American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Design Awards

AIA San Francisco 2014 Design Awards Winners Announced

In existence for nearly half a century, AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program celebrates outstanding achievements in architecture and design. Recognizing the work of Bay Area individuals and organizations as well as architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of our local built environment, the program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.

Award categories include Architecture, Interior Architecture, Historic Preservation, Unbuilt Design, Energy + Sustainability, Young Architect/Associate, Special Achievement and the 25 Year Award. We encourage both individuals and firms to submit to our annual awards program– entries are regularly shared with local, national, and international media outlets and kept on file at AIASF for a minimum of one year. In addition, all San Francisco-based residential projects are considered for inclusion in the annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend in September. Learn more about the submission process below.

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Jury information will be added as it becomes available.

Jury Chair

Jennifer Yoos, FAIA Principal, VJAA

Excellence in Architecture
Chair: Jennifer Yoos, FAIA | VJAA
Sarah Willmer, AIA | Studio Sarah Willmer
Allison Williams, FAIA | AECOM

Historic Preservation
Chair: Michael Buhler | San Francisco Heritage
Emily Marthinsen, AIA | UC Berkeley
David Neuman, FAIA | University of Virginia
Julianne Polanco | Lend Lease

Unbuilt Design
Chair: Jennifer Yoos, FAIA | VJAA
Cary Bernstein, AIA | Cary Bernstein | Architect
Tom Jones, AIA | Cal Poly

Interior Architecture
Chair: Jennifer Yoos, FAIA | VJAA
Amy Eliot, AIA | Dilworth Eliot Studio
Luke Ogrydziak, AIA | Ogrydziak / Prillinger Architects

Energy + Sustainability
Co-Chair: Sam Jensen Augustine, Assoc. AIA | Pacific Energy Center
Co-Chair: Bill Burke, AIA | Pacific Energy Center
Zorana Bosnic | HOK
Harrison Fraker, FAIA | UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Stet Sanborn | Integral Group

25 Year Award
AIASF Board of Directors

Young Architect/Associate
AIASF Board of Directors

Special Achievement
Scott Dunlap, AIA | Gensler
Irving Gonzales, AIA | Gonzales Architects
Darlene Jang, AIA | Barcelon + Jang
Clark Manus, FAIA | Heller Manus Architects
Cathy Simon, FAIA | Perkins + Will

Award Categories

Select a category to learn more about each award, eligibility requirements, and how to submit a project.

*Fee waiver available in this category for anyone enrolled in IDP. Download a copy of the Fee Waiver Request Form.

The Energy + Sustainability award is presented in partnership with PG&E. Historic Preservation is presented in partnership with SF Heritage.


2014 Design Awards Gala

AIA San Francisco and the local architectural community at SFJAZZ Center celebrated the winning projects of the 2014 AIA San Francisco Design Awards on April 23, 2014. The 2014 Gala honors the best of Bay Area architectural design and recognizes achievement in a broad range of architectural work. On this special evening, AIA San Francisco also bid farewell to Executive Director Margie O'Driscoll. She is moving on to the next stage of her career after 12 years of commitment to the organization and design profession.

The SFJAZZ Center, which opened in January 2013, is the first freestanding venue in the United States designed specifically for the performance and appreciation of jazz. The transparent, three-story Center provides SFJAZZ with its first permanent home in the organization’s 30-year history and establishes a hub of music, culture, and community. Designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates, SFJAZZ recieved a 2013 Excellence in Architecture Honor Award from AIA San Francisco.


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View frequently asked questions or email Emi Stielstra.

Redeem IDP Credit Hours

IDP Candidates can redeem up to 40 hours per experience area (excluding leadership & service). Candidates should fill out the Design Awards Verification form. This form is to certify that the AIASF Design Awards program meets the requirements of completing a design competition for IDP credit as defined in the IDP Guidelines.

For information on IDP Experience reporting, visit NCARB's IDP Guidelines.

California and National award programs

Visit the following websites for more information on state-wide and national design award programs: