Design Awards

2019 Design Awards Schedule

  • How to Submit a Winning Submission Webinar - June 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to listen to a recording of the webinar.
  • Submissions due for Design Awards / Young Architect / PEAPrize / Board Submissions - Friday, August 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Design Awards Jury - September 16, 2019
  • Exhibition - Will be on display at Cherry Street Pier during the DesignPhiladelphia Festival (Oct. 2 - 13), at the Fillmore for the Design Awards Celebration (Thurs. Dec. 5, 2019) and at the Center for Architecture + Design (dates TBD). Click here to submit to the exhibition.
  • 2019 Design Awards - Thursday, December 5, 2019 at The Fillmore

New Categories in 2019!

The Board of Directors of AIA Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Design Committee, have expanded the main categories for the Design Awards Competition offering firms more opportunities to be recognized for their work. This year there are five new awards: Small Projects, Interior Architecture, Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse, Sustainability, and Planning.

To have your project considered for one or more of these categories, you must submit separately (except for the Sustainability Award), please see the SUBMIT buttons below.

For the Sustainability Award, all projects submitted under the built categories will be required to submit the Sustainability Information Form and will automatically be considered for an award in this category.  The built categories include: (1) General Built; (2) Interior Architecture; (3) Small Projects; and (4) Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

BUILT CATEGORIES

SMALL PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category must be $500,000 or less.

SUBMIT SMALL


INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category must be focused on interior design.

SUBMIT INTERIOR


HISTORIC PRESERVATION/ADAPTIVE REUSE PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category must be focused on preservation or adaptive reuse of a historic building.

SUBMIT HISTORIC PRES/ADAPTIVE REUSE


GENERAL BUILT PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category can be any built project completed since January 1, 2014.

SUBMIT GENERAL BUILT


DIVINE DETAIL PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category must be focused on an exceptional built detail. Detail may be submitted without the full project.

SUBMIT DIVINE DETAIL


UNBUILT CATEGORIES

PLANNING PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category must be focused on planning.

SUBMIT PLANNING


GENERAL UNBUILT PROJECTS

Projects submitted in this category must be commissioned by a client with the intent to be occupied. 

SUBMIT GENERAL UNBUILT


Example Submissions

You will need to select a category you wish the project to be considered in and submit to each category separately (except for Sustainability, see below for some examples)

EXAMPLE 1.  You have a project that you would like to be considered for General Built and Interior Architecture.

  • Submit your project under the General Built Category and pay $195 to submit.
  • Submit your project again under the Interior Architecture Category and pay $195 to submit. 

EXAMPLE 2.  You have a project that you would like to be considered for General Built, Sustainability, and Interior Architecture.

  • Submit your project under the General Built Category and pay $195 to submit.
  • Submit your project again under the Interior Architecture Category and pay $195 to submit. 
  • This is the same process as Example 1 above, because your project is automatically eligible for the Sustainability award because you were required to upload the Sustainability Information Form for any “built” category.  When you submit under General Built and Interior Architecture, both submissions require the Sustainability Information Form.

EXAMPLE 3.  You have a project that you would like to be considered for General Built, Small Projects, and Interior Architecture.

  • Submit your project under the General Built Category and pay $195 to submit.
  • Submit your project under the Small Projects Category and pay $195 to submit.
  • Submit your project again under the Interior Architecture Category and pay $195 to submit. 

Only Built projects have the opportunity to be considered for the Sustainability Award.  There is no additional fee for the Sustainability Award and it will be selected by a separate jury with expertise in sustainability metrics.

It is within the jury’s decision to pull a project from ANY of the categories for the Gold Medal, so you do not have to select General Built in order to be considered for the Gold Medal.

If you have any questions about the categories and/or the process for submitting this year, please click here to view past winning submissions and a copy of the recorded webinar from June 12, 2019.


Design Awards Submission FAQs

  • I am not currently a Member Firm with the AIA Philadelphia Chapter. Do I need to be a Member Firm in order to enter the Design Awards competition?  Yes, you need to be a current Member Firm in order to submit for the Design Awards Competition, and your firm must have a Philadelphia office. For more information on how to join, please contact Julianne Foley, Member Services & Events Manager at [email protected].
  • I will be submitting three projects for the Design Awards. Should I complete three registration forms?  Yes, you will need to complete three separate entry applications. You will be prompted to pay at the end of each entry.
  • Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?  Yes. You must complete your entire submission(s) by the deadline date at 11:59pm EST.
  • Can I submit a few days late?  No. In the interest of fairness to all participants, no late entries will be accepted.
     

2019 Design Awards Jury
Austin, Texas

  • Wendy Dunnam Tita, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Page
  • Michael Hsu, AIA, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
  • Juan Miro, FAIA, LEED AP, Miro Rivera
     

Forms for Design Awards Submissions 

Competition Project Information Page
Project Team Info Page
Sustainability Recognition Form


Annual Exhibition

Showcase a Project Submit a board of project work that will be on display at our exhibition. Click here to learn more.


Sponsor

Sponsorships are now available for the 2019 Design Awards Celebration! If you have any questions, please contact Jermaine Jenkins at [email protected] or call 215-569-3186, ext. 106

Questions?
Please email Julianne Foley at [email protected]