AIA ARIZONA CELEBRATING ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
The AIA Arizona Design Awards program recognizes excellence in design, planning, and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in the State of Arizona.
The AIA Arizona Design Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural projects and practices under five categories: Design, Leadership, Practice, Performance, and Education. Projects awards recognize preeminence in design, planning, and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in the State of Arizona; and to AIA members from other states who are licensed in Arizona for projects and practices located in Arizona.
The intent of the Design Awards program is to honor the highest standards of design in response to user requirements, site, context, climate, and environment as well as nurturing new values and activities that contribute to design and design appreciation. Each entry, regardless of size or classification, is judged individually on the basis of total design merit.
Awards are given in three categories of distinction: honor, merit, and citation (in order of importance). The jury will decide the type and number of awards. Certificates will be presented to award winning AIA Arizona members in good standing, and their projects will be featured at the Celebrating Architecture Awards Presentation.
Read a Recap of the 2016 Design Awards Gala here.
2016 Design Awards Gala – Registration Now Open!
Join us for a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres before the presentation; followed by dessert and an after party to celebrate the winners!
Dress is cocktail.
Friday – October 14th, 6pm – 10pm
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Details, Ticket Information and 2016 Entry Forms:
AIA Arizona Entry Form (includes AIA Southern Arizona)
AIA AZ Design Awards Entry Checklist
2016 AIA AZ Design Awards Call for Entry Packet–Information and Instructions
AIA AZ Design Awards Power Point Templates
Design Awards Deadlines:
Entry Forms & Fees Due: NOON–Friday, July 8th
Submittals Due: 4pm MST–Friday, August 5th
Late Entries Due: 4pm MST–Friday, August 12th
To recognize design excellence in constructed and unbuilt architecture at all scales.
Urban & Regional Planning Award
Given for significant achievements in the planning, conception, design, and execution of projects at regional and urban scales, which sensitively reinforce historic urban form, connect the internal and surrounding community, exhibit sustainability at a community scale, and through form and materials respond to the context.
Given to a distinguished work of architecture whose aesthetic statement, craft, and relevance have endured for twenty-five or more years, thus withstanding the test of time. Open to all types of buildings completed twenty-five or more years ago; one or a group of structures. Project must be in good condition and substantially complete.
Distinguished Architecture Award (AIA Arizona + AIA-Southern Arizona Awards)
Given for significant achievements in the planning, conception, design, and execution of projects that exhibit values esteemed by the Arizona School: sense of place, response to climate, ecological stewardship, materiality, and design quality. Projects submitted for this Award will automatically be entered for the APS Energy and SRP Sustainable awards, with no additional fee, if the requisite submission data is included.
Interior Architecture Award (AIA Arizona + AIA-Southern Arizona Awards)
Given for significant achievements in the planning, conception, design, and execution of interior projects that exhibit values esteemed by the Arizona School: sense of place, ecological stewardship, materiality, and design quality.
Component Design Award (AIA Arizona + AIA-Southern Arizona Awards)–new award
Given for building insertions, site installations, furniture, light fixtures, urban kiosks, shade structures, and other components, either stand-alone or responsive to a context, that demonstrate design excellence in an element of limited size.
Un-built Design Award (AIA Arizona + AIA-Southern Arizona Awards)
Given for important achievements in the execution of commissioned projects that were intended for construction but remain unrealized, including competition entries and urban designs.
Theory + Design Award–new award
Given for projects or investigations, built or unbuilt, that demonstrate how innovative ideas and rigorous thought can be manifest in the built environment, including projects whose ultimate realization is unbuilt. Projects, investigations, theoretical research, tinkering—any form of built or unbuilt work, with or without client, is eligible so long as the work a) advances rigorous conceptual ideas, and b) builds a clear, substantive, and convincing link between ideas and their manifestation in material form.
To recognize practices that nurture, promote, and strengthen design advocacy.
The American Institute of Architects Arizona Component may bestow a medal, known as The Arizona Architects Medal, upon members who have advanced the profession of architecture, recognizing their outstanding professional achievements and their sense of social responsibility. The nominee’s achievements must be viewed as an advancement of the profession and the socially responsible role that architecture must perform within the greater community. Each nominee’s work and career will be evaluated with special regard to professional and social integrity and judged based upon their devotion to the art and craft of architecture, design integrity, and desire to better the physical environment. Nominees may be considered upon the basis of notable career accomplishments or upon the basis of a single outstanding achievement. Architects Medal Nomination Form
Award of Distinction
Given to non-AIA members and organizations that have contributed to a better understanding and awareness of architecture in the State of Arizona, including design advocacy in political, educational, or institutional domains. Any person, program or organization that has contributed to the profession of architecture, but are not architects or architectural educators is eligible.
Allied Member Award
Awarded Given to Allied Members who have contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through participation in local and state AIA chapters. (Formerly, the Affiliate Award.) Any AIA member, group of members or committee headed by a member may nominate one Allied member for this award. Nominees must be AIA Allied members in good standing.
The Associate Award is given to Associate members who display exceptional dedication to the community and built environment through service to the community, to the AIA, and in the quality of work performed professionally. Only individuals who are Associate AIA members in good standing may submit.
