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2023 Celebrate Architecture Gala 

May 20, 2023 | 713 Music Hall at Post HTX

All items should be delivered to J.Tyler Office Furniture or picked up by a committee member by:
Friday, April 28, 2023.

Nominations for Home Tour Jurors will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, April 3, 2023.

If you have any questions, please email Ellen

Submission Deadline for the Design Awards is Friday, May 26, 2023
Entry Fee, Forms, Common App Questionnaire, and Submittals are due by 5PM

Please submit your Entry Fee via the AIA Design Awards REGISTRATION PAGE

Registration Fees:

  • AIA Member Entry: $195
  • Non-Member: $650
  • Divine Detail: $95
  • Student Entry: $50

The AIA Houston Design Awards program recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

Projects located in the Houston metropolitan area designed by an architect registered in the US, or projects, regardless of location, designed by an architect registered in Texas practicing in the Houston metropolitan area. Built projects must have been completed after August 1, 2018, except for special requirements in the Urban Design category. On projects where construction is phased, only completed phases are eligible. Where one firm is not the sole author, all participants in the design work must be credited on the Entry Form. AIA Houston reserves the right to disqualify any entry not submitted in accordance with the rules.

If there are architectural elements that were pre-existing on the project and designed by another architect, that architect should be identified on the entry form. For instance, an addition to an existing building should identify the architect of the existing building where practicable and should clearly delineate for the jurors the addition from what existed before the project.

To help us better understand how your project’s design addresses sustainability, resilience, and inclusiveness, and in support of AIA National’s Framework for Design Excellence, we ask that you fill out the Common App Questionnaire. This is an opportunity for you to showcase performance data and relevant information in this context. We do not expect projects to address all aspects of the Framework for Design Excellence. Fields that are not relevant can be marked “N/A.”
The Common App is a document (in Excel) created by AIA to capture project performance metrics and simplify the awards submissions process across AIA components.


Built Projects
Built projects may be submitted for recognition in the following categories. The jury may move a project to a different category. LEED, AIA COTE guidelines, or other demonstrable environmental responses should be included with each entry and will be considered in judging.

  • Architecture Greater Than 50,000 SF
  • Architecture Less Than 50,000 SF
  • Residential Architecture: Residential projects include single-family houses and multi-family projects up to 20 units.  Large-scale apartment or condominium projects must be submitted under Architecture.
  • Interior Architecture
  • Renovation/Restoration: Restoration, renovation, or rehabilitation of existing buildings including adaptive reuse. A non-integrated addition to an existing building should be submitted under Architecture.
  • Divine Detail: Recognizes architectural ingenuity in the use of a particular material, detail, or building technology.

Unbuilt Projects

  • Urban Design: Urban Design projects must have an active client. Submittals may include urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, environmental programs, and redevelopment projects. Portions of the project must be under implementation; however, the whole project need not be completed. The Project Description must include the implementation schedule.
  • On The Boards: This category is for unrealized or uncompleted work for an active client.
  • Conceptual: This category is for conceptual work not for an active client.

NOTE: Student submissions are welcome, but must have a faculty sponsor.

All entries must be anonymous. Your name and/or firm name should not appear anywhere except where indicated on the entry form. For every entry, please prepare the following:

1. One Project Presentation PDF

  • A PDF file containing a maximum of 21 pages (20 pages + one sustainability page*; see below), with a file size no larger than 20 MB. 4:3 aspect ratio is recommended. Submittals may not contain transitions, sound, animation, video clips, panorama movies,  hyperlinks, or links to other files. Images must be a minimum of 150  DPI.
  • Do not identify architects or designers in the file name or on any image.
  • Preexisting architectural elements not designed as part of the project, but visible in the images, should be clearly marked as pre-existing and the prior architect should be credited.
  • All projects (except Interior Architecture) must include a site plan or aerial photography.
  • All plans and elevations should be clearly marked with a north arrow or directional identification.
  • For Renovation/Restoration projects, indicate pre-existing conditions with plans and/or photographs.
  • For Interior Architecture projects, include floor plans and one exterior photograph of the building for reference.

2. One Project Image

  • A 7" x 5", 250 DPI image. The image will be used for the Design Awards Publication, in which all submittals will be published.

3. One Common App Questionnaire: Download HERE.

4. One Project Description

  • No more than 250 words. The description should include program requirements, sustainability goals, and design solutions.

Deadline for Submittals: July 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

The AIA Houston Residential Committee is accepting entries for the AIA Houston Home Tour to be held October 22-23, 2022.  We seek to show the best new residential architecture by AIA members and we’re looking for a variety of architectural styles.  New construction, renovations, and additions will all be considered.

All entries must be received by Friday, July 7 by 5:00 pm. Eligibility is limited to homes located within the Houston metropolitan area, designed by an AIA Houston architect, and completed within the last 5 years.  Homes must be substantially complete* and available for photography upon submittal.
Architects from outside the Houston area are invited to submit but will be expected to fulfill all requirements of participating architects.

A selection committee of qualified industry professionals will review the submittals and make a recommendation to the AIA Houston Executive Committee. As Houston grows and its urban density increases, the variety of housing options and solutions continues to expand. Consequently, location will not be a determining factor in the selection process, and the committee will strive to have a variety of architectural styles represented on the tour. 

The criteria used to select homes for the tour will include:
  1. Design Excellence
  2. Quality and Craftsmanship
  3. Innovative Design Solutions and Use of Materials
  4. Sustainability of Design

Single Family Home - projects meeting the R-3 Residential definition and permitted under the International Residential Code. May include outbuildings or ADU’s.
Multiple Unit Residential (Condo, Apartment, Co-Op) - Custom-designed units within larger developments with unique homeowners.  Model units or showrooms may be accepted with prior approval from the AIA Houston Residential Committee.
Alternative Residential Projects - Live/work homes with at least 50% of the space dedicated to living spaces.  Other building types with a strong residential focus and identifiable residential function may be accepted with prior approval from the AIA Houston Residential Committee.
Remodels and Additions to the above project types


  1. Submittable Form: A submittal form must be completed for each house submitted and must include a 250-word description of the house.
  2. Homeowner Permission: Before submitting a house, you must discuss it with and get approval from the homeowner.
    House must be the work of registered architects who are members of AIA Houston and demonstrate the value of using an architect.
  3. Eligibility: Homes are not eligible if they have been on or have been accepted by any other local home tours.
    Projects must be substantially complete, as denoted per AIA document A201*, by the date of submission, and preference will be given to houses that are furnished, occupied, and landscaped.
  4. No Submission Limit: There is no limit to the number of home submissions that may be made.  Architects or their firms must send the submittal.  A maximum of two projects by the same architect and/or firm will be selected. The jury will be strongly encouraged to pick no more than one home per firm.
  5. Photography: The home must be made available for photography so that the photographer can make appointments to visit each house. This is typically done between late June and early July.
  6. Sponsorship: The architect will be responsible for securing a minimum of $1,400 per house in sponsorships. Sponsors are generally contractors, consultants, subs, etc.  Each participating architect has the option of securing four sponsors at a minimum of $350 each, paying the sponsorship fee themselves, or any combination of the two totaling a minimum of $1,400.  Sponsorships Deadline: September 15, 2023.
  7. Docents: The architect will be responsible for recruiting an adequate number of docents to staff the house during the tour.
  8. The architect must be present at the home during the tour.

*Section 9.8.1 of the AIA Document A201-2007 defines substantial completion as “the stage in the progress of the Work when the Work or designated portion thereof is sufficiently complete in accordance with the Contract Documents so that the Owner can occupy or utilize the Work for its intended use.”

AIA Houston