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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.­

All recipients of the 2022 Honor and Design Awards will be recognized at this year's Celebrate Design: The Tampa Bay Building Oscars hosted at the stunning Tampa Theatre on Thursday, November 3rd. Tickets available soon!­

For a recap of the 2021 Honor and Design Awards, click here.­


2022 SCHEDULE:­­ ­!!!­ NEW DUE DATES­ !!!­ ­If you require more time due to Ian disruptions, please contact Dawn at 813-229-3411 ext 201

September 2nd, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for online registration (design award fees due)
September 23rd, 2022­­
Friday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of honor award entries­­­­­­(updated 9/30/22)
September 23rd, 2022­Tuesday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of design award electronic entries uploaded to DropBox.­ Boards may be turned in later­ (updated 9/30/22)
October 17th, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of Garcia submission packages
November 3rd, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. -
Celebrate Design: The Tampa Bay Building Oscars at the Tampa Theatre­

Click here for the 2021 Honor and Design Awards Book

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

Click ­here­­­­­­dfor 2022 Honor & Design Award logo

Click ­­­here­­­­­­dfor 2022 Design Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2022 Honor Awards Entry Form

Click ­­here­­­­­­dfor 2022 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 here­­­For award descriptions, click here­

Firm Award­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
Bob Levison 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 17th 2022 @ 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: The Tampa Bay Building Oscars at the Tampa Theatre on Thursday, November 3rd.­

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 may award one project per category for the Sustainability Award based on the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and the embodiment of AIA Tampa Bay’s position to embrace resilience as a key design feature. ­Successful sustainable project will not only be beautiful but will also capture the Framework’s vision toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment.­­

In addition to submitting the requirements outlined in the Submission and Board Criteria, each project shall describe, in 200 words or less for each category, how the project meets Sustainable/Framework in a meaningful way for each of the following criteria.­

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Structure
  • Light
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Resilience

For the 2022 Design Awards, the projects shall be judged by three members of another component’s Committee on the Environment.­ In upcoming years, the projects shall be judged by three members of another component’s Committee on the Environment and the prior year’s award winners.

To enter your project for the Sustainability Award, you must indicate which project you are entering when completing the Design Awards Entry Form. In addition to the typical forms you must complete for a Design Award entry, we ask all Sustainability Award entrants to complete a Sustainability Narrative. Guidelines for a Sustainability Narrative can be found here.­

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 Word Doc 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 - $175.00*
Non – Member - $350.00*

*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 26th.­ 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. The delivery location for 2022 Design Award Boards will be announced shortly. Location TBD.­

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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