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2019 Design Awards Competition

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2019 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.



  • Entry Deadline: Friday, July 19, 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, 2019: Online Individual Juror Review by AIA Minneapolis Jurors

  • August 2019: Live Jury Review @ Snow Kreilich Architects  (2018 AIA Firm of the Year)

  • Thursday, October 17: Design Awards Celebration - AMP - Powered by Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD (6-9PM)


View the 2018 Design Awards Entries Gallery


Participation is open to built and unbuilt projects completed after January 1, 2014 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, 2019. 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).

ENTRY FEES (subject to change)

  • 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

  • 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!

NOTE: The Call for Entries and submission portal for all Maryland AIA chapters can be found at