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AIA Educational Facility Design Awards

Presented by the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

January 20, 2012 at 4:59:59 pm Eastern Time
Submission Deadline

Early March 2012
Notification of the jury decision

May 17-19, 2012
Award recipients will be presented at the CAE reception during the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Washington, D.C.


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2012 Jury

Paul C. Hutton, Chair, AIA, Hutton Architecture Studio, Denver

David Ade, AIA - SMP Architects, Philadelphia

Bukky Akinsanmi, AIA - Cooper Carry Architecture, Atlanta

Trung Le, AIA - Cannon Design, Chicago

Robert Moje, AIA - VMDO, Charlottesville, VA




Call For Entries
Submission Deadline: January 20, 2012 at 4:59:59 pm Eastern Time

The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) annually honors excellence in educational and cultural facilities through its design awards program. While showcasing and celebrating exemplary architecture for education, the program also identifies trends and emerging ideas and disseminates the best ideas and knowledge about educational facility planning and design to clients, architects, and the public.

The CAE Design Awards seek to identify, honor, and disseminate the projects and ideas that exhibit innovation and excellence through:

  • Projects including pre-K, K-12, higher education, and alternative schools; innovative learning centers; training centers; and nontraditional learning environments

  • Projects involving new construction, additions, and renovations or modernizations

  • Master plans, including multiple sites and/or phases

  • Commissioned and completed research projects (however, not hypothetical projects)
See the AIA Educational Facility Awards Homepage for other eligibility requirements.

The program issues three kinds of awards:
  • Awards of Excellence for exemplary projects that
    (a) enhance the client's educational program;
    (b) integrate functional needs and aesthetic considerations while respecting the surrounding community and context; and
    (c) represent best practices in planning and design

  • Awards of Merit for other projects of superior quality

  • Citations for outstanding features of individual projects

Recipients' work will be displayed through several vehicles that reach school boards, administrators, facilities managers, and other client groups around the country and the world.

All entries must be submitted online. For full eligibility rules, judging criteria, and submission requirements or to submit your project materials, visit the 2012 AIA Educational Facility Awards Homepage.

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