Design Awards

The annual AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design by AIA Baltimore members and AIA members with projects in AIA Baltimore’s region. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by AIA members are judged by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.

See 2021 Awards Page

New This Year – Framework for Design Excellence

In response to AIA’s commitment to climate action, AIA Baltimore, AIA Chesapeake Bay, AIA Potomac Valley, and AIA Maryland are each introducing new sustainability questions to Design Awards Submissions. Questions are drawn from the AIA COTE Top 10 Toolkit, now the Framework for Design Excellence, beginning this year with 5 of the 10 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

New This Year – Expanded Promotion of Design Award Projects to Clients and the Public

To create added 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 additional marketing to public and client-facing publications.


Design Awards may be given to built or unbuilt architecture, interior architecture, adaptive reuse, planning, renovation, restoration and urban design projects. Architectural projects eligible for submission include, but are not limited to: details, images of models, building segments and renderings.

Eligible projects include:

  • Built or unbuilt projects designed by AIA Baltimore licensed architect members anywhere in the world.
  • Built or unbuilt projects built in AIA Baltimore’s region designed by AIA members of other chapters.
  • Unbuilt projects designed by Associate AIA members of AIA Baltimore.

Projects must be completed on or after January 1, 2015 and cannot have previously received an award from AIA Baltimore.

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. Entries must be submitted jointly by the architect and client and must credit all members of the design and construction team. Projects must be submitted by or on behalf of an AIA member involved in the project.