The 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.

2021 Business Architecture Award Jurors

Ron Quicquaro, AIA

Ron Quicquaro leads Studio Q Architecture with a passion and enthusiasm for quality design. With over 25 years of experience in the creative design of numerous architectural and planning projects, his work has ranged from public, private, and municipal projects types; from small commercial, to large multi-block redevelopments. In addition to his creative design experience, his project roles have included management, technical and principal level leadership of multiple staffed teams.

Mark Creedon, AIA

Mark has been drawing, making, and building since childhood, focusing on interests that inform a collaborative design process of iteration, simplicity, beauty, and constructability. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design over 35 years ago, Mark has held lead design positions on projects ranging from custom homes to courthouses. During his time on the West coast, he started, grew, and managed his own firm for more than a decade. Recently as a Co-Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s Stamford studio, believing in the profoundly human ability to empathize is integral to good design—Mark leads teams working with commercial, corporate, workplace, multi-family residential and mixed-use clients developing innovative design solutions.

Becca Nell, PMP

As a Managing Director of VVA Project and Cost Managers, Becca Nell, PMP leads the CT/Westchester office and oversees numerous national accounts for the firm. VVA is a national, independent project management and cost consultancy firm that specializes in helping clients successfully navigate their major projects.

Becca has broad experience in project management, specializing in the real estate and construction sectors. She has served in roles for client companies including Pitney Bowes Inc. and Diageo as well as consultancy at Argyle Project Management prior to joining VVA. Becca is passionate about delivering highly functional projects that support each business’ specific objectives.



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 Connecticut design projects completed in the past 5 years. AIA membership is not required.
  • The Architect of Record must submit the project.
  • 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 –(what to tell the jurors to look for) (what does a submitter need to add) (a percentage of the project?)
  • Client support for the submission.

Submissions Requirements:

Submissions are to be composed as a single multi-page PDF document. The document is to include:

    • The Project Name and Location
    • Site information (as relevant and/or applicable)
    • A brief synopsis of the program and design rationale
    • A minimum of 5, maximum of 10 pages that demonstrate the work completed on behalf of the client.
    • A maximum of 3 additional pages with support information such as organizational diagrams, plans, or unique attributes that inspired and supported the design response.
    • All photography permissions and releases are the responsibility of the submitting architect whose project has been selected. The required photography release form will be forwarded with submission instructions. If the Project is recognized with an award, individual high-res photographs in JPEG format will be required from the submitter.
    • A letter of Client Support:
      • Part 1: 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.
      • Part 2: 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.”

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

Registration deadline: March 22, 2021
Submission deadline: April 26, 2021
Jury Date: May 25, 2021

2020 Winners!