All submissions are due by 6:00 PM on August 3, 2015. AIA|DC staff will be available until 4PM that day to assist you. If you experience difficulties after 4PM and require assistance the next day, a late fee will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.
For each Chapter Award submission we are encouraging submitters to provide the following information about SUSTAINABILITY design strategies and outcomes within the project. Projects will NOT be disqualified if this information is not submitted.
Sustainable Design Intent and Innovation: Describe how these strategies are integrated within the project's overall design goals. Include metrics, diagrams, and illustrations to support these design strategies. To the extent possible information should include AIA metrics, LEED metrics, energy, community connectivity, materials, and water.
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Submissions may not display the firm name or other identifying information. Submittals that don’t conform to this longstanding requirement will be disqualified.
The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) Awards Program recognizes excellence in the categories of architecture, interior architecture, historic resources and urban design/master planning. The program not only demonstrates the value of good design, but also illustrates the wide variety of services performed by architects. It is conducted independently of other awards programs sponsored by the national American Institute of Architects and other AIA components.
The program is open to all registered architects. The architect(s) submitting a given project must be (a) member(s) of the design team responsible for it, though not necessarily the head of that team. Project eligibility depends on the status of the submitting architect(s), as follows:
• Any registered architect who is a member (assigned or unassigned) of AIA|DC may submit any architecture, interior architecture, or historic resources project(s) completed or urban design/master planning project(s) initiated after January 1, 2010.
• Any registered architect who is a member of another AIA chapter or who is not a member of the Institute may submit any architecture, interior architecture or historic resources project completed after January 1, 2010 located within Washington, DC, or urban design/master planning project initiated after January 1, 2010, located within Washington, DC.
In instances for architecture, interior architecture and historic resources, “completed” shall be understood to mean “substantially completed” as defined in standard AIA documents governing construction.
For urban design/master planning, “initiated” shall be understood to mean a completed project, incomplete project, unimplemented or ongoing project where a significant portion has been completed, implemented or adopted by a local jurisdiction, authority or university/college or private client. Unimplemented urban design/master planning projects must have an actual, identifiable client and must not be student academic projects or competitions.
Please note that the entry fee varies depending upon the entrant’s AIA membership status. If a project was given an award in the Architecture, Interior Architecture or Historic Resources categories in previous years, it is no longer eligible to be considered in any of those categories in this or future awards programs. If a master plan project was given an award in the Urban Design / Master Planning category in previous years, that project is no longer eligible to be considered in this or future awards programs. However, individual buildings in an urban design / master plan may be submitted under the architecture or historic resources category if not previously awarded as noted above.
If you have any questions about the eligibility requirements please contact the AIA|DC. AIA|DC shall have the sole authority to verify that eligibility requirements have been met.
The awards program is divided into four categories that shall be judged separately. A project can be entered in only one category. Submission guidelines for each category are similar but not the same. The 2014 Chapter Awards Program submission categories are:
The most general category, encompassing entirely new structures, most additions, and projects involving significant changes to existing buildings.
• Interior Architecture
Projects primarily involving the design of interior spaces.
• Historic Resources
Pure preservation or restoration, adaptive reuse of existing structures whose overall architectural character is maintained, sympathetic additions to historic structures, and replication or re-construction of damaged or destroyed structures or element thereof.
• Urban Design/Master Planning
Urban design projects, planning projects, municipal master plans, civic improvements, civic design, private development plans, campus plans, environmental programs, redevelopment projects, transportation plans that have a significant urban design or master planning component. Urban design/master planning projects should not be individual buildings. Elements of outreach, community involvement and of universal design are also encouraged in projects and should be noted in the submission.
A project may be submitted in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, Historic Resources OR Urban Design/Master Planning category; it may not be submitted in more than one of these categories.
Projects submitted in any of the four categories may be eligible for a Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design, Urban Catalyst, or Universal Design. These citations are completely at the discretion of the President. If you would like your project considered for any or all of these, please indicate so and follow the additional submission criteria shown below.
JURY & AWARDS
The jury shall have the sole authority to determine which and how many awards are justified in each category. No minimum or maximum number of awards has been established. Projects shall be considered on their own merits regardless of size, scope or cost. The jury’s decisions shall be final and not subject to review.
There shall be three jurors for each submission category. No juror shall be from the Washington area, and each shall be a qualified judge in his/her own right. Although most jurors shall be practicing architects, some may be primarily employed as historians, educators, critics, urban designers, planners or preservationists. Jurors shall be selected and/or approved by the Executive Committee of the Washington Chapter/AIA. Each jury’s composition is at the Chapter’s discretion and shall not be subject to review.
