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Welcome to the 2016 Honor Awards

AIA Seattle’s Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is a nationally-recognized program that explores and honors projects designed by architects throughout the state of Washington. This annual program provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its achievements both among practitioners and with the community at-large.


A Message From Our 2016 Co-Chairs

The architecture that comes out of our region – in concept, in process of creation or in built realization – continues to raise the level of both discourse and execution nationally, and drives a thriving design dialogue that crosses spatial and disciplinary boundaries. The Honor Awards are the ideal platform to recognize the diverse perspectives, scales and typologies that encompass the practice of architecture in our region in work that embodies a balance between discerning beauty, ingenious solution and social transformation. We invite you to add your voice and your values to the conversation, as you join us in celebrating the best of our collective work by offering recognition for the inspirational, the intelligent and the evocative.

Our community has a well-established history of integrated and impactful design, environmental stewardship and a deep commitment to making design matter. As we strive to strengthen our collective commitment to that meaning within the context of a warming climate, resource scarcity and design excellence, AIA Seattle is pleased to announce that this year will see the inauguration of a new Energy in Design Award to commend projects that have made quantifiably significant strides in energy reduction while also maintaining the highest qualitative design caliber.

Our hope is that the Energy in Design Award will become an annual galvanic moment; at once a litmus test and a lightning rod for us all as we continue to recognize the immense role and responsibility architects have in reducing the negative impacts of the built environment on the natural environment, and as we take up a renewed position as leaders in sustainable design practices of all forms, metrics and measures.

The 2016 AIA Seattle Honor Awards offers submittal guidelines and judging criteria that recognize both our profession’s changing conditions and our legacy of design leadership. If you’ve never submitted before, now is the time. If you’ve submitted a project in the past that you think should have won, submit it again. This is a new year and a different jury.

Your viewpoint is more important than the photograph. Show us your thinking.
Show us what is behind the marketing image; reveal the relationships and ideas that inform your design. What is its genesis? Who does it serve? How does the concept relate to real space? How did factors like site, culture, and materiality inform the project?

Your successes can be measured. Demonstrate energy savings.
Share with us your project’s energy use and its energy savings story. What creates the balance between efficiency and design? Where are unexpected savings and opportunities?

Your voice is essential to the conversation. Join us!

Kailin Gregga, Assoc. AIA & JoAnn Wilcox, AIA
Chairs, 2016 AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

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