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Every year AIA Philadelphia presents a number of awards honoring the individuals that help shape our organization in addition to celebrating the esteemed firm winners of our annual Design Awards competition. These awards are about more than just a ceremony, they are a way for AIA Philadelphia to recognize the individuals and firms that create the legacy of excellence in design and toast the future of the architecture profession in Philadelphia.

Design Awards Submission Form Now Open

The AIA Philadelphia Design Awards program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects demonstrate the range of outstanding work our members create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.

If you have questions about the awards program, please contact Julianne Foley, Director of Membership & Events, at [email protected].

Learn more about the Design Award Submission process and download the required templates.

Learn more about participating in the Annual Member Exhibition. 

Webinar: How to Create an Award-Winning Entry

The AIA Philadelphia Design Committee and Committee on the Environment (COTE) put together a webinar to help firms learn about the entry requirements and submission process for the 2024 Design Awards Competition. This webinar will explain revised entry requirements, review documentation requirements, show samples of award-winning entries and offers some tips on how to put it all together. 

Principles behind Framework for Design Excellence

John Frederick Harbeson Award

The John Frederick Harbeson Award is presented annually to a long-standing member of the architectural community and is intended to recognize their significant contributions over their lifetime to the architectural profession and its related disciplines. The recipient of this award will have distinguished themselves throughout their career by their contributions to the architectural profession, the American Institute of Architects, the education of the architectural community, and their contributions to the Philadelphia community at large.

Paul Philippe Cret Award

The Paul Philippe Cret Award recognizes individuals or organizations who are not architects but who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the design of buildings, structures, landscapes, and the public realm of Greater Philadelphia.

Young Architect Award

The Young Architect Award, presented by AIA Philadelphia's Steering Committee of Fellows, seeks to recognize registered architect(s) between the ages of 25 and 39 for their contribution to the categories of leadership, practice, and service.

The submission deadline is Friday, August 23, at 11:59PM ET. Click here to submit.


The annual Philadelphia Emerging Architect Prize recognizes a Philadelphia firm that has been established and licensed within the past ten years for its high-quality design and innovative thought.

The submission deadline is Friday, August 23, at 11:59PM ET. Click here to submit.

Thomas U. Walter Award

The Thomas U. Walter Award is presented annually to a current member of the architectural profession and is intended to recognize their contributions to the architectural community through their service to the American Institute of Architects and other related professional organizations.

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