The AIA Virginia Prize design competition kicks off the new semester by offering students the opportunity to win a $2,250 prize. Three additional $250 “Best of School” prizes will also be awarded. The competition is a design charrette that engages students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. The 2020 AIA Virginia Prize, which challenged students to design an oyster hatchery in Norfolk, launched Friday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m and ran through Monday, Jan.27 at 9 a.m. Read the complete prize brief.

Conducted simultaneously at Hampton University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, students work over the weekend to create a design solution. Each school’s faculty reviews the submissions and sends up to 10 finalists to AIA Virginia for judging.

Development of the competition brief rotates between the four schools annually — the 2020 Prize challenge was developed by Hampton University.

The competition was launched in 1980 and is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia. Watch for announcement about the winner in the coming months.

To learn about last year’s competition, check out the 2019 AIA Virginia Prize Announcement.