In recognition of Paul Welch Jr.’s distinguished and lengthy career of service to architects and the architectural profession, this scholarship program was created to celebrate Paul’s experiences with the California Architects Board (CAB), as well as, with AIA California and his unwavering belief in the power of the architectural license. The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of California interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by covering all associated costs.  

DEADLINES
Applications are due by March 15, 2023 by 11:59pm Pacific Time

ELIGIBILITY 

  • California resident
  • AIAS or Associate AIA Member in good standing
  • NCARB and CAB record holder in good standing or IPAL student
  • AEP Council of Advisors are eligible 
  • Applicants may have passed one or more divisions of the ARE, but cannot have passed all divisions

*Applicants will be asked to include a copy of their NCARB Authorization to Test or a letter verifying their IPAL status to show proof of scholarship eligibility.

Please review the full submission guidelines to assist you with putting together the application package. Have questions? Visit our website to learn more. 


Established in 2017 by Chet Widom, FAIA and wife Diana Widom, the Chester and Diana Widom Architectural Education Scholarship, in honor of Paul W. Welch, provides scholarship opportunities to community college students from California to pursue their architectural education.

DEADLINE

Applications are due by March 15, 2023, 11:59pm Pacific Time


ELIGIBILITY 

  • California Resident
  • Community student accepted to an accredited school of architecture - confirmation of acceptance does not need to be included at the time of submission, but will need to be submitted before the scholarship funds are sent.



Please review the full submission guidelines to assist you with putting together the application package. Have questions? Visit our website to learn more. 

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The California Awards recognize and celebrate those individuals and groups who make a difference and have a lasting impact on the profession.

DEADLINES:
Call for Nominations: November 1, 2022
Nomination Package Deadline: January 24, 2023
Award selections* will be confirmed at the Board of Directors Meeting: March 24, 2023

     *Firm Award finalists will have the opportunity to present to the Board of Directors prior to final award selection.

FEES:
There is a non-refundable $395 nomination fee for the Firm Award. This fee must be paid online at the time of submission. Late, disqualified, or incomplete packages will not be refunded and credits for next year will not granted.

CATEGORIES:

Firm Award

Distinguished Practice

Lifetime Achievement

Norma Sklarek

Lifetime Achievement in Healthcare Facility Design

Honorary Membership


ELIGIBILITY:
Firm Award
The Firm Award is the highest honor the AIA CA can bestow on an architectural firm. It is intended for firms that have consistently produced distinguished architecture for a period of at least 10 years. Equally important, the award recognizes mentoring, continued collaboration among individuals and significant contributions made by the firm to the profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology, practice and innovation.

  • Proven cumulative effect on the profession
  • Work shall be a product of a collaborative environment that has consistently directed itself toward the future while remaining respectful of the past
  • Developed a culture which educates and mentors the next generation of architects
  • Widely known by the quality of its products to both architects and non-architects
  • Individuals may enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by an AIA member(s), or local chapter
  • Finalists Present Virtually to the Board of Directors: February 12, 2021


Distinguished Practice Award
The Distinguished Practice Award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments toward a specific building type or practice area and a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. This award recognizes an individual architect’s work, their responses to the challenges of an individual building type, innovations within the design and construction process, design excellence, and a collaborate spirit.  
The recipient of this award shall demonstrate a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment and innovation in one or more of the following roles: 

  • An advocate for design excellence
  • A leader in responding to the challenges of an individual building type
  • Collaborator within the design and construction process
  • Educator/mentor to other professionals in this practice area
  •  Recipient of professional recognition in a specific practice area
  •  Leadership in other areas which advanced the architectural profession and/or the built environment
  • Must be nominated by any AIA member or local chapter


Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual (or group) in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the built environment and to the profession of architecture in California. 

  • Not a member of the AIA California Executive Committee within the last three years
  • Must be nominated by any AIA member or local chapter


Norma Sklarek Humanitarian Award
The Norma Sklarek Humanitarian Award recognizes an architect or architecturally oriented organization for their social responsibility. The type of social issues is purposefully flexible to remain constantly relevant.

  • Must be nominated by any AIA member or local chapter


Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare Facility Design
This award is given in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the build environment and in recognition of significant contributions and accomplishments toward the design and development of healthcare facilities in California. 

  • Background in healthcare
  • Innovations within the design and construction process
  • Design excellence and a collaborative spirit
  • Commitment to future generations
  • Must be nominated by any AIA member or local chapter


Honorary Membership
Bestowed on a person who is not eligible for membership in AIA California, but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith. 

  • Must be nominated by a member of the AIA California Board of Directors
  • A person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership with outstanding statewide accomplishments 



NOMINATION PACKAGE GUIDELINES
Each completed nomination package must follow these guidelines:

  • Submitted in a single PDF format
  • 8 ½ x 11 paper size; landscape layout
  • Not to exceed 8MB and/or 12 pages
  • Font 12 point or larger
  • Page 1: Nomination Letter
  • Page 2: Statement of Contributions
  • Page 3: Biography of firm or resume (if an individual)
  • Pages 4 – 5: Two letters of recommendation that are explicit in their recommendation
  • Pages 6 – 12: Supporting materials and documentation which can include a portfolio, articles, or photographs that support the nomination


Please visit our website if you would like to learn more about each of these awards.

AIA California's Academy for Emerging Professionals Awards Program strives to advance local and regional excellence which recognizes and celebrates those who contribute to assisting Emerging Professionals and their colleagues in pursing their personal and professional goals.

