Unbuilt Washington Awards

  • Date

    Thursday, September 09 2021-Monday, October 25 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location


2021 UNBUILT Washington AWARDS


The Washington UNBUILT design Awards program has a unique role to play in supporting a vibrant intellectual discourse within the design community in the DC metro region. This program bridges the academic and professional communities by providing a forum for recognizing the contributions of both younger and established practitioners alike. Accordingly, the objective of the Awards program is to engage and recognize the broadest possible range of research, conceptual exploration and innovation in design thinking represented in the DC Metro region.


The 2021 Unbuilt Washington Awards Program recognizes excellence in unbuilt projects both non-commissioned and commissioned projects. This competition is conducted by AIA|DC independently of other awards programs sponsored by the national American Institute of Architects and other AIA components.

Award of Excellence

Treasure Hunt 650

Treasure Hunt: Approach and Anticipation at Observatory

Yueming Lin, University of Virginia


Unbuilt Awards

Continuities 650

Continuities: The Columbia Air Center Interpretive Center

Juanita Li, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Floating City 650

Floating City: A Pattern for Future Settlement on Water

Yueming Lin, University of Virginia

Green Convergence 650

Green Convergence: Resilient Corridor for Jaipur

Chaoming Li, University of Virginia

Prototyping 650

Prototyping Hybrid Infrastructures: Networked Flood Mitigation for Norfolk, Virginia

Luis Medina and Yingxu Fan, University of Virginia

Virginia Tech 650

Virginia Tech Innovation Campus Academic Building 1