Call For Entries NOW CLOSED


$150 Early Bird Registration Deadline: Entry Form(s) & Payment(s): June 18th, 2021. NOW CLOSED

$175 Regular Registration Deadline: Entry Form(s) & Payment(s): July 30th, 2021. NOW CLOSED

Student Entry Fee: $50. Email for details


Submissions Deadline: Document(s) & PowerPoint: September 3rd, 2021

The AIA Orlando Chapter announces a Call for Entries for the 2021 Awards for Design Excellence.


Once we receive your 2021 Awards For Design Excellence Entry Form you will be given a submittal number within 24 to 48 hours so you can start building your Power Point Presentation, Data Sheet and Project Board (See instructions and download samples below). 

There are six project categories for design awards:

  • Theoretical and Research 

  • Unbuilt

  • Built

  • Test of Time

  • Renovation/Adaptive Reuse

  • Small Projects (>8,000 sf.)

If you have any questions, please contact the AIA Orlando Chapter office at (407) 898-7006. 

We look forward to your continued support of AIA Orlando and to your participation in this year’s awards program as we recognize and honor distinguished designs and efforts intended to enrich our community.  


2021  Awards For Design Excellence Entry Form NOW CLOSED

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To encourage excellence in architecture, bring public awareness to outstanding architectural design, and to honor and recognize those architects whose work enriches our built environment.


Each submission will be judged solely on the basis of its value toward furthering Design Excellence in Architecture. Honor and Merit Awards may be awarded in each of the categories.  Entries are judged individually within each category and not in competition with other projects. The jury reserves the right to select the number and type of awards to be announced at the Awards Gala on TBA



There are six basic categories: Theoretical and Research Design (T&R), Unbuilt, Built, Test of Time, Renovation/Adaptive Reuse​, Small Projects (>8,000 sf.)

Project types can be, but are not limited to, the following: Commercial/Industrial, Healthcare, Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse, Entertainment/Hospitality, Government/Justice/Institutional, Educational, Research/High Tech, Residential, Interior Architecture.



Entries must be projects that are academic (executed as a class or terminal project under the supervision of at least one professor of an accredited Florida/Caribbean region architectural school); a competition entry (executed in direct response to an organized design competition entry requirement); or theoretical/research projects (architectural design projects executed in the interest of the advancement of the profession). The entrant must designate whether the project is academic, a competition entry, or theoretical/ research. Projects submitted must have been designed within the immediate past five calendar years.



This category is open to all existing buildings that have stood the test of time. It honors the designers of the classic and early modern buildings that we have grown to cherish. Building candidates must have been completed for over 25 years. 



Projects submitted in this category must be built, and must be 8,000 sf or less. 



Projects submitted in this category must be built, and may be a renovation, adaptive reuse or restoration of a building/site of any size.




  • Merit

  • Honor

  • Excellence


    Any Design Award submittal located in Central Florida is eligible for this award.  On the Community Impact Slide, Submittals for this Category must submit a 300-word max. Community Impact Statement, explaining how the project addresses one or more of the following:  Economic Disparity, Educational Inequality, Community Engagement, Health Outcomes, Human Rights & Design Excellence. 


    Any Design Award submittal is eligible for this award.  On the Sustainability Slide, Submittals for this Category must submit a 600-word max. Sustainability Impact Statement with supporting graphics, explaining how the project addresses one or more of the COTE Measures, found here


    The People's Choice Award will be awarded based on a public vote of all projects submitted to the 2021 Design Awards. 



To be considered for the 2021  AIA Orlando Design Awards, the entries must be architectural projects which are submitted by members of the AIA Orlando, with offices within the chapter’s regions (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Flagler and Volusia Counties), though projects may be located anywhere in the world.

Note: Projects that have previously received an award from AIA Orlando are ineligible for the same category of award. 


  • Submittals must contain a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 PowerPoint slides per project; slides may contain more than one image.

  • PowerPoint file may not exceed 30MB.

  • NO identifying information may be present in the PowerPoint presentations regarding the entry or the entrants firm.

  • All descriptions shall be typed in Arial font at a minimum of 10 pt size type on the left side of each slide. The layout or background of the presentation as given in the template shall not be changed.

  • The first image in the presentation shall include a non-identifying project title, along with the projects square footage and location.

  • Floor plans and a site plan or aerial photo are required.

  • Include graphic scales and directional north arrows to ensure complete understanding of each project.

  • A description of the project should include evidence of its positive impact on individuals and communities as well as its performance in accomplishing client/user goals.

  • Presentations shall not include sound, animation, video, panorama movies, hyperlinks, or links to other files.

  • All entry materials must be submitted to AIA Orlando via

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You will receive a confirmation that your file has been sent.

If you have questions, call the AIA Orlando office at 407-898-7006 or email 



Along with floor plans, include a photo of the building’s exterior. 



The presentation should include images indicating pre-existing conditions via plans and/or photos.



  • All projects are required to submit a Project Data Sheet.

  • The project data sheet should be a one-sided, single page, letter-size PDF.

  • The sheet shall contain a single 5x7 photograph with a written description of the project.

  • Written descriptions shall not exceed 300 words.

  • The description should explain program requirements and design solutions.

  • Do not identify the entrant or firm on this Data Sheet.


All Projects are required to submit a project board - Size: 16x16. Entrants shall print their own boards. The purpose of the board is for display at the awards ceremony as well as in the travelling exhibit, so it does NOT need to be confidential. We encourage you to add your company name as well as your project name on the board. We recommend using Triangle Reprographics for your printing needs, but it is simply a preference. Boards may be mailed to:

Attn: AIA Orlando

625 Virginia Drive

Orlando, FL 32803

Sample Projects

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