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Honor & Design Awards Program

­The AIA Tampa Bay Honor and Design Awards are an annual program that honors the top projects, people and firms in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry in Tampa Bay. For more information on entries, due dates, and guidelines, please continue reading below.­

Thank you to all who made this event such a success including the awards committee, sponsors, jurors and AIA Tampa Bay staff. Information on the 2022 Honor and Design awards will be published in the summer of 2022.

For a full event recap, click here.­



August 27th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for online registration (design award fees due)
September 24th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of honor award nominations
September 24th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of electronic & board design entries
October 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of Garcia submission packages
November 4th, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony at the Julian B. Lane River Center

Click here for the 2021 Honor and Design Awards Book

Click ­here­ for Submission and board criteria, entry checklist, and release

Click ­here­­­­­­dfor 2021 Honor & Design Award logo

Click ­­­here­­­­­­dfor 2021 Design Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2021 Honor Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2021 Garcia Awards Entry Form


Please nominate Architects, Associates, Allied Members, Contractor's as well as other deserving members of the A/E/C community for the awards below. You must submit a written nomination and supporting materials as appropriate here­­

Firm Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Pullara Award­
Medal of Honor­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Award of Excellence­
Artisan Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Contractor’s Award­
Allied Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Kelley Emerging Professionals­


The annual award is offered to registered architects 40 years of age or younger. The Garcia Award promotes design excellence through recognition of young architects with talent, passion, and dedication; qualities for which Eduardo Garcia was known.

All completed submission packages shall be received no later than
Monday, October 18th 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.
Email digital submission packages to:

Click here for the entry package and criteria


The Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in design by the architectural profession and is presented by AIA Tampa Bay, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These Awards are intended to promote public consciousness of the built environment through distinguished works of architecture.­

The submittals are open to built or unbuilt architectural projects of all types and sizes and can be submitted by individuals or firms either residing in or whose submitted project is located in the chapter’s seven-county region. All designs must have been produced within the past five years.

The awards are juried by a panel including a non-competing, award-winning, out-of-area architect who has not served as design awards juror for at least the past 10 years. Multiple Honor and Merit Awards may be awarded in each category as entries are solely and individually weighted on their value of design excellence. However, only one project will be awarded the top award – the H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design Excellence. ­Winners will be announced at Celebrate Design on Thursday, November 4th at the Julian B. Lane River Center

This award of honor recognizes built projects by licensed individuals or firms that may include architectural projects of any type from any category. It has been established in honor of the late H. Dean Rowe, FAIA, and recognizes work by AIA members that represents the highest level of design excellence awarded by AIA Tampa Bay.



AIA Tampa Bay’s Design Awards program is putting an emphasis on Sustainability.­ The chapter has chosen to award one project the Sustainability Award based on one of the h­­­­AIA Framework for Design Excellence.­­­­h2020 was an unequivocally life changing year for people across the nation. The coronavirus pandemic as well as the various social movements that took place brought a new focus and perspective for many of us. It proved our resiliency as we navigated through the challenges and achieved for us a new level of growth. More specifically, it brought a new perspective on adaptability and resiliency in architecture and design as we know it. From reconfiguring existing spaces to meet new demands, to planning ahead for future needs in an atmosphere of uncertainty.

As part of the design awards project submissions, entrants are encouraged to provide a narrative which explains how the project addresses Designing for Change as it relates to the Framework for Design Excellence.­ Project submissions with a focus on change, as well as any additional areas listed in the Framework description, will have an opportunity to be selected to receive an exclusive honorary Jurors’ award.­

To enter your project for the Sustainability Award, you must indicate which project you are entering when completing the Design Awards Entry Form. Projects entered for the Sustainability Award may fall into any of the available categories listed below (Student, Residential, Commercial, Unbuilt etc.)­­­If you've indicated you are interested in entering for the award, you will receive the link to a PDF form where you will submit your Sustainability Narrative, which will be included on your project's virtual Design Awards page on Behance.­

This award recognizes unbuilt or competition projects by college students attending a school of architecture program within our chapter territory or whose permanent residence is within our area.
Entry Fee: $35.00 *­

This award recognizes built or unbuilt projects by any unlicensed individual who has received an architectural degree within the past 10 years. If a project entry is built, an architect or firm must attest that the intern acted as the lead or primary designer for the project entered.­

Entry Fees:­ AIA Member- $75.00*, Non-member - $150.00*

Entry Fees: AIA Member - $150.00*
Non – Member - $300.00*

*All entry fees are non-refundable

Includes built private non-residential

Include built single and multi-family residences­

Includes built public n

Includes public and private non-residential projects that are not built.

Includes single and multi-family residences that are not built.

Includes distinctive details and projects with construction budgets under $500,000.­

Includes built preservation, adaptive re-use, or renovations of structures of historic importance.­

Includes transportation, parks,
and recreation, or city and community planning projects.


Registration and fees are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th.­ Online registration is available by going here.


Entries for the awards program are electronic, and the electronic materials submitted will be presented to the jury.­ In addition, all entrants are required to produce and submit a 24” x 36” project board which will be used for display at Celebrate Design and for public outreach.­ Boards may also be viewed by the jury as a supplement to the electronic materials.­­­Design Award boards should be delivered to the Gresham Smith office, 302 Knights Run Ave #900, Tampa, FL 33602, Attn: Lilian Boutros

Electronic Submissions must include a minimum of 5, maximum of 10 images including photographs, renderings, and drawings labeled with your entry number and the preferred order (A-J).­ Images should all be approximately 3” x 5” 150 dpi jpegs.­ One image should be duplicated and identified as your ‘signature’ image.­ The signature image will accompany the media release if your project earns an award. ­­

Each submission must also include a complete Project Description Form where you will describe in a maximum of 300 words the basic program requirements, special site problems and how the design process and solution satisfies these as well as any technical, environmental or social advancements regarding your project.­ Images and descriptions will be used to create a webpage for each project on­


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