Awards & Reception

On Friday November 8th at 7pm ……


Call for Entry

AIA Charleston has a long-standing tradition of recognizing a broad range of architecture activity that exemplifies the values of the South Carolina Low Country and improves the quality of the built environment in the communities we serve. The triennial award program seeks to highlight the diverse range of project types that exist within the region. The AIA believes that awards programs should be carefully structured so that the selection and recognition of honorees elevates the general quality of architectural practice, establishes a standard of excellence against which all Architects can measure performance, and informs the public of the importance of design. AIA Charleston achieves this purpose by establishing and sponsoring the following awards and subcategories:

Design Awards

  • Commercial New Construction & Substantial Renovation

  • Residential New Construction & Substantial Renovation

  • Preservation & Adaptive Reuse

  • Interior Architecture

  • Unbuilt Project Award

  • Service Award


Registration and Payment must be completed no later than 5:00 PM on August 7, 2019.

Submission Upload must be completed no later than 5:00 PM on August 15, 2019.


Registration Fees:

Design Awards: $100 + 3% processing fee
Unbuilt Project Award: $50 + 3% processing fee
Service Award: Free

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued for Design Award registration fees



AIA Charleston is pleased to announce the 2019 Design and Service Awards. Our year’s theme was centered on “Designing Dialogue” during which we offered high-level design conversations, charrettes, and opportunities to interact with our civic, professional, and political leaders. We are proud to bring this year to a close with a celebration of local architects and their projects. The 2019 Design and Service Awards will be held at the historic Woolfe Street Playhouse on November 8. Originally built as a meat packing plant, the building was converted to a theater in 2012 and is a recipient of the Carolopolis Award. Tickets include open bar and heavy h’ors d’ouevres. Ticket sales will be announced via email. It is important that all applicants plan to attend the Ceremony, or have a representative from the firm in attendance to accept any awards presented. Certificates for all award-winning projects will be presented at the awards ceremony. Winner will receive three certificates, one for the architect, one for the owner, and one for the contractor. Additional certificates will be available at the expense of the award recipient.

AIA Charleston intends to publish all design award entries. Therefore, it is essential that drawings and photographs not be restricted against publication. It is the entrant’s responsibility to clear all drawings and photographs for release. A form will be provided to you to secure the necessary permission. With your online submission, please include a separate JPEG file containing one public display image with the entry number. This can be a photograph or a collection of images that best represents the project and will be used for publicity


Please direct all inquiries to 2019 AIA Charleston Design Awards Chair:

Sarah Glass, AIA

All questions received will be answered directly and posted to the website in the Q&A section of the Requirements page to be available to all entrants.

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring this year’s awards, please contact sarah@liollio.com.