2018 AIA Colorado Design & Honor Awards

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Let us recognize you and your outstanding work. You deserve the credit. 

We know that you and your team are leading the charge in excellent and innovative design, and you deserve credit for it.

Receiving an AIA Colorado Design or Honor Award distinguishes you as a credible, trustworthy and talented architect. Past AIA Colorado award recipients have seen increased business, trust among peers and clients and local and national media coverage.

As a design award recipient, your work will be featured in prominent local media like Colorado Homes & LifestylesThe Denver Business JournalColoradoBIZ and Colorado Construction & Design, as well as on the AIA Colorado website, social media and marketing materials.

The submission process for 2018 Design & Honor Awards has now closed. To find out who received an award, attend the Design & Honor Awards Gala on September 7.


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Recognizing outstanding projects.


Recognizing outstanding people and teams. 


Design Awards: Deadlines & Fees

Online Submission Process Opens:  Friday, June 1, 2018   

Submission Deadline: 7 a.m. MST, Friday, July 20, 2018

AIA Colorado 2018 Design and Honor Awards Gala: Friday, September 7, 2018 – Seawall Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Award winners will be notified and announced at the gala.

Submission Fee: $250 per entry

Local section award recipients between the years 2014 and 2017 that did not receive statewide recognition, may resubmit for consideration for the AIA Colorado 2018 Design Award for $150.

Refunds will not be issued for entries that are disqualified, withdrawn, incomplete or late. The submission deadline will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made.

If you missed our awards submission info session on June 7, take a look at this recap to help you complete your submittal.

Design Awards: Submission Guidelines—Award Categories

AIA Colorado members may receive recognition for their projects both locally and statewide.

  1. Project Type Categories

First, you’ll select a project type category that best represents your submission. This will be used only to facilitate judging. A project may not be entered in more than one category. To see a list of all the available project type categories, click here.

  1. Local Section Recognition

Once you’ve submitted, your project will first be considered for local recognition. Eligible projects must be designed by an AIA Colorado member/architect, but the project can be a structure of any size/type and located anywhere in the world.

Awards may be given in each project category to the following local awards:

  • Notable in Denver
  • Notable in the North
  • Notable in the South
  • Notable in the Western Slope

The number of awardees in each geographic section, and in each project category, is at the discretion of the jury. It is possible that none, or multiple, awards may be given.

  1. Statewide Recognition

If your project receives a local section award, it will then automatically advance for further consideration to receive an AIA Colorado 2018 Design Award.

Award Levels

If your project is selected as a statewide award recipient, it will be recognized with one of the following award levels:

  • Award of Excellence: The highest honor possible, this award recognizes projects that exemplify architectural excellence in all aspects and embody the highest design standards. Unanimous approval by the jurors is required for this award.
  • Award of Merit: Granted to those projects which may not exemplify excellence but display a high standard of architectural quality and design. This award does not require a unanimous vote but should be supported by a majority of jurors.
  • Honorable Mention:  Recognizes notable achievements in one or more aspects of the project. This award does not require a unanimous vote but should be supported by a majority of jurors.

Design Awards: Eligibility

For projects to be considered, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The project must have been completed within the last five calendar years. This means that the submitted project must have been completed on, or after, Jan. 1, 2013.
  2. The work must be submitted by an AIA Colorado member firm or architect in good standing.
    • Submissions must include the individual who served as either the design architect or the architect-of-record for the project being submitted.
    • In the case of multi-office firms, eligible projects are limited to work done by the AIA Colorado-member-based office where the AIA Colorado member is the design architect or the architect-of record.
    • Eligible projects must be designed by an AIA Colorado member/architect, but the project can be a structure of any size/type and located anywhere in the world.
    • Non-licensed members are only eligible to submit for the Award Unbuilt Forward project type category.
  3. Projects that have previously received statewide recognition (the AIA Colorado Design Award) are not eligible for resubmittal. However, projects previously awarded a local section award between 2014 and 2017 and have not yet received a statewide AIA Colorado Design Award are eligible to submit again at a discounted price for statewide recognition.
  4. Projects that have been previously submitted but did not receive any award in prior years, and still meet the five-year eligibility requirement, may be resubmitted starting at the local level.
  5. There is no limit to the number or submissions per eligible architect member or firm. You may enter as many projects as you wish that meet the eligibility criteria.

Design Awards: How to Apply

All submissions should be completed online through the AIA Colorado Design Awards portal. Submissions that do not follow instructions and/or submission requirements may be disqualified and will not receive any refund of entry fees.

For more details on how to apply and what must be included in your submission, click here.

Design Awards: Jury

The 2018 Design Awards Jury is comprised of esteemed architects in the Portland, Oregon area.

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Roderick Ashley, FAIA, Founding Principal; Roderick Ashley Architect

Roderick (Rod) Ashley, FAIA, is the founding principal of Roderick Ashley Architect. His work spans a wide variety of building types, now focusing on custom residential and small commercial projects.  Rod has more than 35 years of award-winning experience in architectural design and planning and has received 22 national, regional, and local design awards – including nine from the AIA.  His projects have been published internationally and most recently in Architectural Digest, Custom Home, and Fine Homebuilding, while also featured on Home and Garden TV.  He strives to generate elegant, low impact, and affordable solutions that enrich people’s lives.

Rod is currently an AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Regional Representative on the AIA Strategic Council, and is past president of AIA Oregon and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon.  Past committee Chair for the AIA NW&PR’s Firm and Emerging Firm Awards, he is presently leading the Region’s Design Awards Program.  He has taught graduate level design studio; has participated on numerous design award juries and scholarship committees; and continues to elevate public awareness, advocate for design excellence, and expand and share knowledge on behalf of the profession.

