AIA ARIZONA CELEBRATE ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
May 15, 2015 – Entry Forms & Fees Due
June 19, 2015 – Submittals Due
June 24, 2015 – Late Entries Due
The AIA Arizona Design Awards program recognizes excellence in design, planning, and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in the State of Arizona.
The intent of the Design Awards program is to honor the highest standards of design in response to user requirements, site, context, climate, and environment. Each entry, regardless of size or classification, is judged individually on the basis of total design merit.
Awards are given the categories of honor, merit, and citation (in order of importance). The jury will decide the type and number of awards. Certificates will be presented to award winning AIA Arizona members in good standing, and their projects will be featured at the Celebrate Architecture Awards Presentation.
Recognize significant achievements in the planning, design, and execution of recent building projects. Submissions will include building data, an architect’s statement and no more than 20 PowerPoint slides. Historic preservation and adaptive re-use projects must include images illustrating before and after conditions.
Un-built Design Award
Recognizes achievement in architectural design for commissioned projects that may or may not be built. Student projects and non-building work – such as industrial or graphic design may not be submitted. Projects must have been commissioned by a client and may include competition entries, urban design schemes, and similar work. Submissions will include building data, an architect’s statement and no more than 20 PowerPoint slides.
Interior Architecture Award
The Interior Architecture category acknowledges outstanding building interiors created by AIA Arizona architect members. The awards program is intended to draw attention to the broad diversity of interior architecture.
Regional & Urban Planning Award
APS Energy Award
Recognizes achievement in energy conservation thru innovation and efficiency, transferability of concepts, integration of project elements, LEED or Energy Star considerations, and architectural/engineering design elements.
SRP Sustainable Award
Recognizes achievement in sustainable design thru innovation and efficiency; transferability of concepts; integration of project elements; architectural/engineering design elements; and response to the local environment.
Awards given by AIA are seen as prestigious honors by architects and affiliated professions. A jury meets each year to select the best candidate for each award. A winner may or may not be selected depending on the submissions. Below, you will find descriptions and eligibility information for each award AIA Arizona presents.
The Affiliate Award
Awarded to the individual AIA Professional Affiliate member who has contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through their membership and participation in their local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Any AIA member, group of members or committee may nominate one Affiliate member for this award. Nominees must be AIA Affiliate members in good standing.
The Architects Medal
The American Institute of Architects Arizona Component may bestow a medal, known as The Arizona Architects Medal, upon members who have advanced the profession of architecture recognizing their outstanding professional achievements and their sense of social responsibility. Nominations for the award may be made by Arizona member chapters or by an individual member or members who may nominate another member. The medal is an honor awarded by the American Institute of Architects Arizona Component. Nominations are juried by the Arizona College of Fellows who will review all nominations that are properly submitted and will determine the number of medals to be awarded each year. The committee may, at its discretion, award or not make an award in any given year. The committee must rely upon the representations made to the committee through the information contained in the nomination form. Therefore, the nominations should be concise but in as much detail as allowed by the form. The nominee’s achievements must be viewed as an advancement of the profession and the socially responsible role that architecture must perform within the greater community. Each nominee’s work and career will be evaluated with special regard to professional and social integrity. Longevity, popularity or diligence alone does not qualify a candidate for nomination. In all cases nominees shall be judged based upon their devotion to the art and craft of architecture, to design integrity and their desire to better the physical environment. Nominees may be considered upon the basis of notable career accomplishments or upon the basis of a single outstanding achievement. A medal will only be awarded to those individuals whose accomplishments have made a significant impact upon the profession of architecture or upon society. The committee may, at its discretion recognize achievements that they deem particularly important but do not qualify or rise to the level of The Arizona Architects Medal.
Past Medal Winners
Principles underlying the award
Architectural Firm of the Year This award recognizes the continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm who have produced distinguished architecture over a period of ten years, and have made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession and their community, and have transcended their local boundaries in making these contributions. Any firm who’s principal, or eligible principals are members of the AIA Arizona OR firms which have their main, or founding, office within the boundaries of the State of Arizona may submit. More than one firm can be nominated for this award; however, only one recipient may be selected within the state per year. Architectural Firm Nomination Disclaimer. An out of state jury reviews this award.
