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The AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards recognizes exceptional design in transporation and infrastructure architecture by AIA and ASLA members.

The awards recognize built and unbuilt projects for their design, innovation, and impact. The awards program, subsequent publications, and events will raise awareness about the critical role that well-designed infrastructure plays in our cities, our communities, and our lives.

Built and unbuilt projects will be reviewed for their innovative design approaches to transportation and infrastructure projects. AIANY and ASLANY will recognize projects that reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture.

The program is open to registered architects, landscape architects, and planners. Students enrolled in, or recent graduates of (2019 class year), an accredited architecture, landscape architecture, or planning program in the US are also eligible.

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Award Categories:

  • Structures - recognizes design excellence in commissioned and completed buildings, bridges, tunnels, and mixed-use development
  • Planning - seeks the most compelling work and ideas in urban planning, studies, design guides, advocacy, and regional scale planning. Commissioned and completed master plans and planning reports are all eligible.
  • Open Space - recognizes design excellence in parks, constructed wetlands, and resilient sites.
  • Projects - recognizes conceptual, unfinished, or unbuilt work. If an entry is awarded under this category, it will not be eligible for a future award once the project has been realized.
  • Student Award - recognizes excellence in a project from the three categories above: Structures, Planning, and Open Space.

Judging Criteria:

Each entry is judged for design excellence, and that the project has met its individual requirements or program. Entries are weighed individually, not competitively. The framework for judging entries is through the lenses of Network, Place, Environment and Innovation. Submissions should demonstrate how the project fits into one or more of the judging criteria.

  • Network, reflects projects that demonstrate excellence in transportation, food and goods distribution, and connective infrastructure such as bridges and tunnels. Also includes projects that are multi-modal, display outstanding achievement in connections between neighborhoods, cities, and regions.
  • Place, includes a project’s impact on shaping and rejuvenating neighborhoods and cities, as well as projects that create exemplary pedestrian experience.
  • Environment, includes projects that display excellence in sustainability, resiliency, and climate-sensitive design.
  • Innovation, including the demonstration of exemplary new and emerging technologies and innovative solutions.

Eligibility:

  • AIA and ASLA members in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania Chapters who are registered architects, landscape architects, and planners may submit a project in any location.
  • AIA and ASLA members outside of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania Chapters who are registered architects, landscape architects, and planners may submit a project only in these states.
  • Commissioned work that is built or completed master plans are eligible for Structures, Planning, and Open Space categories. Unfinished, or conceptual work is only eligible for Projects and Student Award categories. Built and unbuilt work must have owner’s consent.
  • Students enrolled in, or 2019 graduates of, accredited architecture, landscape architecture, and planning programs in the United States may submit.
  • Built projects should have been completed since January 2014. Unbuilt projects must have been conceived and started after January 2014.

Category Eligibility

  • Registered architects, landscape architects, and planners are eligible to submit for all categories except Student Awards.
  • Students are eligible for the Student Award and Project categories only.

Submission Fees:

AIA and ASLA members in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania  - $250 per submission
AIA and ASLA members outside of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania  - $350 per submission
Students - $25 per submission

Submissions:

Each submission will require an electronic portfolio about the project and a project description which will be the basis of judging. These materials should not have any applicant identifying markings (firm name, logo). Additional information about the applicant (name, ID #, email, phone), project team (company name, role, contact email), photo releases, and media images will be input into fields in the submission platform. This information will not be seen by the jurors. All materials are required for a submission to be considered complete unless noted as optional. Failure to supply required information will result in disqualification without refund.

Electronic Portfolio:

- PDF format compiled into single file upload
- 11 x 17" (or 9 x 16") format, landscape orientation
- RGB color format, maximum 300 dpi
- Submissions must NOT have any applicant identifying markings
- Maximum 10 pages
- Minimum 10 point text size for legibility
- Maximum file size of 10 MB

Applicants will be asked for at least one and up to three high resolution images to represent the project for press purposes. The photo credit line for each of these images is required. 

Project Description:

Describe project in 500 words or less. Be sure to address the following, if applicable:
- Client brief: what the client requested and your solutions 
- Unique design challenges and special constraints
- Sustainable elements
- Urban context (links to public transportation, public facilities)
- Other information useful to the jury

Click the "T+I Submission Forms" button at the top of this page to get started.

Questions? Email Joseph Corbin, jcorbin@aiany.org

 

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