2016 Restaurant Design Awards Call For Entries

Register your project below - now open until April 15th! 

Submitted projects must be located in the United States or the submitting individual/firm must be US-based. The competition invites restaurant owners or architects/designers, whether they are an individual or practice, to submit completed projects.

Categories are:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafe/Bars
  • Lounge/Nightclubs
Restaurant owners from across the world and architects/designers located across the United States, submit built design. Some are famed culinary stopping points, others are favorite local eateries or bars.

A respected group of inter-disciplinary judges selects award recipients. Finalists present their work at Dwell on Design, where judges provide insightful notes for a crowd of interested attendees. The People’s Choice vote attracts national and global interest on Facebook and the AIA|LA’s website.

4/15 - Registration Due
4/29 - Submission Materials Due
5/17-6/20 - Peoples Choice Voting
6/25 - The Restaurant Design Awards at Dwell on Design (featuring finalist panel)

The Restaurant Design Awards are open to all individuals and practices (owners & architects/designers can equally submit entries for consideration) for projects located in the United States and to US-based individuals and practices for projects outside of the USA. 

Entrants must indicate the category under which they would like to be considered:
I. Restaurants
II. Cafes/Bars
III. Lounges/Nightclubs

• Registration forms must be received by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 1st, 2016. 
• Upon receipt of this Registration form, each project will be emailed an entry number and submission instructions. Submittal materials will be due by Tuesday, April 29th, 2016. 
• Submittal materials will include: entry form, 10-15 images, floor plan, brief narrative, marketing image, and photography release form (details will be provided after registration).
• The restaurant, cafe/bar or lounge/nightclub must have been completed in the last four years (since Jan. 1, 2012). 
• The restaurant, cafe/bar or lounge/nightclub must be, or have been, open to the public. If site is no longer in operation, the project may still be submitted. 
• An applicant may enter more than one project in each category. 
• Projects submitted to other award programs are eligible.

Dwell Magazine returns as this year’s official media partner for the Restaurant Design Awards. The Awards Ceremony will take place at Dwell on Design on Saturday June 25th, 2016 at the LA Convention Center. 

A panel of distinguished architects, design professionals and restaurateurs will convene to review this year’s entries and designate projects for recognition. Evaluations will be based on function, ambience and visual impact. The number of projects awarded will be at the discretion of the jury. 

The 2016 RDA Jury is comprised of a mix of dynamic, innovative, exciting and experienced individuals from the culinary and architecture worlds. They are: 
> Frank Clementi, AIA, Partner, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Architect, AIGA 
> Alexis Readinger, Assoc. AIA, Founder, Preen, Inc. 
> Valentina Silva, Los Angeles Food Writer
> Bill Chait, Restaurateur, Test Kitchen 


The Restaurant Design Awards will once again recognize a People’s Choice Award in each category. The Jury’s top selections in each category will be listed on aialosangeles.org and the general public will be invited to vote for their favorite architecturally-designed restaurant, cafe, bar, lounge or nightclub from May 17th - June 20th 2016. The highest recipient of votes in each category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. 

Nominees from each category will be announced before Dwell on Design. Winners will be announced to the public on Saturday, June 20th, 2016 at the AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony @ Dwell on Design.

$95 per entry – AIA Members 
$150 per entry – Non Members 

Upon receipt of your registration, AIA|LA will issue an entry number and submission form. Please complete this registration no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 1st, 2016.

By registering below, I, the above registrant, hereby acknowledge the following:
• I have read in full the call for entry information on this page and accept the terms of entry
• I certify that I am authorized to submit this project(s) and there are no pending related legal issues
• I understand that no entry fees will be refunded (in part or in full) for entries not submitted once payment has been processed
• I accept that all jury decisions are final and irrevocable and that AIA|LA reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any entries.
• I certify that all firms, entities, and individuals involved with the submitted project(s) must be properly credited.

Failure to meet the requirements will result in disqualification.