Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 4:55 p.m. on April 2, 2012. Please register and submit here.
To encourage excellence in local residential architecture, Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) announce the 31st annual Washingtonian Residential Design Awards Program. Distinctive residential projects, regardless of size or classification, will be recognized on the basis of excellence in total design, including aesthetics, programmatic response and sustainability. Public attention and acclaim will be focused on the winning submissions through coverage in the Washingtonian.
The program is open to all registered architects. Projects must be executed residential works of architecture completed after January 1, 2007, and must be located within the Washington DC Standard Metropolitan Area (SMA) as defined below:
The District of Columbia
Maryland: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick, Calvert, and Charles counties
Virginia: Arlington, Clark, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Warren and Loudon counties; the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park.
West Virginia: Jefferson County
Projects outside the SMA also are eligible if they are second homes for owners whose primary residence is within the Washington DC SMA.
Entries may be new construction, remodelings, additions, or adaptive use projects by nature. They may be single family, multifamily, mixed- use. The mixed-use projects are eligible if a minor portion of the work is nonresidential. Mixed-use projects will be judged primarily on their residential quality. Specialized housing, such as for seniors and after natural disasters, are also eligible. Accommodation for universal design will also be considered. Projects that qualify for this program are eligible even if they have been submitted to or have won awards in other programs.
“Award for Distinctive Residential Architecture” shall be the only classification of award and may be given in as many cases or no cases as the jury believes are justified by the quality of the submissions. Projects will be considered on their own merits regardless of size, cost, or scope as well as on a sound comparative basis. The jury’s decisions will be final.
The jury shall be composed of three persons in the fields of design and architecture, and each shall be well qualified in his/her own right. The jury shall be selected and approved by the AIA|DC Executive Committee.
The judging shall take place in Washington DC, in April, 2012. The awards will be announced in the June 2012 issue of the Washingtonian with a short article and photographs of the winning projects. Certificates will be presented to the winners at the Chapter’s annual spring Garden Party on June 7, 2012 at Arena Stage. Winners will also appear in the Summer Issue of ARCHITECTUREDC Magazine. Winners are required to participate in a panel discussion at with architecture and design students at Phelps High School (date to be determined).
The submitting architect shall clear all photographs and drawings for unrestricted release and reproduction in connection with publicity and publication related to the awards program. By submitting the project, the submitting architect represents and warrants that such releases have been obtained. All images and descriptive materials submitted must not be restricted against publication or any other form of publicity. While the name of the photographer will be mentioned anywhere the photo is shown, issued or displayed, the submitting architect is responsible for any royalties, copyrights or photography fees.
The submitting architect must be a member of the design team for the project, though not necessarily the head of the team. When one architect is not the sole author, all other participants substantially contributing to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission and be notified and agree to the presentation prior to the submission, regardless of professional discipline. It is incumbent upon the submitting architect to provide a complete list of all participants substantially contributing to the design of a project. 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 the AIA. AIA|DC accepts no responsibility for incomplete lists. Interested persons are referred to AIA|DC’s “Awards Credits Policies,” copies of which may be obtained by contacting AIA|DC.
Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 4:55 PM on April 2, 2012.
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.
Entry fee per project $100 for AIA|DC Members; $125 for other AIA Members; $175 for non-AIA members. Fees will be charged at the beginning of the process and a credit card must be used.
The submission process is entirely online. You will be asked some required questions about the project and design team, and have the opportunity to upload 5 (five) 2MG PDFs. This is not to be confused with five images or 5 pages. You may upload as many pages or images as you like per file as long as the file is 2MB or less. Any and all identifying information on these images may be cause for disqualification.
An easy way to reduce your file size: The only file format allowed is pdf. The easiest way to reduce your file size is do use the ‘save as’ command in Adobe Acrobat Pro to create an ‘optimized’ pdf. There are also several companies of the web (simply google ‘reduce pdf file size’) that offer compression software, but the ‘save as’ command seems pretty easy and painless.
Please contact Katie Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-347-9403.