Business Architecture Awards

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.

Registration Open: February 14, 2020
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020
Jury Day: May 29, 2020

2020 Business Awards Jury

David Arai, AIA, Maier Design Group LLC
Nancy Alexander, Lumenance Consulting
Dan De Clercq, De Clercq Office Group


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


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 Business size: fewer or more than 50 people
  • A support letter from the client (250-300 words) Letters stating any firm names, will be asked to be re-writen.

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 should be two documents but within one file:

Document One: 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; Letters stating firm name, will be asked to be re-writen.

Document Two: 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.”


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