Design Awards

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

AIASF Design Awards Recipients


2022 Program


The call for submissions to AIA San Francisco's 2022 Design Awards program has closed; the 2023 program cycle will open at the end of this year.

People's Choice Awards
Voting for the 2022 People's Choice Awards will is open now through April 15. Cast your votes!

Design Celebration
AIASF Design Awards and People’s Choice Awards honorees will be announced across AIASF’s social media accounts on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 27. Follow us on Instagram to be the first to know, and join us on the evening of Thursday, April 28 at PROXY to celebrate! Learn more!


Awards Briefs, Eligibility, + Submission Requirements

The Design Awards submission is structured into main categories and optional concentrations. In addition to the design awards given in each main category – ArchitectureInterior Architecture, and  Unbuilt Design – the jury may also choose to recognize projects that exhibit special achievements in four concentrations, giving special acknowledgement to projects that further encompass the values of good design within the context of historic preservation, social responsibility, technology excellence, and urban design.

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 several 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.

For built projects, construction must have been completed within four years of the final submission deadline. For unbuilt projects, the design must be within four years of the final submission deadline.

The Common App

AIASF has adopted AIA California's "Common App" as part of the submission requirements to help identify how each project responds to the urgency of climate action given the broad impacts the built environment places on both people and planet. Please be sure to use the current version of the Common App available here. For further requirements and guidance on completing the Common App as part of your submission, visit the AIASF website here. Please note that some of the technical information requested on the Common App may require consultation with your engineer, and take this into account when preparing your submission.

Common App Webinar: join AIA San Francisco’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) for a conversation around the submission requirements for the Common App component in AIASF’s Design Awards program, and the technical review of the Common App that all entries will undergo.

The session is led by COTE co-chairs Mark Kelly, AIA, and Charlie Stott, AIA, with Vaclav Hasik of Building Transparency, and includes audience Q+A.


2022 Jury

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Trained as both a historian and a designer, he divides his time between scholarship, research, and practice. He is the author of numerous books on architecture and urbanism, including See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency; Monolithic Architecture; and Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture. el-Khoury’s leads RAD-UM, a research lab for embedded technology and robotics aiming at enhancing responsiveness and resilience in buildings and smart cities. The work of his firm, Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), has won international awards.

el-Khoury’s work has been featured in national and international media outlets that cut across disciplines ranging from WIRED Magazine to the Wall Street Journal to the Space Channel to BBC World. He has shared his work through teaching, visiting professorships and lectures at dozens of institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Sharon Johnston, FAIA

Sharon Johnston is founding partner of Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee and Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Works by Johnston Marklee span thirteen countries and are diverse in scale and type. Recent projects include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston; a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the new Dropbox global headquarters in San Francisco; and the new UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios in Culver City.

Publications on the work of the firm include House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House (Birkhauser, 2016); 2G N. 67; El Croquis N. 198; and A+U N. 614. In 2019, Sharon was named Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture: New Generation Leader. Together with partner Mark Lee, Sharon was Co-Artistic Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Nader Tehrani

For his contributions to architecture as an art, Nader Tehrani is the recipient of the 2020 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, to which he was also elected as a Member in 2021, the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in The United States. Nader Tehrani is Founding Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. Tehrani is also Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. His work has been recognized with notable international awards in architecture.


Marion Weiss, FAIA

Marion Weiss is co-founder of WEISS/MANFREDI and the Graham Chair Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Her New York City-based multidisciplinary practice is known for the dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape. Her firm’s Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the “top ten architectural marvels.” Current projects include the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Master Plan, the Tampa Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, and the US Embassy in New Delhi, India. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, the National Building Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. She is a National Academy Inductee, recipient of Architectural Record’s Design Leader Award, and her firm has been recognized with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, the NY Center for Architecture President’s Award, and the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

Angela Wu, AIA

As Director of KPF leading the San Francisco office, Angela provides seamless communication and on-the-ground personal approach in working with clients and stakeholders on West Coast projects. With more than 20 years of architecture experience, Angela has led a variety of projects in terms of both type and scale, ranging from singular residential, office, retail and institutional buildings to large-scale, mixed-program, multi-building complexes. Through her deep and diverse experience, she has developed a design sensibility that is highly program-driven and culturally-based. Her interest in multidisciplinary collaboration to create synthesized architectural projects is key to her approach. Angela is a deep believer in the integration of architecture, structure, sustainability, and planning for a human-scaled environment, and these guiding principles are behind her design and management of numerous award-winning and prominent projects, such as Platform 16 and South Almaden Boulevard in San Jose and 5M Soma, 415 Natoma and 10 South Van Ness in San Francisco to name a few.

AIASF Design Awards Jury Selection Team

Anne Fougeron, FAIA
Principal | Fougeron Architecture

Craig Hartman, FAIA
Senior Consulting Design Partner | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

2022 People's Choice Awards

The People's Choice Awards expands the AIASF Design Awards program to provide the public a chance to recognize excellence in architectural work in and by the Bay Area design community.

Cast your vote!
People's Choice Awards will be given to one project in each of two categories: projects with budgets over and under $10,000,000. The two winning projects will be announced with the Design Awards honorees shortly in advance of, and recognized during, the 2022 Design Celebration at PROXY on April 28th.

Help us spread the word!
Send the People’s Choice Awards to your friends and colleagues. Tag your posts with #AIASFPeoplesChoice on social media. Voting closes on April 15th.

2022 Design Awards submitters opted in to participate in the People's Choice Awards, identifying one representative project image. Our online gallery also includes a project’s title and description, and recognizes the photographer where applicable. The design firm is concealed, and will only be announced for winning projects.


2022 Design Celebration

432 Octavia St, SF
Thursday, April 28
6 - 9 PM

AIASF is celebrating excellence in Architecture and Design with one of the Chapter’s biggest events. Join the Bay Area's built environment community in-person for a special evening, including recognition of this year’s Design Awards recipients.

AIASF Design Awards and People’s Choice Awards honorees will be announced across AIASF’s social media accounts on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 27. Follow us on Instagram to be the first to know, and join us at PROXY to celebrate!

A food trucks will be available onsite, and registration includes complimentary wine, beer, and sparkling water.


2022 Design Awards Gold Sponsor


2022 Design Awards Bronze Sponsors

Forell Elsesser Structural Engineers
Tipping Structural Engineers
XL Construction

2022 Design Awards Copper Sponsors

2022 Design Awards Venue Partner


PROXY: created, curated and stewarded by ENVELOPE.

2022 Design Awards Celebration Beer Partner

Fort Point Beer

2022 Design Awards Partners

SF Heritage

2022 Media Partner

Architects Newspaper

2022 International Newswire Partner

V2COM Newswire

Redeem AXP Credit Hours

AXP candidates can receive credit hours for design competition entries. Candidates should fill out the Design Competition Verification form. This form is to certify that the AIASF Design Awards program meets the requirements of completing a design competition for AXP credit as defined in the AXP Guidelines.

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

AIA California and AIA National Award Programs

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

AIA National Awards AIA California Design Awards


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View our most frequently asked questions or email Annabelle Udo-O'Malley, Program Manager.

Interested in sponsorship? Email Amy Ress, AIASF Deputy Director.

AIASF Design Awards Recipients