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- Entries must be completed since January 1, 2011 regardless of project size, geographical location, budget, style or building type.
- Unbuilt projects include a design that will never be executed (i.e. a contest entry that was not chosen).
- Design on a human scale
- Provide choices
- Encourage mixed-use development
- Preserve urban centers
- Vary transportation options
- Build vibrant public spaces
- Create a neighborhood identity
- Protect environmental resources
- Conserve landscapes
- Design matters
- Exterior images of the project sufficient to completely describe the work accomplished are required, except for Interior Submissions.
- For current projects, a minimum of two required images shall depict the major exposed sides of the building along with the immediate environs.
- For projects involving exterior alterations to an existing building, similar “before” and “after” images are strongly suggested.
- Category 1: Newly completed buildings, additions, remodelings, renovations, restorations will require up to 15 images, including drawings of a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 2 exterior and 2 interior images.
- Category 2: Interior submissions will require up to 15 images, including drawings of floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 4 interior images.
- Category 3: Urban design or planning projects/studies will require up to 15 images adequately representing the project.
- Category 4: Unbuilt projects will require up to 15 images adequately representing the project.
- Category 5: “The AIA Akron Student Design Awards program focuses on high quality, innovative design responses. This program allows students to submit any school project they have worked on during the past academic year, including projects completed outside of the classroom setting (e.g. competitions). Students may even elect to re-address projects previously submitted as part of coursework and improve their original design solution. The AIA Ohio Student Design Awards provides all students with the opportunity to submit their best and most innovative work.”
Good morning AIA Akron Designers,
On the behalf of AIA Akron, I would like to formally invite you to participate in the upcoming AIA Akron Design Awards Biennale. I know that there has been a tremendous amount of exceptional work completed in our region over the past two years, and I hope that you will take the time to share your accomplishments with us. Awards submissions will be due August 25th 2017, with a tentative awards ceremony date of October 20th 2017. I ask that you strongly consider sharing your work with us this fall, and I wish you the best of luck. Please see below for submission requirements
General Submission Requirements
Firm: The submitting firm must be the Design Firm.
Location: The design Firm must have an operating office in the AIA Akron Territory; and the project must have been produced in an AIA Akron region office. (project/job offices are not eligible)
Submissions: The submitting designer, or at least one principal from their firm must, be a member of AIA Akron.
Entries may be in one of the following categories.
Category 1: Newly completed buildings, additions, remodelings, renovations, restorations;
Category 2: Interior projects;
Category 3: Urban design or planning projects/studies;
Category 4: Unbuilt projects.
Category 5: Student projects.
The design awards program will promote and focus attention on quality design, sustainability, and AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities. The jury will evaluate all projects based on the aesthetic, functional, contextual and social characteristics of the design. The jury will also evaluate submissions in categories 1-4 based on their successful response to one or more of AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities.
Those ten principles are:
The principles will be broadly interpreted to apply to all categories of projects. Projects will be evaluated based on the information contained in the submissions. The jury will not visit projects.
Sufficient drawings including a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), etc. to explain the solution are required.
Specific Submission Requirements
Highlight Image in addition to the category images, all submitting projects are required
to upload an image that will be used for the people’s choice award, and on the AIA Akron website if the submission is given an award. 300dpi if possible.
Students may submit any work that they have completed either individually or as a team (identified as such) within the past academic year. (May 2016 -May 2017)
The work can be from a studio project, independent study or just a project or
concept that appeals to the student. Will require up to 15 images, including
drawings of a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 2 exterior
and 2 interior images.
The students, in addition to their images, will need to submit a written
description of their work. This should be a 100-150 word statement of their
process, or their approach to addressing the studio problem. While projects will be evaluated on the entire composition, it is also important for the projects to be juried against the students’ own statement.
Cost: $75 (Fee waived for Student Work)
Payable to: AIA Akron
Thank you in advance for your participation in this noble tradition.
ERIC F. PROS, AIA, NCARB, MBA
Director of Design | President, AIA Akron
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2015 AIA Akron Design Awards
AIA Akron hosted its 2015 Design Awards program at Northside Lofts on Saturday, August 1st in conjunction with the Akron Art Walk. There were 75 in attendance who enjoyed spectacular views of the city from the unfinished penthouse space and rooftop terrace. Michael Maise, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Mike Gwinn, AIA, of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, served as this year’s keynote speakers and design jury along with a third juror, Mary Cerrone, AIA, of Mary Cerrone Architecture and Interiors. The evening was topped off by perfect weather, delicious food and local brews.
