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2019 Design Awards Nomination
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The AIA Charlotte Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the Design Awards Program will take place again this year with an expanded list of Entry Categories and an updated submittal and evaluation process. Please see click below for more information.   *AWARDS SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED*
Architectural Design 
Projects submitted in this category shall primarily include a broad range of design(s) for commercial, institutional, governmental and industrial projects that do not fit within the other Entry Categories.
Projects submitted in this category shall include projects generally comprised of residential uses. These include but are not necessarily limited to: single family attached + detached houses, townhouses, multifamily residential (stand-alone, vertically-integrated and/or mixed use), age-targeted housing, co-housing, affordable housing, and so on.
Urban Design 
Projects submitted in this category shall include larger scale developments ranging from urban block infill to mixed-use projects several acres in size. Emphasis shall be on the elements that create and/or reinforce the urban fabric and foster good place-making. Projects that demonstrate how buildings support an overall master planning armature are preferred over those that feature planning and design at the city or regional scale.
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Small Project 
Projects submitted in this category shall include design(s) for work under $150,000 (US) or 3,000 square feet of designed or constructed area. Entrants may exclude extraneous, non-relevant site or floor area from the calculation.
Idea and Innovation
Projects submitted in this category shall emphasize new technologies, alternate design and delivery methodologies, emerging building typologies, advanced tectonics, special details, developing trends and other topics related to design. Emphasis shall be on design work that is experimental, imaginative and explorational.
AIA Charlotte Submission Deadline: 
October 7th, 2019 EOB

Awards Ceremony:
November 7th, 2019
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art





2019 WINNERS (Download PDF




Think you would like to submit?
Read the descriptions below and submit during the Call for Submissions Is Open!  


Citizen Architect Service to the Community

This category recognizes the work of architects who serve as elected or appointed officials, public administrators or institutional leaders and establish and contribute to the development of laws, regulations, policies or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture.


The S. Scott Ferebee Service to the Section Award

The S. Scott Ferebee Service Award recognizes the work of architects who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability and commitment, and/or volunteer contributions have consistently advanced the common goals of AIA Charlotte.


The Laurel Award

The Laurel Award is to recognize individuals, firms or organizations outside the profession who have made significant contributions to the improvement of the region’s built environment. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, advancement or development of laws, regulations, policies or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture; the commissioning of notable additions to the built environment; or activities that raise the public’s consciousness of the importance of excellent design in the shaping of our world and culture.


Emerging Professional of the Year Award

Established in 2013, to recognize an individual Associate AIA member or an AIA Architect member who has been registered 10 years or less who exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership and who has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their AIA Component or region, to the design and construction industry, to the community, and/or to other professional organizations.


Firm of the Year Award

Established in 2013, the purpose of the Firm Award is to recognize notable achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm. Projects, accomplishments, and service submitted must reflect a period of at least 10 years.


Questions? Contact AIA Charlotte at 704-369-2302.


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