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Architectural Excellence Awards

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Project Eligibility

Awards can be given for a project in any geographic location if the project's Architect of Record is a member of AIA Pennsylvania and the project was completed within the last five years.

Award Types

Silver Medals may be granted, at the jury’s discretion to the project that distinguishes itself from the rest of the submissions and may be given in any category.

Honor Awards may be given at the jury’s discretion for projects that exemplify the highest design quality in any category.

Citation of Merit Awards may be given to reward a project that either lies outside of the other categories or bears an exceptional aspect or detail that the jury feels represents excellence which deserves specific honor.

Award Categories

Architecture: built projects including new buildings of all types including additions and alterations to existing buildings.

Interior Architecture: large or small in scope and may involve new construction, renovation, or preservation/restoration.

Historic Preservation: projects including historic restoration, historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.

Regional and Urban Design: urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, campus plans, regional plans, environmental programs, or redevelopment projects.

Special Initiatives: planning, research, conceptual, unbuilt projects, policy development and implementation and community initiatives. The project must have been completed within the last five years.

Associate: recognizes the contributions and creativity of AIA Pennsylvania Associate Members. Work submitted may include projects that the member has had significant participation in at the firm where the associate is affiliated or an individual effort at the conceptual level that is recognized for its inventiveness and/or originality. The project must have been completed within the last five years.

Requirements & Deadlines

The submission requirements for all categories are the same.  Electronic Submissions, including the Payment Form and the Project Credit Form(s), are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 27, 2013. Submissions will be made online. In the subject line, please use the project name. If you have any problems, please contact Rebekah Waddell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .