The field of architecture does not evolve solely through the work of architects. The Collaborative Achievement Award recognizes the achievements of allied professionals and architect teams which have advanced the architectural profession.

Shared dedication and distinguished achievement earn this award, whose past recipients have included the Post-Sandy Initiative and the National Building Museum.

Below is high-level information about the program criteria to help you determine if you are a good fit for the Collaborative Achievement program. For full criteria and guidelines, please refer to the submission guide in the Resources tab.


Individuals or organizations responsible for an individual achievement or body of work that relates to or influences architecture.

Individual nominees may be living or dead at the time of submission.


Any AIA member in good standing, AIA Components, and AIA Knowledge Communities may make nominations for the Collaborative Achievement Award.  

Nominator responsibilities

If your nominator is an individual, they must affirm that neither they nor their firm employs unpaid intern architects, including working students (as defined in Section 11.0 of the AIA Rules of the Board).

Nominators are required to write a letter of support for the candidate that introduces the submission. Nominators also assist the candidate by acting as a point of contact for the reference writers and providing guidance as needed.


Recognition for this program typically includes the following elements but may be subject to change. Recipients will receive additional information about this cycle’s recognition benefits with their selection notification.

  • promotional recognition in AIA communication channels.
  • invitation for the recipient or a recipient representative to attend selected Honors & Awards event celebrations, commonly held during the annual AIA Conference on Architecture

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