Awards + Honors


Architecture Excellence Awards

AIA Pennsylvania celebrates the great work that Pennsylvania’s architects and industry professionals are doing to affect positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes for the profession, clients, and communities.

Through the AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards programs, firms and individuals across Pennsylvania are recognized for excellence in design, contributions to the profession of architecture, and commitment to the quality of the built environment.

Annually, the following program’s recipients are celebrated in November with the debut of the Architectural Excellence Awards Broadcast and accompanying viewing parties.

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Special Awards

The Architectural Excellence Special Awards recognize significant achievements by members, non-members, civic leaders, allied professionals, and firms who contribute to the built environment and the advancement of the profession in the Commonwealth.
Photo: Moto Designshop | 2023 Architecture Firm Award Recipient

Design Awards

The Architectural Excellence Design Awards celebrate the exemplary design achievements of members and the impact of architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type.
Photo: Caption: Light Path Residence | Waverly, PA | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | 2023 Design Award, Silver Medal | Image credit: Nicholas Snyder, AIA

COTE Awards

The Architectural Excellence COTE, or Committee on the Environment, Awards celebrate achievement in the AIA Framework for Design Excellence indicating how well buildings perform for the health and wellness of the occupants, communities, and the environment.
Photo: Fahy Commons | Allentown, PA | Re:Vision Architecture | 2023 COTE Award of Excellence | Image credit: Don Pearse

Student Awards

The Architectural Excellence Student Awards recognize an architecture student from each of Pennsylvania's seven schools offering an NAAB-accredited architecture program. The program recognizes the exceptional scholastic achievement and future promise of a graduating student.
Photo: Four of Seven 2023 Student Award Recipients
Photo: EPiC Firm, Desmone | Image credit: Ed Massery

EPiC Firm Recognition

The EPiC Firm Recognition, facilitated by the Emerging Professionals Committee (EPiC), recognizes firms for their commitment to the professional development of emerging professionals and young architects with an assessment of firm culture and support.

Annually, firms are celebrated in November with the debut of the Architectural Excellence Awards Broadcast and accompanying viewing parties.

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AIA Fellowship

AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. We encourage the recognition of member achievements from across Pennsylvania through the recruitment and support of potential candidates for Fellowship.
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