The 2017 Design Awards Call for Entries!

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WHY ENTER? 

As one of the most prestigious awards an architect and designer can win in the Los Angeles design community, AIA Los Angeles goes to great lengths to make the Design Awards as celebrated as possible. This year is no exception! With a panel of distinguished jurors, this year’s Design Awards will not disappoint. From international architects, fellows, critics, professors and theorists, the jury represents the best in the design eld, with each juror bringing her/his expertise to the judging table. 

The annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards & Exhibit honors excellence in: 

•Built work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects (Design Awards) 

•Unbuilt work in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects (Next LA Awards) 

•Built work with a high level of sustainable and environmental performance in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architects (COTE) 

In all categories: Design, Next LA, and COTE, jury awards maybe given in three classifications: Citation, Merit and Honor. 

REGISTRATION! 

Individuals or firms may submit any number of projects to the AIA|LA Design, Next LA, or COTE Awards. An entry will be eligible even though the submitting architect is not the sole author, providing the submitting architect credits all other participants who substantially contributed to the design of the project. AIA|LA uses a paperless, digital submission entry. Registrations for all awards should be completed online. 

A non-refundable registration fee of $255 must accompany the entry form for the rst entry into AIA|LA Design, Next LA, or COTE Awards, and a fee of $205 is required for each additional entry into any of the competitions. Student fees are $50 per entry. Your entry form and fee must be in receipt by the chapter no later than June 9, 2017. All submittals are due on August 8, 2017. 

Detailed submittal requirements, including category definitions, specifications for entry materials and template, will be sent to all entrants upon registering. 

All entries* must include: 

•Submitted work via email
•Identification Forms in Microsoft Word format
•Up to 6 high-res digital project images, a selection of which may be used during the AIA|LA Awards Ceremony and / or for publication and publicity 

* Jurors review all entries using a projector. All text and images should be legible up to 10 feet away. 

JUDGING 

Separate juries will be convened for each award program: AIA|LA Design, Next LA, and COTE Awards. The decisions by the juries are final and binding. Winners will be kept confidential and will be publicly announced at the AIA|LA Awards Ceremony. 

AWARDS CEREMONY 

The AIA|LA Awards Ceremony will be in October. Day, time and location are to be announced at a later date. Winners of the awards will be announced at the event, where they will be given their award certificates. In addition to honoring the winners of the AIA|LA Design, Next LA, and COTE Awards, the 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Award recipients will also be recognized. Tickets for the awards ceremony will be available for purchase through the chapter o ce. Check AIALosAngeles.org for updates on date and location. 

KEY DATES 

Entry Opens: April 25, 2017 

Registrations Due: June 9, 2017 (late registration window)

Submissions Due: August 8, 2017

Jury Day: October 6, 2017
Awards Ceremony: October 2017 (TBA)

DESIGN AWARDS!

The AIA|LA Design Awards showcase the best of built work located in Los Angeles or by Los Ange- les-based architects located elsewhere. Entrants must be members of any chapter of the Ameri- can Institute of Architects. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the AIA|LA Awards Ceremony in October. 

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY 

•All entries must represent built projects that have been designed by either a Los Angeles based practice or by other architects and/or located within the area represented by the AIA Los Angeles Chapter. 

•Only architects, associates, or student members, in good standing, of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects may submit entries. 

•All entries must clearly identify the category* in which the speci c project would like to be considered. Only projects completed after January 1, 2014 are eligible. 

•Projects that have been previously awarded in the Next LA Awards are eligible for submission in the AIA|LA Design Award category. However, entries that have
been previously awarded with an AIA|LA Design Award are not eligible for the 2017 AIA|LA Design Awards. Projects may be submitted to both AIA|LA Design Awards and AIA|LA COTE Awards programs, if eligible for both. 

•Projects by any 2017 AIA|LA Design, Next LA, or COTE Awards jury members (or that jury member’s rm, regardless of location) are ineligible. 

ENTRY CATEGORIES * 

  • Commercial/ Mixed Use
  • Institutional/ Civic
  • Educational
  • Single-Family Residential
  • Multi-Family Residential
  • Adaptive Re-use/ Renovation/ Historic Preservation
  • Interior Architecture
  • Cityscapes
  • Architectural Installations
  • * Awards are not bestowed per category. Projects are grouped by category for ease of jury coordi- nation only.

NEXT LA AWARDS!

The Next LA Awards showcase the future of Los Angeles architecture by awarding projects that are not yet built in Los Angeles, or projects by Los Angeles-based architects to be built elsewhere. En- trants must be members of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the AIA|LA Awards Ceremony in October. 

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY 

•All entries must represent unbuilt projects that have been designed by either a Los Angeles-based practice or by other architects and/or located within the area represented by the AIA|LA Chapter. 

•Only architects, associates, or student members in good standing of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects may submit entries. 

•All entries must clearly identify the category* in which the speci c project would like to be considered. 

•All entries must be unbuilt, and must have been commissioned by a client (except for competitions). Projects and competitions must originate no earlier than January 1, 2014. 

•Projects must be less than 75% through completed construction at time of judging to be eligible; jury maintains the right to disqualify projects that are more than 75% through completed construction at time of judging. 

•Projects that have been awarded previously in the Next LA Awards are not eligible for submission in any of the other Next LA Awards categories. 

•Projects by any 2017 AIA|LA Design, Next LA, or COTE Awards jury members (or that jury member’s rm, regardless of location) are ineligible. 

ENTRY CATEGORIES * 

  • Commercial/ Mixed Use
  • Institutional/ Civic
  • Educational
  • Single-Family Residential
  • Multi-Family Residential
  • Adaptive Re-use/ Renovation/ Historic Preservation
  • Interior Architecture
  • Cityscapes
  • Architectural Installations
  • * Awards are not bestowed per category. Projects are grouped by category for ease of jury coordination only. 
  • COTE AWARDS! 

The AIA|LA COTE Awards program recognizes architecture and interior architecture of exceptional design with seamless integration of high performance solutions in Los Angeles or by Los Angeles architect. It celebrates projects that demonstrate real innovation and commitment on the part of the owner and design team. Entrants must be members of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the AIA|LA Awards Ceremony in October. 

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY 

•All entries must represent built projects that have been designed by either a Los Angeles based practice or by other architects and/or located within the area represented by the AIA Los Angeles Chapter. 

•Unbuilt or speculative projects are not eligible. 

•Only architects, associates, or student members, in good standing, of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects may submit entries. 

•Projects must demonstrate a high level of sustainable and environmental performance, and must submit technical data to support one of the following recognized means of measurement: LEED Certi cation, Living Building Challenge, Green Star, Green
Globes, BREEM, or equivalent. Technical data to be submitted includes energy calculations and improvements above a baseline comparison. Detailed submission criteria will be provided upon registration or by request.* 

•Only projects completed after January 1, 2014 are eligible. 

•Projects that have been previously awarded in the Design or Next LA Awards are eligible for submission in the AIA|LA COTE Award categories. If eligible for both, projects
may be submitted to both AIA|LA Design Awards and AIA|LA COTE Awards
programs. Previously submitted projects that were not awarded are eligible to 

be resubmitted. 

•Projects by any 2017 AIA|LA Design, NEXT LA, or COTE Awards jury members (or that jury member’s firm, regardless of location) are ineligible. If any of the jurors participated
on the project team, the project is ineligible. 

* For technical questions regarding COTE submission eligibility, please contact Ben Loescher at b@lma.la. 

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