The AIA Virginia Prize is a design charrette that engages students at all of the accredited schools of architecture 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 2022 competition took place over the Jan. 21-24 weekend. 

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 one of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia.

To learn about last year’s competition, see below.

2022 AIA Virginia Prize

Craft an architectural proposition in the form of a passenger rail station to serve Virginia’s New River Valley (NRV). Download the complete Competition Brief and Challenge.


Google Drive folder with photographs and resources 

Amtrak Station Program and Planning Guidelines

Huckleberry Trail Map

Site map and aerials

Signature park plan

Photo location map



See the honorees from the 2021 Prize cycle. Check out more past challenges and honorees in the archive