2020 Honor Awards

Start a new conversation.

Stay connected, and start a new conversation about design. On behalf of the Honor Awards Committee, we hope you are staying well, taking care, and taking action.

In the midst of a public health crisis and critical reckonings with systemic racism, we are wary to suggest in any simple terms that design solves problems. And yet, we believe in AIA Seattle’s vision of a culture of design that fosters equitable, resilient, and thriving communities. 

You play a vital role in showcasing the design leadership in our region, and we encourage you to share your work by submitting to AIA Seattle’s 2020 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. It’s a new year, a new jury, and an expanded audience!

  • This year’s live event on November 16 will be virtualenabling us to broadcast globally the relevance of design in and from Washington State.
  • As a part of the submissions form, AIA Seattle is beta-testing the new Common App for Design Excellence, for use in the Energy in Design Award evaluation. This tool is a natural evolution of the Energy in Design Calculator, and an exciting opportunity for all Built submissions to move toward design that supports climate action.

If you have never submitted before or your project has not yet been recognized, this is your moment to connect and start a new conversation about design. Download the 2020 Call for Submissions + Guidelines.

– Ming-Lee Yuan, AIA & Kevin Snook, AIA | Co-chairs, Honor Awards Committee


After logging into your existing Submittable account or creating a new one, you can start, save, and return to your draft submission at any point until the final deadline. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10:00PM PT SEPTEMBER 23.

Click here to submit

Reduced rate options are available (priority given to AIA members). Please submit the Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request Form via email by Wednesday, September 16.


Publicize your work—All submitted projects are featured in AIA Seattle’s public-facing online gallery, the perfect place for local and national design-hungry writers. Additionally, this year AIA Seattle is designing and publishing a digital Honor Awards Catalogue to further highlight 2020 Award-winning projects and firms.

Reach a global audience—Though we will miss gathering in person for the live awards event this November, a virtual awards program provides an exciting opportunity for our design community to widely showcase work in and from Washington state.

Get ahead of the curve for other award programs—AIA Seattle is beta-testing the Common Application for Design Excellence for all Built submissions this year, in consideration for the Energy in Design Award. As a part of AIA moving towards design that supports climate action and with the goal to (eventually) centralize project performance data from across the nation, we suspect you’ll be seeing more of the Common App in other awards programs.

Build buzz about your firm—Use your firm’s recognition to leverage coverage of you and your projects in magazines and journals that are seen by peers and potential clients throughout the Northwest.

Put your creativity to work twice—If you have a great project that never made it out of the design phase, don’t let it go to waste! Submit to the Conceptual category. Are you doing research or fabrication to support a project? Submit to the Research & Innovation category, added in 2018.

Refine your pitch— Submitting your project is a great way to hone how you communicate about your work. Those who have submitted in the past say that the process helped them speak about their work to clients and to fellow team members in a more coherent and persuasive way.

Build respect from peers and clients—Recognition from a panel of carefully chosen jurors adds to your firm’s credibility. The Awards themselves exhibit the breadth and depth of architectural talent here in and from Washington. This is a great way to showcase to the greater community our strength as a design community.


For complete details about the submission categories, file requirements, and submitter eligibility, download the 2020 Call for Submissions + Guidelines.

BUILT category submitters: Download the new Common App for Design Excellence, which includes the Energy in Design Award-qualifying calculations from previous years.

Get inspired by past winners here. Awards are the final determination of the jury.


This year, AIA Seattle is beta-testing the new Common App for Design Excellence for use in the Energy in Design Award evaluation. Completing the App is an exciting opportunity for all applicable Built submissions to move toward design that supports climate action.

We’re here to make the submission process as simple as possible. A recording of Demystifying the Common App: Info Session + Tutorial Webinar can be found here. Feel free to share! Additionally, Integrated Design Lab is available to offer technical support for the Common App until 5pm September 22. E-mail Michael Gilbride ([email protected]) with the subject line “AIA Seattle Common App.”

