Previous AIA East Tennessee Design Award Winners

What are the Design Awards?

We want to thank everyone who submitted a Design Award Submission for 2022! We will announce when next years submissions are opening at the end of 2022.

To recognize excellence in architecture, AIA East Tennessee conducts an annual juried Design Awards Program. This program seeks to honor built and unbuilt works of distinction designed by AIA members in East Tennessee, and to serve as a catalyst for local participation in the AIA Tennessee Awards Program. The program also brings public attention to outstanding examples of architecture; cultivating an ongoing public interest in architectural excellence. Winners of this year’s program will be announced and celebrated at the 2022 Design Awards Gala on September 10th at Lakeshore Park’s Marble Hall, displayed on the website, and in the membership newsletter. This competition is open to all members of AIA East Tennessee.

Dave Mayo will serve as the Jury Chair for the 2022 Awards Program. He is the founding principal of Studio Mayo Architects in Louisville, Kentucky.

2022 Design Awards Jury

Jury Chair: David W. Mayo, AIA

David's Bio

Roberto de Leon, FAIA, NCARB, LEED, AP

Roberto's Bio

Jeffery Pickett, AIA

Jeffery's Bio

Jordan Hines

Jordan's Bio

How to Enter

We want to thank everyone who submitted a project for our 2022 Design Awards. We will announce when next years submissions are opening at the end of 2022.

To register a submission:

1.    Follow link below to submit the Registration Form and Entry Fee by the deadline, Friday, July 292022 at 5 PM.

2.    Once registration form and entry fee has been submitted, please follow the link below for Design Awards Submission.

3.    All electronic submissions materials must be received by Friday, July 29, 2022 at 5 PM. Entries not following the submission guidelines outlined below will not be accepted.

4. Click here for an example page of completed submissions. This is how the submission will be viewed by the jury with all identifying information removed. This is also how winning projects will be archived and displayed on the website.


Any architectural project completed since 2017 which has been produced by, or in collaboration with, a member of AIA East Tennessee Chapter is eligible for submission. Projects may have been executed anywhere in the United States. Firms are encouraged to submit previously submitted past non-winning projects as well as those that have won awards in other programs. The Design Awards Program is open to architectural projects of all types, including unbuilt work. An entry may consist of one building, a related group of buildings forming a single project, or an interior design project. The term “building” includes any new architectonic composition as well as the remodeling, rehabilitation, and/or preservation of existing structures. Unbuilt work prepared for academic purposes may not be submitted.


Awards will be designated by a jury of architects whose work and reputations have been nationally established. The 2022 Jury Chair, Dave Mayo, is the founding principal of Studio Mayo Architects in Louisville, Kentucky.

Each project will be judged according to its own merit and how well it resolves the problem(s) addressed. Projects should also demonstrate the AIA national commitment to sustainability, resilience, and inclusivity as detailed in the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. Projects will not be judged in competition with each other, but by measuring the architect’s performance against each project’s potential. Design Awards can be given in three degrees: Honor, Merit and Citation. Honor Awards, the top honor, will be granted to built projects for overall design excellence. Merit Awards will be granted to built projects worthy of recognition because of their design quality. Citation Awards will be granted at the discretion of the jury. In addition, highlighting the importance of sustainable design, the jury may select award winners to also receive a commendation for sustainable design at their discretion.


For clarity, please designate the general classification of the submitted project from the following:

  • New Construction
  • Renovation/Restoration
  • Residential
  • Architectural Interior Design
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Unbuilt

When a project could be described by more than one classification, it is the entrant’s obligation to make the most appropriate choice. Jurors are not obligated to provide awards for each classification.

Emerging Professionals and Young Architect classification: To be eligible for this classification, project entries must be led by an Emerging Professional or a Young Architect. The intent of this classification is to encourage participation and acknowledge contributions of our members from graduation through the first 10 years of licensure. Project entries may be built or unbuilt projects. This classification gives a discounted entry fee.

Unbuilt classification: Projects that are not yet or never to be constructed may be submitted under the Unbuilt classification.This includes projects that are on the boards, conceptual/theoretical in nature, and competition entries. If later constructed, projects entered in this classification may be submitted for future consideration by the Design Awards Program even if they have previously won an award in the Unbuilt classification.

Unbuilt projects will only be eligible for Merit Awards.

