Intent to Enter


Broker transactions submitted for consideration must have occurred during 2021.
All other submissions should have been completed between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Links to the official entry forms will be sent to the primary contact in January. Completed submission packets will be due by February 16, 2022 (2/9/22 for early bird entry discount). Late fees will be added to submission packages received after February 16.

For questions, please contact or 440.899.0010.


Category Definitions

Placemaking/Public Art (NEW) Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Projects create places through focusing on transforming public spaces to strengthen the connections between people, the built environment and the community. A process centered on people and their needs, aspirations, desires, and visions, which relies strongly on community participation. Public art is a part of our public history, our evolving culture and our collective memory, which reflects and reveals our society.

Landscape Architecture / Infrastructure, Land Development (NEW) Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. Projects involve the planning, design, management, and nurturing of the built and natural environments. Projects which change the face and surface of the land/ground, riverfront and lakefront projects, sustainable impact projects etc.

Rising Star (NEW) – The Rising Star Award recognizes an individual who has created a significant impact in the  commercial real estate industry in the early stages of their career. This award will be nominated by peers / mentors, and can be from the developer or broker side (transaction(s), development process, and/or brokerage). This individual is innovative, civically engaged and inspires future peers.

Architectural Design – Exterior design of a new ground-up structure at any budget, style, or discipline/market. Entries can include a single or related group of buildings or urban design.

Interior Design – The art and science of enhancing the interiors of a new building to achieve an aesthetically pleasing environment.

Exterior Renovation – Altering the exterior of a structure with a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. Updating a commercial building façade, attention to historical details, or highlighting any unique or impactful exterior alteration.

Interior Renovation – Altering the interior of a building or space with a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. May include adaptive re-use, restoration, preservation/renovation.

Development (revised)New construction of a real estate project overseeing property investments, which produce financial growth. Development, in terms of land, property or real estate - a complex process of coordinating various activities to transform ideas and plans into physical reality involving the financing, construction, and refurbishment of buildings and land.

Transaction – Any lease or sale transaction where one party will be an occupier.

Broker – Arranging and negotiating the buying and selling of goods or assets for commercial real estate. Individual and team entries will be judged separately.

Construction (Ground-up) – Physical building of a new ground-up structure. Entries can include a single or related group of buildings.

Investment Transaction – Any sale, sale leaseback, or other conveyance of real property where one party will become an owner of the property and seeks a return on investment rather than the benefits of occupancy.

Developer – Individual or company who develops commercial real estate. A minimum of two developments must be submitted for consideration in this category. Duties may include overseeing the negotiations surrounding the sale and purchase of commercial real estate, its renovation, or the acquisition of land in order to build new property buildings.

Innovation in CRE – Are you a pioneer in CRE? Are you the first or early adopter of a new and innovative; design, product, process, project or deal structure that is a leap forward for designing, developing and delivering Commercial Real Estate? (real world entries please – i.e. Cold Fusion would be rejected)