AIA and its Small Project Design (SPD) Knowledge Community present the annual Small Project Awards to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects provide regardless of the limits of size and scope.

These projects represent the big impact that small projects can have on their users and broader communities.

Jury, AIA Awards – Small Project Awards 2024

Andre Johnson, AIA, Chair, AJA, Raleigh, N.C. 

Mindy Aust, AIA, MA Architecture, Des Moines, Iowa

Joy Cunningham, Assoc. AIA, MG2, McLean, Va.

Lisa Sauve, AIA, Synecdoche, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Matt Seltzer, AIA, archimania, Memphis, Tenn.

North Facade
Photo: Ibanez Shaw Architecture


Architect: Ibanez Shaw Architecture

The award-winning design for Chroma in Ft. Worth, Texas provides an unexpected retail experience with enhanced natural light and a welcoming environment. 

Dwelling in the landscape
Photo: James Brittain

El Aleph Guesthouse

Architect: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

The award-winning design for El Aleph Guesthouse in Port L’Hebert, Nova Scotia, showcases the rugged Atlantic Ocean seascape as a relaxing oasis shielded from harmful environmental elements.

Index Exterior Entry
Photo: Fieldwork Design & Architecture


Architect: Fieldwork Design & Architecture

The award-winning design for INDEX in Portland, Ore. revitalizes the surrounding neighborhood in a multisensory, customized shopping experience and transforms site-specific obstacles into opportunities.

The architecture is deliberately deferential to the landscape, providing a quiet backdrop and flexible gathering space.
Photo: Aaron Leitz

Leach Botanical Garden Pavilion & Tree Walk

Architect: Olson Kundig

The award-winning design for Leach Botanical Garden Pavillion & Tree Walk in Portland, Ore. highlights its Pacific Northwest verdant landscape while increasing mobility access to all visitors. 

A carbon negative solution to mass-produced compact dwellings that adapt to their social. climatic, and geographic context.
Photo: Michael Stuntz

Puzzle Prefab – Whidbey

Architect: Wittman Estes

The award-winning design for Puzzle Prefab – Whidbey in Whidbey Island, Wash. exemplifies the versatility of prefabricated housing using sustainable materials and provides a model for the future.

South Bronx youth and seniors cool down at The Refreshing Waters.
Photo: Interboro Partners

The Refreshing Waters

Architect: Interboro Partners

The award-winning design for The Refreshing Waters in Bronx, N.Y. represents public-private collaboration that fosters intergenerational social interaction, respite from summer heat, and access to internet and other library resources.

An attendant from San Francisco Public Works’ Pit Stop Program is present during operating hours at select locations to ensure the toilets are kept safe, clean and operational for their intended use.
Photo: Kyle Jeffers

San Francisco AmeniPODS

Architect: SmithGroup

The award-winning design for San Francisco AmeniPODS in San Francisco meets a basic human need with dignity and sustainability, serving diverse community demographics and bolstering the local economy.

From Above
Photo: Hadley Fruits for Landmark Columbus Foundation

Sylvan Scrapple

Architect: After Architecture

The award-winning design for Sylvan Scrapple in Columbus, Ind. bridges food waste resourcefulness and design technology advances with a focus on circular construction.

Camouflaging into the context, the building's form emulates its surroundings. Four varieties of local limestone wrap the exterior in stratified bands, emulating the layers of stone peaking from the surrounding hillsides.
Photo: Brad Feinknopf

Youngmeyer Field Station

Architect: Hutton

The award-winning design for Youngmeyer Field Station in Elk County, Kan. enriches university-affiliated prairie research initiatives by allowing students to conduct studies, convene and stay directly on the premises, as well as extending space to students in other disciplines.

For more information on each of this year’s AIA Small Project Awards, click on this link.