Design Awards Submission

We encourage individuals and firms to submit to our annual awards program. Awardees 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.

The jury process and People's Choice Awards voting have closed for this year's Design Awards program. The honorees of the 2021 AIASF Design Awards program were publicly announced at an online ceremony on Wednesday, June 30.

View the Ceremony

How to Submit

The submission site for the 2021 AIASF Design Awards has now closed. Submissions to the 2022 program will be accepted beginning early next year.

Entry Fees + Deadlines

Entry fees are non-refundable. Submissions must be fully completed and entered on or before the Early Submission Deadline in order to qualify for the discounted submission fees rates.

Awards Briefs

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 three concentrations, giving special acknowledgement to projects that further encompass the values of good design within the context of historic preservationurban 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 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.

2021 Jury

Barbara Bestor, FAIA
Bestor Architecture

Barbara Bestor, FAIA is the Principal and founder of Bestor Architecture. Raised in Cambridge, MA, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of SCI-Arc, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Barbara has consistently pursued experimental architecture that engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. The architectural form is explored through experiments in spatial arrangements, graphics, and color. Her varied and progressive body of work connects with people on many levels, often outside the boundaries traditionally delineated for architecture. She believes that good design creates an engaged urban life and embraces the ‘strange beauty’ that enhances everyday life experience.

Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA

An architect, urbanist, and author, Chakrabarti designs and advocates for a sustainable and equitable urban future centered on human connectedness. He advances these goals as the founder and creative director of his own global architecture studio, PAU, where he leads complex design projects such as Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Expansion, Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Refinery, Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Yards, Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Central Station project in Detroit’s Corktown, Princeton University’s new Hobson College, and a unique urban village in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Simultaneously Chakrabarti serves as the William W. Wurster Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. Chakrabarti also served under Mayor Bloomberg as the director of planning for Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11, successfully collaborating on efforts to save the High Line and rebuild the World Trade Center.

Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA
Selldorf Architects

Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 60-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm has worked on public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility, and at scales from the construction of new buildings to the restoration of historic interiors and exhibition design. Clients include the Frick Collection, Hispanic Society Museum & Library, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Clark Art Institute, and Neue Galerie New York. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA
Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

Shim and her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe founded Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in Toronto, Canada in 1994. Their design practice explores the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape, furniture and fittings. Shim-Sutcliffe have realized built work in Canada, the United States, Russia and Asia focusing on place-making. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fifteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work.

Julie Snow, FAIA
Snow Kreilich Architects

Julie Snow leads a studio-based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio's interest in pragmatic and critical programmatic reflection results in innovative designs that expand our understanding of architectural performance. Design strategies engage issues of how architecture performs within each project's, social, cultural and economic context. The practice has been recognized with numerous awards, including the AIA’s 2018 Architecture Firm Award, an honor that recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Julie Snow has held several visiting professor positions, as well as teaching at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture where she received the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2011 she was awarded the Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

AIASF Design Awards Jury Selection Team

Anne Fougeron, FAIA
Principal | Fougeron Architecture

Mary Griffin, FAIA
Principal | Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

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

Katherine Seth
Designer | Fougeron Architecture

2021 AIASF Design Awards Sponsors

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

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