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Earn recognition from your company and peers through awards programs focused on innovation and excellence. Get recognized for your contributions to the corporate real estate profession, your corporation and the association.  

We’re looking for disruptive, innovative projects—those that up-end business as usual and enable corporate real estate (CRE) professionals to meet ever-changing business dynamics and economic conditions head-on. 

How has your CRE organization’s response to the COVID-19 challenge delivered new and innovative processes, approaches, tools or technologies?

If your project connects with "what's next" in corporate real estate (e.g., business strategy, geopolitics, risk management, the environment, sustainability, or corporate social responsibility), we especially want to hear from you. 

The GIA competition will take place virtually in July or August and the winner will be announced at the Awards & Recognition Dinner during the CoreNet Global Summit in North America. Join us this year in Chicago from November 1-4, 2022.

The submission period has been extended to March 30, 11:59 PM EDT, 2022.

The criteria for both categories you will be judged on is, Initiative, Collaboration, Implementation, Lessons Learned, Best Practices, Innovation and Outcome as well as Post-Occupancy (for Sustainable Leadership Category only).

Support MaterialsFile size: Not to exceed 7 pages, 2 MB, PDF format only

  • Project location (city, state, country)
  • Date of completion
  • Budget (final) hard costs (actual construction costs). Fee need not be included.
  • Type of project (e.g. office, hospital, library, etc.)
  • Client (company/project authority)
  • Design firm (project manager/design team manager)
  • Contact name, phone number and email
  • Photos (jpeg format; 72 dpi)

Please do not include press clippings or other promotional materials. Although you may draw upon information contained in these materials, please do not include them in your submission.


For Sustainable Leadership Design Categories: The judges would like to see a focus on linkage between sustainability objectives and how they fit into the overall project and organizational objectives.

For Sustainable Leadership Development Categories: The judges want to see a linkage between the project’s objectives and the organization’s mission, objectives and strategies. The project should not be a “stand‐alone” effort; rather, it should demonstrate the fulfillment of the organization’s overall strategy for sustainability.

What is the difference between the design and the development categories?

The design categories recognize completed building projects. These projects should:

  • Integrate sustainability practices with design excellence
  • Meet the client’s sustainability objectives for the project, and for the organization as a whole
  • Demonstrate collaboration between the design firm and client as equal partners

What is NOT acceptable:

  • Buildings that are not completed or have not been occupied for six months.
  • Buildings completed earlier than 2019.

The development categories recognize organization‐wide real estate programs. These programs should:

  • Integrate the organization’s sustainability mission and strategies throughout the organizations – penetrating everyday practices of its real estate/facilities operations
  • Demonstrate a clear link between the organization’s overall strategy for sustainability and the sustainable programs. This is best accomplished through measurable programs.

What is NOT acceptable:

  • Organizational sustainability strategies without programs
  • Stand‐alone programs (e.g., programs not linked to an organization’s sustainability strategies)

How many projects may be submitted?
For the design categories, you may enter for each completed building project, as long as they meet the entry criteria. 

For development categories, the judges suggest that you enter only once by “bundling” your initiatives as part of the organization’s overall sustainability mission and strategies.

Explain how sustainable practices have been integrated into the project’s operations and maintenance.