In existence for half a century, AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Bay Area individuals and organizations, and celebrates the distinguished work of architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of our local built environment. The program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.

The Design Awards recipients will be announced at the annual ceremony which will be announced on Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM.


2023 AWARDS BRIEFS, ELIGIBILITY + SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The Design Awards submission is structured into main categories and optional concentrations. In addition to the design awards given in each main category – Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Unbuilt Design – the jury may also choose to recognize projects that exhibit special achievements in four concentrations, giving special acknowledgement to projects that further encompass the values of good design within the context of historic preservation, social responsibility, technology excellence, and urban design.

With this format we hope to demonstrate that all of these disciplines explored collectively, rather than independently, strengthen the overall power and scope of architecture to help shape the built environment and enrich the human spirit.

In recognition of the importance of sustainable design, AIASF instituted a separate award category for energy and sustainability in 2003. In the last several years, the profession as a whole has transformed the way it designs, builds, and maintains buildings. The Design Awards program now incorporates the fulfillment of sustainable design principles into all categories.


For built projects, construction must have been completed within three years of the final submission deadline (February 3, 2023). For unbuilt projects, the design must be within three years of the final submission deadline (February 3, 2023).


THE COMMON APP
AIASF has adopted AIA California's "Common App" as part of the submission requirements to help identify how each project responds to the urgency of climate action given the broad impacts the built environment places on both people and planet. Please be sure to use the current version of the Common App. For further requirements and guidance on completing the Common App as part of your submission, visit the AIASF website here. Please note that some of the technical information requested on the Common App may require consultation with your engineer, and take this into account when preparing your submission.

ENTRY FEES + DEADLINES
Entry fees are non-refundable. Submissions must be fully completed and entered on or before the Early Submission Deadline in order to qualify for the discounted submission fees rates.

Early Submission Deadline: January 27, 2023 at 5:00 pm (PST)
$230 AIASF Member Submission

$420 General Submission

$10 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

Financial hardship fee waiver available in the Unbuilt category. Fee Waiver Request Form.


Final Deadline: February 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm (PST)
$285 AIASF Member Submission

$475 General Submission

$40 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

Financial hardship fee waiver available in the Unbuilt category. Fee Waiver Request Form.


JURY
AIASF is honored to recognize the 2023 AIASF Design Awards Jury Selection Team.

  • Anne Fourgeron, FAIA, Principal | Fougeron Architecture
  • Craig Hartman, FAIA, Senior Consulting Design Partner | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Liz Ranieri, FAIA, LEED, AP, Managing Principal | Kuth Ranieri Architects

Jury

  • Takashi Yanai, FAIA, Partner & Residential Studio Director | Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architect
  • Lisa Iwamoto, FAIA, Founding Partner | IwamotoScott Architecture
  • Jonathan Moody, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, President & CEO | Moody Nolan
  • Meryati Johari Blackwell, AIA, ASID, LEED AP, Principal & Director of Interiors | Marlon Blackwell Architects
  • Katherine Chia, FAIA, Founding Principal | Desai Chia Architecture


TERMS + CONDITIONS
By submitting to AIASF’s Design Awards program, you agree to our Terms + Conditions, detailed here.

QUESTIONS
Questions about your eligibility or the submission process? View our FAQ page or email Claire Hansen, AIASF Programs Associate: chansen@aiasf.org

Interested in sponsorship? Email Raul Orellana, AIASF Development Associate: rorellana@aiasf.org