Article 1 : Purpose
The association AMO-Architecture et Maîtres d’Ouvrage aims to promote architectural quality through a reinforced dialogue between the contracting authority, the architect and the project owner.
The Prize is awarded both the project manager and the architect for an achievement that is remarkable for its architectural and environmental quality, its correct answer to the commission, its capacity to innovate and its ability to be appreciated by its occupants.

Towards a more inclusive city

The renewal that public and private commissions are undergoing today invites us to reconsider this binomial through the prism of current changes in the profession.
In addition to the duo [architects – project owners], investors, users, companies, associations, operators and manufacturers are invited to take part in the fab lab of a capable city. Today, it is their visions, inputs and resources that must converge to anticipate new ways of living, working, moving and consuming, as well as financing and building the city.
A new relationship to the living, to time, the dissolution of boundaries between private and public, between inside and outside, above and below: the making of a city is changing paradigms and abandoning the program’s stagnation in favor of the dynamics of uses by welcoming new entrants.
It seems essential to encourage the transmission of an architectural culture and the creation of a common project tenet. Reinforcing the complicity between architects and project owners means consolidating the foundation on which to build new practices. By opening up the circle, AMO wishes to update this common culture and index it to new practices and new feedback.
Article 2 : Awards categories and conditions
Six cross-cutting categories crowned by a Jury’s Grand Prize:
•   Most beautiful metamorphosis Award
•   Most daring approach Award
•   Most creative typology Award
•   Most productive place Award
•   Best urban catalyst Award
•   TransEuropArchi Awards
Competitors may indicate one or more categories in which they would like the project to appear, with no limit on the number of entries. 
Limitation to compete: programmes carried out by technical departments acting as both project owner and project manager or any achievements of the members of the jury.
For these 6 categories, AMO means any new construction or rehabilitation completed between 31 October 2020 and 20 July 2023, regardless of the project scale, and presenting a permanent activity.
Swiss teams (not mixed) based in France or Switzerland can apply in the following 5 categories (most beautiful metamorphosis, boldest implementation, most creative typology, most productive place, best urban/rural catalyst), for a project based in France or Switzerland.
Regarding the TransEuropArchi Award, the 2023 edition adresses joint French-Swiss teams.
Two conditions to participate:
1) The architectural project must be located on French or Swiss territory.
2) One of the members of the project owner or project management (architects and/or design offices) legally committed must be French and another must be Swiss.
Attention will be paid to:
1) The project owner’s intentions and approach, the development of the programme and the management of the project will be described:
• Goals and ambitions
• Requirement definition and anticipation of their evolution
• Positionning of a concept carried out by the architecture of the project
• Ability of work spaces to promote communication and to accommodate changing management styles
2) Values of the project in terms of everyday life use and innovation:
They must be explained and illustrated in concrete terms, including the means and methods to achieve these purposes and the approaches and communications with the users. The values of use will be detailed, in particular the approaches taking into account the evolution of lifestyles and the quality of daily life for all.
Article 3 : Promoting the winners and Communication and Awards
The AMO Prize partners will award their special distinctions among the track record projects selected by the Technical Commission.
The Jury also reserves the right to award special Mentions.
AMO will promote the award-winning operations by any means it can implement, including:

– Wide distribution of press releases about the awards and communication in the social media
– A travelling exhibition of the full list of projects as well as the winners and special mentions of the jury
– A publication containing all the projects selected for the awards
– The winners undertake to participate in this promotion (communication and conference…) as well as in the promotion of the next Prize.

The association invites you to visit the awards page of the website to find out about the prizes up for grabs!

Article 4 : Jury and selection

Technical Commission

Composed of members of the AMO associations network, national and regional, as well as qualified outside personalities, the Technical Commission will analyze the applications’ conformity to the regulations, select a list of outstanding projects according to the criteria defined for each category to enlighten the jury’s decisions. It reserves the right to reallocate the selected projects to the category of its choice, if needed. This commission will not take part in the final vote.


It is composed of qualified personalities (architects, project managers and institutionnals). It will meet for a single presentation session during which the selected candidates will be auditioned. Decisions are final and taken by a majority of the members present or represented. Participation in the competition implies knowledge and acceptance of these rules.
Applications will be reviewed in two stages:
1)   Examination by the Technical Commission of the application files sent in via a predefined   application form according to the procedures specified in Article 5.
2)  Oral interview and examination by the Jury of the finalist files. The language of both the files and the hearing will be specified later.
Article 5 : Application files composition

Application forms

You will be asked the following information on the online form:
• a team name
• a contact email
• the name of the project owner
• name and surname of the person(s) representing the client
• the name of the architectural firm
• the name and surname of the person(s) representing it/them
• the composition of the project management team (project management and BET)
• the name and address of the project
•the category or categories chosen from among the 6 possible; you may apply for the same project in two categories maximum
• the programme of the operation in a maximum of 50 words
• the surface area in square metres
• month and year of the competition
• month and year of delivery
• the label(s) obtained
• costs of the works and the amount of the fees in costs of the works
• A presentation in no more than 200 words on the work ethic and relationship between the «architects and project owner» teams on the operation presented
• A presentation of no more than 250 words on the development of the project and how it relates to the category(ies) of the AMO Prize in which you are applying
• A link to your application file which can be downloaded in InDesign or Powerpoint format from the “Apply” tab on this site. This file includes two elements:
– An A4 document to be filled in and signed, which collects the consent of the architect and the client to compete
– An A3 document which presents the architectural project through photos and graphic documents: location plan, a mass plan, significant sections and elevations. Perspectives are excluded.
• A link to a maximum of 10 copyright-free photos and 5 graphic documents. This portfolio must include exterior photos to give an overall view of the work and at least 3 interior photos.

Oral presentation

Dedicated to the finalists, the oral interview will focus on:
• The project owner’s intentions, programme development and project management, the type of assignment given to the architect and the rate of fees (these data will remain strictly confidential).
• The work ethic and relationship between «architects and project owner» team on the operation presented.
• The architectural ambition of the project carried by the architect team
• Values of the project in terms of daily life use as well as the implementation of the project in its environment
A videoconference with Swiss candidates may be offered upon request only.
Article 6 : Submission of files

Application form

The application files and form are to be completed in the “Apply” tab of the AMO Award website. You can fill in the form and validate your application until midnight on 15 July 2023. One project = one application (form + file) = maximum two categories at a time. The number of applications is not limited.

You now have to pay a 250 euros fee to participate in the AMO Prize to complete one or more applications. At the end of your application, you will be directed to a secure payment page hosted by the association’s national website. Once the payment has been made, an acknowledgement of payment will appear on your screen. Any application that is incomplete or does not comply with the content requested, or that has not been paid for, will be rejected.

For further details
T. 06 32 95 21 75