Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Business Architecture Awards

This statewide award honors architects and their clients whose projects help achieve the client’s business goals and/or create outsized impact through the design of the built environment.

2022 Business Architecture Award Jurors

Judd Belstock
Owner & Founder, Dos Luces Brewery
Denver, CO
2021 Business Architecture Excellence Award

Tyra Dellacroce
VP of Sales & Marketing,
Connecticut Stone Supplies, Inc.
Milford, CT

Laura Pirie, AIA, NCARD, LFA
Principal, Pirie Associates
New Haven, CT


Projects designed for businesses employing less than 50 people.
Projects designed for businesses employing 50 or more people.


  • Architects practicing and located in Connecticut may submit design projects completed in the past 5 years. AIA membership is not required.
  • The Architect of Record must be noted in the submission.
  • Clients need to occupy the premises as a place of business, either for profit or not-for profit. Development or speculative and institutional, educational, and residential projects will not be considered.

Judging Criteria:

The Jurors will take into consideration and acknowledge:

  • Evidence that design contributed to business success (growth, service, impact, or other criteria as outlined by the Client).
  • Design quality.
  • Sustainability features
  • Client support for the submission.

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

Registration deadline: March 15, 2022
Submission deadline: April 26, 2022

Submissions Materials:

  • Project name, client name, and location of project
  • 350-word project description including:
    • Site information (as relevant and/or applicable)
    • Brief synopsis of the project and design rationale
  • Maximum of 12, minimum of 10 high resolution photos following these guidelines:
    • Minimum of 6 photos that demonstrate the work completed on behalf of the client
    • Maximum of 3 additional photos with support information such as organizational diagrams, plans, or unique attributes that inspired and supported the design response
    • 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
  • Client support which includes the following:
    • A letter of support from the Client with the reason for consideration of the project, overall Client satisfaction with both the project and design team, and any links between the project and Client growth
    • 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 as a result of the design. The support letter should NOT identify the architecture firm but should reference only the “Architect” or the “Designer”

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

2021 Winners!