This award, in honor of the late Norma Sklarek, FAIA, whose name is associated with a litany of firsts including the first African-American woman to become a member of the AIA (1959) and the first African-American woman to become a Fellow of the AIA (1980), “is conferred by the AIA California Council Board of Directors on an architect or architecturally oriented organization in recognition of their social responsibility”. The type of social issue is purposefully flexible to remain eternally relevant. Current issues include, for example, housing the homeless/affordable housing, increased participation by minorities or women in the profession, access for persons with disabilities, and literacy.

Candidates may enter themselves for consideration OR be nominated by an AIA member, group of members or component.

Entry Requirements

All entries are submitted electronically. You may design your entry using any software of your choice (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, etc.), but must be saved as a .PDF file.

Each entry must include, in this order:

  1. A one-page identification form provided in this document.
  2. A one-page nomination letter (if applicable) by the AIA member, group of members or component that summarizes the contributions made.
  3. A biography of the nominee or organization, not to exceed two pages, including a list of offices, positions, honors, publications, and presentations that may relate to the purpose of the award.
  4. A statement of contributions specifically identifying how the nominee’s achievements have contributed significantly to the architectural profession.
  5. Exhibits including articles, clippings, etc. not to exceed 10 pages with images and/or drawings or other materials to illustrate and support the nomination.
  6. No more than five one-page letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons for support (the one page letter is to be written on company letterhead containing an original or electronic signature.)
  7. Your assigned entry number beginning with AA13 that is emailed to you after your registration must be clearly indicated on the top right of every page.
  8. Do not use high resolution photos that will increase your file size. Each entry may not exceed 10MB AND 20 pages + 1 page Intern Declaration/AIACC Disclaimer form (21 pages total). Entries exceeding these guidelines will be disqualified. Use file types that allow compression to keep the file sizes low, such as jpg or png images and avoid using tif files. Suggested image resolution is 125 to 150 DPI.
  9. Use a typeface that is large enough and easy to read on computer screens such as Arial, Helvetica or Verdana (10 point minimum, no serifs). Do not use overly decorative typefaces.

Additional Required Forms

In addition to your supporting materials, you must include a signed Intern Declaration/AIACC Disclaimer form, provided on the last page of this document. This form should be added to the end of your 20 page entry.

File Naming and Preparation

It is important that you name and prepare your file correctly! This will ensure there are no categorization errors when received by the AIACC.

When you have completed your entry and identification forms, be sure to properly name the final file with your assigned entry number, e.g. AA13-00.pdf.

File Submission

Submissions are only accepted online. You will be emailed directions on how to submit your entries electronically. Any questions, contact

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