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Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.




Any AIA member, group of members, component, or knowledge community may nominate candidates, who must be living at the time of nomination, for Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. Nominations previously submitted may be resubmitted.

2016 Call for Nominations

View the 2016 Call for Nominations

2016 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2015 before 5:00 Eastern time.

There is no entry fee for this program.

2016 Jury


Drew White, FAIA (Chair)
Axis Architecture & Interiors

Ric Bell, FAIA
City of New York, Department of Design and Construction
New York City

Sarah Dirsa, AIA

KG&D Architects

Mt. Kisco, New York

Daniel Feil, FAIA
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Penner, Assoc. AIA
Albuquerque, NM

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2016 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award Submission Preview before beginning an entry.

Submission Criteria

The categories for Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement include, but are not limited to individuals or organizations submitting a significant achievement or body of work in:

creation, management, or sponsorship of programs that advance architecture and urban design in institutions, communities, and regional landscapes.

Art and Craftsmanship:
the design, fabrication, or installation of works of art and high craftsmanship in the context of architecture, urban design projects, and built landscapes.

Collaborative Achievement:
advancement of architecture and urban design by teams of architects, allied professionals, administrators, developers, or by the integration of several disciplines. (This specific area of achievement provides opportunities to recognize those allied organizations such as Associated General Contractors, General Services Administration, etc., or teams of allied professionals working with architects for outstanding contributions to the profession.)

advancement in contracting, construction technique, construction management, cost estimating, and project delivery.

Industrial Design:
design or manufacture of building systems, equipment, furnishings, furniture, equipment, tools, and other materials affecting architecture and the built environment.

Information Science:
advances in technology, information systems, computer programming, library systems, and applications that contribute to the advancement of architecture, architectural practice, and the built environment.

Professions Allied with Architecture:
acoustics, color and materials, behavioral science, energy, engineering, ecology and environmental science, ergonomics, graphics, interior design, landscape architecture, land use, lighting design, urban and regional planning, preservation technology, public health, transportation, and other fields of consultation with architects.

Public Policy:
contributions to architecture and the built environment in economics law, political service and legislation, and sociology.

Research, Dissemination, and Education:
contributions to the advancement of architecture through research, publication, institutional and non-institutional programs in education, and public awareness.

Recording and Illustratio
n: contributions to the advancement of architecture in drawing, film, model-making, photography, video, and other representational and recording media.

Writing and Scholarship:
contributions to the advancement of the understanding of architecture in anthropology, architectural history and theory, archaeology, criticism, geography, history, journalism, psychology, sociology, or other fields of inquiry.

Candidates will be evaluated on how well they meet the program criteria which is to be uploaded as a single PDF file smaller than 10 MB in the order listed and not to exceed 29 pages:

1. A one-page nomination letter by any AIA member, group of members, component, or AIA knowledge community that summarizes the candidate's contributions.

2. A biography of the candidate or organization, not to exceed two pages, including a list of offices, positions, honors, publications, and presentations that relate to the purpose of the award.

3. A statement of contributions, not to exceed two pages that illustrate the effect of the candidate's or organization’s work and how it has contributed significantly to the architectural profession.

4. Exhibits (maximum of 15 pages) with images and/or drawings or other materials that best demonstrate the outstanding accomplishments made by the candidate or organization that relate to the purpose of the award.

5. A minimum of seven to a maximum of ten one-page letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons supporting the candidate's or organization’s nomination (the one page letter is to be written on company letterhead and signed with either an original or electronic signature).

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.

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The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2015 before 5:00 Eastern time.

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Past Recipients

Complete List of Recipients


Kathleen Daileda, Hon. AIA
Director, AIA Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006


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