2020 AIA SAR Design Awards
The AIASAR has a long-standing tradition of recognizing a broad range of architecture activity that exemplifies the values of the South Atlantic Region and improves the quality of the built environment in the communities we serve. The SAR Design Awards program seeks to highlight the diverse range of project types that exist within the region. The AIA believes that awards programs should be carefully structured so that the selection and recognition of honorees elevates the general quality of architectural practice, establishes a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and informs the public of the importance of design.
AIASAR achieves this purpose by establishing and sponsoring the following awards and subcategories:
I. Design Awards
• New Construction & Substantial Renovation Award
• Housing Award
• Adaptive Reuse/Preservation Award
• Interior Architecture Award
• Unrealized Project award
II. Student Design Award See the "Categories" information for descriptions of the Design Awards subcategories and the Student Design Awards.
All entries, with the exception of Student Projects, shall be projects executed and designed by AIA members of the South Atlantic Region (SAR), or project teams consisting of at least one AIA SAR member in good standing in their state jurisdiction. Projects may have been executed anywhere in the United States or abroad and must have been substantially completed after January 1, 2013. The number of entries submitted by a firm or individual is not limited. Projects that have previously won an AIASAR award are not eligible. All projects, regardless of size, budget, style, building type, or location are eligible. Entries are welcomed and encouraged from both established and new practitioners at any size firm.
There will be one jury for the SAR awards which will review both professional and student works. The jury will convene in August of 2020 with the professional awards in the morning and student awards in the afternoon. A decision on when the Awards will be presented will be made soon. The 2020 SAR Design Awards jury will be chaired by Roberto De Leon of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) in Louisville, KY.
Sitting on Robert’s jury will be: Brandon Pace, FAIA of Sanders Pace Architects in Knoxville, TN; Lisa Iwamoto of Iwamotoscot in San Francisco, CA; and Robert Maschke, FAIA of Robert Maschke Architects in Cleveland, OH.
Each entry will be judged for the success of the solution to the problems presented by the project and its worthiness, as determined by the jury, for an award of excellence in architecture. Awards will be classified into five categories for publicity and organization purposes. Jury retains the right to reclassify projects. The categories will be New Construction & Substantial Renovation, Housing, Adaptive Reuse /Preservation, Interior Architecture, and Unrealized Projects. Information on each category is provided below. Additional citations or project recognition may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The written project description should provide basic information about the project and verbally convey the design concept to the jury. Information requested in the awards subcategory descriptions should be addressed clearly. Projects descriptions should not provide information which discloses or identifies project team members.
New Construction & Substantial Renovation Projects submitted in this category will include a broad range of types such as Commercial, Educational, Multifamily, Housing, Institutional, or Faith-based Architecture. Master Planning and Urban Design projects are also eligible for recognition under this category. Renovations and addition projects are eligible, but project scope must be clearly and accurately presented through graphics and written descriptions. NC & SR projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards.
Housing Projects submitted in this category will include single family residential projects or multi-family projects of no more than (4) units. Larger multi-family projects will be categorized under New Construction / Substantial Renovation. Renovation and addition projects are eligible, but project scope must be clearly and accurately presented through graphics and written descriptions. Housing projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards.
Adaptive Reuse / Preservation Projects submitted in this category may be of any project type (Commercial, Educational, Residential, etc.) but should include either a renovation within an existing building or a new construction that expands an existing structure or site. Projects that have been recognized for historical value through inclusion in Historic Districts or listing on Historic Registers should identify the type and reason for recognition in the written project description. Projects that do not have official recognition or designation are also eligible and should outline the historical significance in the project description. The intent of this award is to recognize thoughtful interventions or restorations that create a synergy between old and new construction. Routine maintenance, such as painting or reroofing is not considered restoration work for the purposes of this award. Adaptive Reuse/Preservation projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards.
Interior Architecture Projects submitted in this category should illustrate outstanding building interiors created by architects. These projects may include new construction or renovations of existing construction. Multiple entries may be submitted, but individual rooms or spaces within the same project shall be considered as one project. Interior Architecture projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards.
Unrealized Project Projects submitted in this category may be unrealized architectural designs of any project type or conceptual design studies that investigate a specific topic or project type for research purposes. Unrealized client-sponsored projects (commercial or residential buildings, interiors, transportation, infrastructure, monuments, etc.) are eligible for recognition. Projects under construction or otherwise apparently assured of construction are not eligible. All client-sponsored projects must submit a release from the owner. Projects cannot have been undertaken for academic credit or as a non-commissioned design competition entry. Unrealized projects are eligible for Merit Awards only.
STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS
Projects submitted in the Student Design Award category should be the work of students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate architecture degree program, or those who have graduated after January 1st, 2019. Projects must have been completed in pursuit of a degree or academic credit. Entrants must be sponsored by a professor at their university. Group projects are eligible for recognition and will be considered as a group submission. All group members should be credited with roles clearly identified on the submission form.
2020 SAR DESIGN AWARDS FEES
DESIGN AWARDS FEES $270 per submission until July 1 ($295 after July 1)
STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS FEES $30 per submission until May 29 ($40 after May 29)
All submissions due by July 24, 2020.