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Maryland AIA Chapters - Excellence in Design Awards 2016
The Maryland AIA Chapter Design Awards programs are designed to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement; to honor the architectural team, their clients and consultants who work together to improve the built environment; to demonstrate the breadth of services architects provide; and to raise public consciousness of the Architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence.
To choose the Awards Program you are applying to, click on the relevant Chapter name in the Navigation Tool Bar above. You may fare better accessing the portal using the Google Chrome browser; Internet Explorer can sometimes be problematic.
If you've previously submitted a project, you have an account and will be able to login with those credentials. If you have not, you will automatically establish an account when you create an entry application for the first time by clicking on the designated link on the chapter's awards landing page.
All submission forms, file uploads and payment fees will be handled through this site. After creating an entry application, you may begin working on your forms and uploading the required files. You can save your work as you go and return to the site as often as needed, but all submission materials and entry fee payments must be completed and submitted by the submission deadline. Once an entry application is completed for a particular project, that entire project submission may then be submitted to another chapter awards program without any key re-entry or re-uploads. Simply check the box, "I Want to Submit This Submission To Another Category" on the last page of the submission form before finalizing to submit the completed entry to another component's program. All entry materials and payment must be submitted online by each chapter's submission deadline.
All Maryland AIA Chapters awards programs are open for submissions.
- All information will be used as entered on the website gallery and for publication. Please be thorough and consistent in completing your field entries and double-check for spelling errors.
- Use N/A or other appropriate text in fields that are mandatory if there is no info or it's not pertinent to your project.
Tips for Creating Strong Awards Entries:
- Watch this uncut 2015 Jury video on YouTube with valuable tips on preparing an appealing submission. (26:53 min) See also AIA DC’s ‘Winning 101’ resource on design awards and competition entries.
- Consider investing in photography - it really can make or break a project. Use a professional photographer if possible. Starting and ending with good photography is key for a great presentation of the project. Images That Inspire: Great Photography Pays for Itself
- Visit the Excellence in Design Awards 2015 Gallery for project examples
- Include photographs, drawings, floor plans, elevations, sections, renderings and graphic images as necessary to provide a clear understanding of the extent and quality of the finished project.
- Include details: interiors, details, secondary and tertiary views or sides.
- Let the images tell the story as narratives rarely live up to the architecture. Brevity helps clarity.
- Find ways in which particular solutions can be clearly represented – that are transformational and intrinisic to the design proposal.
- Show the process of getting to the refined, final result – how the architect went through the design process in order to get where they were. Represent the creative thought process.
- Strong conceptual clarity is important. How did the architect take various programmatic concerns and look beyond straightforward solutions to create exceptional, innovative design responses?
- Renovations, restorations, additions and conversions should present “before” and “after” photographs. For projects involving changes to existing structures, documentation of original conditions is highly recommended. Include process sketches that communicate the development of the project and/or its construction.
- Indicate the project’s physical context or site character through graphics and/or imagery.
- Unbuilt projects should include floor plans, elevations, sections, renderings, graphic images, and/or site plans as necessary to provide a clear understanding of the project. If client-commissioned, include photos of the site location.
► I will be submitting three projects. Should I complete three registration forms? Yes, you will need to complete three separate entry applications.
► Can I include the project name in the project PDF? Yes, you can—just make sure you don’t identify the submitting firm or designer. Submissions are to remain anonymous.
► What happens if I exceed the 10MB file limit? You will be asked once to reduce the size of the file and resubmit your project.
► How will I know my submission has been received? Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.
► What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details? First, check your junk mail folder - the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail there. If you don't find it in your junk mail folder, please contact the chapter program admin for assistance.
► Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session? No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the applicable program deadline date by 11:59pm EDT.
► Can I revise my submission after I've hit the "Save and Finalize" button? Yes, but you will need to ask the program's admin person to make the changes for you or to allow you to make the changes yourself through the portal.
► Can we submit a few days late? No. In the interest of fairness to all participants, no late entries will be accepted.
► How will our PDF be viewed? Jurors will view projects on both small (laptops) and large screens. As long as your images are web-ready (150 dpi), there will be no loss of fidelity.