The Northeast Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presents the 2017 Design Awards, celebrating the outstanding talents of our chapter members.  This year’s awards ceremony will be held on October 12, 2017 at the beautiful Elmhurst Art Museum and Mies Van der Rohe’s McCormick House.  Click here for more information.


Submission Process

1 – Register
Registration is completed online and a non-refundable registration fee of $175 is required for each entry in the Architecture Project Categories and $50 is required for each Art and Design Category entry. Entry fees may be paid at the time of registration using a major credit card or a check may be mailed to the chapter office prior to uploading submittal(s).  Click here to register.

AIA Northeast Illinois has adopted a paperless, digital submission entry using an online submission portal.

In submitting an entry, the entrant gives AIA Northeast Illinois the permission to use the submitted images for purposes related to judging, awards presentation, display after the awards presentation and on our website.  No entry materials will be returned.


2 – Create Submission Account
A link to create an account in our online submission portal will be provided on the “My Registration” webpage.  You will receive the link to the portal as part of your email confirmation.


3 – Create Submission(s)
You will be asked for the following project information.  Once you have started a submission you will have the opportunity to save your information and complete the submission at another time.

Program Statement
A narrative of 200 words or less which includes the title of the project or a clear description of the use of the building. Include any special considerations, site issues, construction process, technical requirements, construction type, sustainability / LEED design, etc.  Since the jury will see this information, do not provide any information that may identify your firm in your description.

Project Identification
Project Title, Description and Location
Project Data
Architect / Firm
Associate Architect(s)
Project Owner

Up to 12 images of project drawings and photographs may be submitted.  Include at least one plan and one photograph.  You will also indicate up to three images you would like shown during the awards program.

Project Statement
A description of the art work should be 200 words or less.  Since the jury will see this information, do not mention the artist name in your description.

Art and Design Identification
Architect / Artist name

Up to 12 images of art work or design may be submitted. You will also indicate up to three images you would like shown during the awards program.


4 – Upload File(s)
Complete your submissions via the online portal.  Click here to access the portal.

Final entries must be uploaded no later than August 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (CT).

Allied organization events, articles and product literature are presented for information only are not necessarily the views or endorsed by AIA NEI.