Tangela Monroe
Assistant Director
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The Call for Entries is now closed. Registration and submission for the 2021 program was due by June 11. We look forward to welcoming your project for consideration next year!

All entries must be the work of a Registered Georgia Architect who lives or does work in Georgia. Submissions for the Student Project Award must be a current student or recent 2020 graduate, from an accredited Georgia architecture degree program The competition is open to architectural projects of all classifications and sizes. Location of projects is not restricted. Any works submitted for consideration must have been completed and occupied between Jan 1, 2015, and Dec 31, 2020. Projects that received a previous AIA Georgia Design Award are not eligible.

All submissions will be reviewed by a common jury of distinguished guests connected to all facets of the design profession. As projects are subject to diverse contexts, programs, budgets, and restraints, each entry is judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements.

We encourage submissions that exhibit a strong definition of design excellence. Submissions may be exemplary in their typology, technical advancement, innovation, economy, sustainability, as well as other achievements.

Entry Fee: $125
Student Projects: $10 (no early bird special)
Early Bird Special: $100 (Register by May 7, 2021 before 6 PM)

Nominations will be open for the 2021 AIA Georgia Honor Awards in Fall 2021! This program is part of a long-standing tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. The Honor Awards program has added a new category, the Educator of the Year Award to be bestowed upon any educator, faculty member, administrator, or staff person who has furthered the objectives of the AIA in the role of educating and supporting the next generation of architects.

Please review the eligibility and nomination guidelines for each category before submitting a nomination.

For questions about the Honor Awards, please contact David Southerland at [email protected].


Entry Categories

The 2021 Awards Program is now closed. You can review 2021 submission guidelines and tips on the Call for Entries.

  • NEW! Built Project (over and under 5,000 SF): Built projects are divided into two entry categories and provides a catch-all opportunity for projects that demonstrate design achievement in architecture regardless of budget, style, or type with gross square footage over or under 5,000 square feet.
  • Unbuilt Project: The Unbuilt Project category celebrates the best in yet-to-be-built and speculative/theoretical design. Projects in this category are judged on their innovation, ability to overcome stated design challenges, and overall design excellence..
  • NEW! Renovation/Restoration/Adaptive-Reuse (over and under $1 million): The Renovation/Restoration/Adaptive-Reuse category honors masterful renovation, preservation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, adaptive-reuse and restoration projects with two gross cost levels of entry, over and under $1 million.
  • Interior Architecture:The Interior Architecture category celebrates spectacular interior spaces that demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability, and history.
  • Residential/Housing (over and under $1 million): Residential projects are honored with a category that celebrates the best in single-family, multi-family, and mixed-use residential design– showing the world how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together. This category has two levels of entry for projects over and under $1 Million in gross cost.
  • Student Project: Student Project awardees exhibit design excellence in student work including research, installations, conceptual projects, or competitions. The applicant must be a current student or recent 2020 graduate, from an accredited Georgia architecture degree program.
  • People’s Choice: The People’s Choice category will be a public vote of all projects submitted in the aforementioned categories. Firms and students are able to solicit votes for one business week (5 days) for their respective projects.

2017 Honor Awards