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What projects are eligible?

Work of any type—including new construction or rehabilitation of private-sector or public-sector projects—are eligible.

Projects should be submitted to one of two categories:

  1. Single-family residential
  2. Multifamily housing: High and low density projects including two-family and row houses serving any income level. Mixed use projects may be considered in this category. This category may include:
    a. Specialized Housing: Housing that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types such as student/faculty housing, elderly and supportive housing, homeless housing, and single room occupancy residences.
    b. Community Design: New neighborhoods or large scale multi-building residential development

Submissions are encouraged to highlight their socioeconomic impact on the community as a basis of design.

Projects that have been honored by prior Housing Design Awards juries are ineligible, as is work by jurors or by their firms.

Submissions in which materials refer in any way to the submitters or associated parties will be disqualified.

Who is eligible to submit?

Anyone is eligible to submit. Massachusetts AIA and AIA NY members receive special pricing.

Associate AIA members and other unlicensed design professionals, including interior architects or interior designers, may submit projects that do not require the stamp of a licensed professional.

Where must eligible projects be located?

Projects by New England and New York City design professionals may be located anywhere.

Projects by others must be located in New England or New York City.

When must have eligible projects been built?

Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2019.

Submission Instructions

Visit the BSA Design Awards submission page, create an account or log in, and submit.

Entry fees

AIA Massachusetts and AIA New York members pay $150 for their first submission and $100 for subsequent submissions.

Non-members pay $250 for their first submission and $200 for subsequent submissions.


The judging criterion is design excellence as defined by the jury.

The jury will meet in September 2019. The jury may view projects independently on a computer screen; the jury will view projects as a group on a projector screen.


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