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:
Administration: 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.)
Construction: 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 Illustration: 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).