The jury shall have the sole authority to determine which and how many awards are justified in each category. No minimum or maximum number of awards has been established. Projects shall be considered on their own merits regardless of size, scope or cost. Generally two types of awards are given, an Award of Merit or an Award of Excellence, excellence being the higher honor. It is completely at an individual jury’s discretion to determine what awards are given. The jury’s decisions shall be final and not subject to review.
The Awards Jury will take place on October 1, 2015.
In addition to the four awards categories, your submission may also be eligible for additional accolades:
Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design
To be considered for this honor your submission must describe the sustainable strategies integrated into the project and to the extent possible include such items as AIA metrics, LEED metrics, energy, community connectivity, materials, and water.
Presidential Citation for Urban Catalyst
To be considered for this honor, your submission must describe how the project enlivens the streetscape and/or is a catalyst in the development of an area or neighborhood.
Presidential Citation for Universal Design
To be considered for this honor, your submission must describe how the project integrates universal design elements creatively and effectively into the design, and may include accessibility elements such as ramps, signage, landscaping; elements such as hardware, lifts, or other elements. Universal Design is a framework for the design of places, things, information and communication and policy to be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations without special or separate design.
Presidential Citation for Design and Wellbeing
To be considered for this honor, your submission must describe how the project seeks to promote health, activity and well-being by incorporating design strategies for safety, social connectedness, environmental quality, sensory environments, physical activity and access to natural systems.
AIA|DC Members: $185 per submission
Other AIA Members: $215 per submission
Non-members: $320 per submission
Please note that all fees are non-refundable.
Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 6:00 PM on August 3, 2015. AIA|DC staff will be available until 4PM that day to assist you. If you experience difficulties after 4PM and require assistance the next day, a late fee will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.
Binders, disks or other forms of entry will not be accepted. We strongly advise you to upload your submission a day or so before the deadline. Upload times will likely be much quicker.
Drawings, photographs, and other graphic material as follows:
A. Photographs and/or drawings showing, in so far as pertinent and possible, each exposed exterior façade of the project, plus any additional exterior views necessary to describe completely the extent and quality of the finished project. Insofar as pertinent the submission should include each room of the project plus any additional interior views necessary to describe completely the extent and quality of the finished project. Exterior views are optional for the Interior Architecture category. Photographs showing the site or immediate context before the project’s construction are advised for entries in the Historic Resources Category.
B. Site plans, building plans and sections as necessary to describe the project. For projects involving changes to existing structures, documentation of the original conditions is required.
C. For Urban Design/Master Planning –Plans, context, diagrams, renderings, photographs, and associated text documentation as necessary to describe the project or program. For projects involving changes to existing context, documentation of the original conditions is requested as part of the submission.
Note that you will have the ability to upload one PDF of 6MB or less. The PDF may contain multiple images and/or pages. Each page may contain more than one image as well.
Firms or individuals in joint ventures or other cooperative endeavors must coordinate efforts to produce a single entry for a given project. All persons or firms substantially contributing to the design of the project must be given due credit, regardless of their professional disciplines. It is incumbent upon the submitting architect to provide a complete list of all participants substantially contributing to the design of the project, regardless of professional discipline. By submitting a project for consideration, the submitting architect represents and warrants to AIA|DC that he or she has provided a complete list. Failure to provide a complete list may result in disqualification and/or a referral of the matter to the appropriate ethics body of the national office of AIA. AIA|DC accepts no responsibility for incomplete lists. Interested persons are referred to AIA|DC’s “Awards Credits Policies,” which are:
• AIA|DC relies upon the submitting architect to provide us with a complete list of all participants substantially contributing to the design of the project, regardless of professional discipline. A project may be disqualified and an award voided if this requirement is not followed. The Chapter disclaims responsibility for erroneous or incomplete information.
• If a dispute arises regarding the possible omission of a participant who substantially contributed to the design of a project, regardless of professional discipline, the Chapter may contact the submitting architect regarding the dispute. While the Chapter does not adjudicate such disputes, the Chapter may suggest to the submitting architect that he or she informally resolve the dispute with the complaining person(s).
If such resolution is impossible, AIA|DC may require the submitting architect to list all participants substantially contributing to the design of the project, regardless of professional discipline, with a brief description of each such participant’s exact role, and, failing compliance, AIA|DC may disqualify the project.
• By submitting a project for consideration, the submitting architect agrees to hold harmless the Chapter, its agents, employees, and members, for any and all liabilities, claims, and/or expenses of any kind what so ever arising from this contest or from any claims of third parties as to claims of entitlement of credit.
Although every reasonable precaution shall be taken in handling submitted material, the Chapter shall not be held responsible for loss of, or damage to, any submission.
REQUIREMENTS FOR WINNERS
Acceptance of an award shall constitute an agreement by the entrant to authorize AIA|DC to reproduce any of the material described above for publicity purposes, and an agreement to indemnify and hold the Chapter harmless in connection with such materials.