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2019 Design Awards Registration Due for Call For Entries


The Design Award registration and nomination forms, along with entry fees, are due July 1, 2019.  Submission is due by August 1, 2019., click here for printable PDF version.   The entry fee does not include the cost to attend the Award Gala. 

FEES (per entry):

$200 for AIA members
$100 for Associate Chapter Members
$300 for non-members
$25 per student submission


The 2019 Design Awards Program will honor projects exhibiting excellence in design. Program goals are to recognize local architects who have made a positive aesthetic and social contribution to the built environment, and as a result have increased public awareness of quality architectural design.


To achieve these goals, the Design Awards review criteria will include the following:

  • Clear program statements and resolution

  • Synthesis of building, site and context

  • Design excellence


Completed or unbuilt work by a licensed architect, associate AIA member, or firm working in an office located within the chapter area. In the case of firms with multiple offices - the office based within the chapter area must have been the primary office producing the work. The work must have been completed between January 2016 and August 2019. There is no limit to the number of projects submitted and applicants are encouraged to submit as many projects as desired.


  • REGISTRATION DUE: July 1, 2019

  • SUBMISSIONS DUE: August 1, 2019

  • JURY REVIEW: August 2019

  • AWARDS PRESENTATION: October 16, 2019

  • PR NOTICES October 2019

Please contact Valerie Brown at the Chapter Office, for questions or for sponsorship opportunities.


Entries shall be submitted in one of the following categories, which are intended to be inclusive of new construction, additions or alterations, and unbuilt work. If you feel your submission does not fit into a single category, please proceed with your submission and the committee members and/or jury members will place your entry into a category. The number of awards granted shall be at the sole discretion of the jury. Additionally, based on their review of the submissions, the jury may decide that awards not be granted in every category.

  • Commercial / Corporate

  • Institutional - Education, Medical, Religious

  • Interior Architecture

  • Municipal/ Community/ Planning

  • Residential-Single Family (new construction / alteration and additions)

  • Residential-Multi-Family (new construction / alteration and additions)

  • Historic Restoration / Adaptive Re-use


The jury has the option of selecting projects within specific areas of excellence for special awards.  Special award categories might include:

  • Preservation and Sustainability

  • Research

  • Lighting

  • Work by emerging professionals


Each entry shall be submitted digitally, and shall include:

  • SUBMISSION PDF: contains the confidential anonymous entry submission for jury review.

  • IDENTIFICATION FORM PDF: contains project and team identification, and a brief description for presentation and publication.

  • MARKETING IMAGES: 3 - 5 high resolution project images.


  • Identify this PDF as “SUB-Project Name”. “Project name” is the actual name of your project.

  • The Submission PDF shall include no logos or text identifying the submitter.

  • The first page of the Submission PDF shall include the Project Information Sheet which shall include “Project Name”, “Short Project Summary”, “Project Type”, “Project Square Footage”, “Project Budget”, “Completion Date” and “Zoning Constraints.”

  • The first or second page of the Submission PDF shall be included on the Project Narrative Sheet, which shall describe the project goals, solutions, and accomplishments. The project Narrative shall not exceed 300 words.

  • The submission PDF shall be formatted as a single document/ file, with multiple pages. The number of pages in the Submission PDF is at the discretion of the entrant. However, over 20 pages is discouraged.

  • The maximum size for the Submission PDF file shall be 20MB.

  • Submission graphics shall be at the discretion of the entrant. However, as applicable, the submission should include the following: site plan, floor plan(s), elevations, photographs (built projects), and site context photographs. Site and/or building sections are recommended.

  • Photography credit may remain on photographs. Where authorship is not indicated on the images or would compromise anonymity, list credits in the IDENTIFICATION FORM.


  • Each entrant shall be sent a link to an uploadable Identification Form and a dropbox link upon registration. The entrant shall complete all applicable sections of the form and upload the saved completed form with their submission.


  • Include 3 to 5 images that best capture the essence of the submission. Images shall be in JPEG (.jpg) format, with a minimum image size of 2000 x 3000 pixels, and a maximum file size of 2MB each. Include photography credits for each photograph.


  • Instructions shall be provided to post entries to a shared cloud folder for each entrant.


The Design Awards jury shall be comprised of a panel of architects from another regional AIA chapter. The jury shall review projects based on the program outline, criteria, and rules as described herein. By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the judges. Any dispute regarding these rules or awards will be resolved by the jury and the executive committee of the AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley, and their decision shall be final. New for 2019: A maximum of three (3) awards shall be granted to a single applicant.


Design award registration can be completed at the chapter website: Mark your calendar - Submissions due July 1, 2019. The entry fee does not include the cost to attend the Award Gala.