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Call for Entries and Submittal Instructions

Celebrating the Best in Contemporary American Architecture through
Excellence in Design

The AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Awards Program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice. AIA Nevada advocates that quality architecture is sustainable architecture. All submittals must include sustainable design principles.

July 3 - September 7, 2018                       Call for Entries
Friday, October 12, 2018                           Entry Forms & Fees Due
Friday, October 26, 2018  5pm PST         Design Award Submittals Due
Monday, October 29, 2018  5pm PST      Late Submittals Due  (Additional $100 Fee)
Monday, November 5, 2018                      Design Awards Jury
Wednesday, November 28, 2018              AIA Nevada Design Awards Gala

$225 per entry Built, Unbuilt and Collaborative Achievement
$25 per Academic / Student
Late Submittal Fee - An additional $100 per entry


A. Built Architecture – Any project that has been completed since January 1, 2014, including commercial, public works, residential, hospitality, interior architecture, and all completed projects of any kind.

B. Unbuilt Architecture – projects that have been commissioned or projects designed as a part of a competition, but have not yet been built, or may never be built.

C. Collaborative Achievement – Projects that were conceived, designed and constructed by a collaborative team and that demonstrate the teamwork and cooperation required for the successful execution of excellence in design. 

D. Academic Projects – projects that are created as for academic credit  in a studio or class program. This category is open only to students who are currently enrolled in an architecture class for academic credit.

Please review each category for the individual program eligibility and submission requirements, judging criteria, and deadlines.

All payments should be made to AIA Las Vegas using the Online Entry Form and Payment Process. Completed Entry Forms and Fees Are Due No later than 5pm PST Friday, September 7, 2018. No entry fees will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed.


Step 1: Gather your information for submittal.  We collect information on everyone on the project team. (including Client/Owner/Developer, Architect, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Structural Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer, General Contractor, Photographer and anyone else you feel needs to be listed).  Every field is required.  If the requested information is not pertinant to your project, just write “not applicable or N/A. There is a worksheet included in the packet, or CLICK HERE FOR WORKSHEET

Step 2: Go online to https://www.aialasvegas.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1126182&group=  Or CLICK HERE
and enter ALL requested information for your project(s) and pay for your entry(s).

Step 3:
Within 48 hours, you will receive a unique Project ID number for each project you have entered. You will also receive a unique folder invitation link for each project you have entered where you will upload your individual PDF entry(s) and your Project Exhibit Board(s). (AIA Las Vegas will be printing the Project Exhibit Board(s).

Step 4:
Upload your Entry(s) to your unique folder(s) by 5pm PST on Friday, October 26, 2018.  Your Submittal Narrative and all images must be submitted (uploaded to that individual folder) in a single PDF file not to exceed 10MB and 26 pages. Submittal Narrative requirements for each category are provided under each Category.  Please read carefully

Click  here for the Call for Entries and Submittal Instructions Packet

2018 AIA Nevada Design Awards Announcement of Recipients
The 2018 AIA Nevada Excellence In Design & Distinguished Service Awards Program is
administered by the AIA Las Vegas Chapter.
Award recipients will be recognized at the black-tie optional, AIA Las Vegas End of Year / Holiday Celebration
and AIA Nevada Excellence In Design & Distinguished Service Awards Gala being held on
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons.

Click here to make your RSVP!

Click Here For 2017 Design Award Winners

Click Here For 2016 AIA Nevada Design Award Winners