The AIA Virginia Prize is a design charrette that engages students at all of the accredited architecture programs in Virginia.  Conducted simultaneously at each institution, students are given the competition program Friday at 5 p.m. They work over the weekend to create a board presenting their design solution by 9 a.m. the following Monday.  The competition is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students and professors in Virginia.

The first round of submissions is juried at the university level and up to 10 finalists from each school will be sent to be juried at the state level.

The 2023 competition takes place over the Feb. 10-13 weekend. The challenge brief was posted to this page at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 and submissions are due to the school at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

Submission Requirements:
One 24” x 36” board, landscape or portrait orientation. Digital files should be no larger than 15 MB. Prize entries should be submitted using the manner determined by each university.

Entries should represent the work of an individual (rather than a team). Entrants must be students enrolled in a Virginia school with an accredited architecture program. 

Competition Brief

“We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem, but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.”
Alvar Aalto (1898-1976)

Following Alvar Aalto’s words, you are asked to design a house for two artists that will include their workshop and a public program in the form of an exhibition space and an educational space. This program asks you to reflect on the relationship between art and architecture in your design.

Read the complete brief.

Download the supplementary materials.

Check out past challenges and honorees in the archive