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Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

This award, in honor of the late Whitney M. Young Jr., who challenged the architectural profession to assume its responsibility toward current social issues, is conferred by the AIA Board of Directors on an architect or architecturally oriented organization in recognition of a significant contribution toward meeting this responsibility. The type of social issue is purposefully flexible to remain eternally relevant. Current issues include, for example, housing the homeless/affordable housing, increased participation by minorities or women in the profession, access for persons with disabilities, and literacy.




Members of the national AIA Board of Directors, a component, or AIA knowledge community may nominate architects or architecturally oriented organizations for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.

Current members of the Board are not eligible for the award.

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

Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA
Studios Architecture
Washington, DC

Michael Pyatok, FAIA
Pyatok Architects

David Trevino, AIA
City of Dallas

Karen E. Williams, AIA
PIVOT Architecture
Eugene, Oregon

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Submission Preview before beginning your submission. 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 29 pages:

    1. A one-page nomination letter by a member of the national AIA Board of Directors, or a component, or AIA knowledge community that summarizes the candidate or organization’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 one-page statement of contributions that illustrates the effect of the candidate's or organization’s work.

    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.

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 summer of 2015.

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


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