The American Institute of Architects Richmond was founded in 1976.

2020 Call for Entries: Design Awards

AIA Richmond invites your participation in the 2020 Honors and Awards Program. The Honors & Awards Committee encourages every chapter member to enter as many projects as possible.

The entry deadline has been extended. New deadline is pending.

Enter online.

All entries must be the work of AIA Richmond members (either AIA members or Associate AIA members) who are currently members in good standing. All design entries shall be projects executed by firms located in AIA Richmond.  Any entry that is not the sole design responsibility of the submitter must be properly credited. Associate members must clearly identify their role in the design process, as they cannot be listed as the “architect of record.”

Location of the project is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed after January 1, 2015. Un-built works of which design work was completed after January 1, 2015 will be considered for recognition as well. Un-built projects must be work commissioned by a client, as opposed to hypothetical works completed in the mode of research or academic training. Projects that have previously won awards, other than from AIA Richmond, are eligible for recognition.

This program is not a competition but recognition of projects that a jury appointed by the Chapter Honors Committee deems to have achieved excellence in architecture; therefore, there are no submittal classifications, number of awards to be given, nor detailed criteria in the Chapter’s intent. The jurors are free to move in any direction and confer as many awards as they see fit. The firm or organization of record and owner of each winning entry will each receive a certificate of the award. Awards will be presented at the AIA Richmond Honors and Awards Program, which will be during Architecture Month on April 30, 2020. 

All materials must be submitted through an online submission form. All electronic materials shall be submitted in PDF files in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page size format and not exceeding 15 MB. Each submittal shall contain two PDF documents with the following, in the order given below:

First PDF (“Concealed Identification File”)

  • Shall contain a 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet listing the following information:
  • Name of project
  • Name, address, email address and phone number of entering member
  • Names of project team responsible for the design and name(s) of firm(s) or organization(s) of record
  • Names identifying each discipline and address of all project consultants
  • Name, address, email address of general contractor or builder
  • Name, address, email address and phone number of owner and their project representative
  • Name of photographer (required for publication)

Second PDF (“Submission File”)

  • WILL NOT EXCEED 15 MB and be 8.5×11 in SIZE
  • MAXIMUM of 10 Pages
  • Page 1: A concise, one page project information sheet stating project name, project address, date of completion, building type, owner’s program, site description including any other significant physical parameters, a factual statement of design, project budget, and final cost. Do not include the design firm’s name or logo.
  • Pages 2-10: 8 1/2″ x 11″ drawings (which may be freehand) and photographs:
    • Site Plan
    • Floor Plans of all Principal Floors
    • Building Sections and/or details (where informative)
    • Photographs showing all exterior elevations which may reasonably be seen by a viewer circumnavigating the project
    • Interior Photographs

NOTE: No information identifying the submitting designer or firm may appear in the Submission File.

Each entrant shall provide a registration fee of $50.00 for each project to be entered, payable by credit card, when the project is submitted. This fee, which provides partial support for the AIA Richmond’s Awards Program, is non-refundable. 

All completed online submissions must be received by the Chapter, at the address listed below, no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020. Entries received after that hour and date will not be eligible for consideration.

Award recipients will be featured in the Chapter’s quarterly newsletter and on the Chapter website.

Winners shall provide high-resolution images of their projects within two weeks of notification.

By submitting a project, each entrant unequivocally clears the project and all images and content submitted for reproduction and publication with all copyright permission to AIA Richmond, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for use in promotion and public awareness of the Honors and Awards Program. Owner’s restrictions, if any, must be noted on the information sheet.

Please forward all inquiries to:
AIA Richmond Design Awards Committee
c/o AIA Richmond, Attn: Rachel Shelton, AIA
2201 West Broad Street, Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23220

AIA Richmond’s Honors and Awards program is sponsored by:
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Crossroads Art Center
Pella Windows & Doors


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