2020 Design + Leadership Awards Sponsors




Macris, Hendricks & Glascock, P.A. (MHG)



Ernest Maier








TW Perry













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2020 Design Awards Competition

2020 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.

Important Note: We are following the pandemic situation and restrictions closely, and will make decisions later in the year regarding AIAPV's Excellence in Design Awards event. Please note that all dates and details are TBD (with the exception of the July 24 deadline for entries), and will depend on whether or not we are able to hold a live awards ceremony this year. We’ll communicate that information by updating our awards website and this page as details are finalized.


Entry deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 11:59PM


  • Entry Deadline: Friday, July 24, 11:59pm:  Submission Forms, Material Uploads and Entry Fees are due by 11:59pm EDT. Entry fee payments must be made by credit card in the awards submission portal when the project is ready for final submission. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED.

  • August 2020: Online Individual Juror Review

  • August 2020: Live / Virtual Jury Review @ Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.

  • Thursday, October 15, 5:30pm: Design Awards Ceremony - Virtual Celebration

View the 2020 Design Awards Entries Gallery


Direct any questions to Pam Rich at [email protected]


NEW FOR 2020

Sustainability Questions Added to the 2020 Submission Form

In response to AIA’s commitment to climate action, AIA Baltimore, AIA Chesapeake Bay, AIA Potomac Valley and AIA Maryland are introducing new sustainability questions to our Design Awards Submissions. Questions are drawn from the AIA COTE Top 10 Toolkit, now the Framework for Design Excellence, beginning this year with five of the ten measures: Designing for Integration, Designing for Energy, Designing for Equitable Communities, Designing for Water, and Designing for Resources.

When you submit a project, you will be given open-ended prompts to describe in a few sentences how your design achieves outcomes for each of the above measures. Projects are not required to address every measure; you should only address those measures that are relevant to your project. The goal is to promote the sustainable design work of our members and to support AIA’s Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action.

Download Framework Questions Preview

Expanded Promotion of Design Award Projects to Clients and the Public

To add value to our design awards programs, the AIA Chapters in Maryland are collaborating on a new digital platform to more widely promote 2020 awarded projects. This will include a more visually compelling awards gallery and yearlong marketing to public and client-facing publications and websites.


Please carefully read through the eligibility requirements below to ensure you meet ALL criteria before submitting an entry because NO refunds will be given due to errors in submission.

Participation is open to built and unbuilt projects completed after January 1, 2015 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, 2020. 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 2020


Roy Decker, FAIA [Jury Chair]
Principal, Duvall Decker Architects
Jackson, MS

Matthew Cadle, AIA, Green LEED Associate
Design Architect, Duvall Decker Architects
Jackson, MS

Shannon Gathings, Assoc. AIA
Project Manager, Duvall Decker Architects
Jackson, MS

Michael LeBoeuf, FAIA
Design Principal, Little
Orlando, FL

Brandon Pace, FAIA LEED AP
Founding Partner, Sanders Pace Architecture
Knoxville, TN


  • AIAPV Members: $175 entry fee per project.

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

  • 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
  • Small Projects (in any of the above categories) Entry shall be any of the following:
    • less than 1,000 sf
    • cost less than $300,000
    • an object

The size, scope, category or cost of a project in no way limits its eligibility or level of award. The jury evaluates entries based on how successfully projects meet their individual requirements. Entries are judged individually—not in competition with each other.


NOTE: The Call for Entries and submission portal for all Maryland AIA chapters can be found at https://mdaiaawards.secure-platform.com/a/. CLICK HERE for AIAPV's Call for Entries page directly.