2020 Architecture Awards

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The AIA Columbus Chapter's annual Architecture Awards Program recognizes excellence in architectural design by Columbus architects, architectural students and those within the boundaries of the AIA Columbus Chapter. The program's purpose is to recognize the achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate the general quality of architectural practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects and students can measure performance, inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice, and to honor the architects, students, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. 


Large Project (recommended: 5,000 sf and over)

The Large Project Category is for projects that are around 5,000 square feet and over. It recognizes design excellence for completed architecture executed in projects 5,000 square feet and over, of all types of buildings, restoration, preservation, and adaptive re-use. 

Small Project (recommended: less than 5,000 sf)

The Small Project Category is for projects that are roughly less than 5,000 square feet. It recognizes design excellence for completed architecture executed in projects less than 5,000 square feet, of all types of buildings, restoration, preservation, and adaptive re-use. 

Interior Architecture

The Interior Architecture Category is for completed building interiors. The projects may be large or small in scope and may involve new construction, adaptive re-use, restoration, or preservation/renovation. 

Innovation in Technology

The Innovation in Technology Category is for outstanding examples of how unique applications of technology have been used to improve design, increase efficiency, improve collaboration, or other direct benefit to the design/construction process. 

Architectural Detail

The Architectural Detail Category recognizes an instance in which the details of a project are executed in an artful way, celebrating the relationship between architecture and craft through a material, detail, or technology. To be eligible for an award in this category the project must be realized/built.

Unbuilt Work 

Unbuilt Work recognizes design excellence in projects scheduled to be built, as well as those that will never be built. Submissions may be commissioned or self-generated, research or speculation. If a project submitted in the unbuilt category wins an AIA Columbus Architecture Award, it may not be submitted in the ‘built work’ category at a later date.

Please review each category for the individual program eligibility and submission requirements here.

Submit a project here. 


  • Monday, July 6, 2020 // Call for Entries opens
  • Monday, August 31, 2020 // Project submissions due *DEADLINE EXTENDED*
  • Friday, September 4, 2020 // Entry fee payment due ($25 late payment fee)
  • September 2020 // Jury review in Pittsburgh
  • November 2020 // Architecture Awards Ceremony (virtual)

AIA Board statement on systemic racial injustice

AIA Board statement on systemic racial injustice

To our members,

America’s list of racially motivated murders demand action. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Shantel Davis. Atatiana Jefferson. Laquan McDonald. Tony McDade. Pamela Turner. Korryn Gaines. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. Walter Scott. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. All murdered, because they happened to be black in the United States of America. There are others, and, sadly, we know there will be more. No words can adequately express the depth of anger, frustration, and national shame for their loss or the more than 1,250 black lives ended by police since January 1, 2015, according to The Washington Post’s database that tracks police shootings.

Each of these lives should be a clarion call to action. They should spur all of us to do more, and that starts by speaking up, clearly, directly, and consistently.

To be clear, the American Institute of Architects supports the protests to stop systemic, state-sanctioned violence against people of color. Period. We support and are committed to efforts to ensure that our profession is part of the solution that finally dismantles systemic racial injustice and violence -- the legacy of one of the United States’ original sins, slavery.

The fact is mere words are insufficient salve to bind the wounds created by centuries of brutality and injustice. No single statement can adequately address the United States of America’s 400-year legacy of enslavement and violent marginalization of black, indigenous, and other people of color. It is also a fact that what you say is what you do. In that regard, AIA’s words and actions have failed to live up to our highest ideals and values. AIA understands the disappointment of our past inaction and inadequate attention to the issue of systemic racial injustice. We were wrong not to address and work to correct the built world’s role in perpetuating systemic racial injustice, including the use of slave and forced labor, designing housing that marginalized communities of color, helping to design communities that excluded people of color, and participating in municipal projects that destroyed or weakened thriving African American, Hispanic, and Native American communities.

More than half a century has passed since Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr. observed that “Decent people have to learn to speak up, and you shouldn’t have to be the victim to feel for other people.” We can’t change the past, but we can, and do, promise to harness the passion of our members and the broader design community to help lead efforts to dismantle the system of racial injustice that continues to end far too many lives and dim far too many futures.

AIA’s promise from this day forward is to hold close the anger, anguish, but above all, compassion we’ve heard from our members demanding that AIA speak out more clearly and urgently on racially motivated acts of violence and police brutality.

