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2015 call for entries

Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 6:00PM on Monday, May 4, 2015. 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, as upload times will likely be much quicker. AIA|DC staff will be available until 4:00pm on May 4 to assist you. If you experience difficulties after 4:00pm on May 4 and require assistance the next day, a late fee will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.

Please click here to begin your submission.
 

OBJECTIVES
To encourage excellence in local residential architecture, the WASHINGTONIAN magazine and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) announce the 34th 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 and in ArchitectureDC. 

ELIGIBILITY
The program is open to all registered architects. Projects must be executed residential works of architecture completed after January 1, 2010, 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, or 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, dormitories and emergency shelter 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.

AWARDS
There are five types of awards based on five submission categories:

  • General Category: For distinctive residential architecture--most projects

  • Small Projects: For distinctive residential projects with budgets less than $300,000

  • Kitchen/ Bath: For exceptional projects limited to kitchens or baths

  • Details: For exceptional details

PROJECTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ONLY ONE CATEGORY! 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.

JURY
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 composition of each jury is at the Chapter’s discretion and shall not be subject to review. The jury shall have the sole authority to determine whether and how many awards shall be awarded.

This year's jury includes:

·         Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, Koning Eizenberg Architecture

·         Russell Windham, Curtis & Windham Architects

·         Warren Schwartz, FAIA, Schwartz/Silver Architects

WINNER REQUIREMENTS
Judging shall take place in Washington, DC, in June 2015. Most of the winning projects will be featured in an issue of the WASHINGTONIAN with a short article and photographs of the projects. Certificates will be presented to the winners. All winners will also appear in an issue of ArchitectureDC Magazine and be part of an exhibit in the SIGAL and/or Sorg Galleries of the District Architecture Center. 

RELEASES
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.

CREDIT
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 architecture presents 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.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 6:00PM on Monday, May 4, 2015. 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, as upload times will likely be much quicker.

AIA|DC staff will be available until 4:00pm on May 4 to assist you. If you experience difficulties after 4:00pm on May 4 and require assistance the next day, a late fee will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.

Fees:

 

AIA|DC members

Other AIA members

Non-members

General

$160

$185

$250

Small Projects

$125

$185

$250

Kitchen/ Bath

$125

$185

$250

Details

$125

$185

$250

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS
The submission process is entirely online. You will be asked many required questions about people on the team, the photographer, the completion date etc. Following those questions you will have the opportunity to upload a file. The file must be a PDF of 6MB or less. Files may incorporate multiple pages. Pages may include photographs, drawings, sketches and/or text. 

Names, logos or other identifying marks in other areas of the images or project name/description may be cause for disqualification. 

QUESTIONS
Please contact Katie Spencer at kspencer@aiadc.com or 202-347-9403.

 

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