Recognizes and celebrates young architects who show exceptional leadership in community service, education, design, and/or service to the profession. AIA Arizona members in good standing, registered for less than ten (10) years are eligible.
Honors a client (individual, company, or public institution) that makes a significant contribution to the quality of the built environment by underwriting, encouraging, and supporting good design. Individuals, firms, or institutions that have commissioned architectural design in Arizona of any nature, including urban or site planning, the design of buildings or groups of buildings, landscapes or interiors; nominated by any AIA member (including Allied and Associate) in good standing, group of members, or committee headed by a member, is eligible.
Recognizes the critical role of elected officials, public administrators, or community leaders who contribute to the development of laws, regulations, or policies that affect architecture, or the public’s perception of architecture, as an important part of our environment, life-style, and heritage. Included is advocacy for design excellence in such policies and work to nurture the evolution of public perception and appreciation for design quality. Public officials, organizations, or individuals (including non-architects) who, by their advocacy, have furthered the public’s awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence in architecture and promoted quality of design are eligible. This award is juried by the AIA Arizona Executive Committee.
Community Design Award–new award
Given for a practice that includes and empowers a community in the conception, design, development, and/or realization of the built environment. Individuals (including non-architects), firms, or institutions that have made significant efforts to involve and empower a community in the conception, design, and development of a building, garden, park, or other component of the built environment, whether or not the project was actually built, are eligible. Any AIA member (including AIA10, Allied, and Associate), group of members, or committee headed by a member may make the nomination.
To recognize excellence in architectural practice.
Firm of the Year
This award recognizes the continuing collaboration in a firm that has produced distinguished architecture over ten or more years, and has made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession, and/or the community. Any firm in which the principal(s) are AIA Arizona members —OR— AIA firms which have a main, or founding, office within Arizon—AND—firms that can demonstrate a history of producing distinguished architecture for at least ten (10) years. may submit. More than one firm can be nominated for this award; however, only one recipient may be selected within the state per year. Firm of the Year Nomination Form
Honors individuals or firms that realize design intent in physical matter through craft, fabrication, assembly, teamwork, and commitment to the art of architecture. Individuals and/or firms duly licensed as contractors by the State of Arizona, nominated by an AIA Arizona member (including Allied and Associate), group of members, or committee headed by a member, in good standing are eligible.
Given to consulting individuals or firms that make a significant contribution to the development and realization of good design through innovation, technology, teamwork, and dedication to improving the quality of the built environment. Individuals and firms from professional fields practicing primarily in consultation with architects, such as civil, electrical, geotechnical, mechanical, or structural engineers; graphic and interior designers; landscape architects; planners and urban designers; and sustainability, specification, and PR consultants; nominated by an AIA Arizona member (including Allied and Associate), group of members, or committee headed by a member in good standing.
Goodwin Collaboration Award
Honors the collaborative efforts of an owner / architect / contractor team that produces a project embodying design excellence, exhibiting outstanding craftsmanship, and serving the owner’s functional, financial, and aesthetic mission. Eligible entries include building(s) completed since 1 January 2004, located in Arizona, designed by an AIA Arizona member in good standing, and built by a contractor licensed in Arizona.
To recognize excellence in the performance sustainability, and the sustained performance, of buildings.
The Arizona Public Service (APS) Award is given for energy innovation in projects that envision net-zero energy design through passive and active strategies. Projects submitted for the Distinguished Architecture Award will automatically be entered for this Award, with no additional fee, if the requisite submission data is included.
SRP Sustainable Award
The Salt River Project (SRP) Award is given for sustainability innovation in projects that advance a post-carbon world, through environmental balance, healthy spaces, and energy, water, material, and construction conservation. Projects submitted for the Distinguished Architecture Award will automatically be entered for this Award, with no additional fee, if the requisite submission data is included.
Research-Design Award–new award
Given for excellence in research devoted to the built environment that leads to improved design, including pre-design and post-occupancy studies. Submissions must describe the research hypothesis, methodology, experimentation, and results; explain how the research has, or could lead to, improved design and how the work has been, or will be, disseminated. Explain how this work advances evidence-based design. They must also describe funding sources and project budget.
To recognize excellence in architectural education in Arizona.
Educator of the Year Award
AIA Arizona recognizes the fundamental importance of educators who over a career demonstrate excellence in architectural education, advance the art and science of teaching design, and who transmit to future generations a love of design and a passion for the discipline. Educators from public or private academic institutions, whether in primary, secondary, or collegiate programs, who work at institutions in Arizona, are eligible to receive this award.
Design Pedagogy Award–new award
Given for teaching and/or pedagogical excellence in a course, studio, project, or other educational program. Educators of any rank or appointment (including faculty members, administrators, and staff) employed by an institution in Arizona and working in a NAAB-accredited degree program—OR—a course, studio, project, or other educational program itself that is a component of a NAAB-accredited degree program in Arizona. Any AIA Arizona member, group of members, or committee headed by a member may make
Community Education Award–new award
Recognizes programs, institutions, or individuals who advance the public understanding and appreciation of design in the built environment. A program, camp, workshop, website, podcast, video, community event, or other medium—OR—an institution that sponsors, nurtures, or promotes such activity —OR— an individual responsible for delivering such activity, located in or having impact in Arizona. Any AIA Arizona member, group of members, or committee headed by a member may make the nomination.