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
Commercial - office, retail, industrial
Commercial Interiors - primarily the design of commercial
Institutional - such as fire stations, educational
facilities and places of worship
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
Community Benefit Project - such as affordable housing,
senior housing or a community center
Each submission shall include the following two
Complete the entry form and save it to your computer. It
can be attached as a separate PDF or included with the other
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:
Name of project.
Address of project. Project must be located in Fairfax
County and not within the Cities of Fairfax or Falls Church.
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.