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The AIANY + ASLA-NY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards recognizes exceptional design in transpiration and infrastructure architecture by architects, landscape architects, and planners across the United States.  

The awards program recognizes built and unbuilt projects for their design, innovation, and impact, raising awareness about the critical role that well-designed infrastructure plays in our cities, our communities, and our lives.  

AIANY and ASLA-NY will recognize projects that reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture. 

The program is open to registered architects, landscape architects, and planners. Students enrolled in, or 2023 graduates of an accredited architecture, landscape architecture, or planning program in the US are also eligible. 

Award Categories: 

  • Structures - Recognizes design excellence in commissioned and completed buildings, bridges, tunnels, and mixed-use development 

  • Planning - Seeks the most compelling work and ideas in urban planning, regional-scale planning, studies, design guides, and advocacy. Commissioned and completed master plans and planning reports are eligible. 

  • Open Space - Recognizes design excellence in parks, constructed wetlands, and resilient sites. 

  • Projects - Recognizes conceptual, unfinished, or unbuilt work. If an entry is awarded under this category, it will not be eligible for a future award once the project has been realized. 

  • Student Award - Recognizes excellence in a project designed by a student in one of the three categories above. 

Judging Criteria: 

Each entry is judged for design excellence and whether the project has met its specific requirements or program. Entries are weighed individually, not competitively. Entries are judged on the criteria of Network, Place, Environment, and Innovation. Submissions should demonstrate how the project fits into one or more of these judging criteria. 

  • Network - Includes projects that display outstanding achievement in socially responsible multi-modal connections between vulnerable neighborhoods, cities, and regions, and demonstrate excellence in transportation and infrastructure systems, such as food and goods distribution, bridges and tunnels, and mass transportation. 

  • Place - Includes projects that shape, rejuvenate, and promote inclusive neighborhoods and cities, and improve the pedestrian experience, health, and safety. 

  • Environment - Includes projects that display excellence in sustainability, resiliency, and climate-sensitive design. 

  • Innovation – Includes projects that leverage exemplary new and emerging technologies or implement inventive or pioneering solutions. 

Eligibility: 

  • Registered architects, landscape architects, and planners may submit a project in any location nationwide.  

  • Commissioned work that is built or completed master plans are eligible for Structures, Planning, and Open Space categories. Unfinished or conceptual work is only eligible for Projects and Student Award categories. Built and unbuilt work must have owner’s consent. 

  • Students enrolled in, or 2021 graduates of, accredited architecture, landscape architecture, and planning programs in the United States may submit work. 

  • Built projects should have been completed since January 2018. Unbuilt projects must have been conceived and started after January 2018. 

  • Registered architects, landscape architects, and planners are eligible to submit for all categories except Student Awards. 

  • Students are eligible for the Student Award and Project categories only. 

Submission Fees: 

AIA and ASLA members in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Chicago, or Austin  - $200 per submission 

AIA and ASLA members outside of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Chicago or Austin  - $250 per submission 

Non-AIA or ASLA members that are registered architects, landscape architects, or planners - $300 per submission 

Students - $25 per submission 

Submissions: 

Each submission will require an electronic portfolio about the project and a project description, which will serve as the basis for judging. These materials should not have any applicant identifying markings (firm name, logo). Additional information about the applicant (name, ID #, email, phone), project team (company name, role, contact email), photo releases, and media images will be input into fields in the submission platform. This information will not be seen by the jurors. All materials are required for a submission to be considered complete unless noted as optional. Failure to supply the required information will result in disqualification without refund. 

Electronic Portfolio: 

  • PDF format compiled into single file upload 
  • 11” x 17" (or 9” x 16") format, landscape orientation 
  • RGB color format, maximum 300 dpi 
  • Submissions must NOT have any applicant identifying markings 
  • Maximum 10 pages 
  • Minimum 10-point text size for legibility 
  • Maximum file size of 10 MB 

Applicants will be asked for at least one and up to three high-resolution images for press purposes. The photo credit line for each of these images is required.  

Project Description: 

Describe project in 500 words or less. Be sure to address the following, if applicable: 

  • Client brief: what the client requested and your solutions  
  • Unique design challenges and special constraints 
  • Sustainable elements 
  • Urban context (links to public transportation, public facilities) 
  • Other information useful to the jury 

Schedule: 

January 29, 9:00am 
Registration Opens 

March 1, 5:00pm 
Submission Deadline 

April 10, 6:00pm 
Winners' Event 

Click the "T+I Submission Forms" button at the top of this page to get started. 

Questions? Email Joseph Corbin, jcorbin@aiany.org.