The ACUI Facility Design Awards were created to encourage and recognize excellence in the design of student-centered facilities that support campus community building and student learning.


Architects for college union or campus life facility projects built anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Projects must:

  • Have been completed, occupied, and in service prior to entry.
  • Have been completed since Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Have not previously won an ACUI Facility Design Award.



Awards may be given for four budget categories of new college union buildings, additions, renovations, restorations, outdoor environments, interior dining environments, interior or outdoor recreation environments, and interior redesign and refurbishing. The total cost of the building or individual environment is the determining factor.

  • Less than $25 million
  • $25 million–$35 million
  • $35 million–$55 million
  • More than $55 million

Another award may be given for a campus life facility other than a college union regardless of the cost of construction.


Submissions for the 2018 Facility Design Awards will be accepted later this year. For more information, please email