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AIA/TAP Building Information Modeling Awards Program

Since 2005, the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community has spearheaded an effort to highlight award winning "best of breed" case studies from the profession in the harnessing of Building Information Model (BIM) technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence.

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community is hosting its Tenth Annual Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards competition. The competition is seeking projects that exhibit exemplary use of integrated and interoperable building information modeling. The Tenth BIM Awards Call for Entries builds upon the innovative responses received for previous award winners in 2005-2013.

The information for this awards program can also be found on AIA Knowledge Net.




    • Open to all AIA Members, non-members, professionals (owners, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, etc.), academic institutions, and small practitioners based in the United States or Internationally.

    • Projects submitted by jury members or by the organizations they represent, and projects that included jury members on their team, will be disqualified.

    • All entries must receive permissions from owners and other team members and acknowledge that permission as part of the submission

2014 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submission completion is December 16, 2013 before 5:00 PM Eastern. All deadlines are strictly observed.

Below is the list of submission entries. A Member is defined as one belonging to AIA, BIMForum, COAA, or IFMA. All entry fees are non-refundable:

Members and Nonmembers: $350.00 for each entry
Academic Institutions & Small Practitioners: $100.00 for each entry

2014 Jury


Norbert W. Young Jr., FAIA (Chair)
Duck Cove Associates LLC
Greenwich, Connecticut

Ajla Aksamija
University of Massachusetts
Department of Art, Architecture & Art History
Amherst, Massachusetts

Boyd Black
COAA Representative
The University of Chicago

David Fano
CASE Design, Inc
New York City

Paul Teicholz
IFMA Representative
Stanford University
School of Engineering
Stanford, California

Bradley E. Workman
Exton, Pennsylvania

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2014 Submission Preview before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

This year’s BIM Awards are collaborating with AIA Knowledge Communities to broaden the perspective and outreach within the AIA.

AIA TAP is pleased to have three industry partners in this year’s BIM Awards: BIMForum and COAA and IFMA.

The BIMForum leadership and members are actively providing their expertise, insights and outreaching prowess to help make the 2014 BIM Awards the best ever.

The Construction Owners Association of America continues in the 2014 BIM Awards program as an industry partner, participating in the Process Innovation category of submissions.

The International Facilities Managers Association participates again this year in the BIM Awards Program and will continue to focus on Category F: Exemplary Use of BIM For Facility Management | Operations.

Submissions will be evaluated by the Jury for consideration in any and all categories.

Submission Categories

Category A | Stellar Architecture Using BIM

Projects in this category must exhibit exemplary architectural design and explain how uses of BIM (and/or computational design) were critical in the design and construction process.

    • Advance the theory and practice of BIM use

    • Demonstrate new capabilities and achievements incorporating outstanding programming, design, fabrication, construction and/or operation

    • Include exceptional quality of both process and technological performance/innovation

    • Leverage building information modeling to operate the building to the fullest extent of its design potential

    • Project is built, under construction, or in pre-construction phases that is considered extraordinarily visionary by the jury

    • Must exhibit clear use of multiple applications inter-operating to realize outstanding design

    • Architectural expression that could not have been realized without BIM subject to jury assessment of architectural quality

    • Projects should make use of two or more applications and illustrate the use of open standards and interoperable data exchanges

Category B |Delivery Process Innovation

    • Outstanding examples of BIM use in collaborative project delivery (such as Integrated Project Delivery), integrating planning, design, construction and operation to fulfill project goals

    • Project is built or under construction

    • Documented quantified benefits in efficiency and quality

    • Documentation of innovative processes used to realize the project

    • Preservation or enhancement of design intent with lower delivery costs

    • New forms of collaborating or partnering

    • Innovative new tools and methods

Category C | Outstanding Sustainable Design

Exceptional BIM example of integrated use of sustainable, energy, life-cycle, and ecological technologies and process in the design execution of a building project

    • Documentation of the process through which sustainability/simulation/analysis was integrated to inform the Design process

    • Quantified assessment of performance improvements achieved

    • Demonstration of how the design result changed in response to sustainability objectives

Category D | Academic Program / Curriculum Development

Outstanding new curriculum development incorporating BIM and IPD concepts

    • Academic studies and research projects employing virtual building information modeling to achieve gains in efficiency, productivity, sustainability, or design intent realization

    • Demonstration of use of interoperability to realize pedagogic goals

    • Impacts on practice

Category E | Exemplary use of BIM in a Small Firm

Exemplary improvements through application of BIM in a firm of 10 or fewer members, in any stage(s) of the overall process of project feasibility assessment, programming, design, documentation, procurement, construction and operation.

