PURPOSE 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.
ELIGIBILITY 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.
Projects involving significant changes to existing buildings
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
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 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!