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The AIA Florida Design & Honor Awards call for entries includes Design Awards, the Test of Time Award and Honor Awards.

The entry fee for each award is listed below. The early bird discount ends February 9. Registrations will be accepted until March 8. Fees are non-refundable.

Once the form and fee is received, submission requirements and forms will be sent to the email address included with your entry form within two (2) business days.

Submissions are due March 18.

If you have questions, visit the ­FAQ­ or contact ­­­designawards@aiafla.org.

­DESIGN AWARDS


DESIGN AWARDS ELIGIBILITY

For purposes of the design awards program, the definition of a licensed architect is a person who is registered to practice architecture in the Florida, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Submitters are encouraged to carefully review each design award category for additional eligibility requirements.

  • Entries, other than Theoretical & Research and Object Award, must be architectural projects designed by licensed architects at the time of design. Projects must be submitted by architects of record, design architect or architect in a contractual relationship with the client in the case of unbuilt design. The submitting architect must be a member of AIA Florida, AIA Puerto Rico or AIA Virgin Islands and have offices within Florida, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. If there is more than one architect involved in the project, permission must be obtained by both the architect of record and design architect to submit the project or design for consideration.

  • Projects submitted may be located anywhere in the world. Projects submitted in all categories other than Unbuilt and Theoretical & Research categories must be built and have been completed within the immediate past five calendar years.

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Unbuilt Award­ - Fee $125 ($150 after Feb. 9)

The Unbuilt Award recognizes outstanding examples of recent, initially 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. Submissions for the Unbuilt Award must meet the following requirements:

  • Projects must have been designed within the immediate past five calendar years from the entry deadline.

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

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

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

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Masonry Award -­ Fee $125 ($150 after Feb. 9)

The purpose of the Masonry Award is to bring recognition to architects based on the technical and creative use of masonry in meeting aesthetic and functional design challenges. Submissions for the Masonry Award must meet the following requirements:

  • Architectural projects of all sizes and classifications are eligible 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

The Theoretical & Research Award recognizes work by:

(1) Students who are members of AIA Students (AIAS) and enrolled in an accredited architectural degree program in Florida, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands or;

(2) Members of AIA Florida, AIA Puerto Rico or the AIA Virgin Islands including architects, associates, and interns. The entrant must designate whether the project is academic, competition entry or theoretical/research.

The Theoretical & Research Award is separated into two categories with the following criteria:

STUDENT

Entries must be projects that are academic (executed under the supervision of at least one professor of a NAAB-accredited architectural program in Florida, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands) 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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Historic Preservation & Restoration Award - Fee $125 ($150 after Feb. 9)

AIA Florida recognizes the value of architecture from the past.. We honor the story they tell of our aspirations, culture, craft, technology, history, creativity, sustainability and use of materials. The Historic Award’s purpose is to recognize excellence in efforts to preserve, rehabilitate, restore and reconstruct those structures that have stood the test of time.

The categories of work that qualify for recognition include:

Preservation is defined as the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of an historic property. Work, including preliminary measures to protect and stabilize the property, generally focuses upon the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a preservation project. However, new exterior additions are not within the scope of this treatment. The Standards for Preservation require retention of the greatest amount of historic fabric along with the building’s historic form.

Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values. The Rehabilitation Standards acknowledge the need to alter or add to a historic building to meet continuing or new uses while retaining the building’s historic character.

Restoration is defined as the act or process of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a restoration project. The Restoration Standards allow for the depiction of a building at a particular time in its history by preserving materials, features, finishes, and spaces from its period of significance and removing those from other periods.

Reconstruction is defined as the act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location. The Reconstruction Standards establish a limited framework for recreating a vanished or non-surviving building with new materials, primarily for interpretive purposes.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Projects must have been completed within five years of the submission deadline.

  • Projects submitted in previous years that were not selected to receive an award may be updated and resubmitted.

  • Qualifying projects include historical structures of any age that are on, or determined eligible for, national, state or local historical registers or inventories, such as the National Register of Historic Places, Florida Register of Historical Resources, state historical landmarks, state points of historical interest, and city or county registers, inventories or surveys of historical or architecturally significant sites, places or landmarks.

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Award of Excellence - Fee $125 ($150 after Feb. 9)

The Award of Excellence recognizes design that elevates the human experience while addressing the project’s practical needs. Submissions for the Award of Excellence must meet the following requirements:

  • 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.

  • Eligible projects include built projects of all sizes and classifications including single buildings, groups of buildings, parks and plazas, historic preservations, additions, remodeling, renovations, adaptive re-use, and interiors.

The Award of Excellence is separated into five categories with the following criteria:

  1. Interiors

  2. New Work

  3. Pro Bono

  4. Renovations & Additions

  5. Sustainability (demonstrates excellence in striving to achieve the AIA Design Excellence Framework)

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Object Award - Fee $0

The Object Award recognizes the design of an “object” by members of AIA Florida or AIA students which demonstrate 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. There shall be no registration fee for the Object Award.

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

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Test of Time Award - Fee $125 ($150 after Feb. 9)

The Test of Time Award recognizes distinguished works of architecture after a period of 25 years in which the function, aesthetic statement, and execution can be reassessed. Further, the award recognizes works that, by the timelessness of their design, have influenced that building or building type.

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

  • Eligible projects must have been designed by an architect and located in Florida, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • The entry must be prepared and submitted by a member or local AIA component in Florida, Puerto Rico or U.S. 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 maybe 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.

  • It is anticipated that the Test of Time Award is bestowed upon only one project per year. However, at the jury's discretion, an additional Merit award may be given to another exemplary project worthy of an award.

  • The architect will be recognized as applicable.

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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 AIA Florida, 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.

  • Must be a member of AIA Florida for a minimum of ten (10) years and in good standing.

  • Required nomination may be made by any local AIA Florida­ component­ or 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.

  • 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.

  • Required nomination may be made by any local AIA Florida­ component­ or 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.

  • Must be a member of AIA Florida and in good standing.

  • The individual’s leadership in a community ­exemplifies the intent of this award.

  • Any local AIA Florida­ component­ or individual member may make the required nomination.

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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.

  • 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 AIA Service 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.

  • Must be a member of AIA Florida and in good standing.

  • Any local AIA Florida­ component­ or individual member may make the required nomination.

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The Anthony “Tony” Pullara Chapter Award | NO FEE

Honoring­ components ­that strive to exceed Core Member Services as established by AIA and its members’ expectations, particularly in the areas of Public Awareness/Outreach, Political Effectiveness, and Membership Development.

  • All AIA Florida­ components are encouraged to submit information on programs that target their areas of public awareness/outreach, political effectiveness, and membership development.

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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.

  • 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 local AIA Florida ­component­ or individual member may make the required nomination.

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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.

  • Must be a member of AIA Florida, in good standing, and not licensed at the time of nomination.

  • Any local AIA Florida ­component­ or individual member may make the required nomination.

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The Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award | NO FEE

Honoring­ 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.

  • May be any person who is not an architect.

  • Any local AIA Florida component or individual member may make the required nomination.
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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.

  • Any Allied member of AIA Florida in good standing.

  • Any local AIA Florida component or individual member may make the required nomination.

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

Honoring ­an 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.

  • Any architect member of AIA Florida in good standing.

  • Any AIA Florida component or individual member may make the required nomination.

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AIA Florida Honor Award for Social Advancement of the Profession

The AIA Florida Honor Award for Social Advancement­ of the Profession­ recognizes an individual or firm in Florida who through their efforts have brought about positive change towards social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue promoting equity, diversity, inclusiveness through architecture or related activities that positively impact the profession to create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive profession.

  • Must be a member of AIA Florida for a minimum of five (5) years and in good standing for an individual nominee or a current AIA Florida firm member in good standing for a firm nominee.

  • The required nomination may be made by any AIA Florida component or any five (5) AIA Florida members at large that are in good standing.

The AIA Florida Honor Award for Social Advancement­ of the Profession­ Award will be conferred by the AIA Florida board of directors until at least three (3) members have been named recipients of the AIA Florida Honor Award for Social Advancement­ of the Profession­ Award Once there are three (3) previous recipients, the jury will be chaired by the most recent award recipient. The Design & Honor Awards Chair/immediate past president will appoint minimum five (5) person jury with consideration given to prior award recipients.

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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.

  • ­To recognize the talent in our state, the immediate past recipient is ineligible.

  • Any local 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.

  • ­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 local AIA Florida component or individual member may make the required nomination.

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