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The AIA Florida/Caribbean Design & Honor Awards call for entries includes Design Awards, the Test of Time Award and Honor Awards. This year’s awards program contains revised criteria and eligibility requirements in addition to two new typologies for the Design Award of Excellence.

The entry fee for each award is listed below. Entries received after March 2 will be charged a $25 late fee. AIA Florida will accept entry forms with entry fee + late fee until March 23. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Once the form and fee is receieved, submission requirements and forms will be sent to the email address included with your entry form within (2) business days. If you have questions, visit the FAQ or contact­designawards@aiafla.org.

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DESIGN AWARDS


DESIGN AWARDS ELIGIBILITY

  • A licensed architect is a person who is registered to practice architecture in the Florida/Caribbean region.

  • Entries, other than Theoretical & Research, must be architectural projects designed by licensed architect(s) at the time of design or submitted by architect(s) of record, either of which must be members of AIA Florida, AIA Puerto Rico or AIA Virgin Islands and have offices within the Florida/Caribbean region.

  • Projects may be located anywhere in the world but must have been completed within the immediate past five calendar years. Does not include the Test of Time Award.

  • Entries should consider sustainable design practices that improve energy conservation, and the health and resilience of its community.

  • Award winners should maintain the highest ethical standards including (1) full compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, (2) embrace a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in their operations and activities, and (3) demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and competence. Award winners are subject to verification.

  • Review each design award category for additional eligibility requirements.

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Unbuilt Award | FEE: $125

Recognizing 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 focus is on the process of design.

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  • Eligible projects include single buildings, groups of buildings, urban designs, additions, renovations, and extended use projects.

  • Entries must be commissioned for compensation on behalf of a client or in direct response to a compensated design competition.

  • Construction shall not have commenced before the deadline for entry.

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Masonry Award | FEE: $125

Recognizing AIA Florida/Caribbean architects based on the technical and creative use of masonry in meeting aesthetic and functional design challenges.

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  • Open to built projects of all sizes and classifications.

  • Entries can be submitted for residential or commercial work, with at least 75% of the structure and exterior skin using a masonry wall system.

  • 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 human-made stones.

  • Concrete panels and thin brick in concrete panels (precast and tilt-up) will not be considered.

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Theoretical & Research Award­| FEE: $45 |­NEWLY­REVISED

Recognizing­work by students who are members of­AIA Students (AIAS) and currently enrolled in an accredited architectural degree program in the Florida/Caribbean region or by members of AIA Florida, AIA Puerto Rico, or the AIA Virgin Islands that includes­architects, associates, and interns. The entrant must designate whether the project is academic, a competition entry, or theoretical/research.­The award is separated into two typologies:

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  • STUDENT:­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) or in direct response to an organized design competition entry requirement.

  • PROFESSIONAL:­Theoretical/research projects which are executed in the interest of the advancement of the profession. Projects submitted by professionals must not be compensated.

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Award of Excellence | FEE: $125

Recognizing­design that elevates the human experience while addressing the project’s practical needs. The design should be responsive to its site and provide significant improvement.­Each project should consider sustainable design practices that improve energy conservation, and the health and resilience of its community.

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  • Open to built projects of all sizes and classifications including single buildings, groups of buildings, parks and plazas, historic preservation, additions, remodelings, renovations, adaptive re-use, and interiors.

  • The award is separated into six typologies:

    • Historic Preservation & Restoration­

    • Interiors

    • New Work

    • Pro Bono -­NEW

    • Renovations & Additions

    • Sustainability: Demonstrates excellence in striving to achieve the­AIA National Design Excellence Framework­-­NEW

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Test of Time Award | FEE: $125 |­NEWLY­REVISED

Recognizing distinguished works of architecture, after a period of 25 years in which the function, aesthetic statement, and execution can be reassessed. Further, it is the intent of the award to recognize works that, by the timelessness of their design, have influenced that building or building type.

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  • Projects must have been completed 25 years ago or more.

  • Eligible projects must have been designed by an architect, and it must be located within the Florida/Caribbean Region.

  • The entry must be prepared and submitted by a member or component of the AIA Florida, AIA Puerto Rico or AIA Virgin Islands.

  • The project must be standing in considerably completed form, in good condition, and should still substantially carry out the original program.

  • Change in use is permitted when it has not significantly altered the original intent of the design.

  • The project may be of any building type or one of a group of buildings forming a single project.

  • Projects previously submitted for the Test of Time Award that did not receive the award may be resubmitted.

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HONOR AWARDS


HONOR AWARDS ELIGIBILITY

  • Award winners should maintain the highest ethical standards including (1) full compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, (2) embrace a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in their operations and activities, and (3) demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and competence. Award winners are subject to verification.
  • Review each honor award category for additional eligibility requirements.

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The Gold Medal Award | NO FEE

Honoring an individual architect in Florida who has distinguished themselves in a manner resulting in a profound impact on the profession over an extended period. 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. The Gold Medal is the highest award that AIA Florida can bestow on one of its members, and only one may be given in a year.

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  • Must be a member of AIA Florida for a minimum of ten (10) years and in good standing.
  • Nominations may be made by any AIA Florida­component­or any five (5) members at large.

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The Medal of Honor for Design Award | NO FEE

Honoring an individual architect in Florida who has distinguished themselves, 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 inspiration to colleagues and others. The Medal of Honor for Design is the highest award for design that AIA Florida can bestow on one of its members.

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  • Must be a member of AIA Florida for a minimum of ten (10) years and in good standing.
  • The individual’s work under consideration must extend for ten (10) years or more.
  • Nominations may be made by any AIA Florida­component­or any five (5) members at large.

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The Silver Medal - Hillard T.­­Smith Community Service Award | NO FEE

Honoring an architect whose leadership in community activities and service has been a direct benefit to the profession or community. 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.

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  • Must be a member of AIA Florida and in good standing.
  • The individual’s leadership in a community­exemplifies the intent of this award.
  • Any AIA Florida­component­or individual member may make nominations.

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Firm of the Year | FEE: $225

Honoring outstanding achievement in design, community services, education, service to the architecture profession and the AIA by an architectural firm. The firm should have a demonstrated history of a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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  • The firm must be an AIA Florida Firm member and in good standing.
  • Projects, accomplishments, and service submitted must reflect ten (10) years or more.
  • The firm must have been under the direction of substantially the same principal or principals for ten (10) years or more.

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The Anthony “Tony” Pullara Individual Award | NO FEE

Honoring an AIA Florida member for outstanding service to AIA Florida which is over and above that normally required of a member of the AIA.

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  • Must be a member of AIA Florida and in good standing.
  • Any AIA Florida­component­or individual member may make nominations.

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The Anthony “Tony” Pullara Chapter Award | NO FEE

Honoring­components­that 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.

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  • All AIA Florida­components are encouraged to submit information on programs that target their areas of public awareness/outreach, political effectiveness, and membership development.
  • Guidelines for submittal may be requested from the AIA Florida office.

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William G. McMinn, FAIA Award for Outstanding Architectural Education Contributions | NO FEE

Honoring an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architectural education that 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 and whose teaching and values have inspired the young men and women who will ultimately shape our environment as architects.

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  • Must be a member of AIA Florida and in good standing.
  • Must be a current or former member of the faculty of an accredited school of architecture in the state of Florida and an­educator for at least five years.
  • Any AIA Florida­component­or individual member may make nominations.

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Associate Member of the Year | NO FEE

Honoring an associate member whose leadership, activities, and service to AIA Florida have been a direct benefit to the profession.

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  • Must be a member of AIA Florida, in good standing, and not licensed at the time of nomination.
  • Any AIA Florida­component­or individual member may make nominations.

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The Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award | NO FEE

Honoring­an 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.

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  • May be any person who is not an architect.
  • Any AIA Florida component or individual member may make nominations.
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Allied Member of the Year | NO FEE

Honoring an individual that is an AIA Florida 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.­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.

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  • Any Allied member of AIA Florida in good standing.
  • Any AIA Florida component or individual member may make nominations.

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The Charles W. Clary, FAIA Government Service Award | NO FEE

Honoring­an 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.

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  • Any architect member of AIA Florida in good standing.
  • Any AIA Florida component or individual member may make nominations.

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Photographer of the Year | NO FEE

The Photographer of the Year 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 before when the nominee is being considered.

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  • To recognize the talent in our state, the immediate past recipient is ineligible.
  • Any AIA Florida component or individual member may make nominations.

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Builder of the Year | NO FEE

The Builder of the Year award recognizes a company or firm in Florida who has exemplified a sincere and genuine interest in encouraging and affecting outstanding craftsmanship and workmanship and a substantial body of work.

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  • Must be an AIA Florida member or AIA Florida Allied member, in good standing.
  • The company may be a general contractor, subcontractor, manufacturer, etc. and licensed in Florida.
  • The immediate past recipient is ineligible.
  • Any AIA Florida component or individual member may make nominations.

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Object Award | NO FEE

The Object Award recognizes the design of an ‘object’ by members of AIA Florida which demonstrate a level of invention, creativity, and craftsmanship beyond the constraints of space or cost restrictions, as well as excellence in design. Entries will be judged for the success with which it meets the individual project program, intent, and requirements.

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  • Must be an AIA Florida member or AIA Student (AIAS) member in good standing

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