The Associates Award
The Associate Award is given to an Associate member who displays exceptional dedication to the community and built environment through service to the community, to the AIA, and in the quality of work performed professionally. Only individuals who are Associate AIA members in good standing may submit.
Award of Distinction
This award recognizes those individuals or organizations outside the membership of The American Institute of Architects who have recorded, illustrated or contributed to a better understanding and interpretation of awareness of architecture in the State of Arizona. Any person, program or organization that has contributed to the profession of architecture, but are not architects or architectural educators is eligible.
The Client Award
To honor an individual, firm or public institution, which exemplifies the significant contribution of the client to the quality of the built environment through consistent encouragement and support of good design. Individuals, firms and institutions who have commissioned architectural design of any nature, including urban or site planning, the design of buildings or groups of buildings, landscapes or interiors, within Arizona; nominated by an AIA Arizona member, Associate or Affiliate in good standing is eligible.
The Contractor Award
Honors an individual or firm which exemplifies the vital role of the contractor in bringing good design to reality through innovation, technology, craftsmanship, teamwork and dedication. Individuals and/or firms duly licensed as contractors by the State of Arizona, nominated by an AIA Arizona member in good standing are eligible.
The Consultant Award
To honor an individual or firm which exemplifies the vital contribution of the Consultant in the development and realization of good design through innovation,technology, teamwork and dedication to improving the quality of the built environment. Individuals and firms from professional fields of endeavor practicing primarily in consulting roles to architects; such as civil, electrical, geotechnical, mechanical, or structural engineers, graphic and interior designers, landscape architects, planners and urban designers; nominated by an AIA Arizona member in good standing.
The Educator Award
AIA Arizona recognizes the fundamental importance of education in advancing the art and science of design, thus improving the quality of our environment. Further, AIA Arizona is vitally interested in education and lends its full support to public and private schools as they seek to achieve and maintain excellence in architecture and architectural education. AIA Arizona wishes to make this interest tangible by honoring the significant achievements of individuals and academic programs. Individual educators from public or private institutions – primary, secondary, college or university or academic programs are eligible to receive this award.
The Goodwin Award
Honors the collaborative efforts of the architect, contractor and owner of a project that embodies design excellence, exhibits outstanding craftsmanship, and exemplifies teamwork, resulting in a project that serves the owner’s mission functionally, financially and aesthetically. Eligible entries include any work of architecture buildings or building complexes completed since January 1, 2000 and located within the state of Arizona. The project must be designed by an AIA Arizona member in good standing. The contractor shall be a licensed contractor in the State of Arizona.
The Patron Award
This category recognizes the critical role of elected officials, public administrators and community leaders who establish or contribute to the development of laws, regulations, policies or architecture that affects the process and product of architecture, as well as the public’s perception of architecture as an important part of our environment, life-style and heritage. Of particular importance, is recognition of their advocacy for design excellence as a critical issue in the formulation of such policies and the positive evolution of the public’s perception and demand for design quality. Public officials or other individuals who, by their role or advocacy, have furthered the public’s awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence in architecture are eligible. This includes non-architects who, by their support and actions, have significantly influenced or contributed to the promotion of quality design. This award is juried by the AIA Arizona Executive Committee.
Sustainable Architecture Firm of the Year
This award recognizes the continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm who have produced distinguished sustainable architecture over a period of ten years, and have made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession and their community, and have transcended their local boundaries in making these contributions. Any firm who’s principal, or eligible principals are members of the AIA Arizona OR firms which have their main, or founding, office within the boundaries of the State of Arizona. More than one firm can be nominated for this award; however, only one recipient may be selected within the state per year. Disclaimer & Nomination Form. An out of jury reviews this award.
Twenty-five Year Award
This award is to recognize the enduring value of distinguished buildings after a period of time has elapsed, allowing for a re-evaluation of the structure’s aesthetic statement, execution and function. The award is open to all types of buildings and may consist of one structure or a group of structures. Individual members or firms may make nominations. The project must be standing in a substantially completed form, and in good condition.
The AIA10 Award
Recognizes and celebrates young architects who show exceptional leadership in community service, education, design, and/or service to the profession. AIA Arizona members in good standing, registered for less than ten (10) years are eligible.
Recognizes imaginative investigation and creative design that explore the potential of a building product(s). A different building product/manufacturer is chosen each year from within the CSI’s membership and the companies they represent.