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Honor & Design Awards Program

The AIA Tampa Bay Honor and Design Awards are an annual program that honors the top projects, people and firms in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry in Tampa Bay.­ For more information on entries, due dates, and guidelines, please continue reading below.­

All recipients of the 2023 Honor and Design Awards will be recognized at this year's Celebrate Design at the stunning Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Thursday, November 2nd.­ Tickets available soon!­­

2023 SCHEDULE:­­­

July, 2023 - Call for entries released, registration open
September 1st, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for online design awards registration (fees due)

­­Friday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of honor award entries­­­­­­ (nominations)
Friday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of design award (electronic entries uploaded to DropBox)­­
October 16th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of Garcia submission packages
November 2nd, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. - Celebrate Design at The Coliseum St. Petersburg­

Click here­­­­for the 2023 Honor and Design Awards Book

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

Click ­here­­­­­­dfor 2023 Honor & Design Award logo

Click ­­­here­­­­­­dfor 2023 Design Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2023 Honor Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2023 Garcia Awards Entry Form


Please nominate 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 written nomination and supporting materials as appropriate.

Firm Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Levison Awaard (even years)
Pullara Award (odd years)
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 16th 2023 @ 5:00 p.m.
Email digital submission packages to ­

See above 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. ­

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.


Entry Fees: AIA Member - $175.00*
Non – Member - $350.00*

AIA Tampa Bay’s Design Awards program is putting an emphasis on Sustainability.­­Successful sustainable projects will not only be beautiful but will also capture the Framework’s vision toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment.­­­The chapter may award one project per type for the Sustainability Award based on the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and the embodiment of AIA Tampa Bay’s position to embrace resilience as a key design feature. ­

In addition to submitting the requirements outlined in the typical Submission and Board Criteria, each project shall describe, in 200 words or less, how the project meets Sustainable/Framework in a meaningful way for each of the following criteria.­

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Structure
  • Light
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Resilience

The projects shall be judged by three members of another component’s Committee on the Environment and the prior year’s non-competing award winner(s).

To enter your project for the Sustainability Award, please indicate which project you are 'dual entering' if you are also entering the project into a Design Awards Category.­ You may also submit projects for the Sustainability Award only (where they would only be considered for that award, not a design award).­ You will still need to complete all of the typical forms as any­Design Award entry, in addition to a Sustainability Narrative.­Those entering projects in the Sustainability Category will receive a Word Doc where you will submit your Sustainability Narrative, which will be included on your project's 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 - $175.00*
Non – Member - $350.00*

*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, September 1st.­ ­Online registration is available above


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. The delivery location for board is 1208 North Howard Avenue Tampa FL­ 33607

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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