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.
Jury information will be added as it becomes available.
Jennifer Yoos, FAIA Principal, VJAA
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
AIASF Board of Directors
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
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.
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: