Compelling architectural research happens in universities and firms across Virginia every day. The AIA Virginia Prize for Design Research & Scholarship was created in 2008 to encourage a healthy dialogue between researchers in the universities and firms.

The Prize will be announced in September and recognition will be given by AIA Virginia at Architecture Exchange East, the annual conference and expo, held Nov. 2–4, 2016, in Richmond.


The AIA Virginia Prize for Design Research & Scholarship will be awarded to a faculty member at a Virginia institution of higher learning OR a  practicing architect in Virginia for outstanding design research and/or scholarship in the field of architecture. Download the Entry Form>>

Options for submission include:

• Papers or articles that have been published in a journal or conference proceedings within the past two years

• Papers or articles that have been submitted to journals or conferences, but have not yet been accepted

• Research projects completed within the past three years and summarized in a paper or article

• Innovative project case studies completed within the past three years and summarized in a paper or article

Important Note: This is NOT a prize for design projects unless the project is being submitted as a representation or extension of the work described in an accompanying paper or article. Design projects should be submitted for consideration through other AIA Virginia design award programs (i.e., Inform Awards or AIA Virginia Awards for Excellence in Architecture).


Entries and Submissions Due: 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016

About the 2015 Honoree

Virginia Tech  professor Joe Wheeler, AIA was awarded the Prize for Design Research and Scholarship for his work on futureHAUS. The jurors recognized that futureHAUS was “exemplary in regards to innovation” and “the potential impact on housing could be substantial.”

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