DEADLINES:
Call for Nominations Opens: November 1, 2022
Submittal Deadline Extended: January 24, 2023

AWARD CATEGORIES:

  • Firm Mentorship Award
  • Chapter Award
  • Associates Award
  • Student Leader Award
  • Educator Award
  • Young Architects Award


ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Exhibits exceptional skill and leadership
  • Cannot be a recipient of an Academy for Emerging Professionals Award within the last five years
  • Student Leader Award: Student members of AIAS or AIA who are currently enrolled in an architectural program in California
  • Educator Award: AIA members who are educators at a post-secondary Architectural Program in California
  • Firm Mentorship Award: AIA member led firms located in California that actively support interns in the pursuit of licensure and provide professional opportunities for emerging professionals
  • Chapter Award: Local AIA chapters in California that have developed creative programs for its Emerging Professionals to enhance active and consistent chapter participation at local, state and national levels


SUBMISSION PACKAGE GUIDELINES

Each completed nomination package must follow these guidelines:

  • Submitted in a single PDF format
  • 8 ½ x 11 paper size; landscape layout
  • Not to exceed 8MB and/or 12 pages
  • Font 12 point or larger
  • Page 1: Statement of Contributions
  • Page 2-3: Biography and/or Resume
  • Page 4-5: Two letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation
  • Pages 6-12: Supporting materials and documentation which can include* summaries of mentorship materials, program involvement, additional letters of support, materials that exhibit character of the nominee or chapter, copies of marketing materials or newspaper clippings.
  • *Educator Award: also include titles of courses taught and/or programs administered with brief descriptions of each.

Please visit our website if you would like to learn more about each of these awards.


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Architecture at Zero is a design competition for decarbonization, equity and resilience, open to students and professionals worldwide. It serves to engage the fields of architecture, design, engineering and planning in the pursuit of sustainable design.

The Architecture at Zero 2023 competition challenge is to design a teaching and innovation farm lab, connecting the history of California’s first Black town to its present aspiration to become a destination for sustainable agriculture.

All entrants will design the Teaching & Innovation Farm Lab.

Graduate students and professionals will also design housing for farm students on the site.

Thank you for your interest in the Architecture at Zero competition. We look forward to receiving your entry!

When you submit your entry, we will also ask how much time each team member spent learning decarbonization principles and preparing the submission. Specifically, we will ask how much time each team member spent on:

o Assessing available renewables and PV design
o HVAC / load analysis
o Daylighting
o Whole building energy modeling
o Project design
o Booklet design and graphics
o Technical write-up
Be sure to keep a record of this information as you work on your project.

SUBMISSIONS AT A GLANCE
1. Design Booklet containing all required elements and optional supplementary documentation if providing (PDF document)

2. Design Team Information

3. Student ID (if applicable)

4. Hours Worked

1. Design Booklet File (PDF document)

All submissions must be in a PDF booklet containing the required elements detailed below. Format size should be letter sized (8 1/2 x 11 inches or A4) in either a landscape or portrait format. 

Each entry must submit a single site plan. Undergraduate students will provide a site for Teaching & Innovation Farm Lab only.

Graduate students and professionals will provide a site plan that includes both the Teaching & Innovation Farm Lab and farmer housing.

All entrants must submit a Floor Plan for the Teaching & Innovation Farm Lab. Graduate students and professionals must submit a second floor plan for Farming Student and Guest Housing.

If you are submitting more than one perspective drawing please number the pages 4A, 4B etc. 

All required elements must be included or your entry will not be accepted. File size must not exceed 40 MB.

Please do not include names of the team or firm on any part of the entry.

Number and label all pages after the cover page.

Cover      Title page

Page 1     Project Narrative

Page 2     Site Plan

Page 3a   Floor Plan: Teaching & Innovation Farm Lab (all participants)

If you are a graduate student or professional, please also submit

Page 3b   Floor Plan: Farming Student and Guest Housing. 

Page 4      Perspective Drawing

Page 5      Illustrated Sections

Page 6      Mechanical System Summary

Page 7       Annual End Use Summary

Page 8       Monthly End Use Energy Consumption Bar Chart

Page 9       Hourly Load Shapes for Energy and Emissions

Page 10     Details of Renewable Energy Systems

Page 11      Storage Systems

Page 12     Decarbonization Strategies

Page 13     Climate Adaptation Assessment Matrix

Page 14      Equity Essay

Optional: Supplemental Energy Information. This should not exceed 20 pages.


Do not include information about the design team (team names or firm names) on the Design Booklet. Indication of the design team will result in disqualification.  
Do not post images of your submission to social media before winners are announced.
Highlight on site plan and section drawings where and how the design has considered equity and resilience.

2. Design Team Information
Fill in the names and contact information for everyone on your project design team on the Design Team Form. Students please list your advisor. Please note this will be used for all publicity materials.  
Do not list this information on the Design Booklet.

3. Student ID (if applicable):
Full-time student entrants must provide a copy of their student ID. Recent graduates must have been enrolled full-time during the 2022 calendar years and must provide official documentation of their full-time student status during those years (diploma, student ID showing date, etc.).

4. Hours Worked
Please list all team members and the hours they worked on the listed activities. 


Please upload all components of your submission through the submit section by June 15, 2023 at 6:00 PM PST.

E N T RY F E E S

Entry Fee for Professional Architects, Engineers and Designers: $325

Entry Fee for Students and Recent Grads: $0

All registration and submission materials must be received by June 15, 2023 at 6:00pm PST.
Entry fees are nonrefundable.  All designs are to be submitted digitally.

SUBMISION POLICIES
All submissions are final.
There is no limit to the number of entries that an individual or firm may submit; however, each must be submitted separately with separate payments.
In addition to professional firms, entries from individuals or teams are allowed and encouraged.
We recommend that entrants who are employed by another company review and comply with their employer’s policies in this area prior to submitting an entry. Any public announcements or references will be to the individual or design team and not to any individual’s professional affiliation.
Indication of the design team will result in disqualification.  
Decisions of the Jury are final.

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