AIA Montgomery Design Awards



2019 Winners

AIA Montgomery is proud to recognize excellence in architectural design work of its members through its Design Award program. The goal of the Design Awards is that of the Alabama Council: to elevate the quality of architecture in our region, and to establish a continually progressive standard of excellence by which architects can assess their own work. Awards are presented at the Montgomery Chapter AIA Awards Gala in December.


Each submission will be judged according to its own merit, how well it solves the problem addressed, and sustainability. Projects will not be judged in competition with each other, but by measuring the architect’s performance against each project’s potential. Awards can be given in the following three categories:

Honor Award: The highest level of recognition that the Chapter bestows to firms for projects displaying exemplary design exceeding the criteria set forth by the jury.

Award of Merit: Bestowed to firms for projects that meet the jury’s requirements for design excellence. Award recognition is based on the success with which the project has met jury criteria.

Honorable Mention: At the jury discretion, bestowed to firms for projects that have met the jury’s requirements and deserve to be commended.

Award Categories

AIA Montgomery will recognize projects that exemplify design excellence and achievement from the following categories: Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Special and Detail. All projects, whether primary building design, renovation, adaptive reuse, interiors or other design should be included in the appropriate category that best describes the work.

Residential: Includes single family, multi-family (apartments, condos, etc.), dormitories and may include other projects where residential usage is primary but other uses are also included.

Commercial: Includes all projects for private developers, corporations, etc. such as retail, hotels, offices and other for-profit development.

Institutional: Includes all educational projects, all projects for governmental authorities, churches and related facilities, medical facilities, as well as projects for similar public /private institutions.

Special: Includes all projects which do not fit into one of the above categories. These projects may include planning, energy conservation or projects that by their nature are simply unique.

Detail: Includes millwork, handrail, stairs, floor patterns, trim work, structural connections, and many others where the detail elevated the project to a higher level of excellence.

Un-built Works: Includes any un-built work that has been accomplished by a firm or an individual. This is open to any project of any type that has not been constructed yet. Submission requirements are the same.


The Awards jury for this year will be composed of architects, chaired by (TBA). Judging will be conducted in October.


Entries must be completed architectural projects that has been produced by, or in collaboration with an architect member of the Montgomery Chapter of the AIA who is licensed and practicing in the chapter area at the time of project completion. Projects may have been executed anywhere in the U.S. or abroad and must have been completed ten years prior to submission. Previously submitted, non-winning projects and those projects who have won awards in other programs are eligible. An entry may be of one building, a related group of buildings forming a single project, an interior design project, or a project detail. The term “building” includes a new architectonic composition as well as the remodeling, rehabilitation, and/or preservation of existing structures.

Entry Requirements

Acceptable Entries will include completed Powepoint Template, 20x30 Display Board, and Entry Fee. A Power Point template has been designed with simple instructions for use. The format allows for a brief program statement and project summary, and accepts digital images to visually describe the work. Each firm will receive the Design Award Submittal format via email after they register.

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Please complete the entry form (one per entry) and return with correct fees

  • Use separate entry form(s) for each project submitted.
  • Initial entry fee is $150 with additional entries at $100 each.
  • Make checks payable to AIA Montgomery and mail or deliver to Design Awards, 2660 EastChase Lane, Suite 200, Montgomery, AL 36117.
  • Entry submittals and project displays should be delivered to the office of Seay, Seay & Litchfield, 1115 S. Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Download Entry Form

Although fully described in the email, the following is a brief description of the Power Point format:

• Page one: A brief description of 250 words or less with statements on the program, design, concept, context solution and cost. When referencing “context” (how the building fits within its surroundings), please be specific.

• Page two and up: The template allows for 8 to 12 digital image files in a TIFF or JPG format, a minimum 300 DPI. Please include the building plan with at least one image showing the overall site context. Include the project name on each file and a number to demonstrate your preferred viewing sequence. Please provide a CD with a copy of the Power Point file with an attached file containing the individual images used.

• All submissions are encouraged to include, as applicable, pages describing in words or drawings the following:

- How the project incorporates design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and its occupants with regard to site/land planning.

- How the project safeguards water resources and water use efficiency.

- How the project manages energy use and energy efficiency.

- How the project conserves materials and resources.

- How the project promotes quality indoor environments.

• Last Page: Project title and location (city/state) owner, architectural firm, consultants and contractor. Include firm name on this page only. Please include the name of everyone involved with the project.

• Project Display: The project display is not required to be a fully finished presentation board. The boards are intended to convey the design thoughts to judges. Clear working drawings or sketches are acceptable and encouraged. One 20” x 30” illustration board oriented vertically, containing the following is required:

• Project title and location, owner, architectural firm, consultants and contractor within a 5”x7”space.

• A 250 word project description as included in the electronic format. • Site plan, floor plan, and building section or axonometric. Legible reductions are acceptable.

• Three to six color prints from entry images, at least one interior and one exterior. To keep the judging process unbiased, please be sure that the firm name and those involved with the project are within the space indicated on the project display requirements. Where asked to include project name, please be consistent. The project name you choose to provide will be the name used on all printed materials for the Design Awards.

• One photo from each submission should be designated for publication and have a written release.

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