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Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture

The American Institute of Architects established the Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture to recognize achievements in the following three categories:

Private-sector architects who have established a portfolio of accomplishment in the design of architecturally distinguished public facilities

Public-sector architects who manage or produce quality design within their agencies

Public officials or other individuals who by their role of advocacy have furthered the public's awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence.

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Eligibility

Any AIA member, group of members, component, or AIA knowledge community may nominate candidates for the Thomas Jefferson Awards.

    Category One
    Architects licensed in the United States and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishment to that end are eligible to be nominated. The nominee shall have evidenced great depth, with a cumulative effect on the quality of public architecture.

    Public architecture is defined as any work that is funded in part or wholly by public money.

    Category Two
    Licensed architects employed in the United States public sector or governmental agencies who manage or produce quality public architecture within their jurisdiction are eligible to be nominated in this category.

    Governmental agencies who, by their successful contribution as a whole have fostered quality in the public environment, may be nominated in this category.

    Category Three
    Public officials or individuals who by his or her role and advocacy have furthered the public’s awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence in public architecture are eligible to be nominated in this category.

    The candidate may be a nonarchitect who by his or her support and actions has significantly influenced or contributed to the promotion of quality design in the public sector.

2015 Call for Entries

View the 2015 Call for Entries

2015 Deadline & Entry Fee

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

2015 Jury

 

Donald King, FAIA (Chair)
DKA Architecture
Seattle

Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA
Studios Architecture
Washington, DC

Michael Pyatok, FAIA
Pyatok Architects
Oakland

David Trevino, AIA
City of Dallas
Dallas

Karen E. Williams, AIA
PIVOT Architecture
Eugene, Oregon

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Awards Submission Preview. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

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 25 pages:

Category One

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

    2. A biography of the candidate, 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 illustrates the effect of the candidate's work.

    4. Exhibits (maximum of 15 pages) with images and/or drawings that represent one to five projects relating to the purpose of the award.

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

Category Two

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

    2. A biography of the candidate or history of the agency, 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 illustrates the effect of the candidate's work.

    4. Exhibits (maximum of 15 pages) with images and/or drawings that represent one to five projects which may include a maximum of three publications (i.e., design guidelines, professional services procurement systems, etc.) relating to the purpose of the award.

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

Category Three

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

    2. A biography of the candidate, 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, specifically supporting advocacy for design excellence in public architecture.

    4. Exhibits (maximum of 15 pages) to illustrate and support the nomination which may include articles, clippings, etc. relating to the purpose of the award.

    5. Five one-page letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons for supporting the candidate'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.

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 HonorsAwards@aia.org 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 HonorsAwards@aia.org for assistance.

Begin Your Submission

The deadline for the 2015 program has passed. Information for the 2016 program will be posted in the summer of 2015.

Questions may be directed to HonorsAwards@aia.org.

Past Recipients

Complete List of Recipients

Contact

Kathleen Daileda, Hon. AIA
Director, AIA Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006
202.626.7474
kdaileda@aia.org

honorsawards@aia.org

         

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