AWARD BRIEFS | ENTRY FEES | HOW TO SUBMIT | AXP CREDIT | QUESTIONS?
We encourage individuals and firms to submit to our annual awards program. Awardees are regularly shared with local, national, and international media outlets and kept on file at AIASF for a minimum of one year. In the past, writers and editors from Architectural Record, Dwell, Sunset, San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Design Within Reach catalog, among others, have used our submissions when seeking talent and stories on Bay Area design. In addition, all San Francisco-based residential projects are considered for inclusion in the annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend in September.
The 2020 Design Awards Jury will be held in San Francisco, California.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA
With over twenty years of proven experience authoring and implementing visionary design, Vishaan Chakrabarti is the founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. Simultaneously, he is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches design and urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation.
Sheila Kennedy, FAIA
Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd.
Sheila Kennedy is an American architect, innovator and educator. She is a Professor of Architecture at MIT and a founding Principal of KVA Matx, an interdisciplinary practice that is widely recognized for material research and innovation in architecture and the design of new infrastructure for emerging public needs. Designated as one of Fast Company’s emerging Masters of Design, Kennedy is described as an “insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, learning, leading and innovating”. Kennedy received the 2014 Innovator Award from Architectural Record, the 2015 Rupp Prize for Distinguished Practitioners of Architecture and the 2016 Innovation Green Grant from the Lemulson Foundation. Inn 2018 Kennedy received a two-year MIT Bose Fellowship, with MIT chemist Michael Strano, to support the development of plant-based infrastructure.
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA
BROOKS + SCARPA
Lawrence Scarpa has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. He is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design. He is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture and was also awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award. Over the last ten years, Mr. Scarpa’s firm has received more than 50 major design awards, including twenty-one National AIA Awards, Record Houses, Record Interiors, the Rudy Bruner Prize, five AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. He has also received the Gold Metal from the AIA Los Angeles, the Lifetime achievement awards from Interior Design Magazine and the AIA California Council and the National AIA Collaborative Achievement Award.
2020 Award Briefs
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AWARD
UNBUILT DESIGN AWARD
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.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Submissions must be fully completed and entered on or before the Early Submission Deadline in order to qualify for the discounted submission fees rates.
Early Deadline: February 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm (PST)
$225 AIASF Member Submission | $415 General Submission | $5 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)
Final Deadline: February 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm (PST)
$275 AIASF Member Submission | $465 General Submission | $40 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)
Financial hardship fee waiver available in the Unbuilt category. Fee Waiver Request Form.
How to Submit
Please submit your project directly through the AIASF awards portal on Submittable; you will need to sign in with a Submittable account to access the portal. If you do not already have a Submittable login, you can create one at the portal.
Redeem AXP Credit Hours
AXP candidates can receive up 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.
Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View our most frequently asked questions or email Karsen Maruca, Program Manager.
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