Interior Architecture Award
AIA’s Interior Architecture Award program celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces across a range of projects.
Celebrating innovative interior architecture & design
Impactful building interiors make their mark on the cities, places, and spaces where we live and work.
The 2023 Interior Architecture program celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces, with projects ranging from a distillery visitor center to an ice rink to a 1,100-foot table, and that’s just the beginning.
In 2019, AIA adopted the Framework for Design Excellence as the set of guidelines and requirements to assess project performance. Climate action requires a holistic approach addressing the interdependence among people, buildings, infrastructure, and the environment. The Framework for Design Excellence provides the elements that support this vision during project evaluation. While projects submitted do not need to address all the measures included in the framework, they do need to highlight how they perform in this context and highlight relevant narratives and metrics when applicable.
Submission schedule: 2024 cycle closed
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- Any U.S. licensed architect may enter.
- Submitting architects do not have to be the head of the team.
- Projects must credit every substantial contributor.
- New construction, renovations, and restorations are eligible.
- Projects may be located anywhere in the world but must have been designed by a U.S. licensed architect.
- Projects must have been completed since January 1, 2018.
The jury evaluates entries based on how successfully projects have met their individual requirements. Entries are judged individually—not in competition with each other.
All projects must demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, of ecology and environmental sustainability, and of history.
Entry fee: $500 for members and $850 for non-members
Submission process: Visit the submission site for full submission details prior to the deadline. After logging in, you may view the entire submission site, and save your submission as you work to complete it. You will not be asked to pay until your submission is complete.
A sample application can be viewed here: Interior Architecture Awards Sample Application
2024 Jury for Interior Architecture
The jury is composed of five members, at least four of whom shall be AIA members (three of whom shall be Architect members, at least one of whom shall be an Architect member licensed less than ten years), and one of whom may be an allied professional or client.
Luis G. Huertas, AIA, Chair, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC, Richmond, Va.
Lori Apfel Cardeli, AIA, LACArch, Bethesda, Md.
Denise Rush, Boston Architectural College, Boston
Mark Schwamel, FAIA, Ware Malcomb, Chicago
Jennie Cannon West, AIA, Studio West Design & Architecture, New Orleans
800 Fulton Market, Chicago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Southwest Public Library, Washington, DC, Perkins & Will
Mount Auburn Cemetery – Bigelow Chapel and New Crematory, Cambridge, Mass., William Rawn Associates, Inc.
River Ranch, Blanco, Texas, Jobe Corral Architects
Student Success District, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP and Poster Mirto McDonald
Three Gables, Napa, Calif., Aidlin Darling Design
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, Washington, DC, Mecanoo, OTJ Architects
Willis Tower Repositioning, Chicago, Gensler, SkB Architects, OLIN