Alice Washburn Awards


The Alice Washburn Award is named for the distinguished Connecticut designer and builder of the 1920’s, largely self-taught, whose work is known for her thoughtful stylistic and programmatic invention.  Focusing on style: the program acknowledges excellence in traditional house design through the thoughtful adaptation of tradition to address 21st-century needs. Works are to be located in Connecticut and designed in a style broadly considered as “traditional”.

2022 Alice Washburn Jury 

Michael Crosbie, FAIA
University of Hartford

Carla Goodknight, AIA, NCARB
CJ Architects

Tracy Kozak, AIA
ARCove Architects, LLC


New Construction Homes

Additions, Adaptive Re-use, Renovations and Restorations

Accessory Buildings


  • Projects must have been completed in the last 5 years.
  • Submitting architect must be the Architect of Record, practicing in Connecticut and crediting any other contributing architectural firm.
  • Eligible works include one or two-family Connecticut residences, free standing projects, additions, renovations, restorations, adaptive reuse and accessory buildings including but not limited to:
    • Studios
    • Pool Houses
    • Barns
    • Playhouses
    • Pet Shelters
    • Conservatories

Do not include any identifying firm information in your submission. Submissions with identifying information will automatically be disqualified.

Submission Materials:

  • Project name and location
  • 350-word project description that includes:
    • Square footage, site information, and context
    • Brief synopsis of the project and design rationale
    • Identification of structures that may have more than one purpose or may have addressed unique challenges
    • Sustainability features, if any
    • Do not include any firm identification in the description
  • Maximum of 12, minimum of 8 high resolution photos following these guidelines:
    • Minimum of 3 interior photos (accessory buildings only require one interior photo)
    • Exterior photos with at least 1 that includes site context
    • Maximum of 2 "before" photos, if desired
    • Photos should indicate that the house is furnished (permission to show these should be cleared by the Owner prior to submission)
    • All photos must be properly oriented as jurors will not be able to rotate them
    • Do not include firm identification in file names or photos
    • All photography permissions and releases are the responsibility of the submitting architect

Judging Criteria:

The Jurors will take into consideration and acknowledge:

  • Excellence in traditional house design and attention to detail.
  • Thoughtful adaptation of traditional style(s) to address 21st-century needs.
  • Sustainability features

Styles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shingle Style
  • Georgian
  • Queen Anne
  • Gothic
  • Colonial
  • Greek Revival

AIA Connecticut Member: $100.00
Member of another Chapter: $200.00
Other Registered Architect: $400.00

Registration deadline: February 28, 2022
Submission deadline: April 4, 2022

2021 Winners!