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AIA MIAMI DESIGN AWARDS SUBMISSION INFORMATION PAGE

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AIA MIAMI DESIGN AWARDS

ABOUT

The AIA Miami Design Awards are intended to encourage excellence in architecture, elevate public consciousness of good design, and recognize those architects whose work enriches our built environment. Projects will be reviewed with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence; how the project betters the community and environment in which it resides.

All entries must be architectural projects designed by AIA Miami licensed architects or licensed architects with offices in Miami-Dade County or Monroe County. Projects may be located anywhere in the world and built projects must have been completed by January 1, 2024.

Projects may be submitted for recognition in the following categories. The jury may move a project to a different category, upon their discretion. 

 

DEADLINES:
July 12 - Registration
August 1 - Submissions
October 18 - Design Awards


SUBMITTAL FEES

BUILT PROJECTS, UNBUILT PROJECTS,

& URBAN DESIGN PROJECTS
AIA Miami Members - $175 | Per Project
Non Members - $300 | Per Project

AIA MEMBERS ONLY

FIRM OF THE YEAR
AIA Members - $300

THE RIVA PRIZEAIA (State of Florida) Members - $300

SMALL FIRM OF THE YEAR
AIA Members - $175

 

STUDENT DESIGN
AIAS  Members - $25 per project
Non-AIAS Members - $50 Per Project


CATEGORIES THAT ARE OPEN TO ALL:
Built, Unbuilt, Urban Design, Student

CATEGORIES FOR AIA MEMBERS ONLY
Firm of the Year
Small Firm of the Year
The RIVA Prize - Open to all AIA Members in the State of Florida

AIA Framework for Design Excellence

 

The architect's call to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public has a new and broader meaning amid challenges such as increasing climate extremes and social inequity. Architects everywhere must recognize that our profession can harness the power of design to contribute to solutions addressing the most significant needs of our time. Every project can be used as a platform for addressing big problems and providing creative solutions. Every line drawn should be a source of good in the world.

The Framework for Design Excellence represents the defining principles of good design in the 21st century. Comprised of 10 principles and accompanied by searching questions, the Framework seeks to inform progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. These are to be thoughtfully considered by designer and client at the initiation of every project and incorporated into the work as appropriate to the project scope. The Framework is intended to be accessible and relevant for every architect, every client, and every project, regardless of size, typology, or aspiration.  Each submission will be reviewed with the Framework for Design Excellence in mind.

Visit the AIA Resources page for more information on the Framework for Design Excellence.   http://bit.ly/3nzKr6L

Please be sure to address the tenets of the Framework for Design Excellence in your project descriptions.

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BUILT AWARDS

Architecture Less than 50,000 sf

Recognizes any type of commercial, industrial, or residential project that exemplifies design excellence, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

Architecture Greater than 50,000 sf

Recognizes any type of commercial, industrial, or residential project that exemplifies design excellence, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

Residential Architecture

Residential projects include single-family houses and multi-family projects up to 20 units. Large scale apartment or condominium projects must be submitted under architecture.

Affordable Housing

Recognizes any project from single- to multi-family that fits within the parameters of true affordability. Both public and private projects are eligible. 

Renovation / Restoration

Recognizes restoration, renovation, or rehabilitation to existing buildings, including adaptive reuse. A detached addition to an existing building should be submitted under architecture.

Interior Architecture

Encourages excellence in interior architecture, elevates public consciousness of good design, and recognize those whose work enhances the interior built environment.

UN-BUILT AWARDS

UNBUILT PROJECTS Less than 50,000 sf

Recognizes outstanding examples of recent, commissioned architectural designs not yet built or complete, as well as to identify non-commissioned projects that exemplify excellence in design while exploring nature and science of the profession. Construction must not be substantially complete prior to submission date.

UNBUILT PROJECTS Greater than 50,000 sf

Recognizes outstanding examples of recent, commissioned architectural designs not yet built or complete, as well as to identify non-commissioned projects that exemplify excellence in design while exploring nature and science of the profession. Construction must not be substantially complete prior to submission date.

URBAN DESIGN

Recognizes excellent solutions to urban design these projects must have an active client.

Submittals may include urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, environmental programs, and redevelopment projects. Portions of the project must be under implementation; however, the whole project does not need to be completed. If not completed, project description must include implementation schedule. All entries must be projects designed by licensed architects with offices in Miami-Dade County or Monroe County.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (only built projects are eligible)

To be included, a maximum of 2 signature images must be identified at time of submittal. If none are identified, the project will not be included.

STUDENT DESIGN

This award cites exemplary work by a student in planning, architecture, interior architecture, or urban design while enrolled in a NAAB accredited university architecture program in Miami-Dade County.

TEST OF TME

This award recognizes distinguished single works of architecture and planned developments affecting more than one building, after a minimum period of 25 years has elapsed in which the function, aesthetic statement, and execution can be reassessed. Further, it is the intent of the program to recognize works that, by the influence of the design, have informed or affected the evolution of that design typology.

Note: Submission must be by architect of record of original work.

FIRM OF THE YEAR (AIA Miami members only)

Entries must represent the firm’s last ten years of architectural work, as well as statements of the firm’s participation in educational programs, involvement in community service, service to the profession, and AIA Miami. Entries must include material which best describes the firm’s achievements, maintenance of an inclusive culture, community involvement, and AIA involvement. Include a minimum of one image with a brief narrative per project (minimum of five projects). The Firm of the Year must be well rounded with involvement in not just one or some, but all of the above.

SMALL FIRM OF THE YEAR (AIA Miami members only)

Entries must represent the firm’s last ten years of architectural work, as well as statements of the firm’s participation in educational programs, involvement in community service, service to the profession, and AIA Miami. Entries must include material which best describes the firm’s achievements, maintenance of an inclusive culture, community involvement, and AIA involvement. Include a minimum of one image with a brief narrative per project (minimum of five projects). The Firm of the Year must be rounded with involvement in not just one or some, but all of the above.

 

THE AIA MIAMI/ RIVA PRIZE (AIA Members from a chapter in the state of Florida ONLY )

The jury will look for inventive and comprehensive approaches in developing a sustainable language for building in dynamic climatic environments. Additionally, successful entries will demonstrate how each project contributes to the following sustainable goals: connecting materiality with building; demonstrating climate equity, addressing climate adaptation.  Projects must put forth a clear architectural agenda for energy and environment in each submission. 

The jury will evaluate submissions based on material inventiveness, sophistication, and success of design strategies to achieve the three sustainable themes described below. Each project submission should aspire to address each of the three sustainable design strategies; however, a project that does not address all the sustainable strategies will be scored on the strategies met.

More detailed information is at www.aia-mcad-events.org/

The Winner of the AIA Miami RIVA Prize will receive a trip for two to Spain (total value not to exceed $10,000

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THE RIVA PRIZE 2004

The RIVA PRIZE acknowledges Florida as one of the fastest growing populations in the United States  The highly competitive prize is designed to encourage innovative design thinking and making; it is not enough to simply deploy sustainable strategies, but the discipline of architecture must lead inquisitions into the environmental and material process use to demonstrate new potentials of building.

 

Eligibility for this award is limited to AIA Chapter members within the State of Florida with practices based in Florida. Projects may be located outside of Florida. All project sizes and scopes are welcome to submit; each project will be judged on their unique ability to address the below defined sustainability goals.

 

All projects must meet the following criteria:

  • The project must have been built, completed in the last five years.

  • The project should demonstrate how the application is reproducible.

  • The member submitting the project for the RIVA Prize must be a current AIA Chapter Member in any chapter within the State of Florida, and AIA Florida Members ONLY.. No submissions from outside of Florida will be accepted

  • The architect’s practice must be based in Florida.



Criteria for Judging 

The jury will look for inventive and comprehensive approaches in developing a sustainable language for building in dynamic climatic environments. Additionally, successful entries will demonstrate how each project contributes to the following sustainable goals: connecting materiality with building; demonstrating climate equity, addressing climate adaptation.  Projects must put forth a clear architectural agenda for energy and environment in each submission. 

 

The jury will evaluate submissions based on material inventiveness, sophistication, and success of design strategies to achieve the three sustainable themes described below. Each project submission should aspire to address each of the three sustainable design strategies; however, a project that does not address all the sustainable strategies will be scored on the strategies met.


 

Sustainability In Design Criteria:

 

Goal 01: Sustainable Material Innovation [40%]

  • All entries submitted will be judged on their ability to address a comprehensive approach in material innovation. The material may be part of the building’s structural system, the exterior envelope, a large component in the landscape/site, or a significant part of the exposed interior finish.

  • A comprehensive approach includes defining how material use is sustainable and defining innovation in the material application [i.e. assembly, policy advancement, regional sourcing, innovation in material processing, material recycling and reduction in waste].

Goal 02: Climate Equity [30%]

  • All entries submitted will be judged on their ability to address climate equity. Climate equity is the goal of recognizing and addressing the unequal burdens made worse by climate change, while ensuring that all people share the benefits of climate protection efforts.* The project submission is responsible for developing a climate equity narrative through drawings, diagrams, building images and image captions. Some examples are demonstrating affordable building techniques, and providing amenities to the public that address environmental conditions [shading, access to water, post-disaster refuge and assistance, etc.]. Private projects can contribute to climate equity  through demonstrating a reproducible technique and/or offering a contribution to the public.

*www.epa.gov

Goal 03:  Climate Adaptation  [30%]

  • All entries submitted will be judged on their ability to address climate adaptation through project response to climate factors. There may be several climate adaptive measures deployed by a single project. It is the responsibility of the project author to develop the climate adaptive narrative through drawings, diagrams, building images and image captions.

PRIZE

The RIVA Spain Prize offers an exciting grand prize—a trip to Spain for two! The winner of the Award, along with a companion, will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish architecture and traditions. The prize package includes:

  • Round trip tickets for two from Miami to Madrid

  • Hotel accommodations

  • Tours of the RIVA forests and facilities

  • Special dinners in Madrid

This prize is worth a total of $10,000, USD for both trips. The prize will not exceed $10,000.  See details below for full prize rules.  This comprehensive prize ensures a memorable experience exploring Spain's rich cultural heritage.

Registration for the RIVA Prize is handled by co-sponsor, AIA Miami

 

SUBMISSION SCHEDULE:

  1. Registrants will visit https://givebutter.com/DBD3us to be directed to the Registration page

  2. Registrants fill out the registration page and indicate which awards they are submitting for. (This includes the RIVA Prize)  Registration Deadline:  July 12. 

  3. Once the Submittal fee is received, you will receive instructions for each of your submittals, including the RIVA Prize.  Submittal Deadline: August 1

JUDGING:

  • The RIVA Prize submissions will go to the Design Awards Jury, who will select 3 finalists

  • After the three  finalists are selected, they will go to a Miami panel that will include the CEO or Senior Partner at RIVA Spain, RIVA Prize Chairman, Shawna Meyer, AIA, and a Fellow of the AIA,  who will make the final determination of the winner. 

  • Finalists will be notified in advance of the Design Awards Celebration on Friday, October 18.  The winner will be announced at the Design Awards Celebration.

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