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The AIA Seattle Honor Awards program seeks submissions in the categories of BUILT and CONCEPTUAL, two categories that encompass and celebrate the forefront of Washington architectural design.


The BUILT category recognizes a diversity of scales, from smaller human-scaled work like installations or furniture, through more traditional building-scaled work like homes or institutions, to larger civic-scaled work like master plans or TOD districts.

Project examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Details
  • Furniture
  • Installations
  • Unenclosed Structures
  • Residential
  • Institutional
  • Commercial
  • Civic
  • Master plans/Campus plans
  • Urban District Plans
  • Transit Oriented Development (not individual buildings)
  • Civic Improvements
  • Redevelopment

All BUILT submissions will be required to identify primary + secondary (if applicable) project typology and size in order to assist the judges in organizing the built work by type or scale.

BUILT projects are eligible for Honor, Merit, and Honorable Mention Awards.  In addition, BUILT projects are also eligible for a separate Energy in Design Award

Projects must have been completed after November 2012, and professional license is required by at least one member of the design team.


The CONCEPTUAL category celebrates unbuilt projects that inspire us and further our understanding of design and the built environment.

Project examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Competition Entries
  • Research Projects
  • Student or Thesis Work
  • Unbuilt Projects

CONCEPTUAL projects are eligible for Merit and Honorable Mention Awards only.  Projects must have been initiated after November 2012, and professional license not is required to enter the CONCEPTUAL category.