Call for Entries: 2015 VSAIA Prize for Design Research & Scholarship

Compelling architectural research happens in universities and firms across Virginia every day. The VSAIA 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 the Virginia Society AIA at Architecture Exchange East, the annual conference and expo, held Nov. 4–6, 2015, in Richmond.


The VSAIA 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 VSAIA design award programs (i.e., Inform Awards or Virginia Society AIA Awards for Excellence in Architecture).


Entries and Submissions Due: 5 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015

About the 2014 Honoree

Virginia Tech associate professor Michael Ermann was awarded the Prize for Design Research and Scholarship for his work, Architectural Acoustics Illustrated. The jurors recognized that Ermann’s submission covered an interesting and important subject, noting that the content has great depth and could become a standard text book for architecture education

Virginia Society AIA Prize Awarded to UVa Student

Jury Member Andrea Quilici, AIA, presents the 2012 Virginia Society AIA Prize to Eric Kuhn of the University of Virginia

The Virginia Society AIA Prize is a statewide student design competition, held each January.  2012 was the 32nd year for this competition.  Over the course of one weekend, students from Hampton University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech WAAC respond to a problem brief written by a faculty member from one of the participating schools.

The 2012 VSAIA Prize problem was Temporary Permanence: Emergency Housing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Students were asked to design a small house or set of houses to be used as emergency shelter after hurricanes or severe storms in the area of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The designs were to be semi-permanent, and reusable. They were to be located in proximity to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (i.e., Hatteras Light) in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, North Carolina.

The 2012 Prize Jury members were Paula Loomis, FAIA, Chair; Kurt Keesecker, AIA; Andrea Quilici, AIA; Mike Stoneking; and John Diven.  The Jury is asked to award one Virginia Society AIA Prize winner, one Best of School from each other participating school, and may elect to award Honorable Mentions.  This jury elected to designate two Honorable Mentions and two boards as Notable for certain creative aspects of their solution. The Virginia Society AIA Prize went to Eric Kuhn of the University of Virginia for his entry Sky Tent. The Prize was awarded during the Virginia Design Forum on March 17, 2012 at the University of Virginia.