Design Awards FAQs


Q. I work for a Seattle based firm that just completed a project in Santa Cruz, are we eligible?
A. No, either the firm or the project must be within 30 miles of San Francisco. If you firm is working elsewhere, click here to find which AIA Component represents you.

Q. My firm has offices nationwide, including San Francisco. We just completed a project in Dubai. Are we eligible?
A. If your San Francisco office was the lead design team, yes.

Q. I am taking a Revit class at City College. Am I eligible for the student rate?
A. No, you must be a full-time architectural student.

Q. Can one project be submitted to multiple categories?
A. Yes, but you must register and pay for each submission separately.

Q. Why is the Fee waiver only applicable for Unbuilt submissions?
A. The Unbuilt Award category was chosen because of the high number of AIA San Francisco members currently engaged in designing projects not yet completed.



Q. Do I just have to pre-register and begin my application by the deadline, or is my submission due that day?
A. You must enter your completed project submission by the deadline.

Q: I’m having trouble accessing the Design Team Credits Template or the Sustainable Design Supplement. Can you send this to me?
A: If any links do not work for you, please contact Karsen Maruca.

Q: You only allow 10 images. Can we put more than one image per file?
A: Yes, at your discretion you may create composite images as long as you include individual image files that are at least 8″ x 10″ at 300dpi for each of the images in the composite along with your submission. You may have no more than two composite images in your submission.

Q. We would like to use captions with our images. Is this allowed?
A. Yes, you may use captions at your discretion as long as they are not placed directly over the images. However, please keep in mind that the image will be viewed electronically. Text should be big enough to be legible on screen.

Q. Can I include the name of the client in my submission?
A. Yes, unless you are your own client. In this case, you please make sure to remove your name from all imagery.

Q. Can my diagrams be in PDF format?
A. Yes, but please make sure all project imagery is JPEG.

Q. Do you care if our images are oriented vertically or horizontally?
A. No, as long as your images are at least 8″x10″ at 300 dpi, the orientation is up to you. However, for publication purposes it is helpful if you include a mix of both vertical and horizontal images in the event your project wins.

Q. I am submitting a project in the Unbuilt category. Do I still need to fill out the sustainable design supplement?
A. Sustainability it not the only criteria upon which projects are judged. However, both built and Unbuilt projects are asked to fill out the Sustainable Design Supplement. If you do not have any building performance data to share on an Unbuilt project, you can mark NA in the fields on the Common App form, or leave them blank, and upload that document to the Building Performance Data file field on the submission form. While metrics that are unavailable for your Unbuilt design be left out, completing the strategy narratives is still required.



Q: Will entrants be notified if they win?
A: No, all winners are announced at the annual Design Awards ceremony.

Q: How are the honorees recognized?
A: Honored entries are celebrated at the ceremony, are featured in the Design Awards exhibition, and recognized on the AIASF website.

Q. Is there any formal recognition for submissions that do not win?
A: No, however, all residential entries are considered for AIASF’s annual Home Tours programs.