2018 Design Awards

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2017 Merit Award, Defoor Hills Warehouse Renovation, Smith Dalia Architects


Lynn Robinson
Director of Outreach
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Submissions are due March 9, 2018 before 6pm.

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All entries must be the work of a Registered Georgia Architect who lives or works in Georgia. Submissions for the Student Project Award must be the work of either a current student in Georgia or one that has graduated in 2017. The competition is open to architectural projects of all classifications and sizes. Location of projects is not restricted. Any works submitted for consideration must have been completed and occupied between Jan 1, 2012, and Dec 31, 2017. Projects that received a previous AIA Georgia Design Award are not eligible.

All submissions will be reviewed by a common jury of distinguished guests connected to all facets of the design profession. As projects are subject to diverse contexts, programs, budgets, and restraints, each entry is judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements. We have also added (3) new categories for equal project representation (residential over and under $1 million and interior architecture).

We encourage submissions that exhibit a strong definition of design excellence. Submissions may be exemplary in their typology, technical advancement, innovation, economy, sustainability, as well as other achievements.

Entry Fee: $100

Early Bird Special: $75 (Submit by January 19, 2018 at 6pm)

Nominations are open for the 2018 AIA Georgia Honor Awards! This program is part of a long-standing tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA.

Please review the eligibility and nomination guidelines for each category before submitting a nomination. You find and download a copy of these descriptions here.

Nominations will close Friday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET. For questions about the Honor Awards, please contact David Southerland at dsoutherland@aiaga.org.

To Be Announced.

Each year AIA Georgia honors design excellence by Georgia’s registered architects. Each year, more than 100 projects are submitted for awards select categories including a category solely for students of our 3 State architecture schools. An awards event is held to announce the winners and present their awards that is typically attended by more than 200 people. This year’s event will be held at Ponce City Market Rooftop on April 14, 2017. All winning entries are displayed during the Spring at our new office gallery in the Hurt Building in Atlanta, GA. The exhibit will remain on display for 8 weeks. All award submissions are printed in a special publication distributed each year for no cost to all firms who enter. This is distributed at the event and is also available online thereafter. Sponsors will be able to place ads in this publication with size dependant on sponsorship level.

Expected Outreach
The awards event, publication, and exhibition are all publicized to over 2,000 AIA Georgia members, to students at the three local architecture schools and to the nearly 5,000 readers of the Citizen Architect Magazine. Additionally, AIA Georgia distributes press releases announcing the winning projects to all media outlets in our local chapter areas where members have won.


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Entry Categories

  • Built: Projects of any size including but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture and planning.

  • UnbuiltProjects of any size that have yet to be built including but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture and planning.

  • Renovation/Restoration: Renovation or restoration of a site of any size.

  • Interior Architecture: Project demonstrates design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, of ecology and environmental sustainability, and of history.

  • Residential Over $1 MDesign excellence in residential design with a cost over $1 million. This category may also include multi-family.

  • Residential Under $1M: Design excellence in residential design with a cost under $1 million.

  • Student Project: Design excellence in student work including: research, installations, conceptual projects, or competitions. Applicant must be a current student in Georgia or one that has graduated in 2017.

  • People’s Choice: The People’s Choice category will be a public vote of all projects submitted in the aforementioned categories.

Past Recipients

The 2017 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 15 at Ponce City Market Rooftop in Atlanta, GA. Fifteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt, and Student Categories. Six People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium, Michael A. Holleman, AIA/Heery International, Inc.
Excellence, Newell Brands Atlanta Office Relocation, Perkins+Will
Honor, Site Operations Center at BMW, Perkins+Will
Honor, Camp Southern Ground Peterson Dining Hall, Perkins+Will
Honor, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Perkins+Wil
Honor, The Commonwealth of Chelsea: Locality & Society, Nick Place (Student)
Honor, House in Mexico, Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects
Merit, Caddell Building, BLDGS
Merit, Watt Family Innovation Center, Perkins+Will
Merit, Mountain Retreat, Bach Design Studio
Merit, Defoor Hills Warehouse Renovation, Smith Dalia Architects, LLC
Merit, 101 Marietta Street Lobby Renovation and Rebranding, Perkins+Will
Merit, Mid-century Remix, Robert M. Cain, Architect
Merit, Sublime Tectonics: The Living Building Challenge on Georgia Tech Campus, Abigail Aragon & José Sosa (Student)
Merit, The City and the Masque, Natalie Imran (Student)

The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards were presented Saturday, April 16 at Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, GA. Fourteen projects were awarded under Built, Unbuilt and Student Categories. Three People’s Choice Awards were given, representative of the highest voted projects under each category. more–>

Excellence, Drew Charter School, Perkins+Will
Excellence, Georgia BioScience Training Center, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Honor, The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Merit, Sinuosity, Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka
Merit, Paty Modern, LIGHTROOM
Merit, O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District, Laura Sherman (Student)
Merit, The Oxygen Pavilion, Katrina Alano (Student)
Merit, International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters, William Lentjes (Student)
Merit, Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Merit, Cardlytics at Ponce City Market Smith Dalia Architects Merit Clayton State University Science Building William Stelten, AIA
Merit, Palmetto Library, Houser Walker
Merit, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus Sidney P. Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Merit, Atlanta Dairies, Perkins+Will
Notable, Growing Edge Community Garden Shade House, Greenline Architecture
Notable, Columbus Aquatic Center, Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Notable, Storza Woods Restroom at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Smith Dalia Architects