AIA Housing Awards

Thank you to everyone that participated!

It’s a life necessity, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and many people’s first and most personal encounter with architecture: the house. By recognizing the best in home design, AIA Housing Awards show the world how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together.

The categories are (1) One- and Two-Family Custom Residences, (2) One- and Two-Family Production Homes, (3) Multifamily Housing, and (4) Specialized Housing.

For more on eligibility, submissions details, learn more >

AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards

Deadline: Nov. 18, 2016 before 5pm ET

Affordable, accessible, and well-designed housing sets important benchmarks in the industry and proves that good design is not exclusive. The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development teams with AIA’s Housing Knowledge Community to celebrate projects that demonstrate these traits.

The categories are (1) Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award, (2) Creating Community Connection Award, (3) Community-Informed Design Award , and (4) Housing Accessibility—Alan J. Rothman Award.

For more on eligibility, submissions details, learn more >


Research Grant Final Report:
2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design

Congratulations to Tricia Stuth, AIA and Ted Shelton, FAIA for their winning propsal, Leveraging Existing Custom Fabrication Abilities in the Design of Small Affordable Houses.

Project narrative: Calling on custom fabrication abilities widely available in the timber home and roof truss manufacturing industries, this research explores their potential for architectural expression and space making in small, inexpensive, light wood framed houses.

Read the full report.
Read the full proposal.

They will continue to work and document new developments in a blog.

Ongoing work includes:
  • Interoperability experiments with a truss manufacturer to see how easily their software talks to Revit and/or Sketchup. (in process)
  • Several upcoming blog posts on lessons learned at the SBC convention (in process)
  • Development of our selected house design and, working with a component manufacturer, creation of an associated DD set of drawings

About the grant:

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one design professional to conduct research on a topic related to residential design on a small scale or by small firms.



Winners Announced: 2016 AIA Housing Awards

The AIA Housing Knowledge Community established this awards program to emphasize the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.

The categories are (1) One- and Two-Family Custom Residences, (2) One- and Two-Family Production Homes, (3) Multifamily Housing, and (4) Specialized Housing.

This year there were 10 award recipients. 
Check out the unique projects here >>

Latest Resources

Kick-starting our webinar series for 2016 

We are thrilled to reignite our webinar series with our first event of the year on July 11th. We have an exciting lineup of events planned through the end of the year with one webinar a month, more to come shortly.

This year we are also excited to announce a few new partnerships that will make this series possible. Our partners include the Open Architecture Collaborative, a mission aligned international network of interdisciplinary professionals working to make architecture and design services more accessible in their local communities and EDI International, a global architecture, interior design and planning firm. We look forward to growing our resource library together.

Upcoming webinar:

December Webinar: DesignBuildBLUFF: A Concern for Usefulness

Past webinars:

Webinar archive

2016 Housing Awards Book

2016 AIA Housing Awards and AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

The Housing Awards program, now in its 16th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a  valuable national resource. The AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards recognizes excellence in affordable housing architecture, neighborhood design, participatory design, and accessibility. 

The esteemed jury of architects, educators, and writers recognized 10 projects for AIA Housing Awards and 4 projects for the AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards from a very competitive pool of entries.  This publication celebrates and is part of our ongoing effort to document this good work.

Peer to Peer Network

The AIA Peer Network is a program developed for the architectural profession and its leaders who recognize the need to sharpen skills, share experiences, offer advice, and learn from peers better ways to run a successful business. Members help each other tackle the day-to-day complexities of working in a time when the architecture industry is faced with many difficult challenges. Network members will share experiences and hard lessons learned over the years.

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