American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Design Awards

In existence for nearly half a century, AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Bay Area individuals and organizations as well as celebrates the distinguished work of 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.

We encourage 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 the past, writers and editors from Architectural Record, Dwell, Sunset, San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Design Within Reach catalog, among others, have used our submissions when seeking talent and stories on Bay Area design. In addition, all San Francisco-based residential projects are considered for inclusion in the annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend in September.

Early Deadline: February 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Final Deadline: February 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm


The 2016 Design Awards Jury will take place in Austin, TX. More information to come.

Burton Baldridge, AIA

Christopher Cobb, AIA

Coleman Coker

Robert Harris, FAIA

Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA

Award Briefs




The Design Awards program is structured into categories and concentrations. By highlighting concentrations we aim 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.

With this format we hope to demonstrate that all of these disciplines explored collectively, rather than independently, strengthen the overall power and scope of architecture to help shape the built environment and enrich the human spirit.

In recognition of the importance of sustainable design, AIASF instituted a separate award category for energy and sustainability in 2003. In the last 13 years, the profession as a whole has transformed the way it designs, builds, and maintains buildings. The Design Awards program now incorporates the fulfillment of sustainable design principles into all categories. Sponsored by PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

Entry Fees

Early Deadline: February 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm
$205 AIASF Member Submission | $385 General Submission | Free for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

Final Deadline: February 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm
$255 AIASF Member Submission | $435 General Submission | $35 for Full-Time Architectural and Design Students (with ID)

*Fee waiver available in the Unbuilt category. Fee Waiver Request Form.


Click here to Register & Submit

Ceremony and Gala

April 20, 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue

  • 5:30 pm - Doors open
  • 6:00 pm - Ceremony will begin promptly
  • Wine tasting reception to follow in the Green Room

Winning projects will be announced at the ceremony.

Learn More Here

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.


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View our most frequently asked questions or email Karsen Maruca.

California and National award programs

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