The American Institute of Architects

A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

2023 AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards

Call for Entries


The AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards showcase the best of built work by members of AIA Oklahoma. Entrants must be members of The American Institute of Architects, Oklahoma Chapter. Award winners will be announced during the AIA Design Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday, September 15th at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City.


  • Eligible projects must be designed by an AIA member of AIA Oklahoma built anywhere in the world.
  • An individual submitting an entry must have designed the project or been a member of the project team who executed the project.
  • An entry executed by a Joint Venture shall be eligible if any member the Joint Venture is an AIA or Associate AIA member of AIA Oklahoma.
  • Only projects completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible.
  • Previously honored projects in other AIA state or regional, or national awards are eligible but projects previously honored in an AIA Oklahoma Awards program are not eligible.


Entry Categories

Large Commercial Architecture (above 25,000 sf)

Any new build or addition / renovation commercial project above 25,000 sf

Commercial Architecture

Any new build or addition / renovation commercial project below 25,000 sf

Residential Architecture

Single family residential projects

Interior Architecture

Projects focusing on interior architecture

Adaptive Reuse

The renovation and reuse of an existing structure for new purposes

Rotating Categories

These categories will rotate on an annual basis to allow us to honor projects that might otherwise get overlooked in more general categories

Civic / Government

Any civic project that meets the criteria above.  This includes libraries, courthouses, civic centers, municipal buildings and other public spaces.

Small Project

Small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design under 5,000 square feet.


A jury of professionals in architecture will evaluate the submissions. The selection method and number of awards shall be at the discretion of the jury.


Submission Requirements

AIA Oklahoma uses a paperless, digital submission entry.

All entries must include:

  1. A pdf presentation derived from a template provided by AIA Oklahoma that includes up to 10 slides to be designed as the entrant sees fit. (Not to exceed 15MB).
  2. Up to 5 high resolution project images, a selection of which may be used during the Awards Ceremony and / or for publication and publicity.
  3. One PowerPoint slide (16:9 format) to be used during the reception and dinner, showcasing all of the award entries.
  4. Completed Project Identification Form
  5. For those entering the People’s Choice Awards, 3 designated photographs to be used in the people’s choice voting and social media promotions (each photograph should not exceed 2MB) along with a completed People’s Choice Form.

Submission details will be sent to entrants on or before June 30, 2023.


Honor Award

The Honor Award is AIA’s highest level of award. It acknowledges a project with distinctive character and outstanding merit.

Merit Award

The Merit award recognizes projects that clearly demonstrate a level of design that exemplifies superior achievements.

Citation Award

The Citation Award is awarded to projects of notable accomplishment and excellent design qualities.


People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award is given to a project in each category that receives the most online votes from the public.


Awards Presentation

The AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards Dinner will take place on Friday, September 15, 2023 at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Cost to attend the awards dinner is separate from the registration fee for entering the Design Excellence Awards competition.


Fees & Deadlines

A non-refundable registration fee of $150 is required for each entry into the AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards. 

Your entry form and fee must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2023. 

Detailed Submission Requirements will be sent to entrants on June 19, 2023. 

Final submissions will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 24th. 

Questions regarding the AIA Oklahoma Design Awards Program should be submitted in writing to