2024 Design Awards Submissions

AIA East Tennessee Design Award Winners

What are the Design Awards?

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. This year’s program winners will be announced and celebrated at the 2024 Design Awards Gala on October 3rd at Jackson Terminal, displayed on the website, and in the membership newsletter. This competition is open to all members of AIA East Tennessee.

2024 Design Awards Jury

Tim Love, FAIA, will chair the 2024 AIA East Tennessee Design Awards. Tim is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is the founding principal of Utile, a 65-person Boston-based architecture and planning firm. Through a rigorous, research-based process, Utile strives to develop intelligent and programmatic solutions to complex urban problems. This approach has earned the firm numerous accolades, including the 2023 Best Large Practice (NE) Award from The Architect’s Newspaper and the 2022 COTE Top Ten Award for the Roxbury Branch Boston Public Library Renovation.

Tim will be joined by Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti, director of Supernormal and Assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeffry Burchard, Design Principal / Managing Partner at Machado Silvetti and Assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Anda French, cofounder of Boston-based French 2D and Visiting Lecturer at the Princeton School of Architecture.

We look forward to the varied perspectives and voices reviewing our Chapter’s work for this year’s 2024 Design Awards.

2024 AIA East Tennessee Design Awards Jury Chairs

2024 AIA East Tennessee Design Awards Jury Coordinator

Cameron Bolin, AIA– 2024 Jury Coordinator

How to Enter

This year, we’re introducing an updated submission template in 16×9 format in partnership with AIA Tennessee. The electronic format facilitates a submission in which all images support the program statement. Each visual should have a purpose as it relates to the larger idea. The photos should contain some compelling information to make the statement readily understood from a quick scan. Be sure to label plans clearly, indicating a north arrow. Within each square, you can layer images and plans or place images side-by-side. Keep in mind the impact the image will make once projected on a large screen.

Submission Templates: (You must use one of these templates to submit your project for the 2024 AIA ETN Design Awards.)

Dates and Deadlines

1. Submit the Registration Form and Entry Fee by the deadline, July 12th at 5 PM.

2. Once you have submitted the registration form and entry fee, you will receive a project number after the July 12th deadline that you will use on all project slides.

3. Once you have received your project number, please follow the link below for the Design Awards Submission. To ensure fairness, multiple entries from one firm are assigned random code numbers.

4. All electronic submission materials must be received by August 16th at 5 PM. Entries that do not follow the submission guidelines outlined below will not be accepted.

4. The jury will view your submission with all identifying information removed during the week of September 6th.


Any architectural project completed since 2018 produced by, or in collaboration with, a AIA East Tennessee Chapter member is eligible for submission. Projects may have been executed anywhere in the United States. Firms are encouraged to submit previously submitted non-winning projects and 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. “Building” includes any new architectonic composition and 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.

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 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 also to 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 multiple classifications can describe a project, the entrant must make the most appropriate choice. Jurors are not obligated to provide awards for each classification.

Emerging Professionals: To be eligible for this classification, project entries must be led by an Emerging Professional. This classification intends to encourage participation and acknowledge the 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 not yet or never to be constructed may be submitted under the Unbuilt classification. This includes projects 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

Submittal guidelines are detailed completely in the Submittal Instructions above, but the following are required for integration into the PowerPoint template:

PROJECT INFORMATION: Include program statement, program summary, area and cost per square foot, construction cost, completion date, project code number and classification.

PLANS AND DRAWINGS: Include site plan, floor plan(s) or details describing special features, construction systems, “before” views, etc.

PHOTOGRAPHY/IMAGES: Include exterior views showing major elevations, interior views (one or more), other views or details describing special features, nighttime images, construction systems, “before” views, etc. The maximum size of images is 750k per slide. It is the responsibility of the entrant to obtain all clearances for use.

Popular Vote Awards Categories 

Every project submitted for the 2024 Design Awards will automatically be entered into the annual People’s Choice and Chapter’s Choice Awards. Learn more about each award below, and cast your vote!

2024 People’s Choice

Don’t miss the chance to vote for your favorite project for AIA East Tennessee’s 2024 People’s Choice Award! You can vote whether you’re an AIA East Tennessee member or a general public member. Voting closes on October 2nd at 11 pm. Remember, only one vote per email per day is allowed.

2024 Chapter’s Choice

Cast your vote for your favorite project during the 2024 Design Awards Gala! Chapter’s Choice voting is only open to 2024 Design Awards Gala attendees.

Housing ETN l 2024 ADU Design Competition- Gala’s Choice

To recognize the finalists for this year’s inaugural Housing ETN l 2024 ADU Design Competition, presentation boards will be printed and displayed for gala attendee review, and a “Gala’s Choice” will be selected/awarded.

Tim Love, FAIA
Jury Chair

Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile and leads the firm’s urban design and planning practice. He is also a tenured Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture, where he teaches design studios and seminars that focus on the intersection of urban design, policy, and real estate development. Love’s expertise ranges from innovative zoning approaches; to a comprehensive understanding of market-driven building types; to the strategic layout of streets, blocks, and parcels; to the design of Complete Streets and the larger public realm.

Love’s clients include municipalities, state authorities and agencies, and national developers. He is especially adept at exploring alternative development scenarios in collaboration with engineers, landscape architects, and real estate finance experts. Design alternatives are shaped by financial goals, the regulatory context, environmental considerations, a social agenda informed by community input, and a place-specific design vision. Rather than simply balance these factors, Love seeks a visually compelling synthesis that can inspire elected officials, potential development partners, and the full range of stakeholders

Love has a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master in Architecture from the Harvard GSD, where he received the Henry Adams Medal. In addition to his academic position at Northeastern, Love is a Lecturer in Real Estate at the Harvard GSD and has taught at Yale, the University of Toronto, and RISD. He was also the 2014 President of the Boston Society of Architects and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the U.Va. School of Architecture.

Ada French, AIA
Jury Member

Anda French, AIA (MArch Princeton, BA Barnard), is a co-founder with Jenny French of Boston-based French 2D and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Princeton School of Architecture. She served as the 2022 Boston Society of Architects/AIA President. 


French 2D’s work centers on collaboration and explores social and thermal comfort at multiple scales, from participatory events and installations to urban-scale textiles and buildings for collective living. French 2D’s work has been nominated for the 2024 cycle of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, and the firm was a 2023 Finalist for the Architectural Review’s Emerging Award. French 2D received a 2020 P/A Award from Architect Magazine, and a Design Vanguard award from Architectural Record. Their work has been featured in multiple publications, including Domus, Azure, Dwell, Metropolis, Architect, PLOT, and The Architect’s Newspaper. It was most recently exhibited in the solo show “House Clothes” at UMASS Amherst. 

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Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti
Jury Member

Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti directs Supernormal, a design and research practice based in Cambridge, MA. She founded Supernormal to create meaningful and practical change through the intersection of architecture, urbanism, technology, and contemporary culture. The firm designs housing, institutional, and cultural projects for the private and public sectors. Supernormal is an engaged practice that meets the world exactly as it is, and with a glass that is half full. Elizabeth is also Assistant Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she is also a principal investigator within the Laboratory for Design Technologies. Her work in both academia and design practice explores the cultural implications of large data sets and scalable systems in the design of the built environment.


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Jeffry Burchard, AIA
Jury Member

Jeffry is an Architect. He is a Design Principal and the Managing Partner at Machado Silvetti with projects throughout the world. He is an Associate Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he teaches courses in the design and practice of architecture.

Jeffry studied architecture at the University of Idaho and Harvard and, in 2020, received the AIA Young Architects Award for his demonstrated commitment to excellence in design, professional practice, and education. His work and writings have been featured in publications such as commonedge, CLOG, IntAR, Competition, Platform, Architecture Record, and Architect Magazine. He is a licensed Architect and a member of NCARB and AIA. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Boston Society for Architecture, where he co-created and hosted the Now-Practice-Now workshop series and the Opening Soon online lecture series.

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