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AIA/TAP Innovation Awards Program

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community seeks exemplary implementations in the state of the art of the design, delivery and management of the built environment as enabled by advanced processes and technologies – to be recognized in the 2015 AIA TAP Innovation Awards Program.

Since 2005, the AIA TAP 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.

Rather than abandon the notion of BIM, the 2015 AIA TAP Innovation Awards Call for Entries emphasizes how this array of new practices and technologies will further enable project delivery and enhance data-centric methodologies in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle, from design, to construction and through operations. AIA TAP endeavors to enliven the discourse on how these innovations can advance the profession and practice of architecture and further the mission of the Institute.




    • Open to everyone.

    • Submissions by jury members or by any firm or organization of which they are members or have a substantial interest are not permitted.

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

    • Submissions should highlight projects which are built or under construction (but this is not a requirement).

2015 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back in the fall of 2015 for information on the 2016 program.

Below is the list of submission entry fees. All entry fees are non-refundable:

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

2015 Jury


Steven Wolf, AIA (Chair)
Target Corporation
Roseville, Minnesota

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick, P.E.
University of Washington

Federico Negro
New York City

Shane Burger
Woods Bagot
New York City

Randall Deutsch, AIA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Winnetka, Illinois

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2015 Submission Preview before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

Submitters should ensure all general and submitter-selected category criteria are met. Nonetheless, the jury will review all submissions across all categories and have sole discretion to select 2015 AIA TAP Innovation Award recipients.

AIA TAP is pleased to continue to partner with industry leaders at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), BIMForum, Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), and International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA); as well as collaborate with other AIA Knowledge Communities.

General Awards Criteria

Submissions in ALL categories should exhibit:

    • Efforts by any individual, any single team within a project, an entire project delivery team, or an organization;

    • Effective and extensive team collaboration;

    • Process changes that enhances overall project delivery;

    • Cultural changes in the way project delivery is carried out;

    • Well-documented benefits addressing project costs, schedule, and/or resulting quality;

    • Workflows and uses of data that integrate and expand across the entire life cycle of a project, from pre-project strategy and planning through design, construction, commissioning and occupancy and on to facility management and operations;

    • Clear depiction of using data interoperability to gain project delivery benefits. Projects should make use of at least two or more software tools /applications. Opportunities where open standards were used to achieve data interoperability across multiple technology platforms is HIGHLY encouraged;

    • Enhancement and enabling of sustainable (aka “green”) design goals.

Category A | Stellar Architecture

Submissions in this category must exhibit exemplary architectural design and explain how innovations in practices and technologies were critical in the design and construction process. In addition to the General Awards Criteria, submission should include:

    • Advance the theory and practice of architecture through the innovative use of technology;

    • Emphasis of design expertise utilizing advanced technologies, but not being determined, dictated, or limited by them;

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

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

    • Leverage technology to operate the building to the fullest extent of its design potential;

Category B |Delivery Process Excellence

Submissions in this category must exhibit outstanding examples of innovations in collaboration at any stage of, if not the entire, project delivery (such as Integrated Project Delivery), integrating planning, design, construction and operation to fulfill project goals. In addition to the General Awards Criteria, submission should include:

    • Documentation of progressive contractual relationships to advance the project delivery;

    • Documentation of new, or alternative, forms of collaborating or partnering;

    • Documentation of innovative processes used;

    • Preservation or enhancement of design intent with lower delivery costs;

    • Opportunities for advances in the client’s operations and facility management duties due to the resulting project delivery innovations.

Category C | Academic Program/Curriculum Development

Submissions in this category must exhibit outstanding new curriculum development incorporating innovative methodologies and technologies with BIM and IPD concepts. In addition to the General Awards Criteria, submission should include:

    • Academic studies and research projects employing progressive practices, innovative processes or advanced technologies, or any combination thereof, to achieve design intent realization, gains in efficiency, productivity or sustainability;

    • Demonstration of the use of data interoperability to realize pedagogical goals. Opportunities where open standards were used to achieve data interoperability across multiple technology platforms is HIGHLY encouraged;

    • Documentation on the impacts to practice and project delivery.

Category D | Exemplary use in a Small Firm

Submissions in this category must exhibit exemplary improvements through application of progressive practices, innovative processes and advanced technologies in a firm of 10 or fewer members, at any stage(s) of the overall process of project feasibility assessment, programming, design, documentation, procurement, construction and operation. In addition to the General Awards Criteria, submission should include:

    • Detailed explanation of innovations in practice, process and/or technology to address a specific issues essential to the realization of specific project goals (e.g. “Fast track” delivery, green design, difficult existing site context, etc.);

    • Entries need not be built. However, verifiable demonstration of the feasibility of the innovations in practice, process and/or technology and their affect on the proposed project must be provided.

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

    1. Identification of all significant members by role and responsibilities in the submission;

    2. Detailed answers to each of the General and Category submission criteria.

    3. Statement from each primary project delivery member on most important advantages gained for this project. How were these quantified and compared with typical results?

    4. What standards were created/employed by the team? How well did these serve the project team and project delivery? Was more needed?

    5. Describe any other factors contributing to the success of the project.

    6. Diagram(s) of all data exchanges employed throughout the project.

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 2015 program has passed. Information for the 2016 program will be posted in the fall of 2015.

Questions may be directed to


From the pool of award recipients, the jury may elect to bestow a “Jury’s Choice” distinction.

Award recipients are expected to present their submissions, in-person or virtually, during the 2015 Spring BIMForum to compete for the “Professional’s Choice” Awards.

Award recipients may be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, and also at the AIA TAP Innovation Awards ceremony and reception prior to the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta.

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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