Many thanks to our event sponsors – Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects, Thorson Baker & Associates, Milliken & Company, Belden Brick, and SE Blueprint.
Also, thank you to our ‘celebrity’ bartenders – Dennis Check, Rob Habel, Elizabeth Murphy, Domenic Ferrante, Matt Sutter, Eric Wright and Zada Lines
Congratulations to this year’s AIA Akron Design Award Winners:
THE CORNICE COMPANY
Brandilyn Fry, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President; David Leach
KAY JEWELERS PAVILION
Scott Radcliff, AIA; Marge Zezulewicz, AIA; Michelle Tomei, Lucas Moore, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
SOL HARRIS/DAY ARCHITECTURE
CAMPBELL OIL COMPANY
Sarah McCurdy, Yvette Zingery, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President, Andrew Lallathin, RA
BRAUN & STEIDL ARCHITECTS
CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Chas Schreckenberger, AIA; Tom Stecky; Cindy Leitson (VP of Facilities at Tri-C); Rob Habel, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
SOL HARRIS/DAY ARCHITECTURE
Burt Marzley, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
SOL HARRIS/DAY ARCHITECTURE
AKRON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Dennis Jansky (Controller at Akron Community Foundation), Yvette Zingery, Sarah McCurdy, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
MOTA DESIGN GROUP
DANTE BOCCUZZI AKRON
Brett Moses, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
CHANG + ONG
ALLEGHENY PUBLISHING COLLECTIVE
Derek Chang, Timothy Ong, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
PAULO AZEVEDO CLINICAL LABORATORY
ZIGZAG, A LIVING BUILDING
Timothy Ong, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President
LEGO COMPETITION WINNER
Burt Marzley, Andrew Lallathin, Sarah McCurdy, Dave Zingery
Awards Jurors: Mike Gwin, AIA and Michael Maiese, AIA
Design Awards Submission Deadline: Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Click Here to access the online submission platform
Mark your Calendars for the AIA Design Awards Program
Don’t Miss this year’s AIA Akron Design Awards Program! This year’s event will take place at Northside Lofts with a spectacular view of Akron. We are hosting the program on Saturday to coordinate with the Akron Art Walk.
Our jury chair will be Michael Maiese, AIA, Associate Principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh. More details to come…
AIA Akron 2012/2013 Design Awards Program
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
University of Akron Martin Center
RSVP by noon April 3, 2013
This event is one of AIA Akron’s most prestigious events as we honor our local architectural firms for their excellence in building design. We want to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our profession and our community.
Please plan on joining us to honor our award winners for the 2012/2013 AIA Akron Chapter Design Awards. Our region has been blessed the past two years as our chapter produced 49 total entries, including 18 of those coming from KSU students and intern architects. A talented local jury was assembled to compare and contrast the entries, finally coming to a consensus on the winners which will be announced in a celebratory event at the Martin Center on The University of Akron campus on April 9, 2013. Please make your reservations now to join us for an evening of food, drink, and award winning design.
Did you know that the Martin Center was The University Club of Akron from 1909 to 1987?
In 1909 a group of young college graduates, most away from home, formed the University Club of Akron. The club, initially open only to men with at least two years of college, had a social, cultural, athletic and educational purpose. Nine years later, having grown considerably, the members built and moved into the building now known as The Martin Center. The lower two floors were used for social activities and the upper two floors for sleeping accommodations. At the rear of the building were clay tennis courts.
For the next fifty years, the club served as a gathering place for members and their dates or spouses. Intertwined with the growth of Akron, the roster of members read like a Who’s Who of the international rubber community. From club shows and dances to tennis tournaments and educational programs, the club thrived. Due to the buildings convenient location, many University of Akron activities also took place here.
In the 1970s, it became increasingly difficult for the membership to maintain the building. As a result, the facility was donated to The University of Akron in 978 with the agreement that the University Club organization be preserved, if possible. However, by 1987 it was apparent that the days of the old University Club were over and the membership disbanded.
Today, after considerable remodeling, the building once more reflects the grandeur of its early days. A center for University activities as well as numerous community, social, and education events, the spirit and ideals of the club and its founders endure.
