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2018 AIA Potomac Valley EXCELLENCE IN Design Awards Competition

The AIA Potomac Valley Excellence in Design Awards program is designed to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement; to honor the architectural team, their clients and consultants who work together to improve the built environment; to demonstrate the breadth of services architects provide; and to celebrate and raise public consciousness of the architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence.

The Competition is now closed, but our People's Choice voting is open for 


Voting for AIA Potomac Valley project entries closes October 10

We invite you to vote for your favorite project submitted to AIA Potomac Valley’s 2018 Excellence in Design Awards. Categories of projects include institutional, commercial, residential, renovations, interior and unbuilt architecture, as well as urban design and master planning. Only one vote across all categories is permitted. The projects receiving the highest number of votes – one Residential and one Non-Residential – will receive a People’s Choice Award in the form of a certificate. All Winners (Professional program and People's Choice) will be announced at the 2018 DESIGN + LEADERSHIP GALA  gala on October 12.

Visit the 2018 AIAPV Design Award Entries Gallery and vote now!


  • Entry Deadline: Thursday, July 12, 11:59pm:  Submission Forms, Material Uploads and Entry Fees are due by 11:59pm EDT. Entry fee payments will be made by credit card in the awards submission portal when the project is ready for final submission. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

  • July/August, 2018: Online Individual Juror Review by AIA Seattle Jurors

  • August 23, 2018: Live Jury Review @ Olson Kundig Architects

  • Friday, October 12, 2018:  NEW VENUE! 2018 Design + Leadership Gala at The Hotel at The University of Maryland, College Park, MD 


2018 Design + Leadership Sponsorship Benefits (PDF)

2018 Design Awards Entries Gallery

Download the complete 2018 AIAPV Call for Entries and Submission Guidelines



Participation is open to built and unbuilt projects completed after January 1, 2013 and not having been previously awarded by AIA Potomac Valley [exception: projects that were previously awarded in an unbuilt category may be resubmitted in a built category]. Unbuilt submissions may not be under construction at the time of submission. There is no limit to the number of projects that may be entered by a firm and all materials included in submissions must be cleared for public reproduction. All eligible entrants must be AIA members in good standing as of June 1, 2018. Entries must be submitted by the Firm of Record or the Architect of Record.

Primary members of AIA Potomac Valley (architects or associates) who are a principal member of the design team or a Principal of the Firm responsible for the project may submit projects designed or built anywhere in the world.

Primary members of other AIA chapters (architects and associates) who are a principal member of the design team or a Principal of the Firm responsible for the project may submit projects located within the geographic boundaries of the Potomac Valley chapter only (Allegany, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington counties in Maryland).

JURY 2018
(Courtesy of AIA Seattle)


Kevin Kudo-King, AIA (Chair)
Principal/Owner, Olson Kundig 
Seattle, WA

Ian Butcher, AIA
Owner, Best Practice Architecture & Design
Seattle, WA

Susan Jones, FAIA
Owner, atelierjones
Seattle, WA

Rico Quirindongo, AIA
Senior Associate, DLR Group
Seattle, WA

Margaret Sprug, AIA
Principal, The Miller Hull Partnership
Seattle, WA


  • AIAPV Members: $175 entry fee per project.

  • Other AIA Members: $275 entry fee per project. 

  • Residential Architecture - Small Projects only: 
    AIAPV Members: $80 per project entry
    Other AIA Members: $125 per project entry

  • Each entry includes a $50 discount off one general admission ticket to the 2018 AIAPV Design and Leadership Gala.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable, but upon request, may be deferred to the following year's awards program.

  • By submitting a project, the submitting architect asserts that he or she has provided a complete list of participants who contributed substantially to the design of the project (regardless of discipline) and absolves AIAPV of any responsibility for omissions. 


Projects of all types and scales, including new construction, additions, renovations, and historic preservation projects are encouraged in each of the following categories:

  • Institutional Architecture
  • Commercial Architecture
  • Multi-Family Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Urban Design & Master Planning
  • Unbuilt Architecture
  • Residential Architecture
    • New Construction
    • Renovation and/or Addition
    • ​Small Projects (less than $200,000 construction budget) Photographs must be by the Architect or Owner of the project — no professional photography is allowed, including by Owners and Architects who happen to also be professional photographers.

The size, scope, category or cost of a project in no way limits its eligibility or level of award.

  AIAPV members earn 2 points per entry!

Download the complete 2018 AIAPV Call for Entries and Submission Guidelines


NOTE: The Call for Entries and submission portal for all Maryland AIA chapters can be found at https://mdaiaawards.secure-platform.com/a/.