Estes Twombly, Peter Vanderwarker

AIAri Annual Design Awards 2019



AIAri Design Awards Celebration will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at WaterRower, Warren, RI. The Chapter's Annual Meeting (for all members) is at 5:30pm, and the Design Awards Celebration is from 6-10pm.

Tickets: Ticket prices are as follows: $80.00 for AIA Members, $95.00 for Non-Members, $60 for Associates, $30 for Students.  AIA Member Group Rate for four (4) tickets is $275 (savings of $45).

Purchase Tickets Here.

This year we highlight one of Rhode Island's award winning design firms by hosting our ceremonies at one of their award winning spaces!

We will have live music, the red carpet experience and our Toys for Tots Drive again this year!

Come celebrate the great architecture of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Architects!


  • AIAri Member architects may submit projects located worldwide
  • The project must be submitted by a licensed architect of record
  • Non-AIAri members licensed to practice in the state of Rhode Island may only submit projects located in Rhode Island
  • Built projects must have been substantially completed after January 1, 2015
  • Projects that have been honored in a past AIAri Design Awards program are not eligible (unless the project was submitted in the Unbuilt category, and the project has since been built)
  • Each entrant may submit any number of eligible entries with the appropriate fees for each entry
  • Work by the firms of design professionals serving as jury members this year is not eligible
  • The submitted work must be eligible for publicity and reproduction

Awards may be given in two levels for each category:

  • Honor Awards - for projects that show outstanding achievement in architectural design
  • Merit Awards - for projects with noteworthy achievement in architectural design
  • Citation- for projects that deserve honorable mention.

Announcement and presentation of the Awards will be made during the AIAri Design Awards Celebration. Publication and exhibition of award-winning projects will be sought by AIAri after the awards ceremony.

2019 Call for Entries (pdf)

The entrant must specify the category that the project is being submitted for in each project submission. The jury may elect to honor projects in each category or may choose to make no distinction at all. The categories for 2019 are:

  • Residential
  • Urban Planning / Urban Design
  • Educational / Institutional
  • Historic Preservation
  • Commercial / Industrial
  • Adaptive Reuse / Renovation
  • Civic / Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Interiors
  • Unbuilt


All submissions for the AIAri Design Awards must be digital. No binders will be accepted. The decisions of the jurors will be based solely on the materials submitted. All materials listed below shall be formatted on pages not larger than 8 1/2” x 11” each and submitted as three (3) separate PDF documents named with the project name and competition number. Numbers are assigned when you register your project with your payment. The file size of all documents combined shall not exceed 16MB. All reference to the architecture firm must be concealed on all materials that will be reviewed by the jury.

1. SUBMISSION FOR REVIEW (Filename format: ##_ProjectName_Submission.pdf, where ## is your competition number) (8 pages total)
Do not include the name of the firm or other team members submitting the project for review or any elements of the firm brand identity in this document.

  • Project Information Sheet - A typed, bulleted outline not to exceed one (1) page including the following project information:
  •      Project Name
  •      Category
  •      Location
  •      Completion Date
  •      Construction Cost/SF (if allowed by client)
  •      Narrative description of the project that includes:
    •   The responsibility of the architect 
    •   Client type
    •   Site description
    •   Program of the project
    •   Special constraints
    •   Design solution
    •   Sustainable aspects* of the project (if applicable)
  • Drawings that best represent the project (e.g. site plan, floor plans, elevations, and sections)
  • Project photographs or black-and-white or color images. More than one (1) image per page is acceptable. Images should be of high quality.

2. PROJECT IDENTIFICATION SHEET (Filename format: ##_ProjectName_Indentification.pdf, ## is your competition number)

  • One (1) page on firm letterhead and includes identification of the project, including project location, client name, firm name, any associated architecture firms, contractors or construction managers, engineering firms, and other consultants. The document should include contact information for your firm. (1page)

3. PHOTO RELEASE FORM (Filename format: ##_ProjectName_PhotoRelease.pdf, ## is your competition number)

  • A completed, signed, and dated copy of the photo release form included with this call for entries. (1 page) 2019photorelease (pdf)



Please include any information on sustainable aspects for the project. Somefeaturesmayincludepredictedversusactualannualenergyusage, zEPIScore,notablesustainablebuildingfeatures,any rating systems (i.e. LEED, Green Globes, IgCC compliant) or if NetZero or Passive House.

The entry fee for the first project submitted is $150. The fee for additional projects is $100. 

Projects need not be submitted multiple times to be considered in multiple categories

Register your projects here by 5:00PM Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Late Registration: After October 23, 2019, registration will be $200.00 per entry.

To register by mail, send the included entry form with your check to :
Attention: AIAri Design Awards
P.O. Box 9325
Providence, RI 02940

Please make all checks payable to AIA Rhode Island. All fees are non-refundable and late registration will not be accepted.


Complete entry submissions must be received at AIAri by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 15, 2019

Once you have registered your submission and received your submission number you may upload your submission via the form below.  Please contact Bethany Rochefort with any questions at 401-617-1028 or .


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