2016 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards

Submission portal now closed for the AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards! The deadline to submit to the FAR Scholarship is September 9. See the FAR Scholarship Guidelines.
Registration open for the 2016 Excellence in Design Awards Celebration!

Schedule 2016

  • Friday, August 26, 2016:  Submission Forms, Material Uploads and Entry Fees are due by 11:59pm EDT. Entry fee payments may be made by credit card in the awards submission portal when the project is ready for final submission.
  • Thursday, September 8, 2016:  Jury Review at AIA Austin.
  • Friday, October 7, 2016:  Design Awards Celebration at The Accelerator Building, home to B-more Kitchen in Baltimore, MD.

New in 2016

Residential Design Awards

Residential awards have been vastly expanded with three categories, five special recognition awards including a Grand Residential Design Award and a separate jury.

AIABaltimore and Chesapeake Home + Living magazine sponsor this design competition to promote and publicize excellence in residential architecture throughout Central Maryland. Winning projects will be recognized at the AIABaltimore Design Excellence Awards Program, in a traveling exhibit with other design awards, and will be published in Chesapeake Home + Living magazine, as well as in the AIABaltimore e-newsletter, Baltimore Architect, and in the AIA Maryland Chapters Annual Directory.


Categories (1 award for each)

  • Single/Dual Family (Contemporary)
  • Single/Dual Family (Traditional)
  • Renovation/Addition
Excellence in Sustainable + Resilient Design Awards

The Sustainability Award has been expanded! There are now three categories and three awards.

Sustainable design conserves resources, preserves ecosystems, optimizes comfort, and reduces environmental impact through high performance, integrated and innovative design, and concern for unique cultural heritage while demonstrating affordability and the potential for replication.


Categories (1 award for each, can be built or unbuilt)

  • Single-Family Residential (Must be submitted to the Residential Design Awards)
  • Commercial/Institutional/Multi-Family
  • Existing Building/Adaptive Reuse
Unbuilt Architecture

The Unbuilt Architecture Awards now stands alone with two categories. This award recognizes the contributions of emerging and established professionals alike and the conceptual exploration and innovation in design thinking represented in Central Maryland region.


Categories (1 award for each)

  • Professional (AIA)
  • Emerging Professional (Assoc. AIA)
Good Design = Good Business

The Good Design = Good Business Award, which honors architects and clients who best utilize good design to achieve important outcomes for organizations, now no longer has an extra $50 fee!



  • $100 per regular project entry
  • $45 for Assoc. AIA Unbuilt Project Awards
  • Students: No Charge

Excellence in Design Awards Jury

Larry Speck, FAIA,  Page

lg_port_larry_4Larry Speck is well known equally for his diverse portfolio of award-winning architecture and his distinguished career as an inspiring educator. Larry is also a prolific author and influential critic.

From 1992 to 2001 Larry served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1975. He also has served on advisory boards for architectural schools at M.I.T., the University of Michigan, Tulane University, LSU, Cranbrook and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

In 2011 he was recognized with the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given to an architectural educator from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

In 1999 Larry joined Page, then known as Page Southerland Page, as a principal. Larry’s design work has won more than thirty national awards, over twenty state or regional awards and nearly seventy local awards.

Larry is author or co-author of three books: Landmarks of Texas Architecture (1986) Technology, Sustainability and Cultural Identity (2007) and The University of Texas: A Campus Guide (2012). In addition, he has edited or co-edited four publications, has contributed chapters in eleven books by others and has written over fifty articles for professional journals.

Larry is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and served as chair of the jury to select AIA Fellows in 2005. He has also served on the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. State Department Overseas Building Operations, as a National Peer Reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program and on the boards of national environmental groups such as Greenguard Environmental Institute and Air Quality Sciences.

Elizabeth Alford, Assoc. AIA, Pollen Architecture

elizabethElizabeth Alford founded Pollen Architecture in Austin, Texas in 2008 with Michael Young, and Dason Whitsett.  Elizabeth’s work centers on creating engaging spaces that are carefully integrated into their surroundings, both natural settings and urban contexts.  Elizabeth uses section, natural light and materiality to enrich the experience of a space.  Prior to forming Pollen, Elizabeth ran her own firm, Elizabeth Alford Projects in Austin and New York, doing projects including studio renovations and farm buildings.

Pollen has received substantial recognition for its work.  Most recently, their Balcones House had over 2700 visitors as part of the 2011 AIA Austin Homes Tour.  Their 12th Street Studios project won an AIA Design Award in 2010 and the UTSoA Student Architecture Award in 2009. Their work has been published inDetail Magazine, Architecture Record, and most recently, on the cover of Tribeza, Austin’s local design magazine.  Elizabeth has lectured at the UT School of Architecture, in Austin’s “Architecture at the Umlauf” series, in Pecha Kucha #5, and at Portland State University.

