As the highest honor bestowed by the AIA Virginia to a Virginia-based architecture firm, the Fitz-Gibbon Architecture Firm Award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.
Only one award may be bestowed each year.
Consideration is given to:
- The firm’s recognition for design achievement, such as design awards and project publication;
- Breadth and scope of built work;
- Relationship of built work to purpose, environment, user, and physical context;
- “Staying power;”
- Consistency of philosophy, approach, and quality in body of work;
- Architectural professional leadership.
- Nomination form
- Nominator’s statement
The statement should be no more than a paragraph and should include a concise description of the nominee and summarize how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
- Complete history of firm, and list of projects.
This should contain a complete history of the firm’s achievements and supporting material, detailing projects and other achievements and accolades. It should be no longer than 20 pages.
- Narrative, no longer than one page, addressing the evaluative criteria.
The narrative should demonstrate consistency of philosophy, approach, leadership in the profession, and quality in body of work. It should show breadth and scope of work, and “staying power,” as well as the relationship of built work to purpose, environment, user, and physical context.
- Photographic support for the narrative.
- Three to five letters of recommendation.
Letters of endorsement should reference the author’s relationship with the firm, cite specific examples of why the firm is qualified to receive the award, and note how the public or profession benefitted from the firm’s work.
1987 VVKR, Incorporated, Alexandria
1989 Marcellus Wright, Cox and Smith, P.C., Richmond
1993 Johnson, Craven & Gibson, Inc., Charlottesville
1995 Carlton S. Abbott & Partners, Williamsburg
1997 Baskervill & Son, Richmond
1999 The Glave Firm, Richmond
2001 Kerns Group Architects, Arlington
2003 VMDO Architects, Charlottesville
2004 Hanbury Evan Wright Vlattas + Co., Norfolk
2005 LeMay Erickson Architects, Reston
2007 SMBW Architects, Richmond
2008 BCWH Architecture, Interiors, Planning, Richmond
2010 Ritter Architects, Alexandria
2011 Commonwealth Architects, Richmond
2017 Frazier Associates, Staunton
2018 MTFA Architecture, Arlington
2019 3north, Richmond