Submissions end 10/7
10UP Competition

Residential & Hospitality Design Awards

After eight years of celebrating the best in residential design, with hundreds of submissions between the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina to the mountains in Mexico, AIA Atlanta is excited to expand the program as the Residential & Hospitality Design Awards.

Starting in 2022, we are now recognizing residential, hotel, and restaurant projects designed by architects registered in Georgia. Submissions are open to projects completed between January 1, 2019, and October 1, 2022, and located anywhere in the world.

Entries must be a commissioned project and the entrant must have held the primary design responsibility. Each project may be entered into only one category. The jury will confer prizes of the Honor Award and/or the Merit Award, the former being the highest recognition.


  • Multifamily/Mixed-Use – 50 Units or Less
  • Multifamily/Mixed-Use – Over 50 Units
  • Renovations/Adaptive Reuse – Under 5,000 Sq Ft

  • Single-Family – Contemporary

  • Single-Family – Traditional


  • Hotel – Guest Rooms 26-100
  • Hotel – Guest Rooms 101+
  • Restaurant – New Construction
  • Restaurant – Renovation/Tenant Build-out

Key dates

Submissions open
August 1, 2022

Submissions close
October 7, 2022


Submission Details

Submissions are open to residential and hospitality projects completed between January 1, 2019, and October 1, 2022. Projects can be located anywhere in the world but must have been designed by an architect(s) registered in Georgia.

To be eligible, an entrant must:

  • Maintain a physical address in Georgia

  • Have been a registered architect in Georgia at the time of project construction

  • Have held the primary design responsibility, functioning as lead designer in cases of joint-venture teams

  • Recognize all firms and/or individuals involved in the design process

  • Submit a project not previously awarded in any previous RDA program

  • Not have used any unpaid labor in the past 10 years

Step 1

Register up to three projects at a time

We’ll collect your project name(s) and contact information. Then, after completing payment, you’ll be directed to the project submission form. This two-part process encourages fairness by hiding firms’ identities from the jury.

Step 2

Submit your project details and photos

Submissions must not include identification of authorship within the information requested below, or will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of any submitted fees.

You will input the following into the provided text fields:

  • Category
  • Project name
  • Project location
  • Completion date
  • Project synopsis (max 250 words)
  • Application of AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence
  • Project narrative (max 500 words)
  • Project owner or tenant
  • Client anonymity
  • Project team and credits as needed:
    • Civil engineer
    • MEP engineer
    • Structural engineer
    • Landscape architect
    • General contractor
    • Additional consultants
    • FF&E vendors

You will upload the following in the specified formats:

  • Signed statement on letterhead declaring no use of unpaid labor (PDF)
  • Diagrams and/or photographs (pdf, tif or jpg)
  • Signed photographer consent form(s) (PDF)


Photos should show each exterior facade and interior to illustrate the context, extent, and quality of the finished project. Entrants must credit the photographer for each photo, and obtain rights to allow for their use by AIA Atlanta.

Entrants may submit up to ten* photos for jury deliberation. The photos must be high-resolution at 300 dpi. Accepted file format: .jpg.

EXCLUDING floor and site plan diagrams, photo collages and text on photos are not permitted.

Additional photo requirements:

  1. One photograph must display the floor plan and additional narrative drawing of the project.
  2. One photograph in landscape orientation must clearly show the project’s landscape surroundings or context.
  3. All photo file names must include the project name

*For the Renovations/Adaptive Reuse categories only: Projects involving changes to existing structures must include documentation of the original conditions. Upload at least one photo showing the original/before condition of the structure.

Honor and Merit awards are evaluated by:

  • How well the architect frames, addresses, and solves the key problems unique to this project, such as site, materials, context, codes, and community
  • Notable elements in response to AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence
  • Creative design responses to the existing site, building program, and community.
  • Innovative approaches to use of materials, lighting, structural systems, or building skin technology
  • How the design accommodates a variety of lifestyles, such as aging in place or changing physical needs of the occupants
  • Overall design excellence

The deliberation process:

The jury is comprised of noted architecture professionals. The RDA committee or jury may make any interpretations necessary to carry out the intent of the awards, as well as move projects to a different category as deemed appropriate. Each entry is also judged for its success with which it has met its individual requirements. Entries are subject to disqualification at the discretion of the committee or jury. The decisions made by the jury are final. Finalists will be notified before the winners are announced.

Printable Submission Guidelines

AIA Framework for Design Excellence

Photographer Consent Form

AIA Unpaid Labor Resolution (2016)

  • The applicant must provide a brief statement that the firm and/or architect has not used unpaid labor in 10 years.

Register for Residential & Hospitality Design Awards


AIA members (at least one on the project team)
$150 first entry

$250 first entry

Subsequent entries
$125 each

Fees are nonrefundable.

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Photo Credit

Project: Sandy Lake Residence
Award: 2021 Honor Award, Single-Family – Contemporary
Firm: West Architecture Studio
Photographer: Fredrik Brauer