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AIA Baltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Awards 2020 Call for Entries

Click here to enter a project to the 2020 FAR Awards

The AIA Baltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Committee created a scholarship program for students pursuing careers in architecture that awards design excellence. Winning projects demonstrate innovation, social responsibility, environmental stewardship and critical thinking. Submissions can be a single project, multiple projects or a research/theory paper (graduate students only).

Deadline: Submissions are due no later than Tuesday, September 8.


  • Entries are open to students entering/beginning the final year of their architectural studies program (community college/undergraduate/graduate school) in Maryland.
  • The work can be a studio project, a competition, a self-directed project, or a graduate research/theory paper.
  • The student must be the sole author of the work and it must have been realized exclusively in an academic setting.
  • Designs completed in a professional office are not eligible.
  • Students who submit to the FAR Awards are encouraged to also submit to student awards for AIA Maryland and AIA Chesapeake Bay.
  • Faculty sponsorship is required for all submissions
  • Participation is open to all eligible students at no charge.

Award Categories

All forms and file uploads will be completed in the FAR Awards online submission portal. You may save your work as you go and return to the site as often as needed, but all work must be completed and submitted by the submission deadline.

  • Award winners will be notified by email following the judging.
  • Awards will be presented at the AIA Baltimore/BAF Excellence in Design Awards in October.
  • All applicants will be invited to the virtual awards presentation.

Graduate Students

One award at $500 each

Undergraduate Students

One award at $400

Community College

One award at $300*

*Community college graduates enrolled in an undergraduate architecture program may apply for the Community College Award using a community college project.

Juror Citations

At the discretion of the jury, there will be up to six additional awards at $100 each.

Faculty Sponsorship

Faculty sponsorship is required for all submissions. The student is to be identified and encouraged by a faculty sponsor who will attest that the student has met all eligibility requirements.

Student submissions will be judged by a panel of Baltimore design professionals. All entries will be reviewed for their design excellence and for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements.

Winning Submissions

Award winners will be recognized during the virtual ceremony program and on the AIA Baltimore website.

Winners in each category will be required to design a project board. AIA Baltimore will cover the cost of printing. The board will be printed using the board submitted by students as part of their Presentation PDF.


It is the entrant's responsibility to clear all drawings, photographs, and digital images included in the submission for publication by AIA Baltimore. AIA Baltimore will promote the winning projects on the AIA Baltimore website, Design Awards Gallery website and in the Annual Resource Guide. A press release will be sent to the local media.

Project Guidelines (Community College, Undergraduate, Graduate)

A complete submission for each project includes the following:

Completion of the online Submission Form
Project PDF (10MB/11 pages max, for jury)
Presentation PDF (6MB/3 pages max, for public)
Image Files (2-7 digital images w/captions and credits)

Project PDF – 10 MB/11 Pages Max, For Jury

Conceal references to student’s name, sponsor’s name and accredited school on any part of the Project PDF. Identification of project authorship or school within the Project PDF will disqualify the submission.

Page 1: Project Description and Introduction


8 1/2" x 11" landscape or portrait orientation
Combination of Text and Images; 12 pt minimum font size; 1/2" minimum margin on all sides, formatted and designed at entrant's discretion.

Project Information:
Project Name
Project Location
Project Category
Project Synopsis (devoid of any identifying information such as school name or student) stating project description, requirements and design achievements.

Pages 2+: Visuals

Entrants may include up to 10 pages of images, diagrams and annotations. The format and design of the pages are at the entrant’s discretion. Exploration and innovation in design and presentation techniques are encouraged.

Entrants are encouraged to include any additional descriptive plans, sections, elevations and images of three-dimensional models to explain the design solution. These may be done by hand or computer. Please add graphic scale to the plans. Every submission should clearly depict the relationship of the project to its site context. The goal should be to help jurors understand the qualities of your project as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Sketches can be presented in any medium. Drawings may be combined with photographs on a single page.

Presentation PDF – 6 MB maximum size/3 pages

Select three images or pages from your entry that you feel 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.


Download the PPT Template to prepare your Presentation PDF for the awards slideshow.
10" x 7.5" in landscape orientation and developed as a PDF presentation file.
Three pages maximum.
The total size of PDF—all three pages combined—may not exceed 6MB of data.
On each page add project title, student(s) name, school name, faculty sponsor, and logos or other identifiers as desired, formatted and designed at entrant's discretion.

Image Files – 2-7 images/jpg/10 MB maximum per image (for publicity) 

Provide no more than 7 images in JPG format (10MB max per image) for use in the presentation of entrants, awards and publications. The Jury will not see these files. Provide image file names, captions and credit for each image.

Click here to enter a project to the 2020 FAR Awards