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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 2018 Design Awards Jury will take place in Boston, Massachusetts. Confirmed jurors include:

Jeffry Burchard, AIA

Jeffry Burchard is an Architect. He is a Partner and Principal at Boston-based Machado Silvetti where he designs and leads domestic and international architecture, urban design and master-planning projects. His recent work includes award winning projects for the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life at New York University in Manhattan, the Asian Art Study Center at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida and the 350,000 SM New Model Campus for the Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Jeffry is an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he offers instruction in core design studios, thesis and the history, theory and application of practice. Jeffry serves on the GSD’s Practice Platform committee and is the schools representative on the Boston Society of Architect’s Board of Directors.

Jean Carroon, FAIA

Jean Carroon is a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based design firm committed to building social value through a practice embracing architecture, planning and preservation. Jean’s focus is on the opportunities inherent in the stewardship of existing places to shape a healthy resilient world. She combines an understanding of history and building technology with a commitment to transforming places – redefining their relevance, utility, and flexibility while sustaining and enhancing essential beauty and value. Learn more about Jean here.

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz works at NADAAA, a Boston/New York based architecture and urban design firm led by Nader Tehrani, Katie Faulkner, and Dan Gallagher. His most recent work includes The Beacon Residences in Cleveland, and Justice in Design, an initiative to develop healthier and more rehabilitative jail infrastructure led by the Van Alen Institute in New York City. Alex received a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and an M.arch from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Sara Elsa-Beech

Sara enjoys the challenge of combining architecture practice, building science, and design research. She has worked with the AIA and large firms on sustainability initiatives, and has been with Baker Design Group since 2014. Formerly at Shepley Bulfinch, she was founding co-chair of the Sustainable Design Leadership Group. Sara’s experience includes leading and collaborating on educational, science, and civic projects in all phases of planning, design, and construction. She serves as project architect and project manager, synthesizing her expertise in ecologically-sensitive design, the user design process, building systems integration, and historic renovation into the context of the overall project picture.

BréAnna Romulus

BréAnna Romulus is a graduate of Andrews University where she received Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees. A native of Sacramento, California, BréAnna relocated to Boston in 2015. BréAnna is a designer at DREAM Collaborative, an MBE architecture, urban design, and development firm renowned for bringing world-class design to the local level. She is currently working on multiple multi-family residential projects in the Greater Boston Area. The types of projects BréAnna has been involve are on a wide spectrum like academic, corporate, hospitality, mixed-use, residential, and retail. She enjoys creating places for people to inhabit. She says, "creating these places are the environment that sets the scene for individuals memories to be made with people they love." BréAnna’s is the Treasurer of Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects and Director of Public Relations for ReviveMyTurf (non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for the youth to become involved in their communities). She can use these roles to make change in the profession by mentoring to the youth in urban communities to change their environment not only for themselves but for years to come.

2018 Award Briefs


The Design Awards submission is structured into main categories and optional concentrations. In addition to the design awards given in each main category – ArchitectureInterior 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 preservationurban 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 14 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. Sponsored by PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

Entry Fees

Early Deadline: February 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm
$215 AIASF Member Submission | $395 General Submission | Free for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

Final Deadline: February 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm
$265 AIASF Member Submission | $445 General Submission | $35 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

*Entry fees are nonrefundable. Financial hardship fee waiver available in the Unbuilt category. Fee Waiver Request Form.


How to Submit

Please submit your projects directly through the AIASF awards portal; you will need to sign in with an account to access the portal. If you do not already have an AIASF login, you can create one here.



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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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