Submissions now OPEN for the 2018 Excellence in Design Awards

Submit by Aug 20th

PROJECT CREDIT FORM

Complete the Project Credit Form for each submission and submit with your electronic submission. All credits in publications will be based on this information. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the entrant.

Please mark on the Project Credit Form if you would like your project to be considered for the Good Design is Good Business Award. To be considered for this award, your project shall utilize Good Design to achieve important objectives for an organization. This award is intended to recognize projects in which design excellence elevated the resulting benefit of a project to the business, institution, or community, which it serves. Past recipients of similar awards at the national level include a library, preschool, container-shipping facility, bridges, universities, healthcare facilities, and corporate and retail operations.

Please specify if you would like your project to be included in the running for our Members’ Choice Award. Limit one project for consideration per firm.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Submission Components

Each project submission should include the following:

  • Firm Entry Form (one per company)
  • Project Credit Form (one per project) – Each project credit form shall include principal consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and photographers.
  • Project Upload File (more information below)
  • Project Image(s) Upload (more information below) – Submit (4) full resolution jpeg images to be included in the rolling slideshow shown throughout the Design Awards & Expo day, ranked in preference (in addition to submission)

Project Upload File

  • PDF format bundled for upload to the Project Upload File(s) field must include First Title Page/Slide: Project Introduction, Second Title Page/Slide: Project Description,  Photographs, and Drawings as specified in the criteria below
  • No more than 20 pages/slides (including the two title slides)
  • Minimize the file size to the best of your ability.
  • This presentation is what the jury will see; it must be completely anonymous (firm name and/or logo cannot appear).
  • Reference to previous awards, project publications or company name will automatically disqualify the project from consideration.

First Title Page/Slide: Project Introduction

  • Project Name
  • Project Completion Date
  • Construction Costs (if appropriate)

Second Title Page/Slide: Project Description

  • Key information such as program requirements, size, and site issues.
  • Brief explanation of project background and design concept.
  • Brief descriptions of advancements in design made by the project such as technical, societal and environmental.
  • This slide should be one page.

Photographs to be included in the Project Upload File

Photographs may be black-and-white or color. Do not submit magazine reprints. Multiple images per page are permissible. Photography credits and captions need to be included for each photograph (on the Project Credit Form).

Include the following photos (as relevant to the project submitted):

  • One image showing each exposed side of the building or environment.
  • One additional image showing the context of each exposed side of the building (may be omitted if the project’s relationship to its context is defined in other images).
  • For a group of buildings, one image of the project sufficient to illustrate the complete project, including its relationship to its environs.
  • For projects involving exterior alterations one image of each altered (exposed) side together with one image of the same side before alteration (unless evidence is submitted on the unavailability of the latter)
  • One image showing context of interior.
  • For Historic Preservation projects, include before and after photos.
  • For interior projects, submit at least five images (four interior photos and one exterior photo of the building in which the interior is located).

Drawings to be included in the Project Upload File

Provide a site plan, at small scale, showing the project and its context. Also provide a floor plan or plans and one or more sections sufficient to explain the solution. For interior projects provide floor plan(s) with furniture, fixture and lighting information and any other drawings necessary to explain fully the project’s use.

Feature Photos to be submitted in the Project Image(s) Upload

Submit (4) full resolution jpeg images to be included in the rolling slideshow shown throughout the Design Awards & Expo day, ranked in preference (in addition to submission). If the project is selected for an award, the firm must provide all images used in the submission (300 dpi resolution). These images are not seen by the jury, but will be used in the awards presentation and/or publication of the awards.

EVENT PRESENTATION
In addition to the digital submission, each entrant is required to submit a presentation board to be displayed at the Awards Presentation Ceremony. In addition, each entrant may submit an additional presentation of any medium (model, video, etc.) for display at the Awards ceremony.

Each presentation may be comprised of drawings, models, photos, prints and other information to describe the projects. Firm identifications should be included in the presentations. Board Presentations are due to the AIA Central Pennsylvania office (240 N. Third Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101) by 4:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2018. Additional presentations of other medium may be brought directly to the venue prior to the event. Entrant must confirm with AIA Central Pennsylvania prior to the event to ensure space is reserved for their presentation.
Liability AIA Central Pennsylvania and the State of Pennsylvania assume no liability for original drawings and other submission materials or loss or damage to any part of the submission. AIA Central Pennsylvania retains the right to reproduce any of the submission materials in its
publications, educational programs, and website.
Please check all information for correct spelling and accuracy since it will be used for publication. By making a submission, the entrant agrees that the information contained in this
form is correct and complete, and that the entrant will hold harmless AIA Central Pennsylvania 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.
The entrant further certifies that permission has been obtained from the owner, developer, and photographer of the project to publish photographs, images, drawings, and other information included in the submission (and releases and authorizes AIA Central Pennsylvania to use all such
materials).

