Design & Honor Award Categories
The AIA Florida/Caribbean Design & Honor Awards consist of six Design Award categories, 15 Honor Awardsand the People's Choice Competition.
Click here to access the Design Awards Manual.
2019 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
The objective of the Design Awards program is to encourage excellence in architecture, to elevate public consciousness of good design, and to recognize those architects whose work enriches our built environment. To be eligible, entries must be architectural projects designed by licensed architects at the time of design or submitted by architects of record either of which must be members of the FA/AIA, AIA Puerto Rico or AIA Virgin Islands and have offices within the Florida/Caribbean region.
Projects submitted may be located anywhere in the world, but must have been completed within the immediate past five calendar years. The program is open to architectural projects of all sizes and classifications.
Two award levels may be recognized by the jury: “Honor Award” for Excellence in Architecture, the higher of the two levels, and “Merit Award” for Excellence in Architecture.
The Award of Excellence
The program is open to architectural projects of all sizes and classifications.Eligible projects include single buildings, groups of buildings, parks and plazas, historic preservations, additions, remodelings, adaptive re-use, and interiors.
The Award of Excellence is segregated into four categories:
• New Work • Renovations & Additions
• Historic Preservation & Restoration • Interiors
The Unbuilt Design Award
The Unbuilt Design Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Attention is focused on the process of design. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding examples of recent, commissioned architectural designs not yet built or complete. The entry shall exemplify excellence in design while exploring the nature and science of our profession.
The Test of Time Award
The Test of Time Award recognizes distinguished single works of architecture and planned developments affecting more than one building, after a period of 25 years in which the function, aesthetic statement, and execution can be reassessed. Further, it is the intent of the program to recognize works that, by the timelessness of their design, have influenced that building or building type.
The project must be standing in substantially completed form, in good condition, and should substantially still carry out the original program. Change in use is permitted when it has not substantially altered the original intent of the design. Buildings whose basic function have been modified, or have been adapted for reuse are eligible.
Only projects completed 25 years ago or more are eligible for this award.
The Masonry Award
The purpose of the Masonry Awards is to bring recognition to AIA Florida/Caribbean architects based on the technical and creative use of masonry in meeting aesthetic and functional design challenges.To be eligible, entries mustbe located anywhere in the Florida/Caribbean Region. Entries submitted must haveat least 75% of the structure and exterior skin using masonry wall systems. The following masonry materials are acceptable: single wythe block; traditional brick and block; block and stucco; architectural block; adhered thin stone on block and thin brick on block i.e. split face, ground face and burnished; concrete and clay bricks; glass block; natural and man-made stones. Concrete panels and thin brick in concrete panels (precast and tilt-up) will not be considered.
The Sustainable Design Award
The Sustainable Design Award recognizes excellence in the design of sustainable projects including buildings, building complexes and urban design projects by the architectural profession. These Awards are intended to promote public awareness of the built environment and the design of sustainable projects.
Theoretical and Research Design Award
The Theoretical and Research Design Awards program recognizes work by associate architects, interns and students who are members of the FA/AIA, AIA Puerto Rico, or the AIA Virgin Islands; or the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) and currently enrolled in an accredited architectural degree program in the Florida/Caribbean region.
Entries must be projects that are academic (executed as a class or terminal project under the supervision of at least one professor of an accredited Florida/Caribbean region architectural school); a competition entry (executed in direct response to an organized design competition entry requirement; or theoretical/research projects which are executed in the interest of the advancement of the profession).
The entrant must designate whether the project is academic, a competition entry, or theoretical/research. Projects submitted must have been designed within the immediate past five calendar years
Firm of the Year
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in design, community services, education, and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm. Projects, accomplishments and service submitted must reflect a period of at least 10 years. The firm must be an AIA Florida Firm Member and have been under the direction of substantially the same principal or principals for a period of ten (10) years or more.
This award recognizes an individual architect in Florida who has distinguished himself or herself in a manner resulting in a profound impact on the profession over an extended period of time. This is the highest award that AIA Florida can bestow on one of its members and only one may be given in a year. Any individual who has been a member of AIA Florida for a minimum of 10 years is eligible. The individual’s long-term, noteworthy accomplishments in the AIA, as well as community organizations or governmental bodies, must demonstrate distinguishable results characterizing one’s career in a manner over and above what is normally expected.AIA Florida members in good standing are eligible by nominations made by any AIA Florida Chapter or any five (5) members at large.
Medal of Honor for Design
This award recognizes an individual architect in Florida who has distinguished himself or herself, by the high quality and originality of one’s work, advancing the value and public awareness of good architecture over an extended period of time, and by one’s leadership, provided an inspiration to colleagues and others. This is the highest award for design that AIA Florida can bestow on one of its members. Any member of AIA Florida in good standing for at least ten (10) years, whose work under consideration extends over a period of not less than ten (10) years, is eligible for this award.Nominations may be made by any AIA Florida chapter or any five (5) members at large.
