Welcome to the Design Pittsburgh online exhibit!

View the 2010 Design Award submissions, learn more about the the annual design competition, and seven award categories, including three new features - Design + Innovation, Historic Preservation, and the Young Architect’s Studio Competition, and meet our Jury.

About the Design Awards Competition

Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts the Design Awards – a juried design competition open to any member of AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Middle Pennsylvania or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 22-county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Middle Pennsylvania. The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation and achievement in the craft of architecture.

View the 2010 Design Award Entries


Architectural Detail & Craftsmanship

The Architectural Detail / Craftsmanship Awards Category honors the creation, execution, and craftsmanship of outstanding construction details and fixtures - ones that stand-alone or that reinforce an overall building concept in an exceptional way. This category is open to all members of AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Middle Pennsylvania, or any member of any AIA Chapter across the country who has a project in the 22 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh or AIA Middle Pennsylvania. The project completion date cannot be more that five years old.


Architecture

The Architecture Awards Category is for built projects by members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Middle Pennsylvania or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 22 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Middle Pennsylvania. The project completion date cannot be more that five years old.


Design & Innovation

The Design + Innovation Awards Category is for the wide range of work represented by innovative design elements in built, unbuilt, theoretical, research, and allied art projects. This is an open category to recognize unique, remarkable design and innovative work in the field of architecture or related fields of practice. Members of AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Middle Pennsylvania, and members of AIAS are eligible to enter this category. Built projects by registered AIA members must submit under the Architecture Awards category.


Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Awards Category is for built projects which include historic restoration, historic rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse by members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Middle Pennsylvania or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 22 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Middle Pennsylvania. The project completion date cannot be more that five years old.


Interior Architecture

The Interior Architecture Awards Category is for completed building interiors by members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Middle Pennsylvania, or any member of any AIA Chapter across the country who has a project in the 22 county area represented by AIA Pittsburgh or AIA Middle Pennsylvania. The projects may be large or small in scope and may involve new construction, adaptive reuse, renovation, or preservation/renovation. The project completion date cannot be more that five years old.


Regional & Urban Design

The Regional + Urban Design Awards category is for regional and urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, environmental programs, and redevelopment projects. Since many urban design projects are never “completed” in the traditional sense, “incomplete” projects or ongoing programs may be recognized if a significant portion has been completed, implemented, or adopted by a local jurisdiction. Eligible projects are projects by members and firms whose principal(s) are members of AIA Pittsburgh, AIA Middle Pennsylvania, or any member of any AIA chapter across the country who has a project in the 22 county areas represented by AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Middle Pennsylvania. The projects may be large or small in scope and do not need to be built, but they must be economically and socially realistic. The awards seek to identify projects and programs that involve public participation and contribute to the quality of the urban environment. The project completion date cannot be more that five years old.


Young Architect’s Studio Competition

The Young Architect’s Studio Award category is for projects that design a screen structure for the parking lots on either side of 10th Street at the intersection with Penn Avenue. Projects must be designed by individual architecture graduates, licensed or non-licensed who have worked in the field of architecture for no more than 10 years. No team entries will be accepted and AIA membership is not required. There is not a limit on the number of entries an individual can submit.