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Studio Awards

Recognizing unbuilt projects demonstrating innovation and excellence in design. The 2020 Call for Entries has closed. 

Studio Awards

Recognizing unbuilt projects demonstrating innovation and excellence in design. The 2020 Call for Entries has closed.

Program Overview

The Texas Society of Architects Studio Awards recognize real or theoretical projects that demonstrate excellence in design. Real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture to address current critical issues are encouraged. Submissions from students and practitioners are judged on equal footing, and projects of all types are considered together. The jury looks for entries that: embody strong ideas critical to contemporary practice; resolve these ideas thoroughly; and present them clearly.

2020 Studio Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Studio Award winners

Our 2020 Studio Award Jurors met on July 17. The jury consisted of Wonne Ickx, PRODUCTORA; Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio; Jose Castillo, Arq 911; Verónica González Zavala, VGZ Arquitectura; and Mariana de la Fuente, UNAM. After an afternoon of deliberations, they selected 6 projects from over 60 entries. The winning projects are:

 

Age of the Anthropocene
Fatima Betts
The University of Texas at Austin 

Brownie Neighborhood Park
Kristine Stiphany and Jason Sowell
Stiphany Sowell Architecture and Urbanism

Pedagogy & Space
Daniel Garcia
MIT School of Architecture & Planning 

Performing Poché: A Day in the Life of a House
Ana Escobar
Rice Architecture 

The Possibility of a Cul-de-sac
Alicia Chen and Ian Amen
The University of Texas at Austin 

Spec House
Ponce Woodfill Architecture 

Entry Checklist

Jurors will base their decisions on the entrant’s PDF Presentation and project Data Sheet only.

Entries must be submitted online. Each entry must contain:

  • PDF Presentation
  • PDF Data Sheet
  • Completed Entry Form approved by all appropriate parties

Entry fee payment (non-refundable)

  • $130 per entry for TxA members
  • $45 per entry for faculty or students
  • $250 per entry for non-members

Entry Deadline

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Project Eligibility

To be considered for a Texas Society of Architects 2020 Studio Award, projects must be submitted in accordance with the following requirements:

  • Design must have been completed after January 1, 2015.
  • Individuals or firms whose primary office is located in Texas may enter any number of proposed projects anywhere in the world. Texas-registered architects located in another state may enter any number of proposed projects located in Texas.
  • Registered architects and Texas Society of Architects Associate/Intern members may enter theoretical projects or real projects currently on the boards or in the drawers but not under construction.
  • Faculty teaching at any accredited architectural program in Texas may enter current design-focused research projects. Faculty projects must not have been built at the time they are entered into the awards program.
  • Students and faculty may enter studio projects from any accredited architectural program in Texas. Studio projects must not have been built at the time they are entered into the awards program (see special criteria for Urban Design submissions below).

Presentation Criteria

  • The PDF Presentation must contain no more than 10 slides (pages) per project; however, each slide may contain more than one image.
  • The first page should include the project’s title, along with the project’s total square footage and its proposed location.
  • Name of entrant or entrant’s firm must not be visible on any of the images or on the project Data Sheet. Otherwise, the entry may be subject to disqualification.
  • Include graphic scales and directional north arrows to ensure a complete understanding of each project.

Note: The entrant’s signature on the Entry Form constitutes written permission for the Texas Society of Architects to use photographs for editorial and promotional purposes.

Special Criteria for Urban Design Submissions

Urban design entries may involve landscape architecture, planning programs, civic improvements, environmental considerations, and redevelopment fixes. An urban design project submitted for Studio Awards can be in the planning or design stages, in the process of construction, or partially built. However, the full plan cannot be completed and/or implemented to be considered. If an urban design project is partially built, the submission should not include photos of the built portions; rather, the submission should focus on drawings, diagrams, and renderings only.

Specifications

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

The 2020 Studio Awards jurors will be announced on our website, www.texasarchitects.org, and the jury will convene in late summer to select the winners.

Once final selections have been made, Studio Award recipients will be notified by phone, and winners will be announced on the TxA website and social media.

2019 Winners

The 2019 Studio Award winners were announced on August 15. The jury selected five projects from over 50 entries. The winning projects were featured in the November/December issue of Texas Architect magazine and recognized at our 80th Annual Conference & Design Expo in Galveston.

View the winner announcement.

Read about the projects in Texas Architect.