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Celebrating a decade of AEC Excellence

For the 10th anniversary, we honor the innovators who used technology to transform the industry by revisiting the teams and projects that defined the decade.

Celebrating innovators like you

Each quarter, we’re focusing the spotlight on one visionary AEC person or project that applied technology to forge new directions and innovative outcomes.

Phoenix Park’s sports arena and BIM (video: 7:15 min.)

Phoenix Park’s innovative building techniques

In Chengdu, China, an innovative arena—built to host international sports, from soccer to basketball—is going up on time and on budget thanks to a well-coordinated, eco-friendly BIM (Building Information Modeling) process.

Amr Raafat working at contruction site with low poly design applied

Reimagining construction visualization

Meet the virtual design and construction innovator who brought a new approach to modular construction to transform the offsite design prefabrication processes.

Todd Danielson portrait with low poly design applied

Q&A with a 4-time panel judge

Hear from the editorial director of Informed Architecture about his experience judging the awards and evaluating innovative teams and projects.

  • Top 5 architecture and engineering projects 

    See which projects best evolved data and automation for better insights and outcomes.

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  • Top 5 construction projects

    See which projects best used technology to unify a cross-disciplinary approach to building.

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  • Top 5 infrastructure projects

    See which projects responded stronger to ever-increasing social, economic, and environmental demands.

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Rediscover past winners

With over 1,100 entries from more than 60 countries, our commitment to celebrating our customers grows stronger with every project milestone.

  • Ground view of curved bridge

    2020 winners

    In a year like no other, these projects demonstrated extraordinary adaptability and resilience amid the uncertainty of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Render of a campus

    2019 winners

    From research facilities to urban renewal and sustainable planning, these visionary projects are solving for the future of the built environment.

  • 3-D model of building

    2018 winners

    As the world population grows, these projects found new ways to meet the increased demands with less materials, resources, and skilled labor.

  • Silver spheric building

    2017 winners

    From a skyscraper to a tunnel metro line, these projects demonstrated pioneering uses of BIM enabled by cloud and generative design.

Meet former innovator of the year winners

Debuting in 2018, this prestigious award honors the technologist who transformed the industry to create a new possible.

  • Portrait of Wajdi holding award

    2020 winner Wajdi Mereb

    Dubai’s transportation leader is making the organization a fully intelligent and integrated provider of smart, agile solutions.

  • Headshot of Amr

    2019 winner Amr Raafat

    His work to create new virtual design and construction tools with BIM is transforming processes across building phases.

  • Zhibing sitting in chair with hand on chin

    2018 winner Zhibing Mao

    His pioneering use of BIM is driving the growth of smart cities through a focus on collaboration, improved planning, and better project delivery.

FAQs about the AEC Excellence Awards

The AEC Excellence Awards recognize projects and people around the world that embrace the future of making with the use of innovative technology, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Autodesk software in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

The AEC Excellence Awards includes industry categories in Infrastructure Design, Building Design, and Construction. Each industry category will include large, medium, and small project category awards. *Subject to change.

A project entry must qualify as either a large, medium, or small-sized project based on the total project cost in U.S. dollars as indicated here. *Subject to change.

The Innovator of the Year is an individual who is using emerging technology and innovative processes that are new to the industry. Nominations will be evaluated based on your nominee’s use of Autodesk technology, use of emerging technology and innovative processes. Please see the Official Rules at www.aecexcellence.com for additional details.

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