    • “Improvement” may mean increased project quality, productivity or efficiency, better communication among members of a project team, using BIM to achieve specific design goals, or any other enhancement that could be achieved only through the innovative use of BIM

    • Entries shall include a detailed explanation of an innovative BIM-based work flow to address a specific issue essential to the realization of project goals

    • Entries need not be built. However, verifiable demonstration of the feasibility of the improved process must be provided.

Category F| Exemplary use of BIM in Facility Management |Operations

Exemplary improvements through application of BIM for facility management and operations.

    • “Improvements” may mean better maintenance, energy and asset management or any other enhancement that could be achieved only through the innovative use of BIM.

    • Entries shall include a detailed explanation of an innovative BIM-based work flow to address

    - BIM deliverables from designers and contractors to owners,

    - Turnover issues, challenges, and successes

    - Data acquisition/ownership,

    - Integration of CAFM (Computer Aided Facility Management) and CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management ) systems to BIM

Category G| Process and Technology Innovation Integrating with BIM

Exemplary demonstrations of technologies, processes, tools, “apps” and other innovations that all architects, industry stakeholders, and firms can take advantage of immediately to improve project outcomes, customer satisfaction, and firm success:

    • This category is limited to individuals or firms, not technology providers.

    • “Demonstrations” may new tools, processes, “apps”, “add-ons” or “plug-ins” that a firm or individual has developed.

    • Innovations must be available free (with appropriate licensing) to all practicing architects and industry stakeholders.

Examples of innovations include, but are not limited to: augmented reality, wearable computing, mobile computing, cloud-based tools, collaboration, file storage and transfer, simulation, software and “apps” eco-systems”, etc.

Please note: Submissions may be considered for any and all categories. Each submission will be evaluated by the 2014 BIM Awards Jury in the above categories (including the possibility of a “Jury’s Choice” distinction which may be awarded as the jury deems appropriate).

Your submission must be one .PDF no more than 10MB. Your final upload should include images in addition to a Project Narrative of no more than 1,500 words that is comprised of the following:

    1. What were BIM responsibilities of each major player in the team?

    2. What new concepts, procedures or tools were employed in this effort?

    3. How was the integrity of the central design concept maintained throughout the collaboration? How did BIM tools help and/or hinder in that effort?

    4. Statement from each primary team member on most important advantages gained for this project through the use of BIM. How were these quantified and compared with typical results?

    5. What BIM standards were employed by the team? How did these serve well; what is needed?

    6. Diagram of data exchanges employed.

Each Project Narrative shall:

    • Identify the design/construction team members by role and define their roles in general terms

    • Identify relevant work-flows and data exchanges to realize goals within the category submitted

    • Quantify the benefits achieved

    • Describe non-technology factors contributing to that success

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?
You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact for assistance.

Begin Your Submission

The deadline for the 2014 TAP BIM program has passed. Please check back in Fall 2014 for the 2015 program information.

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Award winning projects may be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, and also at the BIM Awards presentation prior to the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago.

Category B finalists and other submissions selected by BIMFORUM are expected to present their submissions, in-person or virtually, during the 2014 Spring BIMForum to compete for the “Professional’s Choice” Awards.

In addition, select Category B Award Finalists and other submissions selected by COAA will be required to present their submissions, in-person or virtually, during a Spring 2014 COAA event to compete for the “Owners Choice” Awards. These presentations may also serve as a presentation to the 2014 BIM Awards Jury for the “Delivery Process Innovation” Awards.

Category F finalists and other submissions selected by IFMA may be invited to present their submissions, in-person or virtually, during a 2014 Spring IFMA event to compete for the “Facility Manager’s Choice” Awards. These presentations may also serve as a presentation to the 2014 BIM Awards Jury for the “Exemplary use of BIM in Facility Management | Operations” Awards.

Past Recipients

2014 Recipients

2013 Recipients

2012 Recipients


Elizabeth Wolverton
Manager, AIA Honors & Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006


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