The Voice for Texas Architecture

Design Awards

Recognizing outstanding architectural projects by architects practicing in Texas.

Design Awards

Recognizing outstanding architectural projects by architects practicing in Texas.

Program Overview

The Texas Society of Architects Design Awards program recognizes outstanding architectural and urban design projects by architects practicing in Texas to promote public interest in design excellence. The competition focuses statewide attention on the quality of our built environment while highlighting the important role architects play in every community.

2021 Winners

The 2021 TxA Design Award winners were announced on May 12. The jury selected 15 projects from among 177 entries, and the winning projects will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Architect. View the winner announcement.   

2021 Call for Entries

The 2021 Call for Entries closed on April 8.

For a project to be eligible, construction must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Entries must be submitted by the design architect, who must have been registered with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners at the time the project was executed.

Before submitting your entries, you will need a free Submittable account. If you already have an existing Submittable account, you can use it to submit your entries. Click this link if you need any additional information regarding your account.

The 2021 Design Jury is: Brad Cloepfil, AIA, Allied Works, Portland; Mimi Hoang, AIA, nARCHITECTS, Brooklyn; Bryan Lee, Colloqate, New Orleans; and Christiana Moss, FAIA, Studio Ma, Phoenix

Eligible Project Types

The TxA Design Awards seek to recognize a broad range of project types, addressing a full spectrum of architectural innovations and urban solutions. The scope of projects we encourage encompasses:

  • New construction
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Restoration
  • Renovation of historically significant buildings
  • Built urban design projects

Entry Guidelines

Entries should demonstrate the following design features: 

  • The positive impact on individuals and communities that use the project; 
  • Effectiveness in accomplishing the goals of clients and users; 
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency; and 
  • Appropriateness of visual character.

Submit projects with our Submittable form. Full eligibility guidelines and criteria are available on Submittable, or download PDF.

To align with AIA National’s Framework for Design Excellence, each entry is required to complete the Common App questionnaire to describe how the design addresses sustainability, resilience, and inclusiveness. While projects do not need to address all aspects of the Framework for Design Excellence, they should showcase performance data and relevant information in this context.

The Common App is a document (in Excel) created by AIA to capture project performance metrics and simplify the awards submissions process across AIA components.

Download Common App for Design Excellence Form

Common App Note: Under Measure 2, the Equitable Communities narrative field is not functioning properly. If this is important to your project, please include within the project description (slide 2), or the summary statement on the Common App form. Otherwise, please skip this field.

Common App Resources

Common App Office Hours

TxA COTE members, who are knowledgeable about the Common App, will host virtual office hours to be scheduled for mid-late March. Anyone can join a video call between specified hours to ask questions about the Common App.

Available Dates/Times:
  • Thursday, March 18, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 23, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 24, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Entry Deadline:

April 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. CT

2020 Winners

The 2020 Design Award winners were announced on May 11. The jury selected 19 projects from among 205 entries. The winning projects will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Architect magazine.

View the winner announcement.