Do I need to be nominated to apply?
For people-based programs (e.g., Emerging Professional, Educator of the Year, etc.), there is usually a required nominator or sponsor, though some programs allow for self-nomination. Please refer to the specific program criteria for more information.
Do I have to be an AIA member to apply?
This varies depending on the program’s criteria. For organizational awards you do not have to be an AIA member to apply. Membership is however required for nearly all of the people-based programs. Please refer to the specific program criteria for more information.
How do I apply?
All honor awards are accepted via the same online nomination form. The Honors Criteria is a resource to guide you in preparing a submission where you will find the materials for each program on their respective pages.
Who are reference letters addressed to?
All reference letters should be addressed to the Jury Chair. Sometimes a chair has not been named by the time applications open. In that case, we recommend addressing the the letter to “Jury Chair, [award name]”.
How long are reference letters kept on file?
Reference letters for successful candidates are archived with the submission. Unsuccessful applications reference letters are kept on file for up to two years following the original application submission.
How are winners recognized?
Winners are announced and celebrated at the annual AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards each Spring. We encourage successful candidates to attend and bring their family and friends to celebrate.