CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Each entry will be judged for the success of the solution to the problems presented by the project and its worthiness, as determined by the jury, for an award of excellence in architecture. Design awards will be classified into four categories for publicity and organization purposes; recognition within each category will be awarded at the jury's discretion. Jury retains the right to reclassify projects.  The categories will be New Construction / Substantial Renovation, Housing, Adaptive Reuse / Preservation, and Interior Architecture. Unbuilt projects are eligible for Honor and Merit awards and will be evaluated in a separate review. Information on each category is provided below. Additional citations or project recognition may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The written project description should provide basic information about the project and verbally convey the design concept to the jury. Information requested in the awards subcategory descriptions should be addressed clearly in the project description. Projects descriptions should not provide information which discloses or identifies project team members. The project design summary should provide a concise description of the project; this summary will be reviewed by jurors during the initial round of deliberations.

New Construction & Substantial Renovation

Projects submitted in this category will include a broad range of types such as Commercial, Educational, Multifamily, Housing, Institutional, or Faith-based Architecture. Renovations and addition projects are eligible, but project scope must be clearly and accurately presented through graphics and written descriptions.

Housing

Projects submitted in this category will include single family residential projects or multi-family projects of no more than (4) units. Larger multi-family projects will be categorized under New Construction / Substantial Renovation. Renovation and addition projects are eligible, but project scope must be clearly and accurately presented through graphics and written descriptions.

Adaptive Reuse / Preservation

Projects submitted in this category may be of any project type (Commercial, Educational, Residential, etc.) but should include either a renovation within an existing building or a new construction that expands an existing structure or site. Projects that have been recognized for historical value through inclusion in Historic Districts or listing on Historic Registers should identify the type and reason for recognition in the written project description. Projects that do not have official recognition or designation are also eligible and should outline the historical significance in the project description. The intent of this award is to recognize thoughtful interventions or restorations that create a synergy between old and new construction. Routine maintenance, such as painting or reroofing is not considered restoration work for the purposes of this award.

Interior Architecture

Projects submitted in this category will include a variety of project types, but should consist of building interior renovations created by architects. The intent of this award is to recognize projects that involve significant or total redesign of an interior space in an existing building, a frequent design challenge within the historic fabric of the City of Charleston. Projects may include minor exterior modifications, but should consist primarily of interior work. Multiple entries may be submitted, but individual rooms or spaces within the same tenant space shall be considered as one project.

Unbuilt Project

Projects submitted in this category may be unbuilt architectural designs of any project type or conceptual design studies that investigate a specific topic or project type for research purposes. The intent of this award is to recognize the breadth and diversity of practice within the architectural community of Charleston. Unbuilt client-sponsored projects (commercial or residential buildings, interiors, transportation, infrastructure, monuments, etc.) are eligible for recognition. Projects under construction or otherwise apparently assured of construction are not eligible. Projects cannot have been undertaken for academic credit. Projects initiated as Design Competition entries are eligible for entry in this category. Master Planning and Urban Design projects are also eligible for recognition under this category.