awards program is sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and administered by the County's Department of Planning and Zoning in cooperation with the County Architectural Review Board and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The purpose of the awards program is to recognize outstanding achievement in the total design of a building and the site and to create an awareness of superior planning and design projects.

View the 2016 Exceptional Design Award Winners

Exceptional Design Awards Winners Calendar of Important Dates

  • The nomination period for the 2017 Exceptional Design Awards will open in the spring.


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.  Projects previously honored with an award in this program are not eligible for entry.
 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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