For more than 30 years, BUILDER has enlisted top builders and residential architects as jurors for our most prestigious annual competition.  The Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards serve as a leading barometer of the latest trends and influences in architecture, design, and community planning across the nation.

Projects with grand opening and/or first occupancy between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2012 are eligible to enter.  Entries are limited to projects in the United States. All materials submitted to Builder's Choice become the property of BUILDER and will not be returned. Keep a copy of all entry materials for your records. Please do not send original photography. BUILDER/Hanley Wood retains the right to consider non-winning entries for future publication.

Entering this year's competition is a two-step process.

STEP ONE: Click here to register online and complete the first step of the process.  Once you have registered and submitted your entry fee, you will receive an email from BUILDER within 5 business days with an assigned entry number for each of the projects you are entering. The deadline for completing this first step is  May 4, 2012 Deadline Extended to May 18, 2012

STEP TWO:  Once you have received your assigned entry number you will be ready to complete your entry binder.  Click here to access all of the required 2012 Entry binder forms, along with instructions for completing your binder.  All binders must be postmarked by June 4, 2012.

Click here for a copy of the 2012 Call for Entries brochure. 

Winners will receive print coverage in the October 2012 issue of Builder and online coverage on  Winners will also be honored at an October event in Washington, D.C. Judges will issue Grand, Merit, and Special Focus Awards. The top winner will be designated as Project of the Year.

Each completed entry will be evaluated by a panel of qualified jurors who are recognized for their expertise in the building industry. The decisions of the judges are final.

May 4, 2012 Deadline Extended to May 18, 2012 - Entry form and fee deadline.
JUNE 4, 2012 - Completed binder deadline.

$175 – Regular Entry
$95 – Special Focus


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