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For more than 10 years, the National Apartment Association has recognized excellence and leadership within the rental housing industry. NAA’s Excellence Awards aims to celebrate the contributions communities, industry professionals, affiliates, and supplier members have made to the rental housing industry.

For the winners, an Excel Award represents a milestone along the path to personal and professional achievement. For the apartment housing industry, the winners demonstrate characteristics that benchmark success. 

Winners will be formally recognized at the 2020 Apartmentalize Excellence Awards Reception on Thursday, June 18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. They will also be featured in an issue of units Magazine, NAA's monthly publication that reports on the apartment industry.


  • Application Site Opens: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Application Site Closes: Friday, January 31, 2020

NAA Excellence Awards winners are NOT eligible for consideration again for the same entry/project for 5 years.


To apply for an Excellence Award, choose from one of the categories listed under the “Awards Information” tab or follow the links below and follow the instructions in the online form. It is highly recommended that all writing and editing be completed in Word, especially if multiple people are contributing to or reviewing the application. This approach will prevent any information from being lost in the event that changes to the application do not properly save. When all writing is complete, transfer the information into the appropriate application form and submit. Within each award details page, you will also be able to download the application questions for each award. Please note: we will be accepting Best Places to Work applications at bestplaces.naahq.org or you can click on the button below.

Affiliate Awards Best Places to Work Community Awards

Diversity & Inclusion Award Individual Achievement Awards

Innovation Awards NAAEI Anthony V. Pusateri Awards Supplier Awards

**We recommend using the Google Chrome browser to submit your Excellence Award Application.


Email excels@naahq.org with any questions regarding the 2020 Excellence Awards.