Sign In, Renew, Sign Up

Search AIA

Search AIA Go

Career StagesCareer Stages

Page Tools

CMD Insight for Architects

Advertisements

Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition


The American Institute of Architects 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.

The annual exhibition is presented at AIA National’s headquarters, the American Center for Architecture, in Washington, DC. The exhibition is on display each spring through the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.

Submissions can be the result of work in a firm, class, design studio, design competition, or personal investigation. Submission types include, but are not limited to; final presentation content, developmental design sketches, renderings, complete drawing sets, models, photography, painting, and video. In order to best represent the diversity and talents of emerging professionals, the AIA accepts submissions of varying representation of design works and encourages the creative use of the exhibition space as well as the use of alternative and mixed media.

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 Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition is open to the public and is an opportunity for emerging professionals to receive extensive exposure of their work. Selected works will be viewed by a large number of AIA National leadership and staff while on display at AIA National’s headquarters.

Annual List of Selected Works

2014 Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition
2013 Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition

2012 Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition

How to Submit Your Work

AIA-Accordion

 

Submission Deadline

The 2014 submission period is now closed. Please check back in early 2015 for the new submission requirements. The submission details below are for information only.

Submission Format

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals accepts work in varying formats, including but 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.

In addition to the required format for work, submitters must fill out the submission form and media release.

Download Form and Template Examples


The ZIP/Compressed folder (above button) contains the following:

    • one (1) PDF file as an example template layout

    • one (1) PDF form that must be returned to AIA

    • two (2) CS6 compatible files types (.indd and .indt)

    • two (2) CS5 compatible files types (.indd and .indt)

    • one (1) CS4 compatible file (.idml)

    • one (1) CS3 compatible file (.inx)

Guidelines for File Submissions

All submissions must be accompanied by the completed form to provide AIA staff with additional contact and project information.

All files must be a single PDF or ZIP file format. (Must include submission form and project board/images.)

No one file can exceed 25MB in size.

Images must have a resolution of at least 150 dpi but should not exceed 300 dpi.

A description of the project must be included for consideration.

Submitting Your File(s)

Exhibition submissions are accepted via a third-party file-sharing program of your choice. Recommended services include but are not limited to Hightail, Dropbox, and Google Drive. All emails via third-party file-sharing should be addressed to emergingprofessionals@aia.org and should not include any attachments.

For example, submitters may sign up for a 14-day Free Trial of Hightail. When prompted, users should provide the following information in the submit form via Hightail:

    From: submitter’s email address
    To:
    emergingprofessionals@aia.org
    Subject:
    2014 CEP Annual Exhibition Submission
    Message:
    provide any additional information for AIA staff
    Upload from Desktop:
    upload your single PDF or ZIP file

    Click “SEND IT”*

*Please be aware that by clicking the “SEND IT” button, you are agreeing to the Terms of Service presented by Hightail.

Exhibition Logistics

If your work is selected, the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals will notify you in late February 2014.

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

AIA-Accordion

 

How long does the Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition last?

The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition is typically on display each spring through 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! The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals encourages all types of media—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, 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 unique form for each project submission. Individuals may submit projects completed independently and/or project(s) completed with a group, 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.

 

Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy