Architectural Excellence Awards

Each year, AIA Pennsylvania celebrates the best of architecture in Pennsylvania and the people behind it. Through the AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design Awards programs, more than 50 honors are awarded annually to AIA members, allied professionals, government and civic leaders, academic leaders, and nonprofit community service organizations. Each award is given in recognition of leadership and positive contributions to a better and more sustainable built environment and advancement of the profession of architecture.

Learn more about the awards programs and view past recipients of the Design Awards, COTE Awards, Special Awards, and Student Awards.

2022 Architectural Excellence Awards 

The chapter will be celebrating this year’s Design Awards, COTE Awards, Special Awards, Student Awards, and EPiC Firms with the 2022 Architectural Excellence Awards broadcast debut and the return of viewing parties popping up around the state set for Thursday, November 17th.

Align Your Business with Architectural Excellence
Interested in aligning your product, service, or organization with architectural excellence? Contact Susan Frear at sfrear@aiapa.org for opportunities to support the profession and the chapter’s nearly 3,000 members across Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach architects, design professionals, and key built industry decision-makers with a reputation for excellence throughout Pennsylvania.

The 2022 Awards Sponsorship Form can be completed and an AIA Pennsylvania member will confirm your 2022 sponsorship.

2021 Architectural Excellence Awards 

The 2021 Architectural Excellence Awards Broadcast debuted on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 8 PM EST showcasing individual and firm honorees in five programs including the Committee on the Environment (COTE) Awards, Design Awards, Special Awards, Student Awards, and EPiC Firms. Read the press release for a full recap of 2021’s honorees.

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

The 2022 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design & COTE Awards program is accepting entries through 11:59 pm Thursday, September 8, 2022.

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Design Awards

The AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design Awards celebrate the exemplary design achievements of members and the impact of architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type.

COTE Awards

Projects selected for COTE honors will have exhibited excellence in the AIA Framework for Design Excellence measures that indicate how buildings perform for the health and wellness of the occupants, communities, and the environment they serve.

Special Awards

The AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Special Awards recognize significant achievements by members, non-members, civic/government leaders, allied professionals, and firms who contribute to the built environment and the advancement of the profession in the Commonwealth.

The 2022 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Special Awards program is currently accepting submissions. Please visit our nomination site to nominate a colleague or firm for an award.

Tri-State Awards

Regionally compete with your peers from AIA New Jersey, AIA New York State, and AIA Pennsylvania to be honored for architectural excellence in this biennial program! The AIA Tri-State Design Awards program is projected to open in 2023.

Architectural Excellence Design Award recipients exhibit distinguished design in the categories of Architecture, Preservation Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional and Urban Design, Unbuilt, Impact Design, and Single Family Residential Design. 

Each year the AIA Pennsylvania Committee on Design reaches out to a notable national/international architect to lead a jury of at least two other industry leaders of their choice outside the immediate Pennsylvania architecture community. The jury evaluates all entries based on how projects have met their respective program requirements with consideration of design achievement and impact regardless of budget, size, style, or type.

The jury recognizes projects deemed worth of award with the following levels of distinction.

Silver Medal | A Silver Medal may be granted, at the jury’s discretion to the project that distinguishes itself from the rest of the submissions representing the highest level of achievement. 

Honor Award | An Honor Award may be granted, at the jury’s discretion, to projects that exemplify distinguished achievement in any category. 

Merit Award |  A Merit Award may be granted, at the jury’s discretion, to any project that either lies outside of the other categories or bears an exceptional aspect that the jury feels represents excellence which deserves recognition. 

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The Architectural Excellence Special Awards recognize significant achievements by members, non-members, civic and government leaders, allied professionals, and firms who contribute to the built environment and the advancement of the profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Special Awards categories include:

  • Associate Award
  • Emerging Professional Award
  • Raymond J. Sinagra Allied Trades Award
  • Contribution to the Profession by a Non-Architect Award
  • Impact Designer Award
  • Government Award
  • Medal of Distinction
  • 50 Year Timeless Architecture Award
  • Architecture Firm Award

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Submissions to the Architectural Excellence COTE Awards are assessed through the lens of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence measures indicating how buildings perform for the health and wellness of the occupants, communities, and the environments they serve.

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The Student Award recognizes the exceptional scholastic achievement and future promise of a student graduating at the end of the current academic year. The student should have proven to be proficient in both academics and design, and ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the work environment in an architecture firm.

Recipients

2021

2020

2019

2018 

2017

  • Connie Lin | Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Sophie Nahrmann | Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture
  • Ivan Hanson | Marywood University, School of Architecture
  • Alexia Cavazos | Pennsylvania State University, Stuckeman School, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Michael Penzel | Thomas Jefferson University: College of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Alexander Bahr | University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
  • Jake Whitehead | Temple University, Tyler School of Art

2016

  • Chandler Archbell | Carnegie Mellon University
  • John Brian Fullen | Drexel University
  • Matthew Wieber | Marywood University
  • Shokofeh Darbari | Penn State University
  • Clarissa Kelsey | Philadelphia University
  • Jennifer Yun | Temple University
  • Alexander Tahinos | University of Pennsylvania

2015

  • Gloriana Gonzalez, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Patrick Barendt, Drexel University
  • Elizabeth Mae Andrzejewski, Marywood University
  • Bong Hei Wong, Philadelphia University
  • Katelyn Troutman, Penn State University
  • Alex E. Aftuck, Temple University
  • Caleb White, University of Pennsylvania

2014

  • Arjumand Anjum, Temple University
  • Amanda Bonelli, Philadelphia University
  • Cory Clippinger, Penn State University
  • Gray Garmon, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jason Kim, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Julie Morningstar, Drexel University

The President’s Award is presented at the discretion of the President of the Board of Directors, in recognition of special contributions and/or particular support of the profession, the business of architecture or the built environment, in Pennsylvania. The award is open to anyone, including members, non-members, architects and others.

Past Recipients

  • Robert (Bob) Kelly, FAIA (2021)
  • Marc Mondor, AIA (2021)
  • A. Stevens (Steve) Krug, AIA (2016)
  • City of Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission (2012)
  • Witold M. Rybczynski, Hon. FAIA (2011)
  • Maureen A. Guttman, AIA (2010)