Norma Sklarek Award.

This award, in honor of the late Norma Sklarek, FAIA, whose name is associated with a litany of firsts, including the first African-American woman to become a member of the AIA (1959), and the first African-American woman to become a Fellow of the AIA (1980), “is conferred by the AIA California Council Board of Directors on an architect or architecturally oriented organization in recognition of their social responsibility”. The type of social issues are purposefully flexible to remain constantly relevant. Current relevant issues, for example, include housing the homeless/affordable housing, increased participation by minorities or women in the profession, access for persons with disabilities, and literacy.

Douglas Lowe, FAIA, was the first-time recipient of the Norma Sklarek Award in 2014. Click here for a great story on our initial Sklarek Award Winner!


Individuals are eligible for this award, and may enter themselves for consideration, OR be nominated by an AIA member, group of members, or component. If you would like to nominate a candidate, send their name, email address, and phone number to The individual will be notified of their nomination.

Submittal Deadline

All entries must be received by Friday, August 21st 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Entry Requirements

All entries are submitted electronically. You may design your entry using any software of your choice (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, etc.), but must be saved as a single .PDF file.

Each .PDF must be no longer than 11 pages, including a candidate identification form.
The entry should be in the following order:

Page 1: Candidate Identification Form including: Candidate/Organization Name, physical address, contact person’s name, contact person’s email address, and phone number.

Page 2: One-page nomination letter (if applicable) by the AIA member, group of members, or component that summarizes the contributions made.

Pages 3-11:

  • A biography of the nominee, including a list of offices, positions, honors, publications, and presentations that may relate to the purpose of the award.
  • A statement of contributions specifically identifying how the nominee’s achievements have contributed significantly to the architectural profession.
  • Supporting materials, including articles, photographs, and clippings that illustrate and support the nominations.
  • No more than five pages of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons for support (the one page letter is to be written on company letterhead containing an original or electronic signature).


  1. Use a typeface that is large enough and easy to read on computer screens such as Arial, Helvetica or Verdana (10 point minimum, no serifs). Do not use overly decorative typefaces.
  2. Do not use high resolution photos that will increase your file size. Each entry may not exceed 10MB AND 11 pages. Entries exceeding these guidelines will be disqualified.
  3. Use file types that allow compression to keep the file sizes low, such as jpg or png images and avoid using tif files. Suggested image resolution is 125 to 150 DPI.

Additional Required Forms

In addition to your supporting materials, you must include a signed Intern Declaration/AIACC Disclaimer form, provided on the last page of this document. This form should be added to the end of your 11 page entry.

File Naming and Preparation

It is important that you name and prepare your file correctly! This will ensure there are no categorization errors when received by the AIACC.

When you have completed your entry and identification forms, be sure to properly name the final file with your assigned entry number, e.g. AA15-00.pdf.

File Submission

Submissions are only accepted online. You will be emailed directions on how to submit your entries electronically. Any questions, contact