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Call for Entries

Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2023 11:59:59 PM ET


Please read the instructions below and then click here to enter a project to the 2023 AIA Chesapeake Bay Excellence in Design Student Awards Program!


The purpose of the AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter (AIA CBC) Student Design Awards Program is to recognize excellence in architectural design, promote architecture in the Chapter’s region, and to build a relationship between AIA CBC and the local community college architecture program. This program is conducted in conjunction with the AIA Chesapeake Bay Excellence in Design Awards Program.


Schedule 2023

§ Friday, August 11, 2023:  Submission Forms and Material Uploads are due by 11:59:59pm ET.

§ Week of August 21 – 25, 2023: Jury Review

§ Week of September 5 – 8, 2023: Award Winners Notified

§ Week of November 2, 2023 Design Awards Celebration



§ The awards program is open to students enrolled in Anne Arundel Community College’s Department of Architecture and Interior Design. Architectural students who attended and were enrolled during the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to submit. Entries must have been completed during this same time period.

§ Participation is open to all eligible students at no charge.

§ The student must be the sole author of the work which has been realized exclusively in an academic setting and is derived from the previous two semesters’ work.

§ A submittal may be from a student team, provided all the members of the team meet the eligibility requirements.

§ Students may enter projects as an individual entry or team entry without limit.

§ Designs completed in a professional office are not eligible.

§ The work can be a studio project or a departmentally sanctioned competition.



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 listed above.



There are two submission categories:


Award winners for student entries that embody and celebrate the art of architecture as a tool for communication through hand delineations, sketches, and renderings. Submissions must relate to a real, proposed, or visionary architectural project. Hand Delineation submissions will be comprised of formal and informal hand drawings, including travel sketches, concept sketches, presentation drawings, renderings, elevations, sections, perspectives, and technical drawings. Media may be any hand drawing technique used to portray or refine an architectural project. This includes pencil, marker, ink, water color, tempera, and collage.



Award winners for student entries that demonstrate excellence in design from a Community College Program. Submissions must be from a studio assignment completed within the last year and should clearly delineate a design proposal based on a concept. Submissions should include graphics that indicate the process of design and how the final design solution was determined. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, concept statements, parti diagrams, analysis, hand sketches, hand or digital renderings, images of physical or digital models, presentation drawings, renderings, elevations, sections, perspectives and technical drawings or documentation.


Student submissions will be judged by the same jury who will judge the professional submissions for the AIA Chesapeake Bay Excellence in Design Awards. The Jury will consider the following:

·     Contextual relationship

·     Sustainability

·     Purpose

·     Accessibility

·     Clarity of the parti. Does it further our understanding of the proposed design?

·     Overall design excellence:  Does the presentation and the proposed design offer a successful solution to the concept, parti, program, needs, challenges, and setting?



Two levels of awards shall be given in each of the two student categories: Merit, and Citation, of which Merit is the higher distinction. Merit awards recognize projects that clearly demonstrate a level of design that exemplifies superior achievements. The jury or a jury member may also choose to award a Citation to projects of notable accomplishment in a specific area, like an Honorable Mention.

In addition, an Honor Award will be presented to a student or students who meet eligibility requirements for the most outstanding Hand Delineation OR Design Project student entry. The Honor level of award acknowledges a project with distinctive character and outstanding merit.

Hierarchy of Awards is summarized as follows:

1.     Honor — Highest Tier Award Level (one awarded)

2.     Merit — Second Tier Award Level

3.     Citation — Third Tier Award Level, not required to be issued, but awarded at the jury’s discretion for projects meeting unique or unusual design resolution for projects



A Certificate of Award, and one event ticket each, will be awarded to Citation, Merit and Honor Award winners.  AIA Chesapeake Bay will promote the winning projects on the AIA Chesapeake Bay Design Awards Celebration Presentation, the Chapter Website, Design Awards Gallery website, and in social media posts and design magazine articles. A press release will be sent to the local media.



The Annual AIA Chesapeake Bay Excellence in Design Awards Celebration is scheduled for November 2. Please check the AIACBC website www.aia.org/chesapeakebay this Fall for additional information and to register for the Celebration.



To complete your submission, you must do the following by Friday, August 11, 2023 11:59 pm.:

1.   Have your submission reviewed by a faculty member

2.   Complete and finalize the SUBMISSION FORM in the awards submission portal

3.   Upload the PROJECT PDF, PRESENTATION PDF and IMAGE FILES to the submission portal and finalize your submission

Please complete all requested information in the portal. Required fields are marked with an asterisk. Please be sure the information appears EXACTLY as you wish to see it published and listed on the awards certificates and across all media. Check the spelling of names carefully. You may save your work and return to the submission site as often as needed if you complete and submit all parts of the project submission, along with payment of entry fees, by the due date.

Please direct questions to AIA Chesapeake Bay at camille@aiacbc.org or call 410.268.3534.



A complete submission for each project includes the following:

·       Completion of the online Submission Form

·       Project PDF (10MB/10 pages max, for jury)

·       Presentation PDF (6MB/3 pages max, for public)

·       Image Files (3-8 digital images w/captions and credits)


Project PDF – 10 MB/10 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.

First Page: 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.


Subsequent Pages (2-10): 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. Submissions will describe an architectural project or hand delineation project and may be from an individual or team. 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 represents your project. Selected images may be shown in awards announcements and program publicity. Award-winning entry images will be displayed in the Design Awards Presentation Video.

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.

Using this naming convention for Presentation PDF File:

·       PPDF_StudentLastName_ProjectName.pdf


Image Files: 3-8 images/jpg/10 MB maximum per image (for publicity) 

Provide no more than 8 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. Three of the images are to be of high resolution of the best representation of the project – one thumbnail and two other representational images. The thumbnail image can be a repeat of one of the other two, or a different image entirely. The three high-res images should be at least 300 dpi and 8” x 10” and labeled 1) Project Name thumbnail, 2) Project Name high-res image 1, and 3) Project Name high-res image 2. Subsequent images must be at 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.


Click here to enter a project to the 2023 AIA Chesapeake Bay Student Design Awards Program