2018 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards
Call For Entries - Entry Deadline: September 4, 2018
The annual AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design by AIA Baltimore members and AIA members with projects in AIA Baltimore’s region. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by AIA members are judged by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.
New in 2018 - Social Equity Design Award
New in 2018, the Social Equity Design Award is held in partnership with the Neighborhood Design Center in honor of their 50th anniversary. NDC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 by AIA Baltimore members after Whitney M. Young’s speech at the AIA National Convention. This award recognizes projects that promote social equity and align with NDC's values:
• The more inclusive and community-driven the process, the better the design.
• Healthy places are built with consideration of social justice, environmental sustainability, and the true character of a place and the people who live, work, worship, and do business there.
• Everyone deserves access to good design.
• Well-designed places enhance healthy cultural and democratic life in our neighborhoods.
Interested in submitting a project? See submission criteria. All built projects are eligible for the Social Equity Design Award. There is no additional cost for submitting a project.
Design Awards may be given to built or unbuilt architecture, interior architecture, adaptive reuse, planning, renovation, restoration and urban design projects. Architectural projects eligible for submission include, but are not limited to: details, images of models, building segments and renderings.
- Built/Unbuilt projects designed by AIA Baltimore licensed architect members anywhere in the world. (Exception: Projects considered for Good Design = Good Business must be located in the Greater Baltimore area.)
- Unbuilt projects designed by Associate AIA members of AIA Baltimore.
- Built/Unbuilt projects built in AIA Baltimore’s region designed by AIA members of other chapters.
- Built/Unbuilt projects completed on or after January 1, 2013 and not having previously received an award from AIA Baltimore.
There is no limit to the number of projects that may be entered by a firm and all materials included in submissions must be cleared for public reproduction. Entries must be submitted jointly by the architect and client and must credit all members of the design and construction team. When partnerships or professional corporations are submitting, at least one principal must be a member of AIA Baltimore. If an architect of a firm is not the sole designer of the project or has been a member of a joint venture team, all participants contributing substantially to the design must be given credit, regardless of professional discipline.
- AIA Architect Members: $125 per project entry
- Assoc. AIA Members: $45 per project entry (Unbuilt only)
Tuesday, September 4, 2018: Submissions and Entry Fees are due by 11:59pm EDT. Entrants will submit all entry forms and uploads and then submit the entry fee payment to complete the submission. Entry fee payments may be made by credit card in the awards submission portal when the project is ready for final submission. No late entries will be accepted!
September 2018: Jury Review
Friday, October 19, 2018: Design Awards Celebration at Center Stage.
Awards and Judging
- Commercial/ Industrial
- Multi-family / Mixed Use
- K-12 Education
- Higher Education
- Cultural / Institutional
- Residential Design Award (See criteria)
- Unbuilt Architecture Award (See criteria)
- Professional (AIA)
- Emerging Professional (Assoc. AIA)
Special Recognition Awards
At the jury’s discretion, special recognition will be given for the following:
- Grand Design Award
- Social Equity Design Award (See criteria)
- Good Design = Good Business (See criteria)
- Excellence in Sustainable + Resilient Design Award (See criteria)
- Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in a Historic Preservation Project
The size, scope, category or cost of a project in no way limits its eligibility or level of award.
All entries will be judged using the following criteria:
1. Design Excellence
Does the design elevate the human experience while addressing the project’s practical needs?
2. Sustainable Design / Resiliency
Does the design take a progressive approach to advancing the missions of sustainability and/or resiliency?
3. Community Impact
Does the design provide significant improvement to its social or physical setting?
Winning Entries & Publicity
Award winners will be notified by email. Winners are requested to notify their Client, General Contractor/Construction Manager and Consultants of the project's award and are encouraged them to attend the awards celebration on October 19. Winners are asked to refrain from publicizing their award until after the celebration.
Winners in each category will be required to create a project board. Winning project boards will be on display at the awards event and included in a traveling exhibit the following year. More details about board design will be sent to winners. DOWNLOAD BOARD TEMPLATE .PSD / DOWNLOAD BOARD TEMPLATE .JPG
AIA Baltimore will promote the winning projects on our website and in our publications. A press release will be sent to the local media.
Submitting a Project
A complete submission for each project includes the following:
- Completion of the online SUBMISSION FORM
- IMAGE FILES - 3-8 digital images with captions and photographer credit for each image
- PROJECT/JURY PDF (10MB, 11 pages max)
- PRESENTATION PDF (6MB, 3 pages max)
- Payment of Entry Fee
Online Submission Website
To begin your application, go to: http://mdaiaawards.secure-platform.com/a. All submission forms, file uploads and payment of fees will be handled through the online submission site. You can save your work as you go and return to the site as often as needed but not after finalizing and submitting the submission.
Once an entry is completed for a project, that entire project submission may then be submitted to another Maryland chapter awards program without any re-entry or uploading. Simply check the box: “I Want to submit this project to another Chapter Awards Program” on the last page of the submission when you are ready finalize your initial submission.
Entrants must conceal all references to the architecture firm name or design team members on all materials submitted for jury review. Identification of authorship within the Project/Jury PDF will disqualify the submission. Project PDFs must be in landscape orientation with a page size of 8 1/2" x 11", may not exceed 10MB total (all pages combined), and shall conform to the following requirements:
- An anonymous PROJECT/JURY PDF presentation file for jury review and evaluation purposes only.
- A PRESENTATION PDF presentation file for public presentation purposes.
Image Files ─ (3-8 Images, jpg)
Provide no more than 8 images (10MB max per image) for use in the presentation of entrants, awards and publications. The jury will not see these files. List photo file names, captions and photographer credit for each image in the submission portal where indicated. Two of the images are to be of high resolution of the best representation of the project - one exterior photo and one interior photo. The two high resolution images should be at least 300 dpi and 8'x10” and labeled: 1) Project Name_high res ext and 2) Project Name_high res int.Subsequent images must be a maximum of 6” x 9” at 150 dpi for horizontal images, and a maximum of 6” x 7.5” at 150 dpi for vertical images.
Project/Jury PDF ─ (10MB, 11 Pages Max)
Entries shall conform to the following requirements:
- The total size of each entry—all pages combined—may not exceed 10MB of data.
- Each submission may contain a maximum of 11 pages. At your discretion, submit individual images on separate pages or, arrange multiple images in a layout on a single page.
- Each page must be 8 1/2" x 11" in landscape orientation. An easy way to produce your PDF file is to create your presentation in PowerPoint and then save the file as a PDF.
- Use this naming convention for the Project/Jury presentation file: JPDF_ProjectName.pdf
- Please remember you must conceal references to the architecture firm or team members in the PDF submitted for jury review. Identification of project authorship within the Project/Jury PDF, including the file naming convention and photo credit, will disqualify the submission.
First Page: Project Description and Introduction:
- Combination of text and images with 12 pt. minimum font size, formatted and designed at the entrant’s discretion.
- Project Name
- Project Location (City, State, if applicable)
- Project Category
- Project Summary describing the "Site," "Program," and "Solution." As part of this synopsis, discuss key design aspects (intent, concepts, and contextual relationships), technical aspects (structure, materials, mechanical systems, etc. where informative), and the social, environmental or other benefits of the project to the public and its users. This summary is intended for publication.
Subsequent Pages (2 –10): Visuals
Include Images along with additional succinct annotation. The format and design of the pages are at the entrant's discretion maintaining 8 1/2" x 11" landscape orientation.
- Please 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. A site plan is required. Photographs should depict the whole project with views of each exposed exterior façade and each room of the project, as appropriate. Exterior views are optional for Interior projects.
- Label images with suitable titling and captions. Photographer credit on the images used in the Project/Jury PDF is permitted except those identifying the firm and/or team members.
- 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. Process sketches that communicate the development of the project and/or its construction are encouraged.
- 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.
Supplemental Information for the Jury (End Page):
This page is for optional information you may wish to share with the jury only. Include additional project information that is not already covered in the Jury PDF. Examples may include technical information that may be useful to the jury such as: project requirements and restrictions; project outcomes and results; historic preservation considerations; energy considerations; construction costs; and project size in square feet.
PRESENTATION PDF ─ (6MB, 3 PAGES MAX)
Select three images that best represent your project. Selected images of all entries will be displayed during the Design Awards Celebration, and images of award-winning entries will be displayed during the Awards Ceremony.
Prepare Presentation PDF in the following format:
- The total size of PDF—all three pages combined—may not exceed 6MB of data.
- Three pages maximum.
- 10” x 7.5” in landscape orientation and developed as a PDF presentation file.
- On each page, add project title, firm name, firm logos or other identifiers as desired.
- Use this naming convention for Presentation PDF file: PPDF_FirmName_ProjectName.pdf
Have questions? Contact Nathan Dennies at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-625-2585 (x102)