Submission Guidelines

Please follow the link above “Submission Form” for complete details for how to submit. This link will also be what you use to make your awards submission.

Popular Vote Awards Categories 

Every project submitted for the 2022 Design Awards will automatically be entered into the annual People’s Choice and Chapter’s Choice Awards. More information coming soon!

David W, Mayo, AIA
Jury Chair

David is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a licensed Architect with over 17 years of experience. Prior to forming Studio MAYO Architects in 2016, David worked as an Associate Principal at the award winning firm of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. During that time he has received numerous AIA design awards. Most notably, David
acted as project manager on the Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility and the Owsley Brown II History Center which both received an American Institute of Architects National Design Award for Architecture (DPAW).

In 2018 Studio MAYO Architects received an American Institute of Architects Kentucky State Merit Award for Design Excellence for the Second Chances Wildlife Education Center. Since 2011 David has sat on the jury for the AIA design awards competition for Iowa, Northern Alabama, and Eastern Ohio. Additionally, David was invited to speak at the 2013 Kentucky AIA
convention, Louisville PechaKucha vol 14, the Louisville commission on Public art, and the 2018 AIA Kentucky Design Awards Project showcase.

David’s work has been featured in national exhibits and publications including: ARCHITECT Magazine, Architectural Record Magazine, Dwell  Magazine, Design Bureau Magazine, and the 2020 National American Institute of Architects Emerging Professionals Exhibit.

Roberto de Leon, FAIA, NCARB, LEED, AP
Jury Member

Roberto de Leon is a partner and co-founder of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW), a collaborative design studio focusing on public projects with a cultural, civic or not-for-profit basis. His work is recognized for its contextual sensitivity, innovation in material applications, and the holistic integration of sustainable strategies rooted in regional specificity. His research operates at a range of scales and environments – both urban & rural – while exploring relationships between local & global building traditions. Roberto holds a Master In Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts In Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

DPAW’s working methodology draws inspiration from regional traditions of craft and fabrication, placing an emphasis on the potential of conventional materials and construction methods. Through an immersive process of research & investigation, the studio cultivates an understanding
of contextual specificity as a nuanced relationship between place, time and local culture. In implementing this approach, the Workshop purposefully embraces a design rigor aimed at simplicity and precision, with the underlying premise that innovation necessarily equals economy.

Since its founding in 2003, the strength of the firm’s work has been recognized through many honors and awards, including selection for the 2010 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record and the 2011 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York, each honor ‘recognizing design firms or individuals with a distinct design voice that has the potential to influence the discipline of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design’. The studio has garnered three national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards, twenty-three AIA Chapter Awards and over thirty international design awards. Roberto’s work through DPAW has been published in many design magazines and books nationally and abroad, and has been exhibited at several international venues including the 2021 Venice Biennale, the 2012 & 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, the 2011 Beijing International Design Triennial, and WOOD 2010 in Smaland, Sweden.

In 2016, Roberto was elevated to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects

Jeffery D. Pickett, AIA
Jury Member

A graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture, Jeffery is a licensed Architect with over 26 years of experience. Before starting Pickett Passafiume Architects (PPA) in 2011, Jeffery practiced architecture at the award winning firms of HLW (Los Angeles) and Bravura (Louisville). Jeffery has taught architecture studios at the University of Kentucky where he is a regular guest critic.

As the founder and managing principal of PPA, Jeffery is in charge of the overall design process and has extensive experience in all aspects of the architecture profession. Jeffery’s broad experience includes complex adaptive reuse renovations, commercial, educational, religious, cultural & residential projects.

Jeffery’s hands-on construction and self-made craftsman experience has developed a design methodology that distills the truly essential project elements and concepts with an emphasis on materiality, construction methods and a sense of place.

Jordan Hines
Jury Member

Jordan Hines is a designer living in Lexington, KY. Jordan is a lecturer at the University of Kentucky-School of Architecture. His research and teaching focuses on community partnerships, design-build studios, and pre-college level design education outreach programs. He has led and partnered studios with projects at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Lexington Friends Montessori School, University of Kentucky Center for Recycling, the Kentucky Centers School of the Arts and other nonprofit organizations. Jordan also teaches architecture courses for non-majors to introduce the role of design in the build environment. Additionally, Jordan is one half of Informal Office with completes creative work at the confluence of narrative and materials.

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