Design Awards 2020

Go Wild for Design!

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Click here to view/download the 2020 AIA Birmingham Design Awards Call for Entries!

**Please Note — The Design Awards timeline has changed due to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak:

  • PowerPoint Submissions: May 1st, 2020
  • Project Boards: June 18th, 2020
  • Virtual Jury: May 2020
  • Design Awards Gala: TBD

We know everyone is being affected by the current crisis. AIA Birmingham does not want to put any additional stress on those who submitted projects for Design Awards, so we have decided to shift our timeline. We will provide more information and a date for the Design Awards Gala as the situation develops. Please reach out to for more information.


Current AIA Birmingham Members: Submitters must be licensed or associate architects.  Projects must have been started after January 1, 2015 and executed anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Unbuilt projects are welcome!

Non-AIA Birmingham Members: Submitters must be a licensed architect in the state of Alabama and the project must be in the state of Alabama completed after January 1st, 2015.


Each entry will include a social media blast. Each winning project power point will scroll on the AIA Birmingham website home page for one year. Project boards will be exhibited in public spaces and at the Alabama Center for Architecture (ACFA).

BONUS: All Winning projects from AIA Alabama’s Excellence in Design Awards & AIA Birmingham’s Design Awards will be exhibited at the ACFA Awards Ceremony, Architecture that Heals, on July 21st at Regions Park.

When: July 21, 2020
Where: Regions Park (1401 1st Ave. S. Birmingham, AL)
Who: Michael Murphy, Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group

The MASS project, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama was named the single greatest work of American architecture in the 21st century. Murphy’s 2016 TED talk has reached over a million views!

ANOTHER BONUS: Honor Award winning residential projects will serve as the AIA Birmingham advertisement in one issue of Birmingham Home & Garden magazine.


NON-RESIDENTIAL – Institutional, Commercial, Adaptive Reuse, Historic Preservation, Unbuilt, Design Detail, and Multifamily Projects built after January 1, 2015.

RESIDENTIAL – Residential Projects built after January 1, 2015.


Current AIA Birmingham members: The first submission is $200, and each additional submission is $150 each. One complimentary ticket to the awards event will be provided for the submitting firm.

Non- AIA Birmingham members: All submission for non-members are $400 each. One complimentary ticket to the awards event will be provided for the submitting firm.

Important Dates:

  • 3/5/2020: Entry Forms & Fee Due
  • 5/1/2020: PowerPoint Presentations Due on a Flash Drive (AIA Birmingham Office – 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S.)
  • May 2020: Virtual Jury Deliberation
  • TBD: Project Boards Due to the AIA Birmingham Office
  • TBD: Design Awards Gala

Click here to pay for your Design Awards entry! You can also mail a check made out to AIA Birmingham to the address above.

For more information about Project Boards PowerPoints, and other deliverables, please download the Call for Entries or email!

More information about the 2020 Design Awards Gala is coming soon!