Wednesday, August 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT 

  • Christopher Meek, FAIA, IES | Associate Professor and Director, Integrated Design Lab, University of Washington
  • Michael Gilbride | Research Associate, Integrated Design Lab, University of Washington
  • Corey Squire, AIA | Director of Building Performance and Environmental Design, Positive Energy


Every year, jurors praise submissions that reveal the story behind the marketing images. As you prepare your submission, consider: What concepts and considerations drove the design? What were the challenges and opportunities along the way? How did the design team arrive at the solution? Submitters are encouraged to use the project narrative, captions, and inclusion of process work as opportunities to tell a design story.

In addition to the jury’s own criteria, the AIA Seattle community has identified four considerations for the submission review process:

  • Inspiration | How does the project manifest its stated intent–in form and function–revealing innovation in both thought and practice?
  • Problem-solving | How does the project creatively address challenges inherent in its site, budget, program, materials, collaboration, and context? What are the organizing principles informing design?
  • Environmental Sensitivity | How does the project exhibit serious intent to minimize negative environmental impact and enhance its relationship to the environment?
  • Social Impact | How does the project enhance the community in which it is situated? How does it help promote a vibrant and equitable community?

Additionally, the newly introduced Common App offers BUILT project submitters Ten Measures for Design Excellence to consider as you tell your project story.


Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP | Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects | San Francisco

Marsha Maytum FAIA, LEED AP, is a founding Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMS) in San Francisco, winner of the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. Marsha has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially-responsible projects that promote sustainable design, including the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. LMS has received over 175 regional, national and international design awards, including ten AIA COTE Top Ten projects. Marsha is a frequently invited juror and critic and has lectured nationally on the topics of sustainable design and adaptive reuse. She is a member of the National AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group, and served as its 2019 Chair. Marsha has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, the University of California, Berkeley and California College of the Arts.

Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP | S9ARCHITECTURE | Beyond the Built Environment, LLC | New York

With over 13 years of experience, Pascale Sablan has been on the team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects in the U.S. and globally. Currently a Senior Associate at S9ARCHITECTURE in New York. Pascale is the 315th living African-American female registered architect in the U.S. She is an activist architect who works to advance architecture for the betterment of society, bring visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and diverse designers. She founded the Beyond the Built Environment organization positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture. She was awarded the 2018 Pratt Alumni Achievement Award, BD+C 40 Under 40; featured on the cover of the 09/2017 issue. Pascale is a 2018 AIA National Young Architects Award Recipient. Pascale has given lectures at Colleges and Universities nationally; cultural institutions such as the United Nations and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tatiana Bilbao | Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO | Mexico City

Tatiana Bilbao began her eponymous studio in 2004 with the aim of integrating social values, collaboration and sensitive design approaches to architectural work. Prior to founding her firm, Bilbao was an Advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of the Federal District of Mexico City, during this period she was part of the General Development Directorate of the Advisory Council for Urban Development in the City. The work of the office intersects with research allowing to design for diverse circumstances and in reconstruction or crisis scenarios. Bilbao holds a recurring teaching position at Yale University School of Architecture and has taught at Harvard University GSD, AA Association in London, Columbia University GSAPP, Rice University, University of Andrés Bello in Chile, and Peter Behrens School of Arts at HS Dusseldorf in Germany. Her work has been published in The New York Times, A + U, Domus, among others. Bilbao has been recognized with the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012, was named in 2010 as an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of New York, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize by the LOCUS Foundation in 2014, as well as the Impact Award 2017 Honorees for ArchitzierA + Awards, Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal of 2020 and the Marcus Prize Award 2019.


Questions about Submitting? Contact AIA Seattle Associate Director, Programs & Impact, Cassie Blair.

Questions about registration or the (Virtual) Live Event? Contact AIA Seattle Program & Event Coordinator, Zoe Guckenheimer.

Sponsorship Questions? Contact AIA Seattle Associate Director, Growth & Operations, Kristen Lound.



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