Rod received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon; is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB); is registered in Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington; and is a member of the AIA College of Fellows.


Heidi Beebe, AIA LEED AP, Founding Partner; Beebe Skidmore Architects

What is your firm’s focus and your focus (in terms of building/project focus)?

Beebe Skidmore Architects provides careful yet unanticipated design for medium to small scale projects, new construction and adaptive reuse, architecture and interior design. Project types include single and multi-family residential, mixed-use, commercial and institutional.

Design Awards won/publications/other recognition

Beebe Skidmore’s Swift Agency was recognized with Honor Awards from the AIA Portland Chapter and the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region, Architectural Record’s Good Design is Good Business Award, and the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award. Heidi’s work has been published in Architectural Record, Dwell, Azure, Wall Street Journal, Gray, onOffice, Portland Monthly, and Dezeen.

Past Jury experience

Heidi served as a juror for the 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards and the 2018 Maine Design Awards.

Brief statement of Design philosophy

Heidi is interested in practical architectural solutions offset by elements of surprise, preservation juxtaposed with transformative interventions, and exploration of material palettes, pattern, and shape.



Amy Donahue, AIA, Principal; Bora Architects

Amy Donohue, AIA has over two decades of experience designing spaces for education, performance and collaborative work. As a Principal at Bora Architects, she has helped bring her firm’s reputation as experts in academic buildings and cultural arts venues far beyond their single office in downtown Portland, leading a range of award-winning projects guided by the core values of design, sustainability, innovation, and positive social impact. Recent projects under her direction include precedent-setting interdisciplinary learning environments for Oregon State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Washington, along with flagship workplaces for design-oriented companies including Microsoft, Nike, and Google.

Amy’s work has been awarded by AIA and IIDA, and she has presented on designing for innovative pedagogies at conferences across the country. Her belief in the power of architecture to transform lives for the better has led Amy to pursue numerous service opportunities. She serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts, and the Advisory Council for the University of Florida School of Architecture. Along with sitting on AIA design award juries in Oregon, Ohio, the Gulf States, and California, she is also dedicated to advancing gender equity in the profession, receiving national recognition for her advocacy.

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David Keltner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal; Hacker

Hacker’s portfolio includes public libraries, higher education and K-12 buildings, museums and interpretive centers, cultural and community spaces, custom workplace interiors, office buildings, and multi-family housing. David serves as lead designer on all project sectors, and has particular interest in and experience with renovations, education buildings, libraries, and urban development projects.

Design Awards won/publications/other recognition

AIA NW & Pacific Region Firm of the Year, 2013

AIA COTE Award, Mercy Corps Global Headquarters

Library Journal’s New Landmark Library, Bayview Library

AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award, Bayview Library

AIA NW & Pacific Region Honor Award, Cyan/PDX

DBIA National Design-Build Design Excellence Award, Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center

AIA Portland 2030 Merit Award, Courtyard Housing

Past Jury experience

Wood Design & Building Awards, 2016

AIA Oklahoma, 2017

Brief statement of Design philosophy

Hacker’s designs are rooted in a belief that architecture is best when it’s an honest expression of the people and institutions it serves, when it interacts dynamically with its surroundings, and makes humble use of the earth’s resources. David’s work is derived from getting to know the history, culture, and landscape of the building’s place, its purpose, and the people it will serve. This deep dive into the origins of place results in buildings that – through form and materiality – evoke a subtle connection to their history, while also looking toward the future through contemporary design. He believes deeply in the value of vibrant urban spaces that promote human connectivity and well-being.


Miles Woofter, AIA, LEED AP, Principal; woofter architecture

An Emerging Small Business founded in 2012, Woofter Architecture is a collaborative design practice that combines extensive big firm/large project experience with the nimble and highly-personalized service of a small office. Equally committed to providing excellent design and outstanding client service, we take a collaborative approach with owners and consultants to define team objectives, goals and criteria for success.  We listen, learn and discover with each client, identifying project-specific opportunities and addressing challenges with the goal of creating long-lasting, appropriate and enduring solutions.

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Miles has practiced architecture for over 20 years, developing expertise in the design, documentation and delivery of sustainable building projects primarily in the Pacific Northwest.  His experience includes the full range of architectural service, from initial programming and conceptual design work to large-scale, complex projects for both public and private clients.

With a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, Miles’ education and years of practice have been guided by client and site-specific solutions that are driven by an integrated building systems approach to create timeless design solutions.


Jury Experience

University of Oregon and Portland State University critic and juror.

Honor Awards – 2018

In addition to recognizing our members’ outstanding and innovative designs, it’s important to recognize the people and teams who are advancing architecture in Colorado and beyond.

Submittals are due by 7 a.m. on July 20 and must be emailed to office@aiacolorado.org with “2018 Honor Award Submittal” in the subject line.

For full Honor Award submission guidelines, click here.

Honor Awards: Eligibility

For individual awards: nominees must be licensed architects in Colorado and members of AIA Colorado.

For team awards: eligible firms’ main or founding office must be within the state of Colorado and the principal, or principals, must be members of AIA Colorado.

Nominations may be completed on behalf of an individual or firm that meet these requirements.

Honor Awards: Award Categories

For full eligibility requirements and submission guidelines for each award, click here.

Individual Awards

  • Architect of the Year
  • Young Architect of the Year
  • Leadership Award
  • Associate AIA Member of the Year
  • Contribution to the Built Environment by a Non-Architect

Team Awards

  • Firm of the Year
  • Young Firm of the Year
  • Innovative Practices Award
  • Twenty-Five Year Award

Honor Awards: How to Apply

Click here for submission instructions and other required submission documents.