Cathedral of Christ the Light
Cathedral of Christ the Light
Firm: Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill, LLP
Credit: César Rubio
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  AIACC Awards for Architecture
    Projects must have been completed within the past 8 years. Entries are welcomed and encouraged from both established and new designers and from firms of all sizes. New buildings and renovations/restorations are eligible.
    Projects must be submitted in one of the following two categories:
   
  1. Design Resolution: Projects which demonstrates exemplary skill and sensitivity in resolution of formal, functional, and technical requirements. Examples of issues which may be considered include but are not limited to:
    1. Technical advancement, which explores new technologies and their architectural applications
    2. Environmental advancement, which demonstrates a commitment to environmentally sensitive design and conservation
    3. Preservation/restoration, which demonstrates skill, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness in preservation, restoration, or the alternative reuse of existing buildings regardless of their original architectural intentions
  2. Design Advancement: Projects which further the contemporary understanding of design by proposing new approaches to the development of architectural form.
    There are several subcategories which are only used for internal filing purposes. Awards may not be given in each sub category. Subcategories include Commercial, Institutional/Educational, Residential, Mixed-Use, Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse/Renovation, and Other.
    AIACC Design Awards Sustainability Guidelines
   

Recognizing the impact design and construction make in our environment at all scales, as well as California’s leading role in responsible sustainable design, the AIACC encourages all entrants to communicate the sustainable design strategies utilized in their submittal. While not a requirement for submittal, these strategies will be considered in the judging of the entries.

Entrants are encouraged to choose the most appropriate means of communicating these approaches for their individual projects. This may include narrative, technical analysis, or graphics. LEED, CHPS, or other quantifiable categorical measurement tools are appropriate, but certainly are not the only methods by which sustainable design can be incorporated in entrant’s work or evaluated by the jury. 

On the Descriptive Data page of your submittal workspace, there is an opportunity for you to upload a single page pdf, in no smaller than 10 pt font, describing how sustainability considerations were addressed in your design.

   
  AIACC Awards for Interior Architecture
    The AIACC Awards for Interior Architecture acknowledge excellence in building interior design. The intent of this awards program is to draw attention to the broad diversity of completed interior architecture. Entries may be large or small in scope and may involve renovation, adaptive use, or new construction. Submissions in the areas of residential, institutional, commercial, corporate, retail, hospitality, and miscellaneous are encouraged. All entries are judged on merit regardless of scale or budget, with each judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements.
    Projects must be submitted in one of the following two categories:
   
  1. Design Resolution: Projects which demonstrates exemplary skill and sensitivity in resolution of formal, functional, and technical requirements. Examples of issues which may be considered include but are not limited to:
    1. Technical advancement, which explores new technologies and their architectural applications
    2. Environmental advancement, which demonstrates a commitment to environmentally sensitive design and conservation
    3. Preservation/restoration, which demonstrates skill, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness in preservation, restoration, or the alternative reuse of existing buildings regardless of their original architectural intentions
  2. Design Advancement: Projects which further the contemporary understanding of design by proposing new approaches to the development of architectural form.
   
  Maybeck Award
   

The Maybeck Award recognizes outstanding achievement in architectural design as expressed in a body of work produced by an individual architect over a period of at least 10 years. The award honors an individual rather than a firm. The basis for the award is the design quality of an individual’s body of work, extending over a career.  
 
Note: The Maybeck Award is distinct from a Lifetime Achievement Award. If you are interested in nominating or applying for the 2011 AIACC Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service, information is online at aiacc.org. The Maybeck Award is also distinct from a Firm Award.

Include photographic images of completed projects that represent a breadth of experience and a range of building types. Firm principals who are nominees should include images only of designs for which they were responsible as individuals or as principals in a firm, not firm designs per se.

On the graphic images provided please include the name of the project, the project type (i.e., residential home, church, museum, etc), and the year the project was completed.
We encourage creativity. You may produce montage images that showcase more than one image on a photograph. However, we recommend that this be done in such a way that individual details and characteristics are not lost.

In the Descriptive Data section, provide a comprehensive biographical sketch of the nominee or information describing the project. Please address issues such as strengths, challenges, management, social concerns and community involvement, etc. as deemed appropriate for the Maybeck Award.

   
  25-Year Award
    The 25-Year Award is intended to recognize distinguished California architecture of enduring significance which has retained its central form and character, with the architectural integrity of the project intact. All entries must be located in California and completed 25 to 50 years ago, after January 1, 1960 and before January 1, 1985. We encourage creativity. You may produce montage images that showcase more than one image on a photograph. However, we recommend that this be done in such a way that individual details and characteristics are not lost.
    In the Descriptive Data section, provide a comprehensive biographical sketch of the nominee and information describing the project. Please address issues such as strengths, challenges, management, social concerns and community involvement, etc. as deemed appropriate for the 25-Year Award.
   
  AIACC/CCASLA Awards for Urban Design
   

The 2010 Awards for Urban Design program will be administered jointly by the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) and the California Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA).  Awards will be given to recognize excellence in the creation and improvement of our physical environment by Architects and Landscape Architects.
Urban Design is defined for the awards program as the realm of physical design encompassing master planning and landscape plans to conceptual architectural design.  This definition includes research and the design of spaces at all scales: from places between buildings to regional master plans.  It looks at time from the conception and expression of an idea to the many phases of a master plan.

The 2009 Urban Design Awards program will look at a wide spectrum of design and work in the following areas:
   
  1. Environments between and among buildings,
  2. Built and landscape environments around and on top of structures,
  3. Realms in time between idea and construction, and of long or short duration,
  4. The natural environment, the human constructed environment, and combinations and junctures of the two,
  5. Public and private works and the combination of the two,
  6. Information and design for and by the public sector and the development sector,
  7. Design and research, built work and publications,
  8. Projects small and large,
  9. Expanse of time from concepts and thoughts to built or partially built, and
  10. Experience of daytime, nighttime and the four seasons.
    Special criteria and requirements:
   
  1. Work(s) can be projects, designs, plans, papers and publications.
  2. Areas of projects can include campuses, transit centers, resorts, downtowns, town centers, parts of cities, neighborhoods, parks, trails, and open space.
  3. The project description must include a description of the important urban design and landscape architecture concepts.
  4. Submissions cannot include public relations materials.
  5. Submissions must include an aerial photograph or site plan with a clear depiction of the area of the work, a north arrow and a scale.
  6. The time period(s) of the project must be clearly stated.
  7. Submissions must include a brief statistical summary of areas and counts for the work(s).
   
  AIACC Awards for Small Projects
   

The Small Projects awards program strives to elevate public awareness of the value of design that architects bring to our built environment regardless of the constraints of size and scope.
Submissions can include fully constructed projects of all program and building types completed after January 1, 2002. Projects may include new and renovation works, and elements of built works.

Entries may be submitted under two subcategories:

  • Small Project Objects (Under $50,000 fabrication + installation budget) this category may include any designed object that inhabits and enriches our built environment, such as a chair, a light fixture, a bike rack, or a doorknob. Questions concerning the eligibility of particular objects can be directed to the Awards Committee.
  • Small Project Structure (Under $350,000 construction budget)

Each entrant may choose only one subcategory per Small Project entry ($100 for members, and $175 for nonmembers)

Submit a 1,500 character (approx. 200 word) description of your small project, along with 10 supporting images.

   

 


     




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