2016 Exceptional Design Awards - Submission Requirements

  • Submissions will be accepted as a PDF document attached to an e-mail submitted to  Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards or by compact disc (CD).
  • Submissions will be limited to 6 Megabytes in size.  
  • Entries may be made in all applicable categories.  


  • Residential - single-family residential projects, including homes, additions, restorations, renovations, and interiors.
  • Commercial - office, retail, industrial
  • Commercial Interiors - primarily the design of commercial interior spaces
  • Institutional - such as fire stations, educational facilities and places of worship
  • Recreational
  • Historical/Adaptive Re-use - projects involving the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or sympathetic adaptive reuse of older or historic structures
  • Mixed Use - some combination of residential, retail or office
  • Community Benefit Project - such as affordable housing, senior housing or a community center

Each submission shall include the following two components

  1. The ENTRY FORM.  Complete the entry form and save it to your computer. It can be attached as a separate PDF or included with the other entry materials.
  2. The PROJECT DESCRIPTION prepared by the nominator for use by the jury. The name of the architect is not to appear anywhere in the Project Description, as these submissions materials will be viewed by the design jury.  This project description must contain the following, in PDF document format:

Page 1

  • Name of project.
  • Address of project.  Project must be located in Fairfax County and not within the Cities of Fairfax or Falls Church.

Page 2

  • Year the project was built. Projects must be completed within the last five years, that is, in 2011 or later.  Please do not resubmit projects which may have received an award in the County's design awards program previously.
  • Category under which the project has been nominated.
  • A project location map.
  • A brief narrative of the project's program and design goals which explains how design features, buildings materials and/or site elements contribute to making this project exceptional.

Page 3 and subsequent pages, up to a maximum of 15.  

Graphic materials, such as those listed below, necessary to give a complete understanding of the full project.

  • Photographs of the exterior and/or interior, in black and white or color.  Please provide attribution for photographs.
  • Site plans showing the project's landscape and its relationship with its environs.
  • Building plans, elevations and cross-sections as appropriate.

A submission shall not exceed 6 Megabytes total size

All entries will be retained by the Department of Planning and Zoning for publicity and publication purposes. The digital submission must reach the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016. Should you elect to mail your entry as a compact disc (CD), entry must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016 and sent to the Department of Planning and Zoning, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730, Fairfax, Virginia 22035 ATTENTION: Exceptional Design Awards Program.

If you have any questions or if you need assistance with your application submission, please call 703-324-1380.


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