Typically held each November. AIA Southwest Michigan seeks to recognize and publicize excellence in architecture, to bring to the public’s attention outstanding work completed by architects in our chapter, and encourage excellence in design for projects within our communities. The Design Awards Celebration is a chance to gather and honor those recognized.
A Call for Entry is solicited from all chapter members giving the eligibility requirements and outlining the submission format, etc. All entries shall be executed architectural projects substantially designed by AIA Members within firms who satisfy section 2010(1) of the state licensing act, and are in good standing of AIA Southwest Michigan. The projects must have been completed and occupied within a timeframe as outlined each year and may be located anywhere in the world. Projects that have been submitted in prior years are eligible for resubmission; however, prior award winners in this program are not. All firms substantially contributing to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission. The entrant should bear in mind that a project will not be judged in competition with other entries, but on the basis of the solution of the problems presented and its worthiness for an award for excellence in design.
The awards categories historically have included – Existing, New, and Un-built projects. Honor and Merit awards may be given in each category. The awards consist of an Honor Award, the highest level of design achievement and a Merit Award acknowledging the achievement of design meriting mention.
View the award categories and winners here.