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Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lawrence Scarpa is the principal in charge of design. His work has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. Read more

David Darling, AIA – Aidlin Darling Design bridges the demands of artistic endeavor, environmental responsibility, functional pragmatics, and financial considerations. Read more

Laura Hartman, AIA – Laura Hartman, AIA, is LEED accredited. She was educated at Smith College, where she received a B.A. in Art, and at the University of California at Berkeley, where she received an Masters of Architecture in 1978. Read more

Dan Wheeler, FAIA Chicago, Il. – Dan founded Daniel Wheeler Architects in 1987 after winning the design competition for Camp Madron. In 1990, he established, with Lawrence Kearns, the practice of Wheeler Kearns Architects. Read more

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1. ARCHITECTURE – BUILT: Projects completed since January 1, 2004. Build projects could be any of the following:

  • Commercial: Winery, Office, Retail, Hospitality, Mixed-Use
  • Healthcare:  Medical Office Building, Emergency Room, Expansion
  • Education: Kindergarten-12, Higher Education
  • Public Buildings/Space
  • Residential/Multi Family
  • Other

2. ARCHITECTURE – UN-BUILT: This award category calls for architectural design work that, to date remains un-built: meaning that both theoretical and client-sponsored projects are eligible. The intent of this category is to welcome the ideas and work of practicing architects, architectural educators, and architecture students from throughout the chapter area.

3. SMALL PROJECTS OR INSTALLATIONS (PERMANANT OR TEMPORARY): The Small Projects category strives to elevate public awareness of the value of design that architects bring to our built environment regardless of the constraints of size and scope.   Each architect has his or her own idea of what a small project might be. It could be as small as a jewel-like detail or as large as what is considered to be small for your firm. We encourage submissions of projects that are unusual or don’t necessarily fit the norm.

4. CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – BUILT: New and/or remodeled Custom Residential projects completed since January 1, 2004.   Awards will be considered for two types of custom residential projects:

  • 3,000 square feet and under
  • over 3,000 square feet

5. ALTERATION, REHABILITATION, RESTORATION, ADAPTIVE REUSE, RENOVATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION: The restoration, preservation, renovation, or rehabilitation of an existing building including.  Must show before and after photos of the project.  Please describe to what extent the project was altered, rehabilitated, preserved or restored and what percent of the original project remains in tact. Interior architecture that exemplifies the design of space within a building envelope including finishes, lighting and furnishings will be considered.

Please Note:  This is a new submission process that is more simple and easier to use.  Being so, there is the only form to submit your project.  Please scroll through the submission form page to view the necessary submission fields prior to submitting your project to ensure you have all the required information.

Simply enter all the information for your project, choose your category or categories, optionally purchase your Gala ticket, and pay for your project submission all on the one form.

View full submission guidelines (PDF)

Redwood Empire projects:
All architects and designers practicing within the United States are eligible to submit projects that are located in the chapter area. (Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma counties). Or:

Redwood Empire Architects:
All architects and designers practicing within the chapter area are eligible to submit projects locatedwithin or outside the chapter area. If a firm has multiple offices, only projects executed by the chapter area office are eligible. Any architect, designer, or architecture firm falling into one of the above categories may submit any number of eligible entries provided each is submitted separately with separate payments. Projects that have won awards in other programs are eligible except those previously honored in an AIARE awards program. The one exception is previous winners in the un-built category, who are eligible to resubmit in a built category once the project has been completed. Any number of projects can be entered regardless of project size, budget, style, or building type.

Projects designed, renovated or built after January 1, 2004 may be submitted.

Each entry is judged on the success with which it has met its individual requirements. Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with others. Criteria include quality of design; resolution of the program or idea; and innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. No field trips will be taken.

AIARE Members: $200.00

Non Members: $300.00

Small Project – AIARE Member:  $150.00

Small Project – Non Member:  $200.00

Students:  Free with phone I.D.

* Entry fees are non-refundable.

September 19, 2014: Deadline for receiving all submissions electronically.

September 22, 2014: People’s Choice voting begins at www.aiare.org.

September 29, 2014: Deadline for receiving all Presentation Boards at AIARE Office

Friday, October 3, 2014:  Juror’s Reception and Lecture; People’s Choice voting closes.

Saturday, October 4, 2014: Design Awards Gala and Awards Event

Event.  Located at the Sonoma Jet Center in Santa Rosa.  From 5-10:00 p.m.  Itialian market theme.



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