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Architosh has awarded BEST of SHOW honors for the past six out of seven years to the most noteworthy software and hardware technology companies attending and exhibiting at the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Exhibition, held in late spring or early summer each year in the United States.

In some cases, our honors—debated and defined by editors Anthony Frausto-Robledo and Pete Evans—go to trusted long-term innovators who are pushing the technology envelope with best-in-breed technology. In other cases our BEST of SHOW honors go to brand new emerging apps and companies that have not yet been recognized as technology “standouts” in their field—in several cases called out winners become merger and acquisition (M&A) targets within a year or two by a major software company.

Honors have gone to Sefaira, PlanGrid and Gehry Technologies’ Connect (CDE) solution—all companies and technologies acquired in total for over $1 billion USD by some of the biggest tech names in the industry—years before they were acquired or established critical market share.

Below you will find a list of all past winners with direct URL links for your convenience.

Purpose of the Awards

The purpose of the BEST of SHOW honors is not to single out future technology acquisitions but rather singularly to draw attention to the products and companies which have exhibited technology innovation and leadership within the Architectural market as measured by show interest, attendance, buzz, and a forward-looking analytic “perspective” developed by the editors of Architosh. This perspective is a constructed and developing lens through which technology in the architectural market is measured against both static and dynamic criteria with a particular single aim of clarifying, developing, enhancing and ensuring the social value of architects working worldwide in the 21st century.

Long-range, we intend to continue the development of our thesis (or lens) behind our BEST of SHOW honors. Thus far we have communicated our vision in a series of “perspectives” articles highlighted by years below, initially focusing on three key areas impacting the architectural digital tools landscape:

  • Social and Democratization of IT
  • Computational Power and the Cloud
  • Creativity and the Contemplative Pace

Here are our BEST of SHOW Perspectives articles by year:

As we move forward with the BEST of SHOW honors program we invite dialog with our readers about the focus of our efforts. What follows is a listing of the past winners of the BEST of SHOW honors program.

BEST of SHOW Honorees

2018 AIA

Emergent Technology Winner—BEST of SHOW

  • no winners in this category were announced this year.

Innovation Category Winner—BEST of SHOW

BIM Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Mobile+Cloud+Web Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

The companies listed above are welcome to copy and republish the digital plaque shown below for their specific winning category.

BEST of SHOW AIA 2018 – Innovation Category.

BEST of SHOW AIA 2018 – BIM Category.

BEST of SHOW 2018 AIA Mobile+Cloud+Web category winner.

Architosh BEST of SHOW 2018 AIA Technology Winner.

Refer to our AIA feature report on the winners and honorable mentions for 2018 BEST of SHOW to gain more information.


2017 AIA

Architosh did not attend AIA 2017 in New Orleans and thus did not honor BEST of SHOW technology attendees.


2016 AIA

Emergent Technology Winner—BEST of SHOW

Innovation Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

BIM Category Winner(s)

Desktop Category Winner(s)

Mobile Category Winner(s)

The companies listed above are welcome to copy and republish the digital plaque shown below for their specific winning category.

2016 BEST of SHOW - Emergent Technology

2016 BEST of SHOW – Emergent Category

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2016 BEST of SHOW – Innovation Category

2016 BEST of SHOW - BIM

2016 BEST of SHOW – BIM Category

2016 BEST of SHOW - Desktop

2016 BEST of SHOW – Desktop Category

2016 BEST of SHOW - Mobile Category

2016 BEST of SHOW – Mobile Category

Refer to our AIA feature report on the winners and honorable mentions for 2016 BEST of SHOW to gain more information.


2015 AIA 

Innovation Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

BIM Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Mobile Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Desktop Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

The companies listed above are welcome to copy and republish the digital plaque shown below for their specific winning category.

2015_award_master_innovation

BEST of SHOW AIA 2015 – Innovation Category

2015 BIM Category

BEST of SHOW AIA 2015 – BIM Category

2015 Mobile Category

BEST of SHOW AIA 2015 – Mobile Category

2015 Desktop Category

BEST of SHOW AIA 2015 – Desktop Category

Refer to our AIA feature report on the winners and honorable mentions for 2015 BEST of SHOW to gain more information.


2014 AIA

Desktop Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Mobile Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

BIM Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Innovation Category—BEST of SHOW

The companies listed above are welcome to copy and republish the digital plaque show below for their specific winning category.

01 - This digital award plaque can be copied by third-parties under the condition that a direct URL link back this page or related page is attached therein.

BEST of SHOW 2014 AIA – Desktop category.

01 - This digital award plaque can be copied by third-parties under the condition that a direct URL link back this page or related page is attached therein.

BEST of SHOW 2014 AIA -Mobile category.

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BEST of SHOW 2014 AIA – BIM category.

01 – This digital award plaque can be copied by third-parties under the condition that a direct URL link back to this page or a related page is attached therein.

BEST of SHOW 2014 AIA – Innovation category.

Refer to our AIA feature report on the winners and honorable mentions for 2014 BEST of SHOW to gain more information.


2013 AIA

Desktop Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Mobile Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

BIM Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

The companies listed above are welcome to copy and republish the digital plaque show below for their specific winning category.

01 - This award ribbon can be copied by third-parties under the condition that a direct URL link back to this page is attached herein.

BEST of SHOW 2013 AIA – Desktop category.

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BEST of SHOW 2013 AIA – Mobile category.

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BEST of SHOW 2013 AIA – BIM category

Refer to our AIA feature report on the winners and honorable mentions for 2013 BEST of SHOW to gain more information.


2012 AIA

Desktop Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

Mobile Category Winner(s)—BEST of SHOW

The companies listed above are welcome to copy and republish the digital plaque show below for their specific winning category.

Digital plaque for desktop category.

BEST of SHOW 2012 AIA – Desktop category.

Digital plaque for Mobile category.

BEST of SHOW 2012 AIA – Mobile category.

Refer to our AIA feature report on the winners and honorable mentions for 2012 BEST of SHOW to gain more information.


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23 Feb 2019

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