2022 Honor Awards

Expand conversations into action and design.

On behalf of the Honor Awards Committee, we look forward to convening with a continued sense of urgency to undertake the intersectional wide-ranging issues we are facing, including a commitment to building more equitable and just futures.  

Amid complex, context-driven problems, we need interventions that challenge generic practices and deconstruct unjust and environmentally-harmful systems. We believe architects play important roles in embracing processes of critical reflexivity to foster communities of care. 

You play a vital role in showcasing the design leadership and transformative projects in our region, and we encourage you to share your work by submitting to AIA Seattle’s 2022 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. Here are a few of this year’s highlights: 

  • We continue to encourage submitters to celebrate the people and place the project affects. This includes emphasizing resiliency, describing the project’s benefits to both local and broader communities, and celebrating the project teams that contribute to visioning and building these projects. 
  • The newly required Performance Narrative within the 2022 Common App for Design Excellence provides space for all BUILT submitters to tell the project’s sustainability story as we push toward design that supports climate action. 
  • Now in its fifth year, we highly encourage submissions to the Research & Innovation category that demonstrate experimentations and discoveries from which we can learn and grow. Research provides safe testing grounds to engage with the extraordinary challenges and crises we face that will ultimately push practice forward.  

If you have never submitted before or your project has not yet been recognized, this is your moment to expand conversations into action and design.    

– Catherine De Almeida, ASLA & Gladys Ly-Au Young, AIA | Co-chairs, Honor Awards Committee   


After logging into your existing Submittable account or creating a new one, you can start, save, and return to draft submissions at any point until the final deadline (5:00pm September 28).

Submit to one of three categories: BUILT, CONCEPTUAL, or RESEARCH & INNOVATION. Download the 2022 Call for Submissions + Guidelines for details about requirements, submission categories, and submitter eligibility.

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Reduced rate options are available! Please submit the Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request Form via email by Wednesday, September 14.


For complete details about the submission categories, file requirements, and submitter eligibility, download the 2022 Call for Submissions + Guidelines.

BUILT category submissions: Download and complete the updated 2022 Common App for Design Excellence!

Get inspired by past winners here. Awards are the final determination of the jury.


The submitted projects that receive awards have one thing in common; they convey the design process in a way that answers the what, where, why, and how of the project. Check out the What Makes a Good Submission? video resource pulled together by the Honor Awards Committee to demonstrate how last year’s award winners crafted their project story.

Want support shaping your successful submission? Need help completing the updated Common App for Design Excellence (for applicable BUILT submissions)? Join members of the Honor Awards Committee and the Integrated Design Lab online for a Submissions Support Q&A Session on Thursday, September 8, 12:00-1:00pm PT!

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Now in its third year, AIA Seattle is implementing an updated 2022 Common App for Design Excellence for use in the Energy in Design Award evaluation, and we ask that all applicable submitters do their best to complete the full form. This tool is a natural evolution of the Energy in Design Calculator—you’ll notice that required sections are color-coded green within the form—and a revolutionary opportunity for all applicable BUILT submissions to move toward design that supports climate action. Use the newly required Performance Statement to highlight how sustainable design strategies elevate design excellence and the impact of your project!

Questions about the Common App for Design Excellence? View the tutorial recording and attend the virtual Submissions Support Q&A Session led by Integrated Design Lab and members of the Honor Awards Committee September 8 at 12:00pm PT. Additionally, Integrated Design Lab is available to offer technical support for the Common App until September 27 at 5:00pm PT. E-mail Teresa Moroseos (teresafm@uw.edu) with the subject line “AIA Seattle Common App.”


Publicize your work—All submitted projects are featured in AIA Seattle’s public-facing Online Gallery, the perfect place for local and national design-hungry writers.
Reach a local and global audience—We will be hosting an in-person and livestreamed awards event this November, providing an exciting opportunity for our design community to widely showcase work in and from Washington state.
Get ahead of the curve for other award programs—As a part of AIA moving towards design that supports climate action and with the goal to (eventually) centralize project performance data from across the nation, we suspect you’ll continue to see the Common App for Design Excellence in other awards programs.
Build buzz about your firm—Use your firm’s recognition to leverage coverage of you and your projects in magazines and journals that are seen by peers and potential clients throughout the Northwest.
Put your creativity to work twice—Have a great project that never made it out of the design phase? Don’t let it go to waste! Submit to the Conceptual category. Are you doing research or fabrication to support a project or inform practice? Submit to the Research & Innovation category, added in 2018.
Refine your pitch— Submitting your project is a great way to hone how you communicate about your work. Those who have submitted in the past say that the process helped them speak about their work to clients and to fellow team members in a more coherent and persuasive way.
Build respect from peers and clients—Recognition from a panel of carefully chosen jurors adds to your firm’s credibility. The Awards themselves exhibit the breadth and depth of architectural talent in and from Washington. This is a great way to showcase to the greater community our strength as a design community.


Every year, jurors praise submissions that reveal the story behind the marketing images. What concepts and considerations drove the design? How did the design team creatively address the project parameters? Did the true design intent materialize in the project? What is the project’s benefit or impact? Ultimately, what makes this an award-winning project? We encourage submitters to use the project narrative, captions, and the inclusion of process work as opportunities to graphically tell a design story. Submit to start a dialogue with the jury.  


In addition to the jury’s own criteria, the AIA Seattle community has identified four considerations for the submission review process:

  • Inspiration | How does the project manifest its stated intent–in form and function–revealing innovation in both thought and practice?
  • Problem-solving | How does the project creatively address challenges inherent in its site, budget, program, materials, collaboration, and context? What are the organizing principles informing design?
  • Environmental Sensitivity | How does the project exhibit serious intent to minimize negative environmental impact and enhance its relationship to the environment?
  • Social Impact | How does the project enhance the community in which it is situated? How does it help promote a vibrant and equitable community?

The integration of the Common App into the submission process also raises awareness of the Framework for Design Excellence.


Initiated in 2018, the Young Voices Selection (YVS) program aims to elevate and engage the voices of young designers through direct participation and representation in AIA Seattle’s Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. Three young designers, nominated by firm leaders and selected by the Honor Awards Committee, will be given the opportunity to review, deliberate, and select ONE Built project submission. This chosen project, the “Young Voices Selection,” will be recognized at the live event in November. 

WHO IS A ‘YOUNG’ VOICE? While the definition of ‘young’ is debatable, this program is very clear on its aim to reinforce the value of young perspectives considering both career experience and generational/lived experience, and we set the cap at 30 years of age for this reason. After leaving the creative hub and intellectual rigor of university, young people often find themselves without clear and direct avenues to participate in serious design discourse (though they are valued for their technical skill sets). The Young Voices Selection program aims to reinforce the value of young people and young designers for their unique perspectives, and the YVS program establishes a sanctioned platform for these perspectives to be widely shared. 

ELIGIBILITY: Nominees for the Young Voices Selection Panel must be 30 years of age or younger and may not currently be enrolled in any higher education programs. 

NOMINATE: Complete the 2022 Young Voices Selection Nomination Form by 5:00pm September 14 to nominate one candidate for consideration.


Questions about Submitting? Contact AIA Seattle Programs Manger, Zoe Guckenheimer.

Questions about attending the Live Event? Contact AIA Seattle Programs Coordinator, Andrea Aguilera.

Sponsorship Questions? Contact AIA Seattle Associate Director, Growth & Operations, Kristen Lound.


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