Exceptional Design Awards

Exceptional Design Awards

Fairfax County is now accepting submissions for the James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards. Established in 1984, the awards program aims to celebrate and raise awareness of outstanding planning and design projects among design professionals and the general public.

Any project completed in Fairfax County since January 1, 2017 is eligible for a nomination. Submissions must be sent by email or mail by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022. Details about submission categories, requirements and the entry form can be found on the awards webpage.


All award entries should meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Exemplifies a superior work of architecture.

  • Incorporates outstanding site design and landscaping.

  • Takes into account the context of the project design in relationship to its surroundings.

  • Applies energy and water conservation, and other green building practices.

Awards are granted in three categories: honor, merit and honorable mention. A jury of design professionals, including architects, select the winners who are announced in mid-October.

The James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards program is sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and administered by the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development, in cooperation with the county’s Architectural Review Board and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.