The AIA California Council believes in celebrating the most intimate of structures—the places where we all live and play and feel the most comfortable and secure: the residence.
Each entry is judged on the success with which it has met individual requirements. All categories are open to both AIA members and nonmembers. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. Criteria includes quality of design; resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness and technique.
Because the AIACC believes architects have a responsibility to create both esthetically pleasing and resource-efficient programs, the submittal guidelines now include metrics for resource-efficiency and resilience. The “Sustainability Worksheet” is required for all entries. This worksheet must be completed as it directly supports the AIACC’s “Principles for Advocating Energy, Water, and Resource-Efficient Design” policy. We should all be responsible stewards of the environment, especially architects as they are tasked with creating livable and aesthetically pleasing environments.
Registration Deadline is Friday, July 15, 2016
Submission Deadline is Monday, August 1, 2016
Affordable Housing – Affordable Housing is a term used to describe dwelling units where federal, state or local subsidies make a project “available” to those with low or moderate incomes.
Condominiums – Condominiums are defined as residences that are individually owned while use of and access to common facilities in the building such as hallways, elevators, and exterior areas are executed under legal rights associated with the individual ownership and controlled by the association of owners who jointly represent ownership of the entire building.
Mobile Residences (including but not limited to Recreational Vehicles, Houseboats & Trailer Homes) – A mobile residence is not fixed at a stationary point, but has the ability to move and transport itself.
Multi-family Residences – Multi-family residences are defined as multiple separate housing units for residential inhabitants contained within one building or several buildings within one complex.
Single-family Residences – Single-family residences are defined as detached homes, meaning the home is a stand-alone structure with its own lot.
Entrants may submit up to two unbuilt projects in any of the above categories.
Unbuilt architectural designs of the specified residential project type are eligible, including purely theoretical projects and unbuilt client-sponsored projects. Up to two entries of Unbuilt designs are accepted across the five categories of residential dwellings.
You may design your entry using any software of your choice. Be sure all text (no smaller than 12 point) is legible and images are clear.
Each entry must follow these basic guidelines:
What should be on Page 1?
Architecture (select one)
Single Family Residential
PAGE 2 – 3
Project narrative, including sustainability objectives.
Energy, Water, and Resource Efficient Design Metrics Worksheet (form provided). This form must be completed.
Sustainable design strategies illustrated in an annotated diagram or section
Include supporting images, photos, diagrams, site plans, floor plans, and elevations.
You are required to fill out the concealed identification forms which include:
Unpaid Intern Declaration
Photo Release Form
The jury does not view your concealed ID forms until the final recipients have been selected.
The following guidelines apply to all categories.
This is the basic information provided to the jury about your project, and should not exceed two pages.
Submittal guidelines include “metrics for resource-efficiency and resilience”. This new sustainability worksheet directly supports the policy: “Principles for Advocating Energy, Water, and Resource-Efficient Design.”
Each entrant must complete the Sustainability Metrics form. Entries will not be judged according to length and detail provided, however, we believe this an important exercise in order to best prepare architects for the near future. Sustainability criteria will not only be the trend, but the necessary metrics and standards for which design award programs are measured.
Residential projects designed with CA 2010 T24, Site EUI (Energy Use Intensity), should include lighting, appliances, and photovoltaics, if possible. 2010 T24 has incorporated this approach in the form of the HERS II rating system, developed by the California Energy Commission. The HERS II rating is the EUI of the proposed design divided by the EUI of Reference Design (2008 T24 compliant). If you project was designed with CA 2010 T24, please include your HERS II score (0 – 100) based on your Title 24 compliance model. (If you do not have actual performance numbers for lighting and appliances, use the default values.) Insert this information on page 4 of your entry.
(Illustrated in an annotated diagram or section)
In addition to the required sustainability worksheet, sustainable design strategies must be illustrated in an annotated diagram or section. Two examples are provided below. You may design your illustration in any way that thoroughly explains the project’s sustainable design strategies.
You may include up to 10 supporting images, diagrams, site plans, floor plans, and elevations. Use file types that allow compression to keep the file sizes low, such as .jpg or .png images.
You may include composite images, but numerous composites are discouraged.
Site Plans may be drawn at any scale in any medium, but the scale must be indicated clear
File Naming and Preparation
When you create an abstract online you will receive a 6-digit Abstract ID number.
It is important that you name and prepare your files correctly. This will ensure there are no errors when uploading submittals. Your entry should be saved as a PDF and Concealed ID forms as a Word Document.
Your files must be named with your entry number as follows: If your entry number is 001001,
Award Entry: RA16-001001.PDF
Concealed ID Forms: RA16-001001-forms.DOC
We use a platform called Cadmium, please see images below on how to enter:
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PLEASE NOTE: If any authorship is revealed on any images or project summaries viewed by the jury, the entry will be disqualified.