Awards Submission

AIA Canada Honor and Merit Awards

AIA Canada Student Award – “New Talent Discovery of the Year”

Announcing Greg Yager | FAIA, HKIUD as Chair for the 2020 AIA CANADA Design Awards Jury

Greg Yager | FAIA, HKIUD, International Representative to AIA Strategic Council

GW Design Consultant Group, LLC (Shanghai, Los Angeles, Las Vegas)

A talented architect, urban planner and designer, Greg Yager brings over 30 years of experience in urban design and master planning of mixed-use, transit oriented, new communities, and urban development projects. He brings further expertise in large-scale science and technology innovation hubs that combine office, retail and residential uses.

His experience stems from across China, the United States, Southeast Asia, London, Europe and the Middle East/Africa and addresses the need for sustainable urban development within the context of the rapidly changing and emerging global economy.  Having led the Callison-RTKL Planning and Urban Design team across the company, he is also directly responsible for the urban design and master planning studio in the Shanghai office, and he has been working in China for over three decades.

Mr. Yager has also been extensively involved in the AIA, having been a member of the Kansas Society of Architects, AIA Baltimore, AIA Los Angeles, AIA DC, AIA UK, AIA Hong Kong and now AIA Shanghai.  He has served as the treasure for the Manhattan Section of the KSA; the Chairman of the Residential Design Awards Committee for AIA Baltimore and the AIA Hong Kong Urban Design Committee Co-Chair.  His involvement in AIA Shanghai includes being a founding member of the organizing committee for AIA Shanghai from 2010-2014 and he has recently served as the founding president of the chapter in 2015-16.  He also served as the chairperson of the AIA International Practice Committee Advisory Group in 2016 and is currently the AIA Shanghai Chapter representative to the AIA International Region Board.  Mr. Yager is also the Legal Representative and General Manager of the AIA Shanghai WOFE in Shanghai.

Announcing Grace Kim, AIA as a Juror for the 2020 AIA CANADA Design Awards

Schemata Workshop

Grace H. Kim is an architect and co-founding principal of Schemata Workshop, a Seattle-based architectural practice with a keen focus on building community and social equity. Her clients include a range of public housing authorities, non-profit housing developers, and social service providers. Her work is deeply rooted in race, equity and inclusion – and she seeks to include the voices and cultures of people of color and marginalized populations through her projects.

Grace is also the founder of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, a collaborative residential community which includes her street level office and a rooftop urban farm.  She walks the talk of sustainability – leaving a small ecological footprint while incorporating holistic ideals of social and economic resilience into her daily life.  She is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing – her TED talk has over 2.4M views.

Grace serves on the Seattle Planning Commission and on the Board of Directors for the Housing Development Consortium – a membership organization that advocates for housing policy at the local and state levels.

Announcing Sam Oboh, FAIA, FRAIC as a Juror for the 2020 AIA CANADA Design Awards

Ensight + Architecture

With an expansive career spanning over a quarter of a century within the built environment sector, Sam is a Principal | Vice President at Ensight+ Architecture – where he leverages his unique expertise to enhance people’s quality of life through creative design intelligence and inspired insight-driven solutions for clients. He is a former Vice President of AECOM Canada Architects Ltd. (Fortune 500 Company), and the 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). As an accomplished Canadian architect who has successfully led, designed, and managed some significant high-profile projects in Canada and internationally, Sam is respected for his knowledge, skills, expertise, scholarship and commitment to excellence. A recipient of AIA Presidential Medal and a distinguished Fellow of the American Institute of Architects as well as Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Sam is a  visiting lecturer / Studio reviewer to a number of universities around the world (including University of Calgary, Durban University of Technology, University of Pretoria, University of Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa). He is also the International Region Representative of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows and as well, the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana in Canada. His varied background has enabled him to bring valuable perspective to his role as an architect – inspiring passion for innovation, sustainability and stewardship excellence around the world.  

Call for entries: July 22

Submittal Upload and Payment: September 30

Notifications of Winners: Announced 12 November 2020 at the AIA Canada Chapter AGM

Public endorsement: November 20 (during AIA Canada E-conference jointly with AIA IR and the other AIA International Chapters.)


  1. All Architect members of the Institute who are assigned to the AIA Canada as their primary Region are eligible to submit entries for projects located anywhere in the world.
  2. All Architect members who are non-local members of an International Chapter may submit projects only within the territory of that same International Chapter (for example a non-local member of AIA Canada who is currently residing outside of the Canada Chapter’s assigned territory but is paying non-local dues and is in good standing is eligible to submit entries for projects; the same would be true for AIA UK; AIA CE; AIA JP; AIA ME and AIA SH and AIA HK).
  3. All Associate members in good standing of the AIA Canada are eligible to submit entries for projects located anywhere in the world for ‘Urban Design.’ (Note: Associate members include International Associate AIA members; Associate AIA members and Honorary FAIA members in good standing with the Institute and their local chapters).
  4. All Architect and Associate members in good standing of the AIA Canada are eligible to submit entries for projects located internationally (outside of the USA) for the ‘Open International’ category.
  5. Built and Unbuilt work must have been completed since January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019 (5 years).
  6. The AIA Canada member submitting the project must have been an AIA member in good standing at the time the design of the submitted project was undertaken.
  7. The AIA Canada member submitting the project must be the primary author of the design submitted. When one Architect is not the sole author of the design, all other participants contributing substantially to the design must be given credit as part of the submission.
  8. Projects designed by joint venture or associated architects should be submitted by one member only; credit for all design participants is to be noted in the entry form under Collaborative Acknowledgements.
  9. All entries that meet the requirements of their respective categories are eligible regardless of size, budget, style, location or building type.
  10. Projects previously honored with an award from another Region of the Institute are NOT eligible for submission. Projects may NOT be submitted to more than one AIA Region simultaneously. Projects which have received a local Chapter Award (specifically from AIA UK, AIA CE, AIA HK, AIA JP, AIA ME or AIA SH) or which have received a National Award are eligible for submission to the International Region 2020/2021 Awards Program.
  11. Work by architects or design firms serving as jurors for current year (2020) awards are ineligible.
  12. The AIA Canada reserves the right to determine the eligibility of all submissions.
  13. See bellow Eligibility Matrix for clarification.


  1. The jury will award AIA Canada Honor Awards and AIA Canada Merit Awards. The Jury will comprise of not less than three distinguished architects including at least two AIA architects. Submissions will be juried in September. All Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted; no field trips will be taken. Winners will be recognized November 20, 2020 at the AIA Canada E-Conference jointly with AIA IR and other AIA International Chapters; winner recognition to continue on AIA International Region websites and various publications.
  2. Entries will be judged on how successfully the design addresses individual project program requirements, the successful integration of the solution within its context, and its worthiness for an award in design excellence. More specifically, the jury also evaluates entries relative to AIA National’s Framework for Design Excellence. Submitted projects do not have to adhere to all measures, but do need to address several of them.
  3. In addition to the Framework above, projects will be evaluated on one or more of the following criteria:
    • DESIGN QUALITY reflecting resolution of the program or idea; innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.
    • DESIGN RESOLUTION of formal, functional and technical parameters.
    • DESIGN ADVANCEMENT through proposing new approaches to the development of architectural and/or urban form.
    • SOCIAL ADVANCEMENT demonstrating a commitment to social progress.
    • TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENT exploring new technologies and/or their architectural applications.
    • ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANCEMENT demonstrating a commitment to environmentally sensitive design, sustainability and/or energy/resources conservation.
    • PRESERVATION / RESTORATION demonstrating skill, sensitivity and thoughtfulness in preservation, restoration, or the adaptive re-use of existing buildings.
  4. Project authorship will remain confidential throughout the jury deliberations.

Note: If authorship is revealed on any photos, plans, slides or narrative, the entry will be disqualified.


Entries must be submitted in one of the categories listed below. These categories are used to clarify the different requirements for each group and to focus the jury on the many broad and diverse areas of practice.


Eligible entries may be new construction, renovation or preservation/restoration projects. The project must be built work completed since January 1, 2015. For multi-building projects, the Architect submitting the project (or portion thereof) must offer detailed evidence of authorship of each portion of the project.

Interior Architecture

Eligible entries may be new construction, renovation or preservation/restoration projects. The projects must be built work completed since January 1, 2015.

Urban Design

Eligible entries may be urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, campus plans, environmental programs, or redevelopment projects. The projects should not be individual buildings. Incomplete projects or ongoing programs may be recognized if a significant portion has been completed or implemented by a local jurisdiction or authority since January 1, 2015.

Open International

Eligible entries must be located outside of Canada. They can be Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, revitalization or other types of work. This category includes projects of all scales which enhance the built environment in a way that is respectful of context and culture and which aim through craftsmanship and sustainability to serve as a benchmark for architects globally and/or through innovation and ingenuity to serve as a benchmark for the profession. The project must be built work completed since January 1, 2015. For multi-building projects (or portions thereof), the submitting Architect must offer detailed evidence of authorship of each portion of the project.


Eligible entries must be unbuilt projects that will not be built. The project design must be completed since January 1, 2015. This category is to recognize the efforts of our architect members who have completed meaningful work, but due to client change, land use change or other reasons beyond the control of the architect, the project will not be built.

Note: This is NOT a category for projects under construction, for projects that are under construction or have any plans to be built, they must wait to be completed and then submitted under the Architecture Category in future year(s).

Students category

AIA Canada looks to the future and envisions what the built environment of tomorrow will be like. Discovering and promoting new generations of architects, those who will build on the foundation of the masters and forge new paths of innovation and development, is a priority of the AIA Canada.

The AIA Canada Student Architecture Award is an international annual program to celebrate higher education students and recent graduates who have proven their dedication to the fields of architecture, interior, landscape and urban design.

AIA Canada encourage entrants from schools all over the world submit their best projects to compete for the “New Talent Discovery of the Year” title.

The awards program is displaying and promoting exceptional emerging talent and celebrating those who are pushing boundaries, utilizing new, exciting technologies and materials, and developing our future environments in ways that will enrich our lives.

The AIA Canada Student Architecture Award is dedicated to:

  • Advance the appreciation of quality academic architectural ideas and projects around the world,
  • Celebrate emerging talents in architecture, interior design and landscape design,
  • Promote and provide publicity to architecture students.

Deadline and Entry Fees

  • The deadline for payment and submissions is September 30, 2020 before 03:00 PM (Eastern Time). The deadline will be strictly observed.
  • The entry fee is $150 CAD per submission. Students’ entry fee is $25 CAD. Entry fees are non-refundable.

AIA Canada 2020 Design Award requirements summary

(Complete downloadable form from link available during submission process)

Task 1: Eligibility Enter architect’s/student’s name

Task 2: Architect and client info/for students Indicate that the school acknowledgment

Task 3: Collaboration Acknowledgements Name other architects/students + consultants involved.

Task 4: Project Description Project Title; Category; Description >250 words

Task 5: Architect’s Project Details Project Address; year of completion (5 Years  January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2019); Site Area; Floor Area; Building Height; No of Floors; Program; (Optional project video upload)

Task 5: Student’s Project Details: Project Address; year of design (5 Years  January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2019); Site Area; Floor Area; Building Height; No of Floors; Program; (Optional project video upload)

Task 6: Copyright Image page Provide photo credits

Task 7: Submission Upload for Jury Review

PDF with project photos, drawings and text is the primary evaluation tool for jurors.

PDF no more than 20 pages, and no more than 10MB in size.

Photos: Submit a minimum of three images/photographs and a maximum of 5; one of the submissions can be a video.

Task 9: Submit payment with cc/Complete