Call for Entries – AIA Ohio Honor Awards
AIA Ohio is now seeking nominations for the AIA Ohio Honor Awards. AIA Ohio Honor Awards include: AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award, AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award, AIA Ohio Public Service Award, AIA Ohio Mentor Award and the AIA Ohio Emerging Professionals Award. Submissions can be made via the online portal, here.
The Gold Medal is the highest honor that AIA Ohio can bestow on a member. The AIA Ohio Board of Directors confers this award, which recognizes the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments of AIA Ohio members, in fulfilling the criteria in one or more of the categories identified below. Candidates shall clearly identify the category or categories under which they are submitting. Each of the categories shall be considered as equal pathways to achievement of the award. One category shall not be valued higher than another when reviewing candidates nor shall a category be unequally weighted in the evaluation process.
Candidate shall demonstrate that their body of work has made a significant positive impact on the profession of architecture and/or the community. The work shall be widely recognized for excellence, innovation in design, and the elevation of the practice of architecture. The depth and breadth of the work shall have had a cumulative effect on architecture over time.
Candidates shall demonstrate that through vision, creativity, organizational skills, and perseverance, they have created a positive impact or improvement in the profession, AIA Ohio, the Institute or in their community, and that their passion, long-term commitment and contributions are widely recognized as having elevated the profession of architecture.
Candidates shall demonstrate service to AIA Ohio, other components, committees or member groups of the AIA. The candidate’s service shall have made a significant impact on the profession over time, and positively impacted the profession of architecture in Ohio. A candidate’s service shall demonstrate great depth, having a cumulative effect over time.
The AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award is the highest honor AIA Ohio can bestow on an architecture firm. The AIA Ohio Board of Directors confers this award, which recognizes the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments of firms lead by AIA Ohio members. This award recognizes a firm’s ongoing commitment to design, firm culture, or innovation, each of which contribute to the firm’s unique place as a leader in the profession. Through this Award, the Board of Directors recognizes exemplary efforts and significant accomplishments in two or more of the following criteria. Candidates shall clearly identify the categories under which they are submitting. One category shall not be valued higher than another when reviewing submissions, nor shall a category be unequally weighted in the evaluation process.
The firm’s body of work shall demonstrate design excellence as exhibited by projects having a significant impact on society and elevating the standard of design within the profession. Through published work, peer recognition, awards, presentations, or community impact, the firm, over an extended period of time, shall have evidenced a cumulative positive impact on the built environment.
The firm shall be widely known as a leader in the advancement of firm culture within the ever-changing environment of the design profession. The firm shall have made a notable impact in the profession, having successfully created a work culture recognized for valuing mentorship and promoting diversity and individual growth leading toward firm leadership. The firm’s work illustrates the value it places in elevating its employees and acknowledging their contributions to improving the built environment. The firm shall be widely known for its support of the profession and demonstrate strong support for membership within the AIA at all levels of the organization. The firm shall be recognized for its participation in and financial support for AIA Ohio’s programs, events and activities.
The firm shall be recognized as a leader in the development and implementation of significant innovations in the design of the built environment through the use and application of new approaches to design, planning, research or materials applications. Through testing, applied research or field application, the firm is a recognized pioneer in the utilization, experimentation or application of innovative techniques, materials or technology.
The AIA Ohio Public Service Award recognizes a member who has made a significant impact in his/her community, as well as to the profession, through public service.
The nomination of an individual for this award shall explain the individual’s impact on his/her community. The nomination shall list the candidate’s participation in community boards, panels or other community-related activities. Local component support is highly regarded in consideration of this award.
The AIA Ohio Mentor Award recognizes a member who has demonstrated strong leadership, guidance and service in the support of mentorship to fellow professionals or in her/his community. This award recognizes the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments an individual has made to the profession via mentorship.
The nomination of an individual for the AIA Ohio Mentor Award shall explain the individual’s impact on the profession via mentorship. Local component support is highly regarded in consideration of this award.
The AIA Ohio Emerging Professional Award identifies and promotes exceptional accomplishments of Associate Members and Young Architect members and their continuing development within the profession.
The Honor Awards Jury confers this award, which recognizes exemplary achievements and future promise of AIA Ohio members, in fulfilling the criteria in one or more of the categories:
Candidates shall demonstrate that through their work, they have provided high-level contributions to the design of the built environment. The candidate’s work may be through either individual or collaborate effort and may be of any type, scale or scope.
Leadership in Practice:
Candidates shall demonstrate that through work within their firm or in their role in practice, they have advanced through leadership, the practice of architecture, the role of architects or awareness of the architectural profession.
Leadership in Education:
Candidates shall demonstrate that through the academic study of architecture, they have advanced society or advanced knowledge within the profession.
Service to the Profession or Society:
Candidates shall demonstrate that through service to the Institute, the profession or their community, they have elevated the value of architecture and design.
Information on eligibility, submission process and jury evaluations can be found here. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. Plan now to nominate a deserving colleague and help us recognize Ohio’s most outstanding architects and firms.