As we continue to navigate through a global pandemic, seek action on racial justice and climate change, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we mark an inflection point to reassess where and how we live, work and play, and reflect on what we’ve done and what we can do to build better places and communities for tomorrow.

The theme of this 12th Edition, “Reflection/Inflection,” calls for interior projects that mark a response to an event, movement, change of behavior or cultural shift – such as an economic recession, working from home, or an aging population. Projects may be of any type or scale, may be public or private, however should be predominantly about the design of interior spaces. Examples include, but are not limited to: private and multi-family housing; amenity spaces; workplace interiors; retail and markets; and community hubs.


Architects must be AIA members who work for or owns a firm based in New York City. Projects can be located outside of New York. More than one project can be entered. All projects should be completed (or close to completion) and no more than five-years-old. There is no entry fee.

Submission Requirements

Please submit no more than ten (10) 11×17 pages in PDF format that include photographs, drawings, and a brief narrative describing the project and how it responds to this year’s theme. The images should be in the order that they will appear in the final virtual presentations on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and Wednesday April 21, 2021.


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