2020 AIA Columbia Design Awards

2020 AIA Greater Columbia Design Awards

Through its Design Awards Program, AIA Columbia recognizes excellence in architecture throughout the South Carolina Midlands. The purpose of the awards program is to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment and for their role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence.

AIA Columbia members who are registered architects are eligible regardless of project location or architect’s residence.

  • If the design architect is not registered in South Carolina, the AIA Columbia architect of record must be credited.
  • Submitting architect may qualify as a member of a design team, whether or not serving as the head of the team. When one architect is not the sole author, all other participants contributing substantially to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission, regardless of professional discipline.

Eligible projects include the following:

  • Realized projects must have been completed since January 1, 2015.
    • New construction
    • Additions
    • Projects involving significant changes to existing buildings
    • Residential projects
  • Unrealized projects that fit all other criteria

Ineligible projects include:

  • Those that have previously received AIA Columbia awards
  • Projects that do not fit previously listed criteria

Realized Projects:  $50 per entry  
Unrealized Projects:  $25 per entry 
No refunds will be issued for Design Awards registration fees. 


  • Submissions Open: Monday, August 24
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, September 25 – Projects must be registered and paid for, and all project data and material uploads must be completed by 11:59pm (midnight). Submissions received after midnight on September 25 will be disqualified.
  • Jury Review: October 2020
  • Design Awards Gala: Date and details to be announced.



Emerging Professionals Cocktail Hour

AIA Columbia was hoping to launch a mentorship dinner series based on AIA Charleston’s successful series but due to Covid19, that series has been postponed.  In the meantime, we will be holding a virtual cocktail mentorship hour.  The event is an informal discussion between a mentor and emerging professionals to answer their questions, seek guidance and learn through mentorship.  Our mentor host for the evening will be Marc Marchant, CEO and Principal of LS3P.  The general topic for the evening is “Navigating Uncertainty”. 

As CEO, Marc Marchant focuses on advancing LS3P’s vision and strategic initiatives, building relationships, and cultivating a culture of collaborative engagement. Marc joined LS3P in 1999 after earning a Master of Architecture from Clemson University with a Concentration in Healthcare Design. He quickly became adept at all components of project delivery, from programming and conceptual design through construction administration. Marc possesses a tremendously team-oriented attitude which is evident in his collegial and collaborative relationships with clients, colleagues, consultants, and the wider community.
During more than two decades with LS3P, Marc’s leadership skills have been instrumental to his roles as Studio Leader, Healthcare Practice Leader, and Office Leader, and he joined LS3P’s Board of Directors in 2014. Marc brings his significant expertise in process design and the complexities of healthcare environments to bear throughout his practice and his approach to business with a deep understanding of aesthetics, function, and building performance.

This event will be limited to the first 10 applicants on a first come first served basisEmerging Professionals include unlicensed professionals who are on the path towards licensure.  AIA Columbia Firms are welcomed and encouraged to forward this invitation to non-AIA EP’s in their office.  Participants will need a webcam and mic or camera enabled smartphone to participate.
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Marc Marchant
This event is free but an RSVP is required.
Register here:

AIA Columbia Event Postponements

As architects and designers, our first responsibility is to help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the communities we work and live in.

With that in mind, and in light of current news and community updates, we are postponing the currently-scheduled AIA Columbia events, including the HOMES BY DESIGN tour (previously scheduled for March 29), and the March Membership Meeting @ Bull Street District (previously scheduled for March 25). 

Tickets and registrations for these events will be refunded in the next few days.

Once new dates are announced, you will be the first to hear!  A lot of work has gone into these events and the projects they showcase, and we can’t wait to share them with our membership and the Columbia community!

Best wishes and we’ll see you soon!