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Young Architects Award

The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career.




Architect members of the AIA who are members in good standing and have been licensed to practice architecture fewer than 10 years by the submission deadline are eligible to be nominated; the term young architect has no reference to the age of nominees. Any component, member of the national AIA Board of Directors, AIA knowledge community, or College of Fellows may nominate one or more individuals.

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 pm Eastern time.

There is a $100.00 entry fee for this program.

2016 Jury


Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA, Chair
Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
Towson, Maryland

Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
LML Consulting
Washington, DC

Raymond 'Skipper' Post, FAIA
Post Architects
Baton Rouge

John Sorrenti, FAIA
JRS Architect, PC
Mineola, New York

Edward Vance, FAIA
EV&A Architects, Inc.
Las Vegas

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2016 Young Architects Award Submission Preview before submitting your payment.

You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline once you have started but no refunds will be issued for submissions that are disqualified, late or incomplete.

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 (please read carefully for 2016 changes):

1. A one-page nomination letter by any component, member of the national AIA Board of Directors, AIA knowledge community, or College of Fellows 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. This should include information that demonstrates: 1) the value of design, practice, or education; 2) the value of giving back to the profession through work with the AIA or other industry-related organization, mentoring, etc.; and 3) the value of giving back to the community where you are actively serving the greater community not in a paid capacity.

4. Exhibits (maximum of 15 pages) with images and/or drawings or other materials that best demonstrate the outstanding accomplishments made by the candidate including confirmation that the candidate was responsible for the projects listed. (Sample Declaration of Responsibility)

5. Five one-page letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons 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 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

Begin your submission.

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

Questions may be directed to

Past Recipients

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


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