YAF Awards 2022

The IIA Young Architects Festival 2022 is a national event, of The Indian Institute of Architects, to encourage & promote participation of Young Architects and to celebrate the contribution of the youngsters to the profession. This year the IIA Kerala Chapter has the pleasure and privilege of hosting this magnanimous event at Calicut and take pleasure in reintroducing the YAF Awards in a brand-new format to encourage, acknowledge, appreciate and honour the creative contribution of the younger IIA members in the field of architecture and to promote creative thinking for a resilient future.


Kamal malik
Riyas komu
Abin Chaudhuri
Alan Abraham
Tony Joseph
Manju sara rajan
Prakash varma
Aparna narasimhan

Call for Entries

Award Categories

For the purpose of these Awards, the entries shall be adjudged in the following categories:

  • Best Young Practice: Sustainable architecture
  • It is a known fact that unbridled development has contributed significantly to global warming, climate change and over-exploitation of our natural resources. The results are right at our doorsteps, with unpredictable weather events, spiralling temperatures, rising sea levels, floods, droughts etc. occurring at an alarming frequency. True sustainability as opposed to green-washing gimmicks are the need of the hour.

    This category looks at architecture projects which address the challenge of limiting humanity’s impact on the environment. Projects which demonstrate sustainable solutions in the planning and construction process, choice of materials, integration of the built environment into the natural landscape, use of alternate technologies and renewable energy sources, conservation of water, recycling etc, in a holistic manner.

    Requirements: Minimum of 1 executed project + 2 unbuilt projects / executed projects

  • Best Young Practice: Socially responsible architecture
  • Architecture can be a social catalyst, creating environments that empower individuals, communities and neighbourhoods. This is especially relevant for addressing the environmental, social, political, economic and humanitarian disasters which impact vulnerable communities. Architecture also has the power to positively contribute to the upliftment of marginalised sections of society and affect genuine change through a human-centric practice, which understands their aspirations and translates these into spatial ideas.

    This category looks at architecture projects which reflect a sensitivity towards social, cultural and environmental issues leaving a positive impact on development of society, local communities, groups, displaced families, homeless people etc.

    Requirements: Minimum 2 executed projects / unbuilt projects

  • Best Young Practice: Spaces for living
  • A basic necessity of life is that of shelter – for us and our families. Spaces where we dwell have a profound impact on our lives, often defining our outlook and even character. From the intimate to that of a community, the design of such spaces carries considerable complexities, yet is one of the most rewarding. This typology is one which has evolved continuously, reflecting our changing social norms and ways of living. This category looks at practices whose designs transcend the simple definition of a shelter to create soulful, engaging spaces.

    Requirements: Minimum 2 executed projects + 1 unbuilt project / executed project

  • Best Young Practice: Space for working
  • The notions of spaces where we work, earn our livelihood and transact business has undergone radical changes, especially in the last few years. Creative, well-designed spaces improve our physical as well as psychological well-being, leading to improved efficiencies, productivities and increased quality of life. Such spaces, where we tend to spend a large amount of our time, should empower one to be happier and lead a more balanced, motivated life. This category invites submission of designs which addresses these challenges in a holistic manner.

    Requirements: Minimum of 2 executed projects + 1 unbuilt project / executed project

  • Best Young Practice: Spaces for collectivity & collaboration
  • Man is by nature a social animal. Our lives unfold as a series of social interactions with our fellow beings which require us to come together across various platforms and contexts, share and connect while forging new relationships.

    This category looks at projects where architects play a major role in giving shape to the spaces where people meet each other, learn, engage with one other, collaborate, relax, enhance their physical and spiritual well-being etc.

    Requirements: Minimum of 1 executed project + 2 unbuilt projects / executed projects

  • Best Young Practice: Architectural representation / visualisation 
  • Architects use multiple methods for developing & presenting their ideas. On one hand, there is an explosion of digital means of representation & visualisation as technology progresses. On the other, the purity of a hand drawn sketch is still sacrosanct for many.

    This category invites entries which push the exploration of architectural representations for communicating ideas and design narratives. These can be through drawings, sketches, collages, illustrations, comics, renderings etc.

    Requirements: Minimum 5 examples.

  • Best Young Practice: Architectural detailing
  • As Mies van der Rohe said, ‘God is in details.’ It is a given that however ingenious a concept is, it will fail if the detailing is not up to the mark. This category looks at innovative architectural detailing reflected in the works of a practice across multiple projects.

    Requirements: Multiple details with a focus on at least 3 in-depth examples

  • Best Young Practice: Ideas for future
  • We are in a world where change is happening at an unprecedented pace. Technological innovations are driving this change, which is impacting all spheres of our existence. Along with positive changes, issues like climate change, degradation of nature etc. demand our immediate attention as well. It is imperative that we as architects creatively address these problems and come up with solutions which push the envelope.

    This category is divided into 2 sub-categories.

    Category A – Includes executed projects as well as hypothetical projects which address ideas related to the future – design proposals which focuses on climate change, floating cities, settlements on Mars, utopian urban proposals etc.

    Category B – Invites entries of concepts / research papers related to futuristic technologies which can affect our built-environments positively, innovative use of new materials and cutting-edge research about topics which are relevant for our present as well as future etc.

    Requirements: One or more proposed projects / executed projects / concept proposals / research papers.


The YAF AWARDS 2022 shall cover projects completed between 1st January, 2017 and 31st July, 2022.

Entry Documents

The submission process is entirely online, through our website www.atcrossroads.in

The participants are requested to upload the following documents:

A maximum of upto 9 jpeg format sheets set to A3 size are to be uploaded (maximum size of entire set to be uploaded should be 59 MB or less), explaining the designs with relevant drawings, sketches and photographs. Presentation can be in B&W or colour. Please ensure that all the drawings are legible and are not superimposed over other images.

A Report Document in a single A4 in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) is to be uploaded, giving the relevant project details explaining the concept, context, constraints, innovations, interesting construction technologies etc. (Colour – Black. Font – Arial. Size – 12)

Fully filled entry form is to be uploaded. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.

A brief biodata of the architect / firm with a recent passport size colour photograph.

A self-attested Declaration from the participant stating that the project is an original work and that it conforms to relevant building bylaws and development conditions applicable at the time & place in case and further that no action is pending against the said project in any statutory authority concerned with the project.

Aadhaar or Driving license is to be uploaded to confirm the age of the Participant.

In case of an entry submitted by partnership firm of architects, at least one of the firm's partners must be valid member of IIA. Further, in case such entry wins an award, the Award and Certificate shall be given in the name of the valid IIA member of the firm.

A Member can send entries in one or more categories. Separate set of Entry Form & mandatory enclosures shall be filled and submitted online for each category.

Please note that in the submitted drawings, reports etc. participants should not mention their name or IIA Membership Number or any other identifying mark.

Entries composed in bigger than A3 size sheet will be disqualified.

The entry material sent to IIA for the AWARDS will be retained as property of IIA. The Indian Institute of Architects shall be free to publish the entries in Institute's publications or display the same in Exhibitions organized by the Institute. No claims for compensation shall entertained by the IIA on any account.

Clarifications, if any, may be sent by email to  awards@yaf2022.com

Entry Fee

An entry fee of Rs.2500 + GST per category is to be paid at the time of submitting the entries. This is to be paid online through the website.

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