Location: University of Akron Martin Center | 105 Fir Hill | Akron, OH 44304
Time: 5:30 Social, Hors D’oeuvres, Cash Bar, | 6:15 Dinner, followed by Awards Presentation
Cost: $30 for ALL attendees
AIA Akron 2012/2013 Design Awards Submittal
Dear AIA Members:
Please consider entering the 2012/2013 AIA Akron Chapter Design Awards program. This program
provides recognition for exceptional work in the local area and beyond, and affords us the opportunity
to showcase our efforts to the public, our clients, and our peers.
As always, we hope to increase the number of entries, especially encouraging those who have not
traditionally participated in the program to submit their best work. Towards this end, we are accepting
projects in the categories of commercial, residential, unbuilt projects, miscellaneous, and student work.
We believe that this will encourage entries in all of the various market sectors, as well as “other” work
created by member firms or individuals.
Qualifying members/firms include any individual AIA Akron members completing work under their
own name (person holding the contract) or firms with at least one principal as an AIA Akron member
as of December 1, 2012. Entrants are asked to clarify if they are the Design Architects or Architects-of-
Record and Awards may be given jointly to the Design Architects and Architects-of-Record if they are
different. Students shall be Associate Members of AIA Akron or student members of the AIAS.
Qualifying projects for the built category are those completed after January 2010. Past winning
projects (in any category) are not eligible.
The first step in the submittal process is to send a completed entry form (attached) and entry fee for
each project to the AIA Akron offices at the address below. Upon our receipt of this completed entry
form and payment, you will be emailed a PowerPoint Template. This email will include instructions for
describing each entry, and instructions for graphic and photographic portions of the submittal. Once
again, we are requiring that all graphic information be provided in electronic format, so that digital
images can be used to more fully describe your project.
A complete schedule is detailed below:
PowerPoint Templates available January 14, 2013
Entry fee of $75 per project is to be paid and entry form received before template is provided; make
checks payable to AIA Akron and send both to Design Awards, 2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120,
Fairlawn OH 44333.
Submittals due, emailed by close of business on February 22, 2013. Submit entries to email address:
Judging, week of March 4, 2013.
Notification of winners, week of March 11, 2013
Awards Dinner – April 9, 2013
We look forward to receiving your submittal and recognizing the quality work produced by the firms
and individuals in our chapter. Please contact Carolyne Tinsley with any questions or comments on the
2012/2013 Design Awards Program at the AIA Akron Office.
Entries are due February 22, 2013, for
“Student” category projects – these
are projects completed during the
2010 -2011 or 2011-2012 school years
that are your own or your team’s work
(not under the direction of a firm)
In addition to receiving this prestigious award, the winning
entry(ies) will each also receive a $100 gift card.
There is no cost to submit projects and entry is completed
using electronic format which can be obtained through
Judging by a Jury selected by AIA Akron
Call Carolyn Tinsley, AIA Akron – Executive Director at
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
‘Architecture Is …’ AIA Akron’s annual competition for T-shirt Design and Essay writing for Grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and Special Education this spring.
The purpose of these contests is to help promote an awareness of the roles that architecture and the built environment play in everyday life. Submissions reflect each student’s personal interpretation of just what “Architecture is …” This program has been enthusiastically received by students and teachers alike and we are looking forward to their participation again this year.
This years program took place on May 3, 2011
at Camp Y Noah – Green, Ohio
Check out the winning artwork below.
Many thanks go to The Ruhlin Company who is a BRONZE LEVEL sponsor for Architecture Is …
MAY CHAPTER MEETING – MAY 3, 2011
T-shirt Design and Essay Competition
… AIA Akron’s annual competition for T-shirt Design and Essay writing contest. Come join us for a fun night and see the creativity in pictures and in words as submitted by the next generation. The competition is for grades Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade and Special Education. The purpose of the contest is to help promote an awareness of the roles that architecture and the built environmental play in everyday life. Dinner for members is included in their dues.
|Thanks to Cleveland Vicon for being a Silver Sponsor for the Architecture Is… Competition|
|Location:||Camp Y-Noah · 815 Mount Pleasant Road · Clinton, OH 44216|
|Time:||Registration 6:00 | 6:30 – Dinner | 7:30 – Program|
|Cost:||AIA Akron members (including student members) – included in 2011 dues.
Non-chapter AIA or guests – $10.00
|To Register:||Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or email@example.com|
|by noon Monday, April 26, 2011|