2020 Design Awards


  • We will broadcast our Awards show live on June 11, 2021. We hope to host an in-person event in conjunction with our show if at all possible - stay tuned for details in late spring.

  • Our Design Awards program has resumed its spring submission deadline/late spring Gala schedule from previous years, with plenty of advance notice to start planning your submissions and project photographs. Please see our full proposed schedule.

  • As in previous years, we will notify the winners in late April, but will not reveal which award your project has won until the actual Awards show. This will allow you to reach out to your clients and project teams in advance of the Gala. Interviews with the architects and possibly with clients will be conducted with our videography team in Rochester during the last week of April and the first week of May; please be aware of this possible time commitment upon registration.

  • We are reaching out to potential sponsors at this time based on an assumption of presenting a virtual show at minimum. Future sponsorship opportunities may present themselves as the Gala draws closer.  Please contact Linda Hewitt at lbhewitt@aiaroc.org for more information about sponsoring our Design Awards.

  • Finally, a note about categories: We ask that you select one category for each project at registration. Only one category per project will be considered. Due to the size of our competition, AIA Rochester does not award Design Awards per category.  The categorization is intended to assist the outside jury with their review. The categories are also intended to align with AIA New York State's Design Award process to allow your submission to be used separately at the state level as well.

More information will be added as it becomes available. Thank you in advance for your participation, and good luck!

AIA Rochester is pleased to announce the 2021 Design Awards program! 

Design Awards Schedule

February 1, 2021

Registration due

April 1, 2021

Project submissions due

mid April 2021

Jury convenes

late April 2021

Winners contacted

last week in April/

first week in May

Interviews with winners


June 11, 2021

Design Awards Gala

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