PHOTO: Waverly. Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects. Detail of Photo by Matthew Millman.

Whether for young offices developing their own design language, or for established firms refining a sensibility or investigating new ideas, the successful residence is: home to client, showcase for design excellence.

Celebrating these projects are the AIA|LA Residential Architecture Awards (RAAs). This inclusive awards program invites work at all scales from firms of all sizes. Projects remain in the category they were submitted in and are compared to work of like scale.

RAAs showcase residential design by any AIA or Assoc. AIA member.

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Projects must be located in Greater Los Angeles OR be the residential work of AIA Los Angeles members, completed anywhere in the world.

Scroll through this page for all eligibility and conditions of entry information.

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KEY DATES / 2019

Registration Opens / Thursday, January 10

Registration Closes* / Tuesday, February 12 *Extended Until 2.21.19*

Submissions Due / Monday, March 11

Jury Day / Thursday, March 21

Awards Ceremony / Tuesday, April 30

Winning Projects Announced / Wednesday, May 1

Detail of Birch Residence by Griffen Enright Architects. Photo by Benny Chan.
Project team member and/or submitting architect must be an AIA or Assoc. AIA member.

You may submit any number of built projects for the AIA|LA RAAs.

Architects and associates may submit their own residence.

An entry will be eligible even though the submitting architect is not the sole author, providing the submitting architect credits all other participants who substantially contributed to the design of the project.

Projects by any 2019 AIA|LA RAA jury member (or that jury member's firm, regardless of location) are not eligible.

Projects must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2015.

In order to submit, registration fees must be in receipt by the chapter office no later than Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Detail of Garden House by Design, Bitches. Photo by Laure Joliet.
A non-refundable entry fee must be paid online at time of registration. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed.

Detailed submittal requirements, including specifications for entry materials and template, will be sent to all entrants after registration closes.

All entries must include:
+A "blind" project presentation for jury review.
+A concealed ID form with project credits.
+A high-resolution project image, a selection of which may be used during the AIA|LA Residential Architecture Awards Ceremony and/or for publication and publicity.

All submissions will be due March 11, 2019.


Single-Family Residential (SFR): projects intended for single-family habitation.

  • SFR Small: Up to 2,500 Sq. Ft.
  • SFR Medium: Up to 5,000 Sq. Ft.
  • SFR Large: 5,000 Sq. Ft. +

Adaptive Re-Use/Renovation/Historic Preservation (ARHP): residential projects that are designed in consideration of existing built conditions.

Retirement (R): residential complex designed for senior/assisted living

Affordable Housing (AH): projects defined as affordable housing by the US federal government.

*NEW* Additions and Accessory Dwelling Units (AD): Projects that add to, expand, or extend an existing residential building. Additional dwelling unit can be detached, or attached, to the primary structure. Can also be a repurposed existing space within a primary residence.

Multi-Unit Residential (MUR): projects intended for habitation by multiple tenants, including (but not limited to) condos, apartment buildings, co-ops, affordable housing, public housing, townhouses, duplexes, and/or small-lot projects.

  • MUR Small: Up to 20 Units
  • MUR Medium: Up to 50 Units
  • MUR Large: 50 Units +

Tara Barauskas, LEED AP
Executive Director of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a nonprofit affordable housing owner and development organization, Tara Barauskas oversees the functional areas of the organization, including management of 1,700 units of affordable housing, housing development, resident services, maintenance and administration of 80 staff.
Margaret Griffin, FAIA
Margaret Griffin, FAIA, is a co-founder and principal of Griffin Enright Architects, where her designs synthesize form, content, and context to reinterpret and transform environments. Through her work, teaching, and design leadership, Margaret examines the traditionally dichotomous relationships between built form and environment, site and urban context, space and lightness to punctuate her comprehensive approach to design.
Mary Ta
As the founder of Italian furniture titan Minotti’s first monobrand showroom and co-founder of MASS Beverly showroom, Ta is a young leader of the modern luxury furniture and interiors industry. Her dynamic vision has led to the creation of one-off residences that have captivated a coterie of innovators in the worlds of technology, music, fashion and entertainment, including Beyoncé and Jay Z, Calvin Klein and Elon Musk.

PHOTO: Banner: Waverly. Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects. