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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; this year's ceremony will be on the evening of Thursday, April 28.


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.


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 Deadline: February 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm (PST)

$230 AIASF Member Submission | $420 General Submission | $10 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

Final Deadline: March 9, 2022 at 1:00 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.


The 2022 AIASF Design Awards jury will be announced soon.


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View our most frequently asked questions or email Karsen Maruca, Program Manager.

Interested in sponsorship? Email Amy Ress, Deputy Director.

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