American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Design Awards

AIA San Francisco 2015 Design Awards

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, Unbuilt Design. 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 categories and concentrations here.

Award Categories

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

Excellence in Architecture

The Excellence in Architecture award recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements in architecture.

Interior Architecture

The Interiors award recognizes excellence in interior architecture.


This award category recognizes architectural design work that, to date, remains unbuilt. Unbuilt architectural designs of any project type are eligible, including purely theoretical projects and unbuilt client-sponsored projects, such as buildings, interiors, transportation infrastructure, and monuments.

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


The Design Awards Program was created to recognize projects that demonstrate overall excellence in architecture and design. By introducing concentrations we hope to give special acknowledgement to projects that further encompass the values of good design within the context of historic preservation, urban design and social responsibility.

Historic Preservation

The Historical Preservation concentration acknowledges projects that have restored, preserved, or rehabilitated a part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s historical, architectural, and cultural heritage. Cosponsored by SF Heritage.

Social Responsibility

The Social Responsibility concentration acknowledges projects that enhance the community and/or nonprofit organizations, particularly in underserved communities. Dedication of an architect’s time and expertise to benefit those without the means to afford them. Cosponsored by Public Architecture.

Urban Design

The Urban design concentration acknowledges projects that shape our physical setting, place making. Submissions should address the larger scale of groups of buildings, streets and public spaces; whole neighborhoods, districts, or entire cities. Cosponsored by SPUR.


Jury information will be added as it becomes available.


Gala information will be added as it becomes available.


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? Email us.

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: