AIA New Jersey 2019 Design Awards Are Accepting Submissions

August 7, 2019

AIA New Jersey 2019 Design Awards Are Accepting Submissions

The 2019 AIA New Jersey Design Competition will be run electronically through a system called CadmiumCD. 

The electronic format will allow members to also participate the 2019 Tri State Design Competition.  Instead of preparing a board, participants will upload photographs, drawings and copy into the system. 

There have been minor changes to the submission categories this year for ease in participating in the Tri State competition.  As in years past, the three-member jury will meet to determine winners, reviewing projects via computer screen.  The fee to participate remains at $150 for the first design submission and $100 for each additional submission. 

Participants will have the opportunity to also participate in the Tri State Competion for a fee of $50.  After registering for the NJ Competition, please click on the link to register for the Tri State Competition.




AIA licensed Architects licensed and residing in New Jersey may submit projects from anywhere.  Those whose practice is located outside New Jersey may only submit projects in New Jersey.  Architectural interns and students are eligible only for the Unbuilt category. Credit must be given to all contributing architectural firms. The project, or submitted work, must have been completed after June 30, 2014. “Completed” is defined as “substantial completion” in accordance with standard AIA documents



Jurors will be announced at the announcement of the winners.



Registration Deadline: August 30, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2019

Jury: September 27, 2019

Presentation of Awards: January 11, 2020 at the AIANJ Awards & Installation Dinner




Built Project categories recognize design excellence in various kinds of built architectural projects. Submissions may be a single building, a related group of buildings, interior architecture, additions, restorations, or adaptive use projects. Entries may fall into more than one category but must be assigned by the entrant to one category only.


Commercial, Institutional, Educational or Multi-Family Residential Design

Eligibility: Both public and private projects: single buildings, a related group of buildings forming a single project, and additions/renovations.


Residential Design

Eligibility: Single family residences and/or accessory buildings, new or remodeled, or any addition.



Eligibility: Projects that address design issues related to adaptive use, rehabilitation, reconstruction or pure restoration.


Interior Architecture

Eligibility: projects of any scope that may be new construction, renovation, or preservation or restoration, rehabilitation, reconstruction or pure restoration.



Unbuilt architectural designs, for which there is no current intent to build, of any project type, including purely theoretical, visionary projects, with or without a client.



Eligibility: urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, campus plans, regional plans, environmental programs or redevelopment projects. Examples might be research, policy development and implementation, community initiatives or charrettes, and input and assessment tools.



Submissions are electronic and require project category; project name and location; architectural firm, principal, and contact information; project description; photographs; other graphic materials; and photography release form.



250 word maximum


Built Projects: Identify building type and provide project information briefly but completely as this is background data for your design problem and its solution. Include project concept; program and client requirements and their relationship to the architectural solution; context and site information; special constraints; project total square feet; year of completion; construction budget or cost; and any design challenges and solutions. List construction type, materials, mechanical systems and other pertinent technical data.


Unbuilt Projects: Should clearly state project goals but may not fulfill other requirements.


Regional and Urban Design Projects: Identify the type of project, the program and client requirements. Provide pertinent background and/or context information, special constraints, and if a constructed project, budget or cost. Note challenges that were presented and how they were met.



(jpegs at a minimum of 150 dpi, 800 px X 750 px)


Built: Commercial et al., Residential Design – New Construction, Remodeling or Additions

Maximum of 10 photographs, to include 2 exterior photographs and one interior photograph


Built: Interior Architecture – New Construction, Remodeling or Additions

Maximum of 10 photographs and minimum of 3 photographs, to include an exterior photograph


Built: Preservation, Restoration, Adaptation

Maximum of 12 photographs, to include 2 before photographs and one interior photograph



Maximum of 10 photographs, minimum of 3 photographs


Regional and Urban Design

Maximum of 5 photographs; and a maximum of 6 graphic images, such as: before/after aerial photographs, plans, 3-D rendering/animation, model. If applicable, a PDF of the publication or print material



(jpeg at a minimum of 150 dpim 800 px x 750 ps)

Maximum of 8 drawings, such as Floor Plans; Elevations; Sections; or Perspectives. Provide Site Plan at small scale, showing the project and its immediate environs.



The submission includes one image for potential publication: jpeg at 300 dpi; Horizontal: 4920 X 3264 px; Vertical: 3264 X 2448 px



$150 for the first submission. $100 each additional submission.  Payment to be made by credit card.



As a part of the 2019 Tri-State Conference with AIA New Jersey, AIA NY State & AIA Pennsylvania, there will be a Tri-State Design Awards. Submitters of each states’ Design Awards are invited to enter the Tri-States Design Awards for $50/submission. Only projects entered into the state Awards qualify for the Tri-State Awards. Submission details will be provided with your AIA New Jersey confirmation.

Liability | AIA New Jersey assumes no liability for original drawings and submission materials or loss or damage to any part of the submission. AIA New Jersey retains the right to reproduce any of the submission materials in its publication, educational programs and websites. By making a submission, the entrant agrees that the information contained in the submission is correct and complete, and that the entrant will hold harmless AIA New Jersey for any and all damage arising out of the use of the information contained herein. Any errors or omissions are the complete responsibility of the entrant.


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