The registration and submission deadlines for several national architecture and design-focused competitions are fast approaching, so mark these dates on your calendar and get your entries ready.

Aug. 27, 2010—AIA 2011 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Regional and Urban Design. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2011 Institute Honor Awards recognize achievements across a broad range of architectural activity in three project type categories. Entries for the Architecture Honor Awards may be submitted by any U.S.-licensed architect; all project types, sizes, budgets, styles, locations, and building types are eligible. Interior Architecture Honor Awards entries may be submitted by any U.S.-licensed architect, and building interiors projects may be large or small, new construction or renovation, or preservation/restoration. Owners, practitioners, design firms, public agencies, civic organizations, and public interest groups may enter urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, campus plans, regional plans, environmental programs, or redevelopment projects in the Regional and Urban Design Honor Awards. For full competition details, visit www.aia.org/practicing/awards/index.htm.

Aug. 27, 2010—AIA Twenty-Five Year Award. Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the American Institute of Architects' annual Twenty-Five Year Award is given to a project that has stood the test of time for 25–35 years. To be eligible, the project must have been designed by a U.S.-licensed architect. Click here for full award details and entry guidelines.

Sept. 1, 2010 (registration) / Sept. 3, 2010 (submission)—FreeGreen.com Who's Next 2.0 Contest. FreeGreen.com, an online source of free (and for-purchase) sustainable home plans, has opened the entry period for its second Who's Next design competition. This year's contest challenges young and veteran professional designers and architects to create a concept for a green single-family home that defines "affordable luxury." Entrants must select one of two plan-user profiles—Modernist Retreat or Traditional Family—and design for a site of their own imagining within a particular climate region. All that's necessary to enter is nine digital images and image descriptions of the house concept to be uploaded to the competition site for public voting and jury selection. A total of $7,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, and winning designs will be featured on FreeGreen.com as for-sale house plans, complete with construction documents. For more details on judging criteria and submission guidelines, visit www.freegreen.com/whosnext.

Sept. 17, 2010—Sixth Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards. The Forest Stewardship Council – US's annual awards program recognizes designers and builders who use FSC-certified wood and wood products in their commercial, institutional, mixed-use, and residential projects. The competition is open to homeowners, architects, interior designers, general contractors, builders, consultants, and other professionals involved in a building project. Winning projects will be selected by an independent panel of industry professionals based on the amount of FSC-certified wood used, the appropriateness and creative expression of the wood usage, and the project team's efforts to promote the use of FSC-certified wood. For competition guidelines visit www.fscus.org/green_building/award.php.

Oct. 10, 2010—2010 Spark International Awards. Created to honor great design and designers, the Spark Awards program is open to architects, designers, art directors, design firms, manufacturers, institutions, advertising agencies, and design students and accepts entries from a broad swath of design types, including architecture, graphics, product design, transportation, experiential design, and furniture. Submission categories are for the use of entrants only, as the designs are judged within the context of the competition criteria, rather than by design type. The regular entry period opened in March 2010 and extends through Oct. 10, 2010; however, late entries may be made for an additional fee until Oct. 22. For more information, visit www.sparkawards.com.

Oct. 29, 2010—SBIC 2010 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards. The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council's annual awards program recognizes high-performance building initiatives and programs, as well as examples of high-performance design and construction practices. Two categories will be judged in the 2010 awards program: Category A – High-Performance Building and Category B – High-Performance Initiatives. Category A is open to entries of commercial, government, residential, educational, and institutional buildings completed within the past three years; entries of policy programs, research and construction processes, educational initiatives, and consumer awareness efforts may be submitted to Category B. For project and program eligibility and entry guidelines, visit www.sbicouncil.org.

Dec. 10, 2010—2011 AIA Housing Awards. The AIA's Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community holds the annual AIA Housing Awards to honor excellence in housing design. The award categories are: one and two family custom residences, one and two family production homes, multifamily housing, and specialized housing. The 2011 Housing Awards competition will accept entries of built residential projects completed after Jan. 1, 2006, from any U.S.-licensed architect or project owner until Dec. 10. For entry guidelines, click here.

Dec. 10, 2010—2011 AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards. The annual awards program of the AIA's Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community and the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognizes excellence in affordable housing architecture, neighborhood design, participatory design, and accessibility. The categories are: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award, and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award. Entries of projects located in the United States, completed after Jan. 1, 2005, may be submitted by AIA-member architects or project owners. Projects don't have to be HUD funded. For entry details, click here.

March 23, 2011—International Holcim Awards. The third annual International Holcim Awards, held by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, recognize innovative, future-oriented sustainable construction projects and visions.  Architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders, and construction firms are eligible to enter. Winning projects employ sustainable responses to the myriad issues affecting contemporary building and design, from environmental and technological to socioeconomic and cultural. To be submitted, projects must have reached an advanced stage of design but not started construction before July 1, 2010. The Next Generation awards category is open to projects created by students in the final year of a bachelor's program at a university or by students studying for a master's degree or Ph.D. Visit www.holcimfoundation.org for complete competition details and entry information.