AIA accepting entries for small project awards

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The American Institute of Architects’ Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the ninth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget.


Award winning projects will be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, including the SPP Journal and website. Projects will also be displayed at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition. Select residential award winning projects will be included in Fine Homebuidling magazine’s annual awrads issue, HOUSES, and on


Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged for the success with which the project meets its individual program intent and requirements. Entries will be weighed individually, not in competition with each other. Criteria for judging will include the following:

  • The submission complies with all submission requirements
  • The project demonstrates exemplary skill in meeting program intent and requirements 
  • The project achieves excellence in design

Award Categories

There are three built categories and one unbuilt category:

Category 1: A small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design element up to $150,000.

Category 2: A small project construction, up to $1,500,000.

Category 3: A small project construction, object, work of environmental art, or architectural design under 5,000 SF constructed by the architect. The architect must have had a significant role in the construction, fabrication and/or installation of the work, in addition to being the designer.

Category 4: Unbuilt architectural designs under 5,000 SF for which there is no current intent to build, of all project types including purely theoretical, visionary projects, with or without a client.

Applicants may enter the same project in more than one category. The entry fee is on a per category basis (e.g. the same project entered in two categories will be charged two entry fees).

The Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community encourages submissions of projects in all building types: commercial, retail, industrial, educational, public and private, as well as residential. In addition, projects may include fully completed new and renovations or elements of built projects. There is no limitation other than the quality of the final work. We invite the submission of projects accessible to people of all abilities. New construction and renovations are equally welcome.

Finally, the Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community strongly encourages submissions from the many diverse Small Project Practitioner (SPP) members of the AIA and the profession.



  • Open to architects licensed in the United States. 
  • Built projects completed after January 1, 2009. 
  • Entry photography by the submitting architect is welcomed, but there is no restriction on professional photography. 
  • Maximum of four entries per firm – (a single project may be entered in two different categories with applicable fees for each entry). Maximum of two unbuilt entries per firm.
  • No projects are permitted that have previously received a national AIA award.


2013 Entries must be submitted before 4:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 12, 2012.

The submission deadline date will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed. Payments and submissions will only be accepted online.

Notifications will be made to Award Recipients mid to late February 2013.

Please review the 2013 AIA Small Project Awards Walk Through and Concealed ID Forms before beginning your submission. When you are ready to submit, go to the Submission Web site.



Built Projects (Categories 1, 2 and 3):
AIA members – $150 for each entry
Nonmembers – $300 for each entry

Unbuilt Designs (Category 4):
AIA members – $75 for each entry
Nonmembers – $150 for each entry

All entry fees are nonrefundable.


2013 Jury

Leonard Kady, AIA (Chair) – Leonard Kady Architecture + Design – New York, NY
Julie Beckman – KBAS – Philadelphia, PA
Christopher Herr, AIA – Studio H:T – Boulder, CO
Laura Kraft, AIA – Laura Kraft Architect – Seattle, WA
Rob Yagid – Fine Homebuilding magazine – Newtown, CT



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The AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community

Past Award Recipients

2012 Small Project Award Recipients | AIArchitect Coverage of the 2011 Recipients | 2009 Display Boards | 2009 Press Release | Listen to the 2009 SPP Awards Podcast

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