Silver Medal - Hillard T. Smith Community Service Award
In honor of AIA Florida Past President Hilliard T. Smith of Palm Beach, this award is given to recognize an architect whose leadership in community activities and service has been a direct benefit to the profession or community. Any member of AIA Florida is eligible for this award. The individual’s leadership and service must demonstrate, beyond any reasonable doubt, qualities, outcomes in works of art, programs or civic influences that have benefited the profession or the community. Any member of AIA Florida in good standing, whose leadership in a community fulfills the intent and purpose of this award is eligible.Nominations may be made by any AIA Florida Chapter or individual member.
The Charles W. ClaryGovernment Service Award
The Charles W. Clary Service Award, named in honor of Senator Charles W. Clary, FAIA, Destin, a former member of the Florida Senate, is given to an AIA Florida architect who, by their interest, activity and concern for the profession of architecture, shall have advanced the cause of good design and planning, and/or contributed to the dignity and value of the architectural profession as an elected or an appointed or employed government official. 10 Any architect member of AIA Florida, fulfilling the purpose of this award is eligible.Any AIA Florida Chapter or individual member may make nomination.
Anthony "Tony" Pullara Individual Honor Award
AIA Florida has established this award in the memory of Anthony L. Pullara. Because Tony Pullara was devoted to service over and above his official capacities, and because there was no existing acknowledgement of such service, it is hoped that this award will perpetuate Tony’s memory and those things for which he stood in our profession. This award will be given to an AIA Florida member for outstanding service to AIA Florida which is over and above that normally required of a member of the AIA. Any member of the AIA Florida who has exemplified the purpose of this award is eligible.Any AIA Florida Chapter or individual member may make nominations.
Anthony "Tony" Pullara Chapter Award
Given in memory of Anthony L. Pullara, AIA, this award is intended to inspire all chapters to strive to exceed the Guidelines for Component Excellence as established by AIA and its members’ expectations, particularly in the areas of Public Awareness/Outreach, Political Effectiveness, and Membership Development. All AIA Florida Chapters are encouraged to submit information on programs that target their areas of public awareness/outreach, political effectiveness and membership development.
This award recognizes the design of an “Object” by members of AIA Florida which demonstrates a level of invention, creativity and craftsmanship beyond the constraints of space or cost restrictions as well as excellence in design.Each entry will be judged for the success with which it meets the individual project program, intent and requirements.
William G. McMinn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Architectural Education
The AIA Florida William G. McMinn, FAIA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Architectural Education is named after William G. McMinn, FAIA, the 2006 recipient of the Topaz Medallion. This award is bestowed to celebrate an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architecture/ education for at least 5 years, and whose teaching and values have inspired the young men and women who will ultimately shape our environment as architects.
Nominee must be a current or former member of the faculty of an accredited school of architecture in the state of Florida, living at the time of nomination, and an educator for at least five years and must be a member of AIA Florida.
Criteria for this award can include:
• Teaching of great breadth;
• Influencing a wide range of students;
• The ability to maintain relevance through the years by directing students toward the future while drawing on the past;
• Innovative techniques or programs that challenge and provide a unique educational experience;
• Research achievements in relation to architectural education;
• Involvement in community activities relating to architectural education.
Associate Member Individual Honor Award
The Associate Member Individual Honor Award recognizes an associate member whose leadership, activities and service to AIA Florida have been a direct benefit to the profession.
The Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award
The Bob Graham, Honorary AIA, Architectural Awareness Award is given to an individual citizen or public official who is not an architect, and who by their interest, activity and concern for the profession of architecture, shall have advanced the cause of good design and planning and/or contributed to the dignity and value of the architectural profession. The Award is named in honor of Bob Graham, two-time Governor of Florida and former member of the U.S. Senate, who has been designated an honorary member of AIA Florida and the AIA for his outstanding support for architecture in both his public and private life. Any person who is not an architect, fulfilling the purpose of this award as described, is eligible.Any AIA Florida Chapter or individual member may make nominations.
Mellen C. Greeley Craftsman Award
Given to a craftsman in the State of Florida who has exemplified interest, ingenuity, and outstanding performance in the pursuit of one’s trade or craft.
Builder of the Year
Given to recognize a company in Florida who has exemplified a sincere and genuine interest in encouraging and affecting outstanding craftsmanship and workmanship.
Allied Member of the Year Award
This award recognizes an Allied Member (state component only) who is not an architect, but who, by their interest, participation and concern, has promoted and contributed to the dignity and value of AIA Florida and the architectural profession.
This award will be given to an AIA Florida Allied member for outstanding service to the Association which is over and above that normally required of a member of the AIA. Any member of AIA Florida who has exemplified the purpose of this award is eligible. Any AIA Florida Component or individual member may make nominations.
Photographer of the Year
This award recognizes high quality and originality in still photographs, which advance the cause of outstanding architectural photography in Florida. The photographs must have been taken during years prior to when the nominee is being considered.
In order to recognize the talent in our state, the immediate past recipient is ineligible. Nominations may be made by any AIA Florida chapter or individual member.