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Competition Info

Award Categories

  • Structures – recognizes design excellence in commissioned and completed buildings, bridges, tunnels, and mixed-use development
  • Planning- seeks the most compelling work and ideas in urban planning, studies, design guides, advocacy, and regional scale planning. Commissioned and completed master plans and planning reports are also eligible.
  • Open Space – recognizes design excellence in parks, constructed wetlands, and resilient sites.
  • Projects – recognizes conceptual, unfinished, or unbuilt work. If an entry is awarded under this category, it will not be eligible for a future award once project has been realized.
  • Student Award – recognizes excellence in a project from the three categories above: Structures, Planning, and Open Space.

Award Levels for all Categories

  • Honor Award – Represents the highest level of achievement
  • Merit Award – Represents distinguished achievement
  • Citation – Represents exemplary achievements on specific project aspects.
  • Best in Competition – Jurors will select one entry among the Honor Award winners to receive this unique recognition

Judging Criteria

Submissions may be exemplary in the following areas (including, but not limited to):

  • Network, reflects projects that demonstrate excellence in transportation, food and goods distribution, and connective infrastructure such as bridges and tunnels. Also includes projects that are multi-modal, display outstanding achievement in connections between neighborhoods, cities, regions, as well as excellence in transportation, food and goods distribution, and connective infrastructure—bridges and tunnels.
  • Place, includes a project’s impact on shaping and rejuvenating neighborhoods and cities, exemplary pedestrian experience.
  • Environment, includes projects that display excellence in sustainability, resiliency, and climate-sensitive design.
  • Innovation, including the demonstration of exemplary new and emerging technologies and innovative solutions.

Eligibility

  • AIA and ALSA members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut Chapters who are registered architects, landscape architects, and planners may submit a project in any location.
  • Commissioned work that is built or completed master plans are eligible for Structures, Planning, and Open Space categories. Unfinished, or conceptual work is only eligible for Projects and Student Award categories. Built and unbuilt work must have owner’s consent.
  • Students enrolled in or 2018 graduates of an accredited architecture, landscape architecture, and planning programs in the United States may submit.
  • Built projects should have been completed since January 2013. Unbuilt projects must have been conceived and started after January 2013.

Category Eligibility

  • Registered architects, landscape architects, and planners are eligible to submit for all categories except Student.
  • Students are eligible for the Student and Project categories only.

Entry Fees

AIA and ASLA members – $250 per submission

Students – $25

Submissions

Each submission will require an electronic portfolio about the project and a project description which will be the basis of judging. These materials should not have any applicant identifying markings (firm name, logo). Additional information about the applicant (name, ID #, email, phone), project team (company name, role, contact email), photo releases, and media images will be input into fields in the submission platform. This information will not be seen by the jurors. All materials are required for a submission to be considered complete unless noted as optional. Failure to supply required information will result in disqualification without refund.

Electronic Portfolio:

– PDF format compiled into single file upload
– 11 x 17″ format, landscape orientation
– RGB color format, maximum 300 dpi
– Submissions must NOT have any applicant identifying markings
– Maximum 10 pages
– Minimum 10 point text size for legibility
– Maximum file size of 6MB

Project Description:

Describe project in 500 words or less. Be sure to address the following, if applicable:
– Client brief: what the client requested and your solution
– Unique design challenges and special constraints
– Sustainable elements
– Urban context (links to public transportation, public facilities)
– Other information useful to the jury

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