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The AIA Akron Design Awards program honors the exceptional commitment of its member architects who continually serve, shape, discover, and imagine contemporary solutions to the evolving needs of our living and working environments. The biannual AIA Akron Design Awards event celebrates design and recognizes the architects who shape our local, regional, and national communities. Design Award submissions are juried by a team of industry thought-leaders that evaluate design achievement, regardless of project category, type, or budget.

Winners will be announced and designs will be celebrated at the 2021 Design Awards Celebration on xxxxx, held at xxxxx in xxxxx, Ohio.


Design Awards Submissions

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Eligibility:

  • The submitting organization must employ a member of AIA Akron (except student work).
  • The primary design must be originated by a local AIA Akron chapter member. In the case of joint ventures and design collaborations, appropriate credit must be given in the submission regarding the responsibilities of each firm or individual.
  • Submissions are accepted from either the design architect or the architect on record, and the location of projects is not restricted.
  • Any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

Submission Requirements:

  • Each submission must recognize all firms and individuals involved in the design process.
  • All submissions must have drawings that are clear with scale shown and nothing that identifies the firm in any way.
  • Please view our Call for Entires packet for more in-depth information.
  • Release Waiver: By submitting an entry, entrants take full responsibility for the accuracy of all information submitted and warrant that all necessary permissions have been obtained from others who may have rights to the work. Entrants further acknowledge that no royalty or compensation is due to anyone, hold AIA Akron, its sponsors, staff, consultants and members harmless from all liability and grant to AIA Akron the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce and distribute copies of the original entry.

Evaluative Criteria: Submissions will be reviewed based on the following descriptors:

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  • Please view our Call for Entires packet for more in-depth information.

Submission Fees:

  • AIA Akron members: $100.00 for each project
  • Students: $10.00 per project

Schedule & Deadlines:

  • xxxxx:  Submissions Opens
  • xxxxx:  Submissions Due by 11:59 PM EST
  • xxxxx:  Jury Review 
  • xxxxx Design Awards Celebration + Winners Announced

Emerging Professional Submissions

In order to encourage leadership, engagement and design excellence, The AIA Akron Board of Directors has established the AIA Akron Emerging Professional Award. Through this award, AIA Akron seeks to recognize those individuals who, in the early stages of their career, have continuously demonstrated an innovative approach to design, have created a unique architectural voice, have shown exceptional leadership or who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession.

Eligibility:

Assigned Associate or Architect members of AIA Akron who graduated from an accredited school of architecture no more than 15 years prior to the current year are eligible for the AIA Akron Emerging Professional Award. AIA membership is not required to enter a submission in the emerging professional category.

Submission Requirements:

Evaluative Criteria: Candidates will be evaluated on his or her contributions to the profession in one or more of the following categories:

  • Advancement of design and/or design discourse
  • Advancement of the profession, including service to the AIA through local, state, or national components
  • Advancement of architectural education
  • Service to community
  • Service to the profession
  • Advancement of social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion

Submission Fee:

  • Free

Schedule & Deadlines:

  • xxxxx:  Submissions Opens
  • xxxxx:  Submissions Due by 11:59 PM EST
  • xxxxx:  Jury Review 
  • xxxxx Design Awards Celebration + Winners Announced

Architectural Photography Submissions

This category was founded to capture and honor architects, design professionals, architectural students, and professional and amateur photographers whose amazing talents are showcased in their photographic interpretation of the designed environment. AIA membership is not required to enter a submission in the architectural photography category.

Eligibility:

  • To qualify to enter this category, you must be over 18 years of age.
  • This category is open to both Professional and Amateur photographers alike.
  • This category is open to AIA members, Non-members, and students alike.
  • The subject matter is limited to the State of Ohio. The subject matter must have an architectural theme or contain some element of the man-made environment.
  • Each participant can submit up to 4 photos per submission. 
  • The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name.
  • Pictures submitted CANNOT include professionally commissioned photographs.
  • Eligible photographs can include the use of all professional editing equipment and software as well as all mobile device photograph apps and software. (For example, Lightroom, Instagram, etc.)

Submission Fee:

  • Up to four (4) photos for $30.00

Schedule & Deadlines:

  • xxxxx:  Submissions Opens
  • xxxxx:  Submissions Due by 11:59 PM EST
  • xxxxx:  Jury Review 
  • xxxxx Design Awards Celebration + Winners Announced

Maker Submissions

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Eligibility:

  • Do you need to be an AIA Akron member?
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Submission Requirements:

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Submission Fees:

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  • Student cost? ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Schedule & Deadlines:

  • xxxxx:  Submissions Opens
  • xxxxx:  Submissions Due by 11:59 PM EST
  • xxxxx:  Jury Review 
  • xxxxx Design Awards Celebration + Winners Announced

Completing the Submission Form: If you are a first-time visitor to the site, you will need to register.  If you are returning to the site, you will have to enter your email and password.  These prompts will show up once you click on the link below.  If you have previously submitted for AIA Ohio Design Awards and checked the box "remember me", you will be directed to the next screen.  On the next screen, you may choose to begin a new submittal, or edit an existing submittal.  As noted, you can work on the submittal, save the information, and then return to complete it later. 

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