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Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America. This annual exhibition promotes the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspires professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.

Submissions are accepted from any architecture student, intern architect, or architect licensed less than ten years, per the AIA’s definition of Emerging Professionals. Submissions from AIA and AIAS members receive priority for display, but the exhibition strives to be inclusive of all Emerging Professionals within the fields of architecture and design.

The annual exhibition is presented at AIA National’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The exhibition is on display each spring beginning with the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference. The exhibition is open to the public and is an opportunity for Emerging Professionals to receive extensive exposure of their work.

Annual List of Selected Works

Submission Information

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Eligibility

Any architecture student, recent graduate, or architect licensed less than ten years (per the AIA’s definition of Emerging Professionals) may submit project(s) for the exhibition. Individuals, teams, studios, and firms are all eligible to submit project(s). Submissions from AIA and AIAS members receive priority for display, but the exhibition strives to be inclusive of all Emerging Professionals within the fields of architecture and design.

Deadline

February 17, 2015

Criteria

Project submissions may be the result of work in a firm, class, design studio, design competition, or personal investigation. Recommended project content includes, but is not limited to; final presentation content, developmental design sketches, renderings, complete drawing sets, models, photography, painting, and video. Recommended formats include but are not limited to:

    1. Two-dimensional project boards—submissions should follow the recommended portrait, 24 x 36 inch board template format (provided as a download below) in order for staff to better evaluate the submitted work(s). Template requires that submissions include one large feature image, project title, name of firm and/or individual(s), and a project description (maximum 500 words).

    2. Three-dimensional projects—proposed work(s) should be submitted by providing at least three (3) images of the proposed work(s), project title, as well as a 500 word description of the project.

Submissions representing varying design works are encouraged in order to best represent the diversity and talents of Emerging Professionals; the AIA also encourages the creative use of the exhibition space as well as the use of alternative and mixed media. Multiple projects may be submitted for consideration.

Please note: It is free to submit entries for consideration.

Media Requirements and Template

All media files submitted must be a single PDF or JPEG format. Two items must be submitted for each project submission:

    • A project board (24 x 36 inch format, download template below)

    • A feature image (150 dpi max)

For project board submissions, no one file can exceed 25MB in size; board images must have a resolution of at least 150 dpi but should not exceed 300 dpi for printing purposes. Feature images will be used digitally in the exhibition project gallery and should not exceed 10MB, 150 dpi max.

Submit Your Project(s)

All projects must be submitted via the Exhibition Submission site. Click the “Begin Submission” button below to complete your profile and submit your project files. Please be sure to comply with the required submission format for project boards, submitters must fill out the submission form and media release.

Exhibition Logistics

If your work is selected, the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals will notify you in early March 2015.

Please note that the AIA prints selected two-dimensional works at no cost to submitters. Three-dimensional work must be brought or sent to the AIA per the submitter’s preferred method, at the cost of the submitter.


Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does the Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition last?

The Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition is typically on display each spring beginning with the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in March.

Are there size requirements for physical submissions?

There are currently no size requirements for physical submissions. The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals will attempt to accommodate selected works no matter the size and shape. Our staff will work closely with individuals/teams that submit physical work to determine the best curatorial options for their work.

Does the AIA keep my work following the closing of the exhibition?

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals will keep all two-dimensional project boards that are printed by the AIA specifically for the Exhibition. Any three-dimensional work brought or sent to the AIA will be returned to the submitter via their preferred method, at the cost of the submitter.

Are there any types of media not accepted for the exhibition?

Absolutely not! All types of media are encouraged—video, 2-D, 3-D, projects, sound, “alternative” media, experimental art, etc.

Is there a cost associated with submitting work?

There is no cost to submit your work. The AIA will print selected two-dimensional works at no cost to submitters. However, three-dimensional work must be brought or sent to the AIA per the submitter’s preferred method, at the cost of the submitter.

Do I have to be a member of the AIA to submit work?

You do not have to be an AIA or AIAS member to submit work. Submissions are accepted from any architecture student, intern architect, recent graduate, or architect licensed less than ten years, per the AIA’s definition of Emerging Professionals. Submissions from AIA and AIAS members receive priority for display, but the exhibition strives to be inclusive of all Emerging Professionals within the fields of architecture and design.

Can I submit more than one project?

Multiple projects may be submitted. Please fill out a project submission in your account for each project. Individuals may submit projects completed independently and/or project(s) completed with a team, firm, or studio.


About the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals exists to support, educate and advocate for students, intern architects and the recently licensed, less than ten years. For more information, visit www.aia.org/careerstages.

 

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