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2019 ARCHITECT 50 Design Portfolio

Welcome to Hanley Wood’s secure portfolio upload site for the ARCHITECT 50, which is published by ARCHITECT magazine.

The 2019 ARCHITECT 50 includes the submission of a design portfolio. The portfolio is designed to capture a quick snapshot of the breadth and the quality of your firm’s work. A small firm with a series of community-based projects can perform just as well as a global firm with an international portfolio.

A panel of judges chosen by ARCHITECT magazine will anonymously score each entry. The portfolio score will be used along with other factors to determine how your firm ranks in the design category of the program. Results will be published in the November 2019 issue of ARCHITECT magazine.

Before you submit your portfolio, you will first need to register for the ARCHITECT 50 survey. Please visit www.architect50.com and register to receive a survey. Then you can upload your portfolio by clicking on the link below. Please note: You will need to register twice: Once to receive the survey, and once to upload your portfolio. 


Design portfolio guidelines

Please read the following guidelines carefully. Any firm that fails to follow these guidelines may have their entry disqualified.

Number of projects: Your portfolio may consist of up to five projects. These may include built and unbuilt work, exhibitions, master plans, product developments, or any other projects you see fit to submit. For each project, you may submit whatever combination of photographs, renderings, drawings, or other supporting visuals you choose.

Requirements: Your firm must have worked on, or completed, each project in calendar year 2018. Projects can be based anywhere in the world.

Please note: Your portfolio must include at least two projects that have been completed and photographed in their finished state.

We will not publish any images without prior consent. Projects you submit will remain confidential.  

PDF specifications: Projects will be submitted via PDF, with each page a standard size of 8.5 by 11 inches. Each project may take up no more than two pages. A submission with 5 projects may not exceed 10 pages, with no one project taking up more than two pages. A submission with three projects may not exceed six pages, with no one project taking up more than two pages, etc. Your PDF may not exceed 30 megabytes.

Each project must include the following information:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Scope (new construction, renovation/remodel, adaptive use, addition/expansion, preservation/restoration, etc.)
  • Size
  • Completion date
  • Cost per square foot
  • Project description (No more than three sentences please.)

Please do not include your firm name anywhere in the PDF or in the file name, to ensure that judging is anonymous.

Cost: There will be a fee to enter your design portfolio, to cover judging and other costs. We are using a tiered system based on firm size:

  • 1-49 employees: $99
  • 50-249 employees: $199
  • 250+ employees: $299

You will be asked to submit your credit card payment before uploading your portfolio.

Deadline: July 18.


Questions? Please email Eric Wills at ewills@hanleywood.com.