The 2018 AIA International Design Awards


Submissions due September 10, 7am EST 2018.  Apply here.


AIA International is the broadest geographical region of the American Institute of Architects. The AIA International Region Design Awards recognizes best practices, innovative thinking, and design excellence of AIA member projects worldwide. All Architect members of the the AIA International Region are eligible to submit entries for projects located anywhere in the world (except US). All Architect members who are non-local members of an International Chapter may submit projects only within the territory of that same International Chapter. See more details here. 


There will be global recognition of the awards with presentations to be held at the IR's annual conference in Singapore, November 2-4, and the winners will also be displayed in Washington D.C., at the historic Octagon at AIA headquarters in early 2019.   Additionally a  special new opportunity to receive instant and ongoing recognition throughout the coming year for projects which are recognized by our design jury first and then by carbon energy efficiency experts for designs which reduce energy use, optimize natural resources and steward human health.

The Categories:


INTERIOR architecture






Submissions now open


The jury for the 2018 International Region Design Awards are:

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Ms. Elizabeth Chu Richter FAIA
2015 President | American Institute of Architects – Jury Chair
AIA IR Zone 1 (USA)
Founding Principal | Richter Architects

Mr. Taro Ashihara Hon. FAIA, JIA
Immediate Past President | Japan Institute of Architects
AIA IR Zone 2 (Japan-Asia)
Managing Director | Taro Ashihara Architects

Professor Tom Heneghan AA Dipl.
Professor Architectural Design | Tokyo University of the Arts
Past Chair of Architecture | University of Sydney
AIA IR Zone 3/2 (Europe-UK-Asia)
Principal | Tom Heneghan Studio


Submission Requirements:
AIA IR 2018 Design Award requirements
(Note: all details are listed on each task as you progress on-line for ease, 
but also summarized below for clear preparation)

Task 1: Eligibility (enter architect's name on two lines)
Task 2: Architect and client info
Task 3: Collaboration Acknowledgements (name other architects + consultants involved)
Task 4: Project Description: 
(Project Title; Category; Description- up to 250 words; Sustainability Description: up to 100 words)
Task 5: Project Details
Project Address; year of completion (2013-2018); Site Area; Floor Area; Building height; No of Floors; Program; (Optional project video upload)
Task 6: Copyright Image page (give photo credit)
Task 7: Submission Upload for Jury Review: 
PDF with project photos, drawings and text is the primary evaluation tool for jurors. 
PDF no more than 20 pages long, and no more than 10MB in size.
Photos: 1) Architecture: Single Building Project. Submit a minimum of three images/photographs that together show all principal sides of the building. 2) Architecture Multiple Building Project. Submit sufficient images/photographs to show the principal buildings. 3) Interior Architecture: Submit a minimum of three images/photographs.
Drawings: clearly show design solution: Floor Plans; Site plans; Elevations; Sections
Task 8: Exhibition Images Submission Guidelines:
Print Area Size: 594mm x 385mm; Resolution: 300DPI or higher
Maximum File Size: 10MB per image; Image quantity: Minimum 2 - Maximum 4
Portrait or Landscape
Task 9: Booklet Publication Images Submission Guidelines:
Print Area Size: 90mm x 150mm; Resolution: 300DPI or Higher
Max file size: 10MB; Image Quantity: Minimum 2 - Maximum 4
Portrait format recommended or 2 Landscape Images.
Task 10 Optional Sustainability: Enhanced recognition opportunity 6 questions
Task 11: Optional Upload for Sustainability(10MB max)
Task 12: Submit payment with cc

AIA IR 2018 Design Awards : 
Questions for Sustainability Future Award

1. Best Practice Standards
List any best practice standards incorporated in the project design (LEED v4,
LEED 2009, WELL, BREEAM, RESET, BEAM and/ or other)

2. Design for Energy: (ref. AIA COTE Measure 6)
Please share a short narrative and any metrics available that illustrate how the
project incorporates: Design intention for reduced consumed energy (may reference
energy use intensity (EUI) or carbon emissions; can share actual measurements if
available but not required)

3. Design for Resources: (ref. AIA COTE Measure 8)
Please share a short narrative and any metrics available that illustrate % of waste
diverted from landfill, % of reused and recycled materials (may make reference to
CO2 intensity, LCA, EPD if available, but not required)

4. Design for Water (ref. AIA COTE Measure 4)
Please share a short narrative and any metrics available that illustrate how the
project incorporates: Design for water reduction (may include rain water capture,
grey water use, roof or ground water capture design, actual water use measured if
available but not required)

5. Design for resource efficiency (ref LEED v4)
Please share any narrative or design intentions that illustrate how the project
incorporates: Design with energy efficiency best management practices and aims to
achieve minimum energy use (LEED v4)

6. Design for Human Health and Wellness (ref. IWBI WELL standard; RESET)
Please share a short narrative and any metrics available that illustrate how the
project incorporates: Design for human health and wellbeing. (may make reference
to IAQ monitoring actual data, ergonomics, stair incorporation, but not required)


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