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
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 29, 2022 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
- Architectural Interior Design
- Emerging Professionals
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.
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!