Calling All Exceptional Designs: Submissions Accepted Through June 25

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Fairfax County is now accepting submissions for the James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards. Established in 1984, this year the awards program celebrates 40 years of outstanding planning and design features that enhance the experience of site users and visitors. The program aims to celebrate and raise awareness of both public and private projects.

All design submissions 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, water conservation and other green building practices.

Projects completed in Fairfax County within the last five years, since Jan. 1, 2019, are eligible for submission. Submissions must be received by email or mail by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. Visit the awards webpage for more information about submission categories, requirements and the entry form.

Awards are granted in three categories: honor, merit and honorable mention. A jury of design professionals, including architects, select the winners who are announced in August.

The James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards program is sponsored by the Board of Supervisors and administered by the Department of Planning and Development. in cooperation with the county’s Architectural Review Board and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

For more information, questions or assistance, contact the Department of Planning and Development at 703-324-1281, TTY 711.

View the award winners from the past 40 years.


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