AIA Northern Virginia
Institutional Architecture
Building design projects involving structures for education, religion and government.

Commercial Architecture
Building design projects involving structures for commerce, including but not limited to office, retail, multi-family housing and food service.

Residential Architecture
Single-family residential projects, including homes, additions, restorations, renovations, and interiors.

Commercial Interiors
Projects involving primarily the design of commercial interior spaces.

Historic Architecture
Building design projects involving the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or sympathetic adaptive reuse of older structures. Projects must remain historic in character.

Conceptual / Unbuilt Architecture
Works that remain unbuilt but are worthy of the attention of colleagues and the public. Winning Conceptual / Unbuilt entries are not eligible for resubmission in built categories.

Transportation and Infrastructure
Transportation and Infrastructure focuses on planning, architectural design and technical issues related to transportation and infrastructure, including systems and civic facilities to accommodate marine, aviation, and land-based transit, as well as data, energy, water and waste distribution networks. This category examines the architecture of, and to advocate for design quality in, transportation and infrastructure projects.

Urban Design and Master Planning
The AIA Northern Virginia awards program does not maintain a separate category for Urban Design and Master Planning projects – however, planning projects are welcome to be submitted for consideration under the category most appropriate to the specific project.