Business Architecture Awards

Registration deadline extended: April 19, 2019
Submission deadline extended: May 3, 2019

2019 Business Awards Jurors:
Andrew Wolf
Elizabeth Bender
Michael Tyre, AIA

The Business Architecture Awards honors architects for solving business problems for clients, thereby demonstrating the power of architecture to shape business performance, to improve peoples’ lives and provide a value added service to clients in a business setting that far exceeds the costs of that service. Projects may include non-profit businesses. The award acknowledges architects and their clients whose projects enhance the built environment and achieve business goals.


Architects licensed and practicing in Connecticut may submit design projects completed in the past five years. AIA membership is not required. 

Judging Criteria:

  • Evidence that design contributed to business success.
  • Design quality.
  • Client support for the submission.

Clients need to occupy the premises as a place of business. Development or speculative and institutional, educational, and residential projects will not be considered.

Submission Format:

Project Information:

  • Identification of project with Name, Client Name, and Location. Indicate firm size: fewer or more than 50 people
  • A support letter from the client (250-300 words)

Graphic Material:
a maximum of eight (8) images which should include:

  • Interior and exterior project photographs drawings, plans, and elevations
  • Project name on Images
  • Images are JPG at 150 dpi, and 1536 x 1024 pixels minimum landscape or portrait

Client Letter of Support:

A support letter from the client, including: the reason for consideration of the project, overall client satisfaction with both project and design team, and any links between the project and client growth; and a one to two-page summary (250–300 words) of the project program including a description of the design challenge, how the team addressed the design issues, and documentation of the success the business realized from the design. If possible, the support letter should NOT identify the architecture firm but should reference the “architect” or the “designer.”


2019 Fees:

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

2019 Subsequent Submission:

AIA Connecticut Member: $50.00
Member of another Chapter: $100.00
Other Registered Architect: $200.00



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