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Architectural Engineering Professional Project Award - Call for Nominations

We invite you to showcase your most exciting project and support our AEI Student Design Competition at the same time!


The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers is pleased to announce the third annual Architectural Engineering Institute Professional Project Award.  The AEI Professional Project Award program is designed to publicly acknowledge and showcase outstanding achievements in design and construction in the architectural engineering field. The program seeks to exemplify and award the ultimate results of best practices, emphasizing the art and science of an integrated approach to architectural engineering.  


The Professional Project Award is open to any domestic or international project and the entry form may be submitted by any individual, firm, or company.   The professional projects submitted may be new construction or a remodel and renovation project which is currently under construction or shall have completed construction within the last five years. Entrants may submit more than one project, and each project may be entered in multiple award categories. Each entry submission is required to be submitted by or include written permission of the Engineer-of-Record or Responsible Engineer.  The contestant agrees to release all information and data, including photographs included in the submission package for public dissemination to facilitate publicity.  All required submission materials must be received before entries will be considered.

2015 Professional Project Award Schedule

  • Announcement                        -    Monday, September 29, 2014
  • Registration Deadline              -    Monday, December 1, 2014
  • Submission Deadline                -    Monday, December 15, 2014
  • Award Notification                     -   Monday, February 9, 2015
  • Banquet & Awards Ceremony   -  Thursday, March 26, 2015

Winners of the Professional Project Awards are expected to make a presentation of the project at the 2015 AEI Conference which takes place on March 25-27, 2015 at The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI.  The competition results will be posted on the AEI website and will be made available to the media through press releases.  All of the winning entrants are required to provide a 15 minute presentation at the AEI Conference on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and will also be recognized at the AEI Awards Banquet.

Committee Review

The professional project submittals will be reviewed by a select committee of judges, including distinguished members of the design and construction industry, the AEI Board of Governors, AEI Executive Committee, AEI Academic Council, or other distinguished members from government or industry. 

Award Categories  

All entries will be judged on Architectural Engineering Integration.  All submissions should discuss and highlight the integration of the building systems.
1.    Architectural Engineering Integration (Required)

In addition to integration, each entry shall also discuss and highlight at least one of the following discipline specific categories:  
2.     Structural Systems Design
3.     Mechanical Systems Design
4.     Electrical or Lighting Systems Design
5.     Construction Management and Methods

One “Award of Excellence” and up to one “Award of Merit” will be awarded for each category.

Projects which receive one of the awards noted above will also be eligible for consideration of the “Best Overall Project” and of the “Most Innovative Project”.  These special awards will consider one project with an overall construction cost of less than 100 million dollars and one project with an overall construction cost of greater than 100 million dollars.

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Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated for each award category based on the following judging criteria:

1. Originality and Innovative Character
2. Integration and Collaboration
3. Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Economics
4. Effective Use of Technology
5. Constructability and Site Logistics

Required Submittals

All entries must include, at a minimum, the following:
1.    Completed entry/signature form along with $250 entry fee.  Please make checks payable to ASCE Foundation with
       "AEI Student Competition"
noted on the memo line sent to the address below by December 1, 2015.
2.    A project abstract with up to 500 words generally describing key aspects of the work to be used in the Awards
       Banquet and other publications.
3.    Up to a two-page project summary (12 point font, 8-1/2” x 11” format) for each entry category describing the project
       and specifically highlighting key aspects as they relate to the integration of the building systems and any other
       selected discipline specific category.
4.    Digital files that contain the project abstract and summary in MS Word or Adobe PDF format. Include a MS
       PowerPoint format file for summary slides of the work (6 minimum and 12 maximum).  Include one high
       resolution .jpeg or .tiff file representative of the project that can be used for publication.
Once you have registered, AEI will send instructions on how to submit your digital files.  Should you have any questions, email us at or call Verna Jameson at 703-295-6199.

All entries and presentations shall be the sole property of AEI and submitted materials will not be returned. AEI reserves the right to use or publish some or the entire materials in publications. By entering, the entrant grants a royalty-free license to AEI to use any copyrighted material related to the awards program only. Such right includes publication of photographs and names of recipients without compensation to entrants. Entrant must obtain and submit any rights to publish photographs or figures used in their material obtained from third parties or other publications.

Entry fee check and submission documents shall be forwarded by mail, to the following address:

 Attn: AEI Student Competition
 ASCE Foundation
1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191

All of the entry fees in the professional project awards program go to financially support the AEI Student Design Competition

Download the: PPA Registration Form.
View past winners: PPA 2013 and PPA 2014.
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