The AIACC Design Awards Program strives to recognize projects that have inspired architectural design thought and exhibit formal, technological, and spatial innovations.
The Urban Design Awards will be evaluated by a separate jury proficient in urban and regional planning.
Call for Entries: May 1, 2017
Registration Deadline: June 2, 2017
Submission Deadline: June 26, 2017
A non-refundable entry fee must be paid online at time of registration. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed.
Each entry in the AIACC Design Awards Program is judged on the success with which the project has met its individual requirements. Some of these requirements include quality of design, stewardship, success in resolution of the project program or concept, thoughtful innovation in practice and technique, etc.
While awards are organized by category for the purpose of submission and jury review, the Design Awards Jury is not required to select recipients per category. However, Small Projects and the Maybeck will be denoted as such. The Urban Design Awards Jury will review only the Urban Design category.
Architecture (select one)
Small Projects (select one)
The Maybeck Award
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:
Entries are to be submitted in PDF Format.
The first page should have a two-sentence summary of the project, which paints a very concise and sharp picture through imaginative verbiage.
Follow the summary with one clear graphic that best represents the project.
Conclude with basic project information: category/subcategory, type of project (i.e. school, residence, hospital, etc.), completion date, budget (if available), and location.
Page 2 – 3
Includes: Project Narrative / Sustainability Objectives.
Performance Data Worksheet: Energy, Water, and Resource Efficient Design Metrics (fill-in project information on worksheet provided). All 2017 AIACC Design Awards Program entries in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design categories must provide this information. 2017 Performance Data Worksheet available HERE
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 identification form, the intern declaration form, and the consultant list. The jury does not see your concealed ID forms until the final recipients have been selected. CLICK HERE download Concealed ID Forms.
The following guidelines apply to all categories. Small Project, Maybeck, and Urban Design Submittals have additional requirements (see below).
This is basic information provided to the jury about your project. This should not exceed two (2) pages.
Architects have both the opportunity and responsibility to protect and enhance the delicate interface between the natural and the built-environment, while charged with the investment and protection of the earth’s precious and limited resources as they partner in the creation of the built environment.
— AIACC Principles for Advocating Energy, Water, and Resource Efficient Design.
In addition to the aforementioned submittal requirements, the following two items must also be included within your submittal package:
The Small Projects awards category strives to elevate public awareness of the value of design that architects bring to our built environment, regardless of size and scope restraints. Submissions must be fully constructed projects of all program and building types completed after January 1, 2009. Renderings or concepts will not be accepted.
Projects may include new or renovation projects, or elements of built works. If applicable, include the Performance Data Worksheet.
Entries may be submitted under two subcategories:
The Maybeck Award recognizes outstanding achievement in architectural design as expressed in a body of work produced by an individual architect over a period of at least 10 years. The award is intended to honor the individual rather than the firm. The basis for the award is the quality of the body of work designed during one’s career.
The requirements for the Maybeck Award differ from the other Design Awards:
Note: The Maybeck Award is not a Lifetime Achievement Award or Firm Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award and the Firm Award are part of the separate Council Awards. If you are interested in nominating or applying for either of these awards, the 2018 Council Awards Call for Entries will be available on September 1st, 2017.
The Urban Design Awards will be administered jointly by the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) and the California Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA). Awards will be given to recognize excellence in the creation, improvement, and sustainability of our physical environment by Architects and Landscape Architects. Sustainability, as applied to this category of Design Awards, can include reduction of reliance on the automobile, encouraged transit-oriented development, promoted district-wide energy and water management, and fostered biodiversity and cultural resilience.
Urban Design is defined for the Awards Program as “the realm of physical design encompassing master planning, landscape architecture, and conceptual architectural design.” This definition includes research and the design of spaces at all scales, from places between buildings to regional master plans. The program focuses on conception and expression of the idea following through to the many phases of a master plan.
The Urban Design Jury will look at a wide spectrum of design and work in the following areas:
Special criteria and requirements:
Urban Design Jury
The Urban Design Award jury will be comprised of members of the AIACC Urban Design Committee and members of the California Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
File Preparation and Uploading
Your entry should be saved as a .PDF and Concealed ID forms as a Word Document. Remember do not include any information regarding the firm or those affiliated with the project.
CLICK HERE to view an example of an award winning submittal.
The submittal platform is provided by Cadmium. You will not be assigned an entry number as in the past. Once you register you will receive an email with your registration information. A link also will be provided should you want to update your submission. Please CLICK HERE for instructions on how to register.
AXP candidates can receive up to credit hours for design competition entries. Candidates should fill out the Design Awards Verification form. This form is to certify that the AIACC 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.