Call For Submissions:                            

The Annual AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes excellence in Architectural Design by AIA East Bay Chapter members and AIA members who have completed projects within the four counties, represented by the AIA East Bay Chapter. Projects that honor the earths precious resources, are empathetic to site context, promote social equity while equally striving to celebrate the Art and the Science of Architecture, will be strongly encouraged for submission.

All submissions are evaluated by a panel of accomplished jurors, distinguished for their contribution to the profession of Architecture and Design.


Projects designed by AIA East Bay Chapter members located anywhere in the world.

Projects designed by any AIA members which are located within the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa & Solano.

Built Projects must have been completed since January 1st, 2019 and have not previously received an AIA East Bay Design Award.

Projects must be complete at the time of submission except for those submitted to the Unbuilt Catagory.


Projects of all types are eligible for entry: e.g. New Buildings, Renovated Buildings, Historic Renovations, and Building Additions. There is a category for unrealized / unbuilt work for Architecture students or AIA East Bay members.

All the 2022 submissions will be evaluated based upon their scale within the following four categories:

  • Small Scale: Less than 5,000 GSF
  • Medium Scale: Less than 25,000 GSF
  • Large Scale: Greater than 25,000 GSF
  • Unbuilt Projects: Scale not applicable
  • Student Projects: Scale not applicable

There are three potential Award levels, Honors, Merits & Citations.

There will be a special award for a project that the jurors believe best embodies the 10 principals of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence.



  • Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2022, at 11:59pm P.T.
  • Design Awards Reception & Presentation event: In-Person & Virtual on November 3rd, 2022. Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Registration for attendees will open on October 3, 2022.
  • Registration for virtual reception will be posted prior to the event.
  • Category finalists will be announced prior to the presentation. 

Entry Fees:

AIA East Bay Members: $125 per application.

Non-AIA East Bay members: $225 per application.

Students: $25 per application.


Fine Print:

There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by a firm.

All visual materials submitted must be cleared for public reproduction.

The eligible member credited with the  project must be the Architect of record or the Firm of record.

Make full payment of entry fees by the submission deadline. 


Submission Requirements:

All submissions shall be completed via the online platform.

All submissions shall be required to meet one category of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence

Entry form to be completed with acknowledgment of AIA East Bay use of submission information and images as outlined in the 2022 full submission guidelines. 

All submission materials shall be cleared for release and use by the entrant and AIA East Bay.

All judging is anonymous. No submission shall include any name of the design team in the Descriptive data, images, or submittal materials (other than the confidential entry form).


All submittal materials shall be uploaded in PDF format with a consistent visual size/layout. An aspect ratio of 16:9 or 1920 X 1080 pixels, landscape oriented where possible, be mindful to omit firm/architect names, emails, phone numbers, or other identifying text or images anywhere in your submission.

The first page of your submission or summary page should include the following:

  • Project Name
  • Project location (City, County, State, Country)
  • Substantial completion date (month/year) 
  • Select a Category of scale: 
    • Small Scale: Less than 5,000 GSF
    • Medium Scale: Less than 25,000 GSS
    • Large Scale: Greater than 25,000 GSF
    • Unbuilt
  • For unbuilt only: Design completion (month/year) 
  • Cost (optional)
  • Sustainability certification/target (optional)
  • Select the applicable category (s) of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence (optional)
  • Descriptive data (300 words maximum)

No less than 3 and no more than 10 image pages, PDF format. (11 maximum pages with captions and photographer credits including project attributes on the first page.) There is no limit to the number of images, graphics, or text per page. Layout and presentation are at the submitters’ discretion in using their best efforts to present their project). 

Upon submission, the project materials become the property of AIA East Bay, and the AIA East Bay will use images from all submitted projects in multimedia presentations at the awards reception, on the AIA East Bay website, and on AIA East Bay social media platforms. AIA East Bay reserves the right to use the submissions for publicity and public relations. 

All submissions require a client consent form acknowledging the entry of their project into the 2022 AIA East Bay Design Awards. You will agree to these via our submission form.

Provide a descriptive summary of 300 words or less demonstrating the comprehensive approach for the project as it relates to celebrating the Art and the Science of Architecture, honoring the earth’s precious resources, being empathetic to the site context, and the way in which it promotes social equity.

Here are two examples of past submissions to help clarify the format we are expecting

Please submit all requested information via our online submission form. . Required fields are marked with an asterisk. Please be sure the information appears EXACTLY as you wish to see it published and listed on the awards certificates. Check the spelling of names carefully. You may save your work and return to the submission site as often as needed. Complete and submit all parts of the project submission, along with payment of entry fees, by the due date. 

For additional submittal information and questions please email: [email protected] 

For opportunities to get involved with the Reception and Design Awards event, please  contact the Design Awards Committee by email: [email protected]


We are delighted to confirm the following jurors for the 2022 AIA East Bay, Design Awards:

  • Tenna Florian, Lake|Flato, San Antonio 
  • Mark Jensen FAIA, Jensen Architects, San Francisco
  • Nastaran Mousavi, Studio BANAA, San Francisco
  • Keith Krumwiede, Dean of Architecture, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  • Adriana Garcia, SALT Landscape Architects, Los Angeles

Read Juror Bios Here