James Wright, FAIA, NCARB
U.S. Director and Past President, AIA International Region
Senior Principal at Page Southerland Page, Inc., Washington, DC, USA
James Wright, a founding member of the AIA International Region and its 2016-2017 President, is currently serving AIA International as a U.S. Director. He is in his ninth year supporting the AIA International Practice Committee Advisory Group, having chaired the IPCAG in 2014. Also, since 2017 James has represented the AIA as Co-Director of the UIA (International Union of Architects) Professional Practice Commission.
For most of his practice career, James has focused on project design. In 44 years of practice James has led the front-end project delivery of over $5 billion in building construction in the U.S. and over 40 other countries. Joining Page as its Washington, DC Principal in 1997, James developed a U.S. embassy design studio that transformed the five-person office he inherited to a team of over 80 architects, planners, interior designers and building engineers. In addition to the vast portfolio of State Department work performed overseas, James has foreign client international project experience worldwide along with significant projects in the U.S. such as the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University.
James received his master’s in architecture with special commendation from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1975 and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture, summa cum laude, from the Ohio State University two-and-a-half years prior. Following completion of his graduate studies, James was awarded a Fulbright-Hays independent studies fellowship in urban design, basing him in Bucharest, Romania for a year during the height of the Socialist regime.
Mr. Wright was elevated to the College of Fellows in 2017.
Tolya Stonorov, AIA, RA
Associate Director of Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art and Associate Professor of Architecture
Co-founder, Stonorov Workshop Architects, Montpelier, Vermont, USA
Tolya Stonorov received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Stonorov has practiced design-build since 2006, when she co-founded her firm, Stonorov Workshop Architects. Eighteen years of professional experience inform Stonorov’s courses, which marry the theoretical and poetic, with concrete grounding in technical and professional realities. Her classes explore the nature of fabrication, examining the relationship between digital and traditional methods of making, with a focus on materiality, process and craft. Stonorov, whose professional and student work has received multiple awards and has been published in national magazines, teaches second-year and advanced-level studios and a course on professional practice and construction documents. Stonorov’s design-build studios center on experiential service learning and solving important societal problems. Through these studios, she provides a thorough overview of the architecture profession and works to instill in her students a profound understanding of the implications of design decisions. Stonorov published her first book in 2017, The Design Build Studio and is currently working on her second, FABRIC[ated], Fabric Innovation and Material Responsibility in Architecture, Routledge 2023.
Barry Johns, Architect, AAA, FRAIC, Hon.FAIA, RCA, LEED AP
Chancellor of the College of Fellows, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2011 – 2017)
Director of Practice, Alberta Association of Architects (2015-2019)
Barry Johns Architecture, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Since 1981, Barry Johns has sustained an international reputation for innovative design – with 103 design awards from around the world, including an Olympic Gold Medal for the Arts and the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. Recognition includes Honorary Fellowship with the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Order of Athabasca University. He is the first international recipient (2018) of the Leslie M. Boney Medal from the AIA. Johns’ design studio is passionate about the role of architecture as a means to leading positive change in our communities. This has led to a multi-faceted practice that includes architecture and urban design, teaching, public lectures, architectural juries and public service on volunteer fund raising and professional Boards across Canada. The firm’s collective design experience and reputation for sustainable buildings has enabled it to remain small and participate in a variety of rewarding collaborations with other larger Canadian practices since the 1990’s, including (the former) Smith Carter, Stantec, Gibbs Gage Architects, Group2 Architecture Engineering and Perkins + Will. The firm believes in the need to ‘tread lightly upon the earth’ by working in harmony with nature and in the creation of architecture that champions gracious and inclusive humanistic relationships.
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 in the last 5 years. For multi-building projects, the Architect submitting the project (or portion thereof) must offer detailed evidence of authorship of each portion of the project.
Eligible entries may be new construction, renovation or preservation/restoration projects. The projects must be built work completed in the last 5 years.
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 in the last 5 years.
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 in the last 5 years. 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 in the last 5 years. 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).
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 Canadian Universities to 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:
(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, 2017 – to present); 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, 2017 – to present); 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