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Competitions/Grants, RFPs/RFQs, Insurance Programs



Competitions, Scholarships & Grants

Place By Design

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018

Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with the places around us. Projects include but are not limited to urban interventions, public art, architecture, and other ideas grounded in placemaking. Finalists will receive up to 2 complimentary Platinum badges for their design team to present their work at the SXSW Design track in March. Information and Eligibility

NAACP Design Competition

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018

The NAACP has announced an architectural design competition for its headquarters, currently located in Baltimore, MD. The organization will establish the facility as an exemplar for an Equitable Living Building Project.  Standards to be followed include The Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum Certification, the WELL Building Standard, and more. Read More

2019 Gensler Diversity Scholarship

Submission Deadline: December 9, 2018

The Gensler Diversity Scholarship awards underrepresented, and minority students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture programs with academic scholarships and summer internship opportunities. The first prize winner will receive $20,000, and the second prize winner receive $10,000 in scholarship. Read More

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Submission Deadline: December 12, 2018

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. Founded in 1986 by architect Simeon Bruner, the award promotes innovative thinking about the built environment by celebrating and sharing the stories of creative and inspiring urban development. Program Info

2019 AIA|LA's Architectural Photography Awards

Entry Deadline: December 14, 2018

Photographers have long been an integral element of the architect’s work. The third annual AIA|LA Architectural Photography Awards honor the eye, celebrating varied visual styles and interpretations. Entry is open to photographers, architects, designers, and design enthusiasts. Learn More

HOUZZ Scholarship Programs

Submission deadline: December 15, 2018

The online design community offers twice-yearly student awards, including the Women in Architecture Scholarship. The $2,500 prize is open to female students studying architecture or architectural engineering with the goal of working in the residential sphere. Learn More

2019 Forge Prize

Entry Deadline: January 16, 2019

The Forge Prize, recognizing innovation in the use of steel, is now accepting submissions for its inaugural year! Established by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the prize invites designers to submit proposals for visionary designs that embrace steel as the primary structural component. The Forge Prize is organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and is intended to engage designers in developing imaginative designs that bolster steel as the 21st century building material of choice through a two-stage design challenge, culminating with a public announcement event of winners in Summer 2019. Learn More

Sub-Zero + Wolf Kitchen Design Contest

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

For over 20 years, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove have celebrated inspiring, innovative kitchen designs and their talented creators, through the Kitchen Design Contest. Participating in the Kitchen Design Contest is one of the best ways to build your business. Your entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of designers and architects. Finalists will attend the Best of the Best Summit and Gala - a rare opportunity to network and share ideas with your talented peers and the esteemed judges. And the recognition you'll receive may create exciting new business opportunities, elevating your career. It's time to claim your place as one of the industry's best. The entry process takes less than 30 minutes. Submit your work today! Read More

Houston 2020 Visions

Submission Deadline: August 25, 2019

Houston finds itself at a historic crossroads after Hurricane Harvey, with broad consensus that the city must change the way it plans and builds for the future. Houston 2020 Visions is a year-long, open call for visions seeking creative and innovative ideas for how to rebuild a more sustainable and resilient city that protects the health and wellbeing of people and supports a strong economy. The program seeks expansive, creative visions of resilience, ranging from infrastructure projects to policy recommendations, from flood warning systems to resilient housing design. Visions could consist of projects that are currently in progress or recently completed, or purely speculative proposals to encourage creative thinking. Program Information

Insurance Programs

AIA Kentucky Professional Liability Insurance Program

AIA Kentucky has a long-standing relationship with Michael Busick and Gwathmey Tyler of The Underwriter's Group in Louisville to assist our members with their professional liability insurance needs and provide ongoing education and advice in the areas of risk management, contract review and dispute resolution.


The Underwriter's Group

C. Michael Busick, S. Gwathmey Tyler III, and Patrick O'Daniel


The AIA Trust

The AIA Trust was established in 1952 by The American Institute of Architects as a separate entity. The AIA Trust is governed by a group of six AIA members and one AIA component executive who serve as Trustees, appointed by the AIA President. As fiduciaries, the Trustees are stewards of each program offered.

The Trust selects member programs in conjunction with independent consultants to meet the Institute's high standards of quality, value, financial stability, service, and coverage. The Trustees are dedicated to providing AIA members with solid, current information to help with good decisions about complex and expensive matters. The AIA Trust serves as your advocate in getting information and claims handled properly and promptly. It receives no dues dollars and is not a source of revenue for the AIA.

Visit the AIA Trust web page for additional information on programs available.

KCIT Employee Benefits Program

Kentucky Construction Industry Trust (KCIT)

AIA Kentucky is an endorsing association of the Kentucky Construction Industry Trust (KCIT). The KCIT is an association-managed employee benefit program which pools nine construction industry associations from across Kentucky for the purpose of providing employee benefits to the members of endorsing associations.

Membership in AIA Kentucky provides architects and their employees access to very competitive rates and uncompromising service for group health, life, disability and IRC Sec. 125 plans.


BB&T - Employee Benefit Services

Daryl Carlson, CFP®, ChFC

Office Phone (859) 224-8899 or (800)753-4440

Direct Phone (859) 422-3885

Cell Phone (859) 338-0081


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