Collaborative Achievement Awards

Institute Honors Awards
Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

Thomas Jefferson Award
The American Institute of Architects established the Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture to recognize achievements in the following three categories: 
Private-sector architects who have established a portfolio of accomplishment in the design of architecturally distinguished public facilities

Public-sector architects who manage or produce quality design within their agencies

Public officials or other individuals who by their role of advocacy have furthered the public's awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence.

For a listing of all Institute Awards visit the AIA Awards web page.


The Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings
The Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings was created through the joint efforts of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA). It is a collection of information created by experts from various states across the country that are currently implementing green building programs based on LEED. Also see Leonardo Academy Sustainability Reports.

Public Architecture Online Resources and Databases
Looking for great examples of public architecture? Check out this resource. Interested in contributing? Please contact

Make the Smart Moves First: Creating a Foundation for Sustainability in Campus Master Planning
Interested in sustainable tactics to boost your bottom line?
Order a recording of the July 28, 2009 Web seminar that defined the essential components of sustainable master planning for office, military, or other governmental campus projects. This session explored how to optimize primary energy, water, and transportation systems for the highest performance and how to achieve LEED certification at the lowest cost.

Facility Performance Evaluation (FPE) Guidance Document for Public Facilities

This guidance document was written in partnership with NASFA (National Association of State Facilities Administrators) and the AIA (American Institute of Architects) with contributions from the USGBC (US Green Building Council). There are several NASFA member states currently engaged in performing Facility Performance Evaluations (FPE) of their facilities. Download Guidance Document

Ohio Qualified Based Selection Manual
A guide to selecting the highest qualified architecture/engineering firm. The most important element of any construction project is its design. The quality of design is the single most important factor in determining a project’s “life-cycle cost” — the initial cost of construction plus the long-term cost for operation and maintenance. Download Guide
Ohio Qualifications-Based Selection Facilitator
As the name implies, Qualifications-Based Selection, or QBS, is a process in which the project owner evaluates and ranks interested design professionals on the basis of their qualifications and experience. Download Guide


Architecture Knowledge Review Podcasts
Architecture Knowledge Review is a
podcast series for design professionals, featuring interviews, discussions, and best practices by architects and other design professionals who are at the forefront of the profession. Subscribe to the series on iTunes. Some featured podcasts are:

The Federal Government Wants You Practicing Overseas
Senior International Trade Specialist Mark Wells describes U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service programs proven to match American architects with foreign clients, provide customized market research, and intervene when problems arise, such as overseas clients that withhold payment.

Managing Cash Flow in a Tight Economic Market
Cash-flow complications are the leading cause of firms faltering in an economic downturn. Here, from PSMJ Resources Founder and President Frank Stasiowski, FAIA, are the key elements every principal must understand to maintain the firm’s strength and position it for the coming recovery. MP3

An Interview with David H. Hart, AIA, on Public Owners Working with Government
David H. Hart, AIA, executive director, Capitol Preservation Board of the Utah State Capitol Complex, discusses working with government agencies and public owners. He answers questions related to improving infrastructure, enforcing building codes, and how leaders can use green certification systems to increase environmental accountability. WMA

Allied Organizations

Society of American Military Engineers
The mission of the Architectural Practice Committee is to promote architectural practice within SAME, broaden the organization’s exposure in the architectural community, and recruit more architects, along with expanding networking and mentoring opportunities.  Read newsletter | Learn more about APC at http://www.same.org/apc.

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