The Design Awards recognize design excellence of built and unbuilt work in
Connecticut or in other locations by Connecticut-based firms.
2021 Design Awards Jury:
Florida A&M University
Founder and Principal
Andrew Herdeg, FAIA
Lake | Flato Architects
- Architects licensed and residing in Connecticut may submit projects located anywhere.
- Architects whose practice is located outside Connecticut may submit projects located in Connecticut.
- Architectural interns and students are eligible only for the Unbuilt and the Architecture: The Encompassing Art
Registration Opens: June 14, 2021
Registration Closes: August 2, 2021
Submissions Close: September 10, 2021
Eligibility: Single family residences, additions, and accessory buildings, new or remodeled. Projects previously submitted to the Alice Washburn Awards Program may also be submitted to this category.
Eligibility: Projects of any interior scope that may be new construction, renovation, preservation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, or restoration.
Commercial, Institutional, Educational or Multi-Family Residential Design:
Eligibility: Both public and private projects - single buildings or a related group of buildings forming a single project, renovations and additions.
Planning: Community, Campus, Town and Urban:
Eligibility: Projects that include more than a single structure and engage the private and public realms of the built environment. Two categories of awards will be considered in this category:
- Village and Small-Town scale - built or natural environment (public space).
- Large or more dense Urban - built or natural environment (public space).
Architecture: The Encompassing Art:
Eligibility includes but is not limited to: designs for such details as hardware, stairways, railings, graphics, lighting or fixtures, furniture, scholarly research, environmental or energy research, urban planning analyses, or technical innovations.
Eligibility: Buildings 50 years or older, both public and private projects - single buildings or a related group of buildings forming a single project, renovations, restorations, and additions. (Non-Historical/nonregistered)
Eligibility: Unbuilt architectural designs, for which there is no current intent to build, of any project type, including purely theoretical or visionary projects, with or without a client.
- Submitted projects are to have been completed within the last 5 years. “Completed” is defined as “Substantial Completion” in accordance with standard AIA Contract
- The entrant is to select a single category for their projects - entries that fall into more than one category but must be assigned to only one category.
- Submissions are to be composed through the OpenWater platform (link below)
- Identification - Registration Round
- Ascribe a generic Project Title to your submission and select the awards category (from the list above) for submission.
- Do Not identify the Owner, architects or designers in text or on any pages or images
- Required Information - Submission Round
- The jurors are not to see the identification of the Owner or architects of the submitted Project(s).
- Provide the location of the Project and its year of completion.
- Provide a written description to support your Project: < 300 words and, if appropriate, a description of sustainable features (in an additional 100 words or less).
- List all certifications or sustainable building standards that have be met. If listed, provide the metrics that demonstrate building performance.
- Identification of the Project designers, Owner, and all additional credits
- Collaboration acknowledgements: Provide credit to the full design team and contractor(s). If certain subcontractors played important roles, they should also be credited.
- Maximum Number of photos to be submitted: 15 (minimum of 5)
- Photographs: Interior and exterior images are strongly encouraged.
- Site Plans are strongly encouraged and are to have a scale and north arrow
- Floor plans, elevations and sections as required to describe your project
- If the Project is recognized with an award, individual high-res photographs in JPEG format may be requested from the submitter.
- Identification - Registration Round
A jury of peers, from both academic and professional practice, who are located outside of the State of Connecticut. The Jurors will take into consideration and acknowledge:
- Design Excellence
- Meeting or exceeding client program needs
- Intersectional achievement such as design excellence plus elements that address diversity and equity, sustainability, health and well-being, technical innovation, etc.
- Sustainability in theory, detail or practice.