Liability

AIA Central Pennsylvania and the State of Pennsylvania assume no liability for original drawings and other submission materials or loss or damage to any part of the submission. AIA Central Pennsylvania retains the right to reproduce any of the submission materials in its publications, educational programs, and website.

Please check all information for correct spelling and accuracy since it will be used for publication. By making a submission, the entrant agrees that the information contained in this form is correct and complete, and that the entrant will hold harmless AIA Central Pennsylvania 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.

The entrant further certifies that permission has been obtained from the owner, developer, and photographer of the project to publish photographs, images, drawings, and other information included in the submission (and releases and authorizes AIA Central Pennsylvania to use all such materials).

JUDGING CRITERIA

Each entry in the program is judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements. Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with each other. While all the submissions are judged together in one category, the submission requirements differ in order that the project can be shown in a manner that best describes it.

The judging criteria for Architecture/Interior submissions are as follow:

  • Citations will be given for projects illustrating a high level of design conceptualization and implementation
  • Merit Awards may be given for projects illustrating a higher level of design achievement.
  • Honor Awards may be given for projects that exemplify the highest design quality at the Jury’s discretion.
  • The Jury for the 2018 AIA Central Pennsylvania Design Awards will consist of three or more architects outside of the Central Pennsylvania region.

Congratulations to the 2017 Excellence in Design Award Winners!

Bloomsburg University – Central Plant Bio-Fuel Conversion

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects | Citation

Jury Comments:

“This project has a timeless design approach, simple and direct to its its utilitatrian funcion. We need more projects like this. Thank you!”


Keystone Building Residential Conversion (F@TT)

Chris Dawson Architect | Merit Award 

Jury Comments:

A brilliant intervention to a concrete structure. This conversion executed with taste and restraint provides calm and comfortable living spaces while expressing the original reinforced concrete frame pays homage to the building’s original structure.


Dance Studio, Garage Bay Renovation

Chris Dawson Architect | Merit Award

Jury Comments:

“This is what architecture should be…and be about. A real eye-opener! Bravissimi!


Innovation and Leadership Pavilion

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects | Merit Award

Jury Comments:

Clearly cutting edge design. The plan is open, both vertically and horizontally, with the stepped presentation theater affording access to and communication between the ground floor and upper floor. The glazing expresses the spirit of openness embodied in innovation; students at work inside can enjoy a vista of the campus while the view to the interior from the campus advertises what’s going on inside. Clearly visible structure conveys engineering, often a product of innovative research


John Stewart Memorial Library and Lenfest Learning Commons

Murray Associates Architects, P.C.Citation Award

Jury Comments:

A breath of fresh air for a grand old building. The Lenfest Learning Commons design transforms the old horizontal aspect ratio to vertical and adds a transverse gable which, with matching the grey granite of the original 1932 library, bringing the exterior of the Commons into conformity with the original campus style. This adaptation is likely appropriate to the Campus inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.


Rooster Woodshop

RLPS Architects | Merit Award

Jury Comments:

An ideal adaptive reuse for the old foundations. We all wish we had such an exquisite woodshop. The millwork of the work stations reflects the wood working engaged in by the users – it’s detailing recalls generic desks and cabinetry from half a century ago. Individualized project stations separated from common areas for power tools and assembly tables ably program the activity types of the woodworkers trade translated for a hobbyist venue.”

 


Luca

TONO Architects| Merit and Good Design is Good Business Awards

Jury Comments:

The background story sets the stage,…quite fortuitous. This simple and clean intervention to the majestic bow-truss warehouse does it justice.”

 


Listrak

TONO Architects | Citation Award

Jury Comments:

The building’s interior, where offices and meeting rooms communicate through expanses of glazing to the common spine suggests an open and fluid managerial style. That and the generous daylighting contemporary and confortable furnishings give the impression of an agreeable workplace design.

 


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