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2020 AIA|DC Chapter Design Awards - Call for Entries

  • Date

    Friday, February 28 2020

  • Time

    6:00pm-6:00pm

  • Location

    Online Submission

Midtown Center by SHoP Architects with WDG Architecture - 2019 Grand Award

2020 AIA|DC Chapter Design Awards

Eligibility
Submission Categories
Requirements
Framework for Design Excellence - New in 2020!
Jury & Awards
Submission Process

All submissions are due by 6:00 PM on February 28, 2020. If you experience difficulties or miss the deadline and require assistance the next day, a late fee will be assessed at that time. 
We encourage you to upload your submission(s) early.

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Purpose

The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) Awards Program recognizes excellence in the categories of architecture, interior architecture, historic resources and urban design/master planning. The program not only demonstrates the value of good design, but also illustrates the wide variety of services performed by architects. It is conducted independently of other awards programs sponsored by the national American Institute of Architects and other AIA components.

 

Eligibility

The program is open to all registered architects. The architect(s) submitting a given project must be (a) member(s) of the design team responsible for it, though not necessarily the head of that team. Project eligibility depends on the status of the submitting architect(s), as follows:

  • Any registered architect who is a member (assigned or unassigned) of AIA|DC may submit any architecture, interior architecture, or historic resources project(s) completed or urban design/master planning project(s) initiated after January 1, 2015.
  • Any registered architect who is a member of another AIA chapter or who is not a member of the Institute may submit any architecture, interior architecture or historic resources project completed after January 1, 2015 located within Washington, DC, or urban design/master planning project initiated after January 1, 2015, located within Washington, DC.

In instances for architecture, interior architecture and historic resources, “completed” shall be understood to mean “substantially completed” as defined in standard AIA documents governing construction.

For urban design/master planning, “initiated” shall be understood to mean a completed project, incomplete project, unimplemented or ongoing project where a significant portion has been completed, implemented or adopted by a local jurisdiction, authority or university/college or private client.  Unimplemented urban design/master planning projects must have an actual, identifiable client and must not be student academic projects or competitions. 

Please note: If a project was given an award in the Architecture, Interior Architecture or Historic Resources categories in previous years, or a Jury Citation in 2019, it is no longer eligible to be for a Chapter Design Award. If a master plan project was given an award in the Urban Design / Master Planning category in previous years, that project is no longer eligible to be considered in this or future awards programs. However, individual buildings in an urban design / master plan may be submitted under the architecture or historic resources category if not previously awarded as noted above. 

If you have any questions about the eligibility requirements, please contact the AIA|DC. AIA|DC shall have the sole authority to verify that eligibility requirements have been met.

 

Submission Categories

The awards program is divided into four categories. A project can be entered in ONLY ONE category. Submission guidelines for each category are similar but not the same. The 2020 Chapter Awards Program submission categories are:

Architecture 
The most general category, encompassing entirely new structures, most additions, and projects involving significant changes to existing buildings.

Interior Architecture
Projects primarily involving the design of interior spaces.

Historic Resources
Pure preservation or restoration, adaptive reuse of existing structures whose overall architectural character is maintained, sympathetic additions to historic structures, and replication or re-construction of damaged or destroyed structures or element thereof. 

Urban Design/Master Planning
Urban design projects, planning projects, municipal master plans, civic improvements, civic design, private development plans, campus plans, environmental programs, redevelopment projects, transportation plans that have a significant urban design or master planning component

Please note: A project may be submitted in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, Historic Resources, or Urban Design/Master Planning category; it may not be submitted in more than one of these categories.

 

Submission Requirements by Category

New in 2020: All project submissions must respond to the AIA Framework for Design Excellence (see below).

Architecture: Project submissions should include a project narrative, scaled site plan, finished main floor plan, finished photographs (minimum of five suggested) and concept diagrams are strongly recommended as they have been requested by juries in the past.

Photographs and/or drawings showing, in so far as pertinent and possible, each exposed exterior façade of the project, plus any additional exterior views necessary to describe completely the extent and quality of the finished project. Insofar as pertinent the submission should include each room of the project plus any additional interior views necessary to describe completely the extent and quality of the finished project.

Interior Architecture:  Project submissions should include a project narrative, finished main floor plan, finished photographs (minimum of five suggested) and concept diagrams are strongly recommended as they have been requested by juries in the past.

Historic Resources: Project submissions should include a project narrative, scaled site plan, before photographs, finished photographs (minimum of five suggested) and concept diagrams are strongly recommended as they have been requested by juries in the past.  Photographs and/or drawings showing, in so far as pertinent and possible, each exposed exterior façade of the project, plus any additional exterior views necessary to describe completely the extent and quality of the finished project. Insofar as pertinent the submission should include each room of the project plus any additional interior views necessary to describe completely the extent and quality of the finished project. Photographs showing the site or immediate context before the project’s construction are advised for entries in the Historic Resources Category.

Urban Design/Master Planning: Urban design/master planning projects should not be individual buildings. Elements of outreach, community involvement and of universal design are also encouraged in projects and should be noted in the submission.  Project submissions should include a project narrative and Plans, context, diagrams, renderings, photographs, and associated text documentation as necessary to describe the project or program. For projects involving changes to existing context, documentation of the original conditions is requested as part of the submission. Concept diagrams are strongly recommended as they have been requested by juries in the past.

 

Framework for Design Excellence

At its October 2019 meeting, the AIA|DC Board of Directors formally adopted the AIA Framework for Design Excellence as criteria for AIA|DC Awards Programs.

The purpose of the Framework is to highlight climate action as a critically urgent topic for society, and the role architects play as influencers for impactful change. The Framework will help facilitate conversations with clients and the communities we serve, and set meaningful goals and targeted outcomes. As required by the Board, the jury will be instructed to give great weight to information provided for these measures.

The ten measures in the Framework are:

1. Design for Integration: What is the big idea behind this project and how did sustainability inform the design concept?

2. Design for Equitable Communities: How does this project contribute to creating a walkable, human-scaled community inside and outside the property lines?

3. Design for Ecology: In what ways does the design respond to the ecology of its place?

4. Design for Water: How does the project relate to the regional watershed?

5. Design for Economy: How does the project efficiently meet the program and design challenges and provide “more with less”?

6. Design for Energy: Is the project energy-efficient and sustainable while improving building performance, function, comfort, and enjoyment?

7. Design for Wellness: How does the design promote the health of the occupants?

8. Design for Resources: How did the design team optimize the amount and makeup of material used on the project?

9. Design for Change: Is the building resilient, and able to easily accommodate other uses in 50-100 years?

10. Design for Discovery: What lessons for better design have been learned through the process of project design, construction, and occupancy, and how have these been incorporated in subsequent projects?

Questions concerning each of these 10 categories are now included in the online submission. A sample of the online questions is included as an addendum to this call for entries. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability for each project you submit. If a question is not applicable simply write in "NA". These questions are optional in 2020, and will become mandatory in 2021. 

 

Jury & Awards

The jury shall have the sole authority to determine which and how many awards are justified in each category. No minimum or maximum number of awards has been established. Projects shall be considered on their own merits regardless of size, scope or cost. The jury’s decisions shall be final and not subject to review.

There shall be five jurors who will review all submission categories. No juror shall be from the Washington area, and each shall be a qualified judge in his/her own right. Although most jurors shall be practicing architects, some may be primarily employed as historians, educators, critics, urban designers, planners or preservationists. Jurors shall be selected and/or approved by the Executive Committee of the Washington Chapter/AIA. Each jury’s composition is at the Chapter’s discretion and shall not be subject to review.

The jury shall have the sole authority to determine which and how many awards are justified in each category. No minimum or maximum number of awards has been established. Projects shall be considered on their own merits regardless of size, scope or cost. While it is completely at the discretion of the jury, three types of awards are proposed:

Jury Citations in Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Design and Wellbeing, and Urban Catalyst
Projects in any of the above categories that exceed minimum expectations in these areas according to the jury will be awards a citation. To be considered, submissions should include a brief description of why the project is exemplary in one or more areas. The jury may decide to elevate projects with or without a written statement.

Award
Projects of superior merit and excellence will receive Award honors.

Grand Award
The jury will select one project from among the winners that shall receive the grand award. This award will not be announced until the 2020 Design Awards celebration.

The Awards Jury will take place on March 23 & 24, 2020. A jurors’ roundtable will take place at 6:30 PM on March 24 where the awards, with the exception of the grand award, will be announced.

 

Fees

The entry fee varies depending upon the entrant’s AIA membership status.

AIA|DC and other AIA Members: $195 per submission
Non-members: $340 per submission

Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

 

Submission Process

All submissions are due by 6:00 PM on February 28, 2020.

If you experience difficulties or miss the deadline and require assistance the next day, a late fee will be assessed at that time.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.

Binders, disks or other forms of entry will not be accepted. We strongly advise you to upload your submission a day or so before the deadline. Upload times will likely be much quicker.

Uploads:
Note that you will have the ability to upload one PDF of 6MB or less. The PDF may contain multiple images and/or pages. Each page may contain more than one image.

Credit:
Firms or individuals in joint ventures or other cooperative endeavors must coordinate efforts to produce a single entry for a given project. All persons or firms substantially contributing to the design of the project must be given due credit, regardless of their professional disciplines. It is incumbent upon the submitting architect to provide a complete list of all participants substantially contributing to the design of the project, regardless of professional discipline. By submitting a project for consideration, the submitting architect represents and warrants to AIA|DC that he or she has provided a complete list. Failure to provide a complete list may result in disqualification and/or a referral of the matter to the appropriate ethics body of the national office of AIA. AIA|DC accepts no responsibility for incomplete lists. Interested persons are referred to AIA|DC’s “Awards Credits Policies,” which are:

  • AIA|DC relies upon the submitting architect to provide us with a complete list of all participants substantially contributing to the design of the project, regardless of professional discipline. A project may be disqualified and an award voided if this requirement is not followed. The Chapter disclaims responsibility for erroneous or incomplete information.
  • If a dispute arises regarding the possible omission of a participant who substantially contributed to the design of a project, regardless of professional discipline, the Chapter may contact the submitting architect regarding the dispute. While the Chapter does not adjudicate such disputes, the Chapter may suggest to the submitting architect that he or she informally resolve the dispute with the complaining person(s).
  • If such resolution is impossible, AIA|DC may require the submitting architect to list all participants substantially contributing to the design of the project, regardless of professional discipline, with a brief description of each such participant’s exact role, and, failing compliance, AIA|DC may disqualify the project.
  • By submitting a project for consideration, the submitting architect agrees to hold harmless the Chapter, its agents, employees, and members, for any and all liabilities, claims, and/or expenses of any kind what so ever arising from this contest or from any claims of third parties as to claims of entitlement of credit.

Additional notes:
Although every reasonable precaution shall be taken in handling submitted material, the Chapter shall not be held responsible for loss of, or damage to, any submission.

Acceptance of an award shall constitute an agreement by the entrant to authorize AIA|DC to reproduce any of the material described above for publicity purposes, and an agreement to indemnify and hold the Chapter harmless in connection with such materials.


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