COTE Magazine and the Syndicat des Architectes (Côte d’Azur branch) created the ArchiCOTE awards, covering the Riviera, in 2013. The aim is to promote contemporary architecture and reward creative local architects. Until 2014, COTE Magazine organized COTISSIMO, a similar competition but geared more to the real estate business than to architecture. But it’s the ArchiCOTE model that we’ve adopted for the Marseille-Provence edition. For this first edition, the Syndicat des Architectes launched a call for projects by architects, students and photographers. Candidates working in the Bouches-du-Rhône department were invited to submit a contemporary architecture project recently completed in the Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence or Hautes Alpes departments. Seven categories are included: Private dwelling, Group housing, Project with Planning Permission, Completed Amenity, Renovation, Architectural photography, and Less is More. The panel of judges, composed mainly of architects but embracing a number of disciplines, met in the Palais du Pharo. After making sure each submission met the specifications, the jury assessed them for boldness, how well the building fits into its surroundings, the quality of the building work, etc., and awarded the most outstanding achievement in each of the seven categories.