Elizabeth has taught architecture design studios at the University of Texas at Austin since 2003, as well as seminars on factory production of houses and building components.  She organized the conference “Site::Offsite, Architecture and the Factory-Built House” in 2004, and received a Graham Foundation grant to produce a book of the same name.  She was a faculty advisor for two UT Solar Decathlon teams.

Elizabeth graduated from Wellesley College and holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Columbia University, where she was awarded the AIA Citation of Merit for outstanding graduate work.  Before returning to her native Austin, Elizabeth apprenticed with leading design firms in New York and abroad, including Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects, A.R.O., Polshek & Partners, and O.M.A.  

Michael Hsu, AIA, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

michael-Hsu001Michael Hsu, AIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, an Austin, Texas based firm of architects and interior designers founded in 2005. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Hsu worked at OMA in the Netherlands and in Dallas before returning to Austin where he has practiced since 1998. Hsu is currently a member of the University of Texas School of Architecture’s Advisory Council and an active member of the local AIA Advocacy group. His firm has received numerous design awards from the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Los Angeles, IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter, the Heritage Society of Austin and AIA Austin including Firm Achievement of the Year in 2016.

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was formed with the goal of producing locally engaged, design-driven architecture and interiors. The firm advocates a simple, edited design palette, using available materials and techniques to create unexpected results. MHOA believes in the innate beauty of unadorned natural materials, carefully chosen, composed, and crafted.

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture collaborates on a wide range of project types including residential, restaurants, retail, commercial, mixed-used, and adaptive re-use. Clients include Endeavor Real Estate Group, Greystar, Home Slice Pizza, New Waterloo (South Congress Hotel, Sway, La Condesa, Hotel Ella), Parkside Projects (the backspace, Olive & June, Bullfight), Fifth + West, P. Terry’s, Shake Shack, Uchi & Uchiko, Westlake Dermatology, and Canopy, among others.


Residential and Unbuilt Design Awards Jury

Ernesto Cragnolino, FAIA, Alterstudio

lg_cragnolino_1With over 20 years of professional practice, Ernesto Cragnolino has focused on the design of institutional, commercial and residential projects for a variety of clients and at a variety of budgets.  In 2016, Mr. Cragnolino was elevated to become a member of the prestigious AIA College of Fellows.  He has taught design and construction at the University of Texas School of Architecture.







Miguel Rivera, FAIA, Miro Rivera Architects

miguel rivera_portraitMiguel Rivera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture. He earned his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, in New York.

Miguel is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects (TSA). In 2005, Miguel was awarded the AIA National Young Architect Award and in 2014 he was elevated to the College of Fellows. He has served on AIA design awards juries in New York City, Colorado, Chicago and Alabama and was a juror for the Bi-Annual design awards for the Colegio de Arquitectos of Puerto Rico.

Miguel has lectured at the Universities of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Veracruz, Tennessee, Buffalo, Louisiana, Munich and UNAM in Mexico. His work has been published in several books and numerous publications and has been exhibited in Berlin, Venice Architectural Biennale and at the Hostos Art Gallery in New York City.

Before forming Miró Rivera Architects with Juan Miró in 2000, he was an associate at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in New York City (1991-2000), where he was involved in many award-winning large-scale, institutional projects.

Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Danze Blood Architects

Danze, Elizabeth 2009Elizabeth Danze is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and holds the Meadows Foundation Centennial Fellowship in Architecture. She is a principal with Danze Blood Architects, and her work integrates practice and theory across disciplines by examining the convergence of sociology and psychology with the tangibles of space and construction. Danze is co-editor of Architecture and Feminism and co-editor and author of CENTER 9: Regarding the Proper and Psychoanalysis and Architecture-The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Volume 33 and CENTER 17: Space and Psyche.  She is the architect advisor to the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Academy. Danze is the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


Thank You to Our Generous 2016 Excellence in Design Awards Sponsors




Ammon Heisler Sachs

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects
Swirnow Building Systems


Alexander Design Studio
Armstrong Ceilings
Bayview Associates
Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.
DANA Insurance and Risk Management
Ernest Maier Block and Brick
MAG-Lighting Design, LLC


Union Craft Brewing

We are grateful to the following Annual Sponsors of AIABaltimore





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Henry Adams, LLC 
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.

James Posey Associates, Inc.
Lewis Contractors 
Mueller Associates
North Point Builders
Plano-Coudon, LLC
Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Co.
Rubeling & Associates, a JMT Division
Site Resources, Inc. 
Skarda & Associates, Inc.
Wohlsen Construction


Ames & Gough
The Blue Book Network
Centric Business Systems
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc.
Doubledge Design LLC
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Hope Furrer Associates 
Keast & Hood
Kinsley Construction 
Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc.
Marks, Thomas Architects
Morabito Consultants, Inc.
Mullan Contracting Company
National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT)
Palindrome Design: Lighting & Interiors
Phillips Way
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP (RK&K)
Southway Builders, Inc.
Structura, Inc.
Ziger/Snead, LLP Architects


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