DBIA’s National Awards of Merit are the top projects — typically up to three — in each category. From the Awards of Merit, judges then choose the National Awards of Excellence (if one is worthy) which are the single best projects in each category.
Please note: all submitted projects are judged against a standard and not each other; therefore, the jury may decide not to awards any of the Excellence Awards if it does not deem any project worthy.
There are also Best in Architectural Design, Best in Engineering Design, Best in Teaming and Best in Process awards, which honor projects that were outstanding on specific aspects of the project. Finally, there is the Project of the Year — the best of all the projects entered and chosen from the National Award of Excellence winners.