We strive to promote, recognize, publicize, and celebrate the value exceptional design has on the fabric of society. Whether it is a large, multi-residential affordable housing project, or a small public work, our jurors are anxious to see your work.


The Jury has the discretion to recognize all projects with an honor or merit award. There is also a special award for Climate Action (formerly the Leading Edge award) for projects that excel both in terms of design and performance.

New for 2022! Special commendations may be awarded by the jury to recognize projects that excel in one measure outlined in the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. The jury will have the discretion to award up to 10 total single-measure commendations but are not required to recognize an entry under each measure. No project shall be chosen for a commendation in more than one category or may receive a commendation in more than one year from the same category. Recipients of a commendation will be eligible to resubmit their project for an Award in future years.

2022 JURY

Claire Conroy
Residential Design Magazine
Kevin Alter, AIA
Oonagh Ryan, AIA IIDA
Founding Principal
Neal Schwartz, FAIA
Founder + Principal
S^A | Schwartz and Architecture
Marion Weiss, FAIA
Partner & Cofounder


Sustainability and resiliency have been measured for several years within the AIA CA Design Awards program. And with the urgency of climate action needed to sustain our communities, and the globe for that matter, AIA is now using the Common App to help measure and record the metrics needed to submit in the Design Awards program.

Learn how to complete the common app and submit for the Design Awards program, so you can further ensure your project’s successful consideration.


Thank you to our webinar partner Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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Registration Deadline: June 27, 2022 by 11:59pm PST

Submission Deadline: July 18, 2022 by 11:59pm PST


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View our most frequently asked questions or email Amanda Nye anye@aiacalifornia.org.

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