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Welcome to the

Faith & Form/ID International Awards Program
for Religious Architecture & Art

The Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form, Partners for Sacred Places and Interfaith Design (ID, formerly IFRAA, the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, & Architecture), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design and art for religious spaces. The program offers six categories for awards: Religious Architecture, Adaptive Re-Use/Re-Purpose, Liturgical/Interior Design, Sacred Landscape, Religious Arts, and Student Work.

Account Sign-up and Online Submissions are NOW OPEN!
Closing date for submissions is October 1, 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PAST ENTRANTS: YOUR PREVIOUS ACCOUNT SETTINGS ARE NO LONGER VALID. WHEN ENTRIES OPEN, YOU WILL HAVE TO REGISTER FOR THIS YEAR'S CONTEST IN ORDER TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR CONSIDERATION.

Awards and Recognition

Award recipients receive significant recognition including printed and framed citations, recognition at an ID awards presentation, coverage in a joint publication by Faith & Form and Partners for Sacred Places, and project board exhibition at the AIA National Convention.

Award Categories

Entries are welcomed and encouraged from architects, landscape architects, designers, artists, students, consultants, and religious or community organizations. Our entry categories and entry requirements are detailed below.

The Jury Panel

  • Chair/Architect: James Theimer
    Redding, CA
  • Architect: Grant F. Marani
    New York, NY
  • Architect: Jorge L. Hernandez
    Coral Gables, FL
  • Artist: Laurie Gross
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Clergy: Rev. Donna Schaper
    New York, NY

View past winners here (2012-2019)


Entry is a simple process!

  • Thank you for your interest and participation in the Faith & Form/ID International Awards Program. Watch this site for announcements concerning this year's winning entries and next year's Call for Entries.

    • Read the general submission guidelines and specific instructions (lower on this page) and gather all your materials.
    • Sign up for a US/Canada or International account; choose your own password and remember it! Passwords are case-sensitive.
    • Receive your user name via email.
    • Log in with your new user name and the password you chose. (Remember: passwords are case-sensitive!)
    • Select the number and type of entries you'll be submitting; pay for them via our convenient shopping cart.
    • Enter all your information and upload your photos and/or drawings (maximum of 18 total).
    • You're done!

Religious Architecture Awards

    • New Facilities Awards
      Any new building or complex of buildings that supports the mission of a religion (including interior and exterior spaces and non-worship facilities).
    • Renovation Awards
      Any renovated building or complex of buildings that supports the mission of a religion (including interior and exterior spaces and non-worship facilities).
    • Restoration Awards
      Any restored building or complex of buildings that supports the mission of a religion (including interior and exterior spaces and non-worship facilities). This award recognizes a creative use of craft, technology, research and new-meets-old concepts without sacrificing the original intent of the architecture.
  • Cost per entry: $250

  • Religious Architecture Eligibility, Judging Criteria, and Submission Requirements

Adaptive Re-Use/Re-Purpose

  • Adaptive Re-Use/Re-Purpose
    Any building or complex of buildings that supports the mission of a religion (including non-worship facilities) that that has been adapted for new community uses or purposes such as a non-profit organization, arts group, soup kitchen, health center, housing, etc.). This award recognizes a creative use of design, craft, technology, and adaptive concepts that give existing religious facilities a new lease on life and benefit the public.
  • Cost per entry: $250

  • Adaptive Re-use/Re-Purpose Eligibility, Judging Criteria, and Submission Requirements

Liturgical/Interior Design Awards

  • This award recognizes the design of interior space in the context of how ambiance and character have been established through the interaction of form and ritual ceremony; how the design reflects the understanding of a particular theology and its ritual symbolism; and how it brings spirituality to the space. This category is open to architects, designers, interior designers, design consultants in the U.S. or abroad, and religious or community organizations.
  • Cost per entry: $250

  • Liturgical/Interior Design Eligibility, Judging Criteria, and Submission Requirements

Sacred Landscape Awards

  • Any landscape design that supports a religious or spiritual purpose. This award recognizes the use of landscape and man-made materials to create outdoor environments—new or restored—conducive to prayer, meditation, or use by the local community. This category is open to architects, landscape architects, designers, design consultants, artists, and religious or community organizations.
  • Cost per entry: $175

  • Sacred Landscape Eligibility, Judging Criteria, and Submission Requirements

Religious Arts Awards

Student Work

  • Any design for a building, complex of buildings, interior design, landscape environment, or artwork to be incorporated into the building fabric, produced by a student of art, architecture, interior design, environmental design, or liturgical design in a religious or secular institution for higher learning in the U.S. or abroad. This category is open for submission by students and/or their professors, but must be substantially student work.
  • Cost per entry: $65

  • Student Work Eligibility, Judging Criteria, and Submission Requirements

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