That important works starts with each of us. It is our responsibility to work together to break down the barriers that start in architecture school and continue into the firm and workplace that exclude far too many.

To that end, in the coming days and weeks, the focus of our actions will be to acknowledge, listen, and learn. We will review our own programs to directly confront and address systemic racial injustice. We will work more closely with partner organizations that can assist in making meaningful, lasting change for society and our profession. We will listen to our members and seek ways to remove barriers within the profession and the AIA. For the longer term, we will ensure that the profession more closely reflects the diversity of society. In short, we are committed to lead in the fight to dismantle this country’s centuries-old system of racial injustice and violence, so that future generations know the United States as a place where there is justice and equality for all.

We ask our community to join us and hold us accountable in the coming months and years to ensure that our deeds match our words. Our goal is to finally live up to Mr. Young’s words “to speak up” and to learn so that the talent and the expertise of the architect and the built world only work to advance justice, equity and opportunity.

Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Shantel Davis. Atatiana Jefferson. Laquan McDonald. Tony McDade. Pamela Turner. Korryn Gaines. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. Walter Scott. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, the more than 1,250 souls lost to police brutality, and the thousands throughout our history who were killed and injured because of racial animus, deserve nothing less than our best efforts.

The 2020 AIA Board of Directors

L. Jane Frederick, FAIA 2020 President

Peter J. Exley, FAIA 2020 First Vice President/2021 President

Jason C. Winters, AIA

Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Emily A. Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA

Daniel S. Hart, FAIA, PE

Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA

Mark Levine, FAIA

Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP

Jessica A. Sheridan, AIA

Becky Magdaleno, CAE

Yiselle M. Santos Rivera, Assoc. AIA

Sarah M. Curry, Assoc. AIA, AIAS

George B. “Barney” Forsythe, PhD, BG, US Army (retired)

Vivian E. Loftness, FAIA

Robert A. Ivy, FAIA AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer

Click here to read the original statement

Learn more about AIA's Diversity and Inclusion efforts.


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As we are currently practicing social distancing, we start to miss all the places that we have been to and all the places that we have yet seen. AIA Columbus hopes to help connect you with the rest of the world through sketch. We asked local architects and members to share some of their sketches from their own travels or sketches from their own backyard. Click through the slideshow to travel the world from the comfort of your own home. We ask that you share your own sketches using #sketch2connect. Don't forget to tag us and use #aiacbus


Letter from the President

letter from president

AIA Columbus Members and Supporters,
It is with sadness I write to you today to address yet another challenge that is gripping our city, state, and country. The unrest being demonstrated across the nation is unfortunate but not unexpected.  Our mission at AIA Columbus is to "design a better world", including our communities of color. The social unrest over the past few days reminds us we have a long way to go, especially in racial equality.
As our Chapter continues to work toward an equitable and resilient environment, what can we do to help with the immediate situation? I offer the following, let us have frank conversations about inequity in general and in our profession so we can better understand our own biases. Only after thoroughly examining our own motivations will we be able to help build a more equitable environment. 

While we do not condone vandalism and looting, we do support the right to free expression intended to highlight inequality. During the past few nights of demonstrations in Columbus, the Center for Architecture and Design sustained minor damage (windows were broken along Town Street). The building management team has done a good job of protecting the building thus far from any major damage.
We have been operating remotely due to the pandemic, so any damage to downtown buildings will not inhibit our ability to deliver programming to our membership.
Our Chapter will overcome this period of unrest. As we navigate what has been a difficult year, I hope that you and your families are staying safe. AIA Columbus will continue to work on your behalf to provide service that is valuable and needed.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Elizabeth Krile at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mike Vala, AIA
2020 AIA Columbus Chapter President
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AIA Columbus is a visionary membership organization providing advocacy, leadership, and resources to architects to design a better world.

Fiberglass Fenestration in Sustainable Commercial Buildings

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Both wood and aluminum windows are being used extensively in today’s commercial and institutional buildings, especially in education, health care, and offices. Using project case studies from across the United States, this program examines how window selection criteria (aesthetics, cost, energy efficiency, and sustainability) impact the design process.

As we look at commercial window applications which include punched openings, storefronts, and curtain walls, architects will learn some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of wood or aluminum windows in each application. As we compare aesthetics, cost, energy efficiency, and sustainability; architects will improve their ability to objectively advise their clients on what is the best window solution for their next project.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Noon – 1 p.m.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

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