1. New Work - Residential
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
outstanding examples of built single and multi-family residences.

2. New Work – Commercial & Public
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
outstanding examples of built private or public non-residential projects.

3. Renovations & Additions
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
outstanding examples of built public and private projects, which are not entirely new
constructions but are renovations of or additions to existing structures.

4. Historic Preservation & Restoration
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
excellence in the preservations, adaptive re-use or renovations of structures of historic
importance.

5. Interior Architecture
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
outstanding examples of built public or private, residential or commercial projects that are
limited in scope to the interior of the building.

6. Unbuilt Work
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
outstanding examples of recent, commissioned architectural designs not yet built or
complete. The entry shall exemplify excellence in design while exploring the nature and
science of our profession. Attention is focused on the process of design. Eligible projects
include single buildings, groups of buildings, urban designs, additions, renovations and
extended use projects. Entries must be commissioned for compensation on behalf of a
client. Construction must not have started prior to the submission for the award.

7. Sustainable Design
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
outstanding use of sustainable design principles in the design of public or private, residential or
commercial projects. The Award is intended to promote public awareness of the potential
benefits of sustainable projects.

8. Innovation with Materials
The Awards program recognizes work by licensed architects. Its purpose is to recognize
innovative use of materials and their detailing in the design and construction of projects.

9. Associate Level
The Awards program recognizes work by an unlicensed individual who has received an
architectural degree within the past 10 years. A licensed architect or firm must attest that the
intern acted in the lead or primary designer for the project entered. Its purpose is to
recognize outstanding examples of private, public, residential or commercial projects designed
by associate level AIA members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.


10. Theoretical and Research
The Awards program recognizes works by associate architects, interns and students who are
members of the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter or the American Institute of Architects
Students (AIAS) and currently enrolled in an accredited architectural degree program in the
Florida/Caribbean region and reside in the Gulf Coast region. Entries must be projects that
are academic (executed as a class or terminal project under the supervision of at least one
professor of an accredited Florida/Caribbean region architectural school); a competition entry
(executed in direct response to an organized design competition entry requirement); or
theoretical/research projects which are executed in the interest of the advancement of the
profession. The entrant must designate whether the project is academic, a competition entry.
or theoretical/ research. Projects submitted must have been designed within the immediatepast five calendar years.



11. Spirit of Sarasota
The Award Program empowers the public as the jury and contributes to the overall goal of
promoting public awareness of the built environment and outstanding design.
Generations of Sarasotans have been enriched by the community’s design and architecture,
from early Florida vernacular to the romantic 1920s-era Ringling estate buildings to the sleek
mid-20th century Sarasota School and today’s eclectic architectural scene. The Spirit of Sarasota award aims to recognize a building constructed in the last five years - residential, commercial or institutional - that captures the evolving character of our culture-rich and increasingly diverse community. The Award recognizes works that respond imaginatively to the local natural and built environments and strengthens Sarasota’s unique sense of place.
Submissions should provide a brief description of the project and a written response as to why
the project defines the Spirit of Sarasota.
Projects that have previously been awarded an AIA Gulf Coast Design Award or that have
been submitted for an award are eligible. Each firm or individual may designate a maximum of
one submission for this award. Selected entries and winners will be published in the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter’s media sponsor online and printed publications.

Two awards will be presented; one by a jury including a representative from the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s media sponsor and the other through an online “people’s choice” voting hosted by the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s media sponsor. 

Honor Award Categories:

1. Medal of Honor

This award recognizes an AIA member who has at least 15 years of experience demonstrating the most distinguished service to the chapter, community, and the profession of architecture. The award is limited to one person per year and one time per person. Sitting board members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter are eligible. The award is not required to be given if the jury feels there is not a suitable recipient.
 

2. Builder of the Year

This award recognizes a licensed general contractor who has exemplified a sincere and genuine interest in encouraging and affecting outstanding craftsmanship and workmanship in the performance of work on a specific project. Any company licensed in Florida who has fulfilled the intent and purpose of this award may be nominated. In order to recognize the talent in our area, the immediate past recipient is ineligible.


3. Champion of Architecture

A layperson, academician or non-governmental organization that has given outstanding support to the architectural profession, helping to raise the awareness. Any person who is not an architect, fulfilling the purpose of this award as described, is eligible.



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