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Architectural Showcase

The best of recently constructed and renovated facilities.

Photo Gallery

Create your own gallery from Showcase facility photos.

Facilities of Merit®

Award-winning facilities from the Showcase.

Architect Portfolios

Full portfolios from select architects in the field.

Architectural Showcase

For three decades, Athletic Business has sponsored the Architectural Showcase, recognizing the best in recently constructed athletic, recreation and fitness facilities around the world. Entered by architects and other design professionals, as well as by facility owners and operators, all submittals appear in the June issue and in's Architectural Galleries, and are then reviewed by a panel of leading sports facility architects, who each year honor 10 of the projects with Facility of Merit awards. Award-winners will be profiled further in the October issue of Athletic Business and honored at the Athletic Business Show, which in 2019 takes place Nov. 13-16 in Orlando, Florida. Submitters to the Architectural Showcase receive a valuable opportunity to generate increased business through exposure to athletic, recreation and fitness facility planners in North America and overseas.

Submission for 2019 are closed. We'll be opening the submission portal for 2020 soon! For more information, please contact Andy Berg.

Facility of Merit® Awards

Each summer, a rotating panel of leading architects convenes for two days to review all entries from the June issue and choose 10 facilities to receive the coveted Facility of Merit Awards, announced in the October issue of Athletic Business and presented at the annual Athletic Business Show.

Facilities are selected on the basis of plan efficiency; functional relationships and measures taken to maximize use of space; interior finishes, detailing and color schemes; exterior design; relationship of building to site; and cost of construction for value received. 


>>> View the Facilities of Merit

Aquatic Design Portfolio

Building on the reputation of our Architectural Showcase and Facility of Merit program, Athletic Business launched its aquatics-specific design program in 2015. Featured in our January/February issue, the portfolio reviews the latest aquatic renovation and new construction projects submitted by architects and other design professionals, as well as by facility owners and operators. Bringing together the newest and most innovative design concepts from across the athletic, fitness and recreation industries, AB's Aquatic Design Portfolio is a must-have resource for industry professionals seeking inspiration for their own aquatics projects.

>>> View the 2019 Aquatic Design Portfolio

Submissions for the 2020 Aquatic Design Portfolio will open soon!

To learn more about submitting, please contact Andy Berg.