Call for Entries

2019 AIA Maine Design Awards Program



  • Early Registration & Entry Fee Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EST


Eligibility for Built Work:

  • Any structure or building of any size or project type (including rehabs, interior architecture, monuments, etc.) located anywhere in the world and designed by an AIA Maine-based architect / firm is eligible.
  • Associate AIA Maine-based members may submit projects that do not require the stamp of a licensed professional.
  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
  • Projects that have been honored in this program in past years are not eligible.
  • Work by the design professionals serving as jurors this year (or by their firms) are not eligible.

Eligibility for UNBUILT submissions:

  • AIA Maine-based architects / firms are eligible to submit
  • Architecture students studying in Maine or with a primary residence in Maine are eligible.
  • Architectural educators teaching in Maine or with a permanent residence in Maine are eligible to submit.
  • Unbuilt architectural designs of any project type are eligible including purely theoretical projects and unbuilt client-sponsored projects (buildings, interiors, transportation infrastructure, monuments, etc.—all project types).

Criteria:The sole judging criterion is design excellence. The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is informed by aesthetic, technical, functional, contextual, sustainability, social or other characteristics. The jury may elect to honor projects by building type or other categories, or may choose to make no such distinctions.


Registration:Register on line at:

Fees on or Before Friday, February 22, 2019:

  • $125/entry for the first entry and $75 for subsequent entries.
  • Free unbuilt for student entries.

FeesAfter February 22, 2019:

  • $225/entry for the first entry and $175 for subsequent entries.
  • Free unbuilt for student entries.

Fees are not refundable. Fees can be paid online via paypal or credit card at time of registration or with a check made payable to AIA Maine and sent to AIA Maine, 71 Beckett Street, Portland, ME 04101.


All submissions for the 2019­ AIA Maine Design Awards must be digital and submitted at by Friday, March 15, 2019. No binders will be accepted. The decisions of the jurors will be based solely on the materials submitted.


  • Institutional & Commercial
  • Single Family Residential
  • Renovation & Adaptive Reuse
  • Small Projects (budgets under $250,000)
  • Unbuilt
    • Professional
    • Student

Please note that projects are grouped by category for ease of jury coordination only. The jury may honor projects by categories or may elect to make no such distinctions.

Project Information

  • Project Name
  • Project Category (Please note that projects are grouped by category for ease of jury coordination only. The jury may honor projects by categories or may elect to make no such distinctions.)
  • Architecture or A/E Firm Name
  • Project Architect
  • Project Team
  • Consultants
  • Project Location
  • Client (may be withheld if client prefers)
  • General Contractor
  • Project narrative:
    • A brief, 400 word or less description of the project, including site description, special constraints, total square feet of the project, year of completion, construction budget or cost, any design challenges and solutions.
    • Do not include any identification of entrant or project team in the project narrative section.
    • The jurors have a limited time with each submission. Please format text accordingly.
  • Submitters must agree to the 2019 AIA Maine Design Awards Permission Form for Textual and Visual Works provided on the online submission form.
  • Photo Credits

Project Images

  • Submissions must include no more than fourteen (14) digital slides arranged in the order you wish them viewed.
  • Please note that your first slide will be used as the project’s feature image on printed scrolls, on our website, and for winning entries in publication.
  • Each digital slide must be 2MB or less, in jpg format. Slides can be no larger than 3600px by 3600px.
  • A composition of drawings, images, and other illustrations may constitute one (1) digital slide as long as the composition complies with all other submission requirements.
  • Entry must include a minimum of a site plan (including north arrow and graphic scale), floor plans, one (1) building section, and one (1) wall section if applicable to project type.
  • Do not include any identification of entrant or project team in the digital slide section.
  • Do not include project narrative in the digital slide section.
  • Winners will provide high-resolution imagery for publication after judging is complete
  • Please note: submissions will be reviewed by jurors on a computer and / or projection screen. Review line drawing submissions & text carefully for graphic quality at this resolution.


The American Institute of Architects released, “Where architects stand: A statement of our values” which includes:

  • We stand for equity and human rights
  • We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities
  • We stand for a sustainable future
  • We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change

Does your project excel in one of these areas? If so, please describe how these values are integrated within your project’s overall design goals.

If your project showcases sustainable design and building performance, please describe these efforts using the applicable AIA COTE Measures.

  • List any performance-based rating systems pursued or achieved.
  • Measure 1: Design for Integration
  • Measure 2: Design for Community
  • Measure 3: Design for Ecology
  • Measure 4: Design for Water
  • Measure 5: Design for Economy
  • Measure 6: Design for Energy
  • Measure 7: Design for Wellness
  • Measure 8: Design for Resources
  • Measure 9: Design for Change
  • Measure 10: Design for Discovery

For more information on the AIA COTE measures, visit this link to AIA’s Top Ten submission requirements:


Winners will be announced at the May 16thAwards Ceremony in Rockland, ME as well as published in Maine Homes by Down East.

All entries will be displayed at the Awards Ceremony, on our website, and will be showcased as part of the Design Review Tour.

Certificates will be provided to project architects for distribution to clients and other project team members.


Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?

No. You can start your submission and return to finish it before the deadline date. However, you do have to hit “submit” at the bottom of the page to save your information before moving away from the submission page.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?

You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date.

How will I know my submission has been received?

When logged into your account, all of the projects showing in the “Your Projects” section have been received.

What if I lost or forgot my password?

Click the “lost password” link on the login page.


Additional questions should be directed to Jeannette Schram, AIA Maine Executive Director at jeannette@aiamaine.orgor 207.200.5978