2018 Awards

Two Honor Awards were given to VMDO for the Lynchburg City Stadium Renovation and the Brooks Family YMCA.

Two Merit Awards were given to Hays + Ewing Design Studio for the Linkhorn Bay house and Grimm+ Parker Architects for the Sterling Branch Library.

Four Honorable Mentions were awarded. Alloy Workshop earned one for Vitae Spirits. Stantec earned an Honorable Mention for the Frederick County Middle School. VMDO took two Honorable Mentions for the Georgia Institute of Technology Glenn and Towers Residence Halls and the Harrisonburg City Public Schools Elon W. Rhodes Early Learning Center.

2016 Award Winners


In 2016, the jury awarded 11 projects out of 28 submissions.

Honor Award: VMDO - Arlington Discovery Elementary School

Merit Award: Thrive Architecture - Center of Hope Haiti

Merit Award: VMDO - Tidewater Community College Chesapeake Campus Student Center

Merit Award: VMDO - Western Albemarle High School's Environmental Studies Academy

Merit Award: Alloy Workshop - Rose Hill Drive Studio

Merit Award: Cunningham | Quill Architects - Strategic Investment Area Plan for Charlottesville

Honorable Mention: STANTEC - The Lab School of Washington, D.C.

Honorable Mention: VMDO - VCU Basketball Development Center

Honorable Mention: Thrive Architecture - CATEC IT Academy

Student Awards: Andrew SheaHonor Award, for Intermodal Housing Network & Ariel ChelseaHonorable Mention, for Heads + Tails Public Space.

The honors program recognizes the best efforts of Virginians who, by profession or avocation, have made creating, preserving, and enhancing Virginia’s communities an important life commitment.

Nominations must be submitted electronically. Nominations should be submitted as one PDF document up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) and no larger than 30 MB.

Eligibility criteria and submission requirements vary by award. Click on the awards listed below for additional details and to review past recipients.

Nominations for all AIA Virginia honors may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by Society committees, or by the Board of Directors itself. Current AIA Virginia Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award. No member of the Honors Committee may be used as a reference or advisor or be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor.  See the 2015 Honors Committee members.


ADDITIONAL Award Categories

The Milton L. Grigg, FAIA Award is the highest award bestowed on a member architect, is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, that spans a broad spectrum of the profession and that transcends the scope of normal professional activities. The Award may be awarded at the discretion of the Honors andAwards Committee. 

The Chapter Honors are given at the discretion of the Committee to Architects who are members of the Central Virginia Chapter of the AIA and have distinguished themselves in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect”, and service to the profession. The Honor thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader. Up to three awards may be bestowed each year.

Community Service is the Chapters award honoring an individual or organization that has made significant and important contributions to the built environment or the public’s awareness of the built environment within Central Virginia.  This award may be made each year at the discretion of the Honors and Award Committee.