Awards Criteria 2019

Changes to Award Categories in 2019

Great works of architecture resolve and integrate multiple complex challenges.  When reviewing our past award categories however, AIA Board and staff realized that we often recognize only singular aspects of projects.

Starting in 2019, we are aligning our awards with the comprehensive nature of design by reducing the categories to Architecture, built and unbuilt.  Built architecture will be further defined by three project sizes.   We are also aligning the awards with our organizational values, which are reflected in the judging criteria.  We do this to provide all of our members greater opportunity to highlight the strengths, value and impact of their projects.

Additionally, we have added a new Social Equity in Design Award to recognize projects that promote social equity, which will be judged by a local jury.  All projects will have the option to submit for the new Social Equity in Design Award for no additional fee.

Finally, we are integrating Sustainability into the judging criteria for all awards, which was a stand alone award last year.

Design Pittsburgh 2019 Award Categories:

  • Architecture Small (< 5,000 SF)
  • Architecture Medium (5,000 – 50,000 SF)
  • Architecture Large (> 50,000 SF)
  • Architecture / Unbuilt

As in the past, every project submitted will be eligible for exhibition and featured throughout the Design Pittsburgh programming. Don’t miss the Design Pittsburgh Awards Ceremony and Reception held on October 8th! Check out the event schedule and save the dates. During the Design Awards Ceremony we will announce the winners of the Silver Medal, Honor Award(s), & Certificate(s) of Merit.

Who is Eligible?

Members of AIA Pittsburgh, or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 11-county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh can be included in the design competition. All projects must have at least one AIA Pittsburgh architect on the project team. All submissions for the AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards Competition can only be submitted by an AIA Pittsburgh architect.

The Design Awards entries are judged by measuring the architect’s performance against each project’s potential, and not in competition with each other. Thus, projects of ordinary program or modest budget can merit an award based on the architect’s skill in optimizing the design opportunity.

Architecture Award Submission Criteria 2019

Judging & Awards Criteria

Architecture Award entries will be judged by measuring the architect’s performance against each project’s potential and not in competition with each other.  Thus, projects of any type or budget can receive and award based on the architect’s skill in realizing the design opportunity.

Award Criteria:
1.  Concept for the project
2. Detailing and execution of the design concept
3. Achievement of difficult or unusual program goals or constraints
4. Originality of design
5. Sustainability of project

About the Design Awards

Silver Medal – AIA Pittsburgh’s highest award celebrates an extraordinary work of architecture. The decision to bestow this award rests solely with the jury.

Honor Award – To honor the best of the submitted projects.  The jury may elect to choose one or more projects for this award.

Certificate of Merit – To reward a particular design aspect of the submitted projects. The jury may elect to choose one or more projects for this award.

People’s Choice Award – This category reflects the public’s popular vote for a favorite project. Votes will be collected on the AIA Pittsburgh’s online exhibit featuring Design Pittsburgh’s Design Award Submissions.

Important Deadlines

Friday, August 2, by 5:00 p.m. – Submission Intent Forms must be received by AIA Pittsburgh.

Monday, August 19th, by 5:00 p.m. – Your Dropbox folder(s) must contain all required elements for the project submission to be eligible for judging.

Friday, August 30th by 5:00 p.m. – Design Boards must be delivered to Tri-State Reprographics for installation

2019 Submission Forms & Information for Download

Submission Request/ Intent Form

2019 Award Categories & Submission Criteria

Project Information Form

Social Equity Award Submission Form **Optional

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