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Architecture Firm Award

The Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects can bestow on an architecture firm for consistently producing distinguished architecture. It is conferred by the Board of Directors.




Any firm or successor firms, whether an individual or an organization of architects, in which the continuing collaboration among individuals of the firm has been the force in consistently producing distinguished architecture for a period of at least 10 years, is eligible for the Architecture Firm Award. The home office of the nominated firm must be based in the United States.

Nominations made by an AIA component, AIA knowledge community, or a member of the Institute will be accepted for review by the Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Jury. While serving on the Board of Directors, Board members and members of their firms are ineligible to be nominated for this award. Nominators may not be a principal and/or employee of the candidate or the candidate’s firm.

No more than one such award shall be made in any year.

2016 Call for Entries

View the 2016 Call for Entries

2016 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for 2016 submissions has passed. Please check back in the Spring of 2016 for information on the 2017 program.

2016 Jury


Jim Rains, FAIA (Chair)
Rains Studio, PA
Ramseur, NC

Charles Griffin, AIA
WHR Architects

James C. Lord II, AIA
KGA Architecture
Las Vegas

Stephen Maher, AIA
Ritter Maher Architects
Baton Rouge

Antoine Predock, FAIA
Antoine Predock Architects

Linda Reeder, AIA
Linda Reeder Architecture
New Haven

Mark Ripple, AIA
New Orleans

Charles Leroy Travis III, FAIA
Housing Studio

Submission Preview

Please review the 2016 Architecture Firm Award Submission Preview.

Submission Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated on how well they meet the program criteria as established by the Board, which may include:

    • The firm shall have evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture.

    • The firm shall have evidenced great breadth, having influenced the direction/profession of architecture.

    • The firm's work shall be a product of a collaborative environment that has consistently directed itself toward the future as well as respectful of the past.

    • The firm shall have evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or shall have made connections between areas, in the event the firm's areas of focus might be considered circumscribed.

    The firm shall be widely known by the quality of its products: by those who practice architecture, by those who teach architecture, and by those who perhaps do neither.

Additional Considerations
Throughout the submission, where applicable and to the extent possible, you are encouraged to highlight any aspects of the firm’s work or life experience that may have reflected contributions or sensitivity concerning areas of special interest to the Institute, its members, and the architecture profession, including but not limited to the Policy and Position Statements of the AIA. These might include such areas as diversity, sustainability, or the mentoring of emerging professionals, to the degree the candidate has had the opportunity to address them, or as these topics may enhance the candidate’s presentation.

A presentation on the firm's behalf will be made to the Institute’s Board of Directors at its December meeting.

Please note that if the firm is selected as the Architecture Firm Award recipient, they will be obligated to participate in the following:

    • The 2016 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 19-21 in Philadelphia.

    • The Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Advisory Jury as a future juror – date to be determined.

All supporting documentation must be submitted in a single .PDF file not to exceed 10 MB for presentation to the Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Advisory Jury and include the following:

    • A nomination letter, addressed to the jury chair, summarizing the firm's contributions not to exceed one page

    • A brief biography of all firm principals and a history of the firm not to exceed two pages

    • A statement/list of the firm's achievements/awards not to exceed two pages

    • Descriptive statements and photographs of the firm's work with a minimum of three images for each project represented, including a site plan and an exterior and interior image whenever possible

    • A maximum of five (5) letters of support (not to exceed one page each) addressed to the jury chair.

    • Optional – miscellaneous material including clippings, articles, etc. not to exceed three pages

Frequently Asked Questions

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). Upon beginning your submission, you will receive an email with login credentials unique to your entry. Keep this email and use it to log in and complete your submission at a later 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.

Can I update my e-mail address or other contact information after I’ve submitted my entry?
Yes. Log back into the system and edit your profile information accordingly then select the “Update Settings” button. If it is after the deadline you will not be able to access your entry but you will still be able to make changes to your profile, including your e-mail address. It is imperative that you provide an accurate and working e-mail address in order to receive status notifications regarding your submission.

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 an e-mail containing my login credentials after beginning my submission or 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 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 submission completion was July 10, 2015 before 5:00 PM Eastern.

Questions may be directed to

Past Recipients

Complete List of Recipients


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


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