For more than a quarter century, 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.

Click here for 2009 Call for Entries brochure (PDF)

DEADLINE EXTENDED!  See below for details...


Projects with grand opening and/or first occupancy between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2009 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 awards is a two-step process

STEP ONE:Click here to enter online and complete the first step of the process.  After you complete this step and submit your entry fee, you will receive an email from BUILDER within 72 hours with an assigned entry number for each of the projects you have entered. The deadline for completing this first step is May 8, 2009. 

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 2009 Entry binder forms  you will need to include in your binder.  The forms are writable pdfs that you can fill out online and then print out as hard copies. All binders must be submitted to BUILDER by June 6, 2009.


Winners will receive coverage in the October 2009 issue of Builder and will 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. A Focus on Affordability Award may be presented at the judges' discretion.


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 29, 2009 - Entry form and fee deadline.
JUNE 12, 2009 - Completed binder deadline.


$250 – Regular Entry $95 – Special Focus


Email [email protected]
Or call Jenny Sullivan at 202-736-3483

Click here to see last year's winners.