Design Awards 2020

Go Wild for Design!

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



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

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
  • 3/26/2020: PowerPoint Presentations Due on a Flash Drive (AIA Birmingham Office – 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S.)
  • 4/30/2020: Jury Deliberation in Boston, MA
  • 6/18/2020: Project Boards Due to the AIA Birmingham Office
  • 6/25/2020: Design Awards Gala at the Birmingham Zoo

Click here to fill out an entry form!

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!