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A. DESIGN AWARDS CATEGORIES
DESIGN AWARDS - PROFESSIONAL
Each entry will be judged on the success of the solution to the problems presented by the project. The written project description should provide basic information about the project and convey the design concept to the Design Jury. Project descriptions should not provide information which discloses or identifies project team members. Firms can enter a project in more than one category but must pay the associated fee for each entry. Each entry will be reviewed by the Design Jury who has the right to reclassify entries into a different design category when deemed appropriate.
Projects, excluding Unbuilt or Student entries, may be executed anywhere in the United States or abroad and must have been substantially completed after January 1, 2018.
New Construction Award
Projects submitted in this category will include a broad range of types such as Commercial, Educational, Multifamily housing, institutional, or Faith-based Architecture. Master Planning and Urban Design projects are also eligible for recognition under this category. Renovations and addition projects are eligible, but project scope must be clearly and accurately presented through graphics and written descriptions. Projects eligible for Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation Award are not eligible for this category. New Construction projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards. Project total installed cost must exceed $500,000.
Projects submitted in this category will include single family residential projects or multi-family projects of no more than four units. Larger multi-family projects will be categorized under New Construction or Adaptive Reuse. Renovation and addition projects are eligible, but scope must be clearly and accurately presented through graphics and written descriptions. Residential projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards. Project total installed cost must exceed $500,000.
Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation Award
Projects submitted in this category may be of any project type (Commercial, Educational, Residential, etc.) but should include either a renovation within an existing building or a new construction that expands an existing structure or site. Projects that have been recognized for historical value through inclusion in Historic Districts or listing on Historic Registers should identify the type and reason for recognition in the written project description. Projects that do not have official recognition or designation are also eligible and should outline the historical significance in the project description. The intent of this award is to recognize thoughtful interventions or restorations that create a synergy between old and new construction. Routine maintenance, such as painting or reroofing, is not considered restoration work for the purposes of this award. Projects eligible for a New Construction award are not eligible for this category. Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards. Project total installed cost must exceed $500,000.
Interior Architecture Award
Projects submitted in this category should illustrate outstanding building interiors created by architects. These projects may include new construction or renovations of existing construction. Multiple entries may be submitted, but individual rooms or spaces within the same project shall be considered as one project. Interior Architecture projects are eligible for Honor and Merit Awards. Project total installed cost must exceed $500,000.
Unbuilt Project Award
Projects submitted in this category may be unbuilt architectural designs of any project type or conceptual design studies that investigate a specific topic or project type for research purposes. Unbuilt clientsponsored projects (commercial or residential buildings, interiors, transportation, infrastructure, monuments, etc.) are eligible for recognition. Projects under construction or otherwise apparently assured of construction are not eligible. Project descriptions for Unbuilt Projects shall include a brief statement on the purpose of the project (competition, unrealized project for a client, theoretical investigation etc.) and for client-sponsored projects include information describing why the project will remain unbuilt (lack of funding, change of design direction, etc.) Projects cannot have been undertaken for academic credit or as a non-commissioned design competition entry. Unbuilt projects are eligible for Merit Awards only.
Small Project Award
The Small Project Award is being established to highlight exemplary work of a smaller scale. Projects submitted in this category can be of any project type, but must not exceed $500,000 total installed cost. Projects submitted to other categories not exceeding $500,000 TIC will be moved to this category.
Humanitarian Impact Commendation
The Humanitarian Impact Design Award recognizes architectural projects that, through design, have demonstrated (with evidence) exemplary social, community and/or environmental impact in their respective communities post-completion. Projects should distinguish themselves in their equity, diversity, inclusiveness, universal access, environmental, or other applicable achievements. Any completed project that meets the evaluative criteria is eligible. No additional submission materials are required for this award beyond what is already submitted for the Design Award category. Evaluation of the submissions will be based on the design’s performance achievements to meet at least one of the three categories below:
- Social Equity: Projects that address identified social needs and disparities in the community surrounding the project including poverty, hunger, homelessness, discrimination (race, sex, religion, age, etc), addiction/abuse recovery, affordable healthcare/housing, access to education, skill training, etc.
- Community Development: Projects that improve the health, education, housing, accessible, cultural, infrastructure, recreation, and any other need previously neglected or absent to the community at large.
- Environmental: Projects that address climate change, resource conservation (energy, water, raw materials, etc), habitat restoration/preservation, etc.
People's Choice Commendation
The People’s Choice category will be an online public vote of all projects submitted in the design categories of New Construction, Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation, Interior Architecture, and Small Project. Firms and students are able to solicit votes for one business week (5 days) for their respective projects. No additional submission materials are required for this award beyond what is already submitted for the Design Award category. One project will be awarded as people’s choice in each of the four Design Award categories above.
DESIGN AWARDS – STUDENT
Student Project Award
Projects submitted in the Student Design Award category should be the work of students currently enrolled in architecture degree program, or those who have graduated after January 1, 2021. Projects must have been completed in pursuit of a degree or academic credit. Entrants must be sponsored by an instructor, professor, or Architect who is an AIAG member in good standing. Group projects are eligible for recognition and will be considered as a group submission. All group members should be credited with roles clearly identified on the submission form. Student submissions are eligible for Merit Awards only.
B. SERVICE AWARDS CATEGORIES
James A. Neal Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes the work of architects who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability, commitment, and/or volunteer contributions have consistently advanced the common goals of AIA Greenville and contributed significantly to our chapter. The recipient shall have given outstanding service to the Greenville architectural community, including service to the profession, public service, and education.
Community Patron Award
Bestowed upon programs, institutions, or individual community leaders who contribute to: the development of laws, regulations, or policies that affect architecture (or the built environment), or the public’s perception of architecture as an important part of our environment, lifestyle, and heritage; or the advancement of the public understanding and appreciation of design in the built environment; or to a project exhibiting exceptional engagement of the community in the design process.
Emerging Professional/Young Architect Award
Recognizes the accomplishments of an emerging leader in Greenville for their contributions to the profession in any of the following: design, research, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, service to the community, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion. Assigned Associate or Architect members of AIA Greenville who graduated from an accredited school of architecture no more than 10 years prior (Emerging Professional) or have achieved licensure no more than 10 years prior (Young Architect) are eligible. Candidates will be evaluated on their contributions to the profession in one of more of the following categories:
- Advancement of design and/or design discourse
- Advancement of the profession, including service to the AIA through local, state, or national components
- Advancement of architectural education
- Service to community
- Service to profession
- Advancement of social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion