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AEC Awards Season – CFEs That are Worth It

Calls for Entries, deadlines and the painstakingly extensive submission requirements. Award season for AEC marketers has arrived. The submission process requires as many hours and resources as pulling together a proposal – a hefty obligation. This year why not be more strategic of the awards you submit for and select a few that will get you more bang for all the hard work.

It’s a challenge to wrangle photos, team approvals and a laundry list of project data on a tight deadline, but award submissions give marketers a chance to steal the spotlight. Below I’ve hand picked a few select awards with some impressive perks for the winning entries.

  1. AEC Excellence Awards

DESCRIPTION: Now in its eighth year, the AEC Excellence Awards honors the Architecture-Engineering-Construction industry and the ingenuity of the professionals who are stretching the limits of technology and innovative processes. Whether it’s the use of BIM, cloud-based collaboration, generative design, GIS, Internet of Things, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, prefabrication, modular construction, robotics, or other emerging technologies, the Awards showcase projects—large and small—that make a difference and demonstrate a powerful impact on how we design and build the world around us.


WINNER PERKS: Winners receive international media recognition, a trip for 2 to Autodesk University Las Vegas to highlight the project in a special awards ceremony, a feature article about the project on, extensive global social media promotion, a winners certificate with a custom, personalized 3D printed trophy, and more. No entry fee!

  1. BSA Design Awards

DESCRIPTION: Established in 1867, The Boston Society of Architects/AIA focuses on providing professional development, advocacy on behalf of great design, and sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large.

The Boston Society of Architects hosts its annual BSA Design Awards. The program honors projects in various categories, including: Campus and Urban Planning; Healthcare Facilities Design; Hospitality Design Interior Architecture and Design; Sustainable Design, Unbuilt Architecture and Design; and others. The sole criterion is design excellence.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Deadlines vary depending on award category, please refer to the awards page here.

WINNER PERKS: The panel of judges is comprised of distinguished architects and it is truly an honor to be selected as a recipient. Winners are invited to an awards gala, typically attended by the who’s who of Boston’s built community.

  1. ENR Regional Best Projects 2019 Awards

DESCRIPTION: This award program is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them. Projects compete in 20 specialized categories, ranging from airports to sports/entertainment.


WINNER PERKS:  The winners are honored at an awards ceremony and featured in the regional editions of ENR. Projects deemed best in category will automatically compete in the Best of the Best Projects, a national juried competition appearing in ENR.

  1. AGC Awards Programs

AGC of America celebrated 100 years of serving the construction industry in 2018. AGC is top of the list for every contractor in the Unites States when it comes to almost any aspect of the industry. No other trade association covers as wide a variety of important construction issues. Awards categories include Innovation, Safety, Diversity and Inclusion, among others. You can find them all here.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Deadlines vary depending on award category, please refer to the awards page, here.

WINNER PERKS: Awards include cash prizes, publicity, and industry recognition. Winners are honored at an awards ceremony widely attended by industry leaders.


Elena Lelchuk is a Construction Customer Marketing Manager at Autodesk. She develops and oversees construction-centric engagement programs for Autodesk Construction Solutions. Elena is the Director of Communications for SMPS Boston.

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