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Architectural Design Awards

Each year, AHCMC recognizes architectural firms for their ability to design affordable housing developments that are inclusive, efficient, beautiful, and sustainable. We display each year’s submissions at our annual Affordable Housing Summit, and recognize the best submissions with recognition and a cash prize.

*Applications for the 2019 Architectural Design Awards are now being accepted. Please scroll down for the entry form.*



Eligibility:  The program is open to architects who are members of the Potomac Valley Chapter, the DC Chapter, and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  The architects and the projects must be located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Format:  Architects are asked to submit projects in the same format as the AIA Awards program:  36-inch foam core panels suitable to attachment and stacking.  Awards program boards may be used.

Project Eligibility:  Architects are encouraged to submit any project which uses housing subsidy funds other than the mortgage interest deduction and which provides assisted housing to more that 30% of its residents.

Awards:  A cash award will be made to the project judged best in the affordable housing categories of

(a) New Construction, defined as having been completed in 2016 or later

(b) Renovation or Rehabilitation of existing housing, completed in 2016 or later 

(c) Accessory Dwelling Unit – detached or attached

Entries in the renovation category must include “before” and “after” photos.  Entries will be exhibited and awards will be presented at the  annual Affordable Housing Summit to be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  There is no entry fee.

Submission Deadline:

Boards are due 5:00 pm, Friday, April 26, 2019

at Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects,

1400 Spring Street, Suite 320, Silver Spring, MD, (301) 585-2222.

Click here for 2019 Architectural Award Application – Here 

For more information please call 301.520.1587.


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