AIA Northern Virginia
Preparing Effective Design Award Submittals
March 15
Noon-1:30p


At the Chapter House, 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

AIA Northern Virginia has a robust design awards program. Each year the chapter reaches out to a different city to find highly qualified and talented jurors to participate in the selection process. After careful consideration, and plenty of discussion, the jury selects the award winning projects. Using the chapter’s 2017 Design Award winners as examples, this presentation will give participants a glimpse into the jury process and jurors’ preferences.

• Participants will examine the design awards process, including early considerations leading up to the submittal period, consideration of multiple submissions in differing categories and the timeline to prepare and submit projects.

• Participants will assess helpful tips for submissions, considering visual cues in the submission, examples of clear concise descriptions of the project scope and restrictions, and effective presentations of the central theme for the project.

• Participants will discuss last year’s awards submissions, considering an overview of the competition, project winners and categories, and recurring themes.

• Participants will review examples of jury comments, examining focal points for the projects, overall elements the jurors are seeking, and how these translate to architectural predictions for the future.

The presentation will be given by the Design Awards Program Chair Manoj Dalaya, AIA and Co-Chair J. Paul Lewis, AIA.

1.5 AIA LUs. $15, includes pizza lunch.