AIA|LA 12th Annual Restaurant Design Awards

Odys+Penelope (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Preen, Inc. photo by Augusta Quirk

About the Restaurant Design Awards

Entering its 12th Year, the AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards is a globally recognized program.

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.

RDA registration deadlines and other submission information will be announced later this winter. *Sign up for the AIA|LA newsletter to receive those announcements right here.

A list of 2015 RDA winners can be viewed, right here.

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

4/1 - 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)

• 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. 

To be revealed shortly. Stay tuned for the official announcement!


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 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.

Last updated: 05-Feb-2016 11:10 AM
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