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Honor & Design Awards Program

The information below pertains to the 2020 Honor and Design Awards entry requirements. The 2021 entry information will be posted in the Spring of 2021. Save the date for Celebrate Design 2021, hosted at the Tampa River Center on Thursday, November 4th 2021.­

Click here for more information on the 2020 Honor and Design Awards Winners.­


We are proud to announce that for 2020, we will be introducing a new award category- The Sustainability Award. You can find more information in the award description below.­­ All winners will be honored at the Celebrate Design 2020 Virtual Celebration. Click here to learn more.­


August 28th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for online registration (design award fees due)
September 25th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of honor award nominations
September 25th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of electronic & board design entries
October 19th, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of Garcia submission packages
November 5th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. - Celebrate Design Virtual Celebration -
Click Here to Register­

Click here for the 2019 Honor and Design Awards Book

Click ­here­ for Submission and board criteria, entry checklist, and release

Click ­here­­­­­­dfor 2020 Honor & Design Award logo

Click ­­­here­­­­­­dfor 2020 Design Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2020 Honor Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2020 Garcia Awards Entry Form


Please nominate deserving Architects, Associates, Allied Members, Contractor's as well as other deserving members of the A/E/C community for the awards below. You must submit a letter of nomination or a nomination form which can be found in the awards book. Please submit to ­­­

Firm Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Pullara Award­
Medal of Honor­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Award of Excellence­
Artisan Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Contractor’s Award­
Allied Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Kelley Emerging Professionals­


The annual award is offered to registered architects 40 years of age or younger. The Garcia Award promotes design excellence through recognition of young architects with talent, passion, and dedication; qualities for which Eduardo Garcia was known.

All completed submission packages shall be received no later than
Monday, October 19th 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.
Email digital submission packages to:

Click here for the entry package and criteria


The Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in design by the architectural profession and is presented by AIA Tampa Bay, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These Awards are intended to promote public consciousness of the built environment through distinguished works of architecture.­

The submittals are open to built or unbuilt architectural projects of all types and sizes and can be submitted by individuals or firms either residing in or whose submitted project is located in the chapter’s seven-county region. All designs must have been produced within the past five years.

The awards are juried by a panel including a non-competing, award-winning, out-of-area architect who has not served as design awards juror for at least the past 10 years. Multiple Honor and Merit Awards may be awarded in each category as entries are solely and individually weighted on their value of design excellence. However, only one project will be awarded the top award – the H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design Excellence. ­Winners will be announced at a Reception on Friday, November 2nd at the USF St. Petersburg Campus Student Center­

This award of honor recognizes built projects by licensed individuals or firms that may include architectural projects of any type from any category. It has been established in honor of the late H. Dean Rowe, FAIA, and recognizes work by AIA members that represents the highest level of design excellence awarded by AIA Tampa Bay.



This year, AIA Tampa Bay’s Design Awards program is putting an emphasis on Sustainability.­ In addition to the City of Tampa recently appointing a Sustainability and Resilience Officer, the AIA has formally adopted the AIA Framework for Design Excellence- formerly known as the COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Measures. With­sustainability being on the forefront, as well as the community's general health and wellness due to COVID-19, a­dedicated Sustainability design award with a focus on Wellness is most appropriate. As part of the Design Awards project submissions, entrants are encouraged to provide a Sustainability Narrative that explains how the project addresses the ‘Designing for Wellness’­ Framework for Design Excellence. Project submissions with a focus on Wellness, as well as any additional areas listed in the Framework, will have an opportunity to be selected to receive an exclusive honorary Jurors’ award.

To enter your project for the Sustainability Award, you must indicate which project you are entering when completing the Design Awards Entry Form. Projects entered for the Sustainability Award may fall into any of the available categories listed below (Student, Residential, Commercial, Unbuilt etc.).­If you've indicated you are interested in entering for the award, you will receive the link to a PDF form where you will submit your Sustainability Narrative, which will be included on your project's virtual Design Awards page on Behance.­

This award recognizes unbuilt or competition projects by college students attending a school of architecture program within our chapter territory or whose permanent residence is within our area.
Entry Fee: $35.00 *­

This award recognizes built or unbuilt projects by any unlicensed individual who has received an architectural degree within the past 10 years. If a project entry is built, an architect or firm must attest that the intern acted as the lead or primary designer for the project entered.­

Entry Fees:­ AIA Member- $75.00*, Non-member - $150.00*

Entry Fees: AIA Member - $150.00*
Non – Member - $300.00*

*All entry fees are non-refundable

Includes built private non-residential

Include built single and multi-family residences­

Includes built public n

Includes public and private non-residential projects that are not built.

Includes single and multi-family residences that are not built.

Includes distinctive details and projects with construction budgets under $500,000.­

Includes built preservation, adaptive re-use, or renovations of structures of historic importance.­

Includes transportation, parks,
and recreation, or city and community planning projects.


Registration and fees are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th.­ Online registration is available by going here.


Entries for the awards program are electronic, and the electronic materials submitted will be presented to the jury.­ In addition, all entrants are required to produce and submit a 24” x 36” project board which will be used for display at Celebrate Design and for public outreach.­ Boards may also be viewed by the jury as a supplement to the electronic materials.­­

Electronic Submissions must include a minimum of 5, maximum of 10 images including photographs, renderings, and drawings labeled with your entry number and the preferred order (A-J).­ Images should all be approximately 3” x 5” 150 dpi jpegs.­ One image should be duplicated and identified as your ‘signature’ image.­ The signature image will accompany the media release if your project earns an award. ­­

Each submission must also include a complete Project Description Form where you will describe in a maximum of 300 words the basic program requirements, special site problems and how the design process and solution satisfies these as well as any technical, environmental or social advancements regarding your project.­ Images and descriptions will be used to create a webpage for each project on­


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