Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize (PEAPrize)

The Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize (PEAPrize) is awarded annually to recognize an emerging architecture firm producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. Awarded through a juried portfolio submission, the winning firm will present their design processes and philosophies through a lecture and exhibition at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design. 

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2021 PEAPrize Eligibility Requirements

AIA Philadelphia is accepting entries for the 2021 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize (PEAPrize). The PEAPrize is awarded annually to recognize an emerging architecture firm producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. Awarded through a juried portfolio submission, the winning firm will present their design processes and philosophies through a lecture and exhibition.

Award: The winning firm will receive the award at the 2021 Design Awards Celebration on Thursday, December 2, 2021. The design work of the 2021 PEAPrize winner will be the focus of the On the Rise Exhibition, along with the winner of the Young Architect Award. The winning firm will present a short lecture of their work at the exhibit opening.

Eligibility: The PEAPrize is awarded to an Architecture Firm. Eligible Firms must have been established & licensed in their respective state within the past 10 years (2011-Present). A copy of the firm’s license is required to accompany all entries. Applicants that have previously submitted but were not the prize winner are encouraged to re-submit each year.

AIA membership is not a requirement for entry, though to be eligible, firms must be located within the service area of AIA Philadelphia and be able to meet the organization’s Member Firm criteria.

Entry Requirements: Completed entry form, copy of firm license, and fee ($50 for member firms, $100 for non-member firms).

Entry PDF: Limited to 10 MB and should be titled with submitter's initials and PEAPrize (i.e. JF_PEAPrize.pdf). Maximum 13 pages of images and text (1 Title Page + 12 Project Slides). On the Title Page, please provide a brief description of your firm's working style and philosophy. On each Project Slide, please include a short description of the project and briefly describe how it reflects your firm’s philosophies. Submitting firms are encouraged to include any type of project that they have undertaken, effectively portraying the full breadth of their design practice. Portfolios may include built and unbuilt architecture, interiors, urban design, landscape, furniture, graphics, research, etc. Only work undertaken after the date that the firm was established with the state may be submitted. Work completed previously or with other firms is not eligible.

The jury process must remain blind, so do not include any identifying information on any slides, including on your title slide. Identifying information includes:

  • Firm Name or Address
  • Principal or Employee Names
  • Company Logo
  • Corporate Tagline

AIA membership is not a requirement for entry, though to be eligible, firms must be located within the service area of AIA Philadelphia and be able to meet the organization’s Member Firm criteria.

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Entry Fees:
$50 AIA Philadelphia Member Firm
$100 Non-member Firms

If you would like to see an example of a previously submitted winning entry, please contact Julianne Foley at [email protected].


Previous PEA Prize Award Winners Include:

2020 - Bright Common

2019 - Studio 6mm

2018 - SHIFTSPACE Design

2017 - Otto Architects, LLC

2016 - Assimilation Design Lab, LLC.

2014 - RKM Architects

2013 - Stanev Potts Architects

2012 - Austin + Mergold

2010 - DIGSAU & Moto DesignShop

2008 - Interface Studio Architects  & Qb3