2024 Design Awards Gala


Join the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee Chapter and SESCO Lighting in the heart of the Old City as we honor and celebrate built and unbuilt works of architecture designed by AIA members in Upper and Middle East Tennessee at our Annual Design Awards Gala on Thursday, October 3rd, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Jackson Terminal.

Design Awards Gala Evening of Events

  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm- Cocktail hour with local craft beer and wine sponsored by Proficient Engineering, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to network with others within the profession. 
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm- Design Awards Presentation. Wine and grazing plates will be available at your table during the awards ceremony, along with a plated meal. (Vegetarian and Vegan options are available)
  • 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm- After Party w/discounted rides home from Uber.  

Ticket Prices:

  • $60- Member Ticket
  • $35- Student or Associate Member Ticket
  • $80- Non-Member Ticket
  • $400- per Table
  • $500- per Table w/Business Logo

Tickets and tables go on sale on April 29th, 2024.

Design Awards Gala Submission Portal

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 upper and middle 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. Winners of this year’s program will be announced and celebrated at the 2023 Design Awards Gala, this competition is open to all members of AIA East Tennessee.

AIA East Tennessee’s Design Awards Gala Submission Portal opens June 28th, 2024.

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.