In existence for nearly half a century, AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Bay Area individuals and organizations as well as celebrates the distinguished work of architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of our local built environment. The program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.
For more information on the submission process, click here.
The Design Awards submission is structured into main categories and optional concentrations. In addition to the design awards given in each main category – Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Unbuilt Design – the jury may also choose to recognize projects that exhibit special achievements in three concentrations, giving special acknowledgement to projects that further encompass the values of good design within the context of historic preservation, urban design, and social responsibility.
With this format we hope to demonstrate that all of these disciplines explored collectively, rather than independently, strengthen the overall power and scope of architecture to help shape the built environment and enrich the human spirit.
In recognition of the importance of sustainable design, AIASF instituted a separate award category for energy and sustainability in 2003. In the last 15 years, the profession as a whole has transformed the way it designs, builds, and maintains buildings. The Design Awards program now incorporates the fulfillment of sustainable design principles into all categories.
Please submit your projects directly through the AIASF awards portal; you will need to sign in with an aiasf.org account to access the portal. If you do not already have an AIASF login, you can create one here.
If you are having difficulty logging in to aiasf.org, please contact AIASF.
The 2019 Design Awards Jury will be held in New York, New York.
Katherine Chia, FAIA, is a founding principal of Desai Chia Architecture. Since 1996, she and her partner + husband, Arjun Desai, have established the firm’s reputation for authentic design, creating inspiring environments expressive of light, materials, and spaces that foster collaboration; Desai Chia’s portfolio includes cultural, residential, and commercial projects as well as commissions for product design and collaborations with artists.
Stefan Knust, AIA, is a Senior Associate and the Director of Sustainability at Ennead Architects. He has over twenty years of experience in the design and construction of complex institutional projects that serve the community and strive for higher performance. With a strong background in new construction and historic renovation, Mr. Knust has developed an intimate understanding of the many intricacies involved in achieving design excellence. He is a founding member of the Boston Passive House chapter, is an active member of the Steering Committee for AIANY COTE, and serves on the Board of the Bird Safe Building Foundation.
Jason Long, is a partner at OMA, based out of the New York Office. Since joining the firm in 2003, Jason has been involved in OMA’s architecture and urbanism practice and its think tank, AMO. He has brought a research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to a wide range of OMA’s projects internationally.
Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA, designs at the intersection of architecture and the public realm to create buildings and spaces that distill the essence of cultures and communities. Her award-winning work is recognized internationally for its contribution to the vitality of cities and landscapes, and the civic, cultural, and educational institutions they serve.
Kim Yao, AIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a 30-person firm in New York City. Kim holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia College: Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons, the New School for Design; and Barnard College.
Redeem AXP Credit Hours
AXP candidates can receive credit hours for design competition entries. Candidates should fill out the Design Awards Verification form. This form is to certify that the AIASF Design Awards program meets the requirements of completing a design competition for AXP credit as defined in the AXP Guidelines.
For information on AXP Experience reporting, visit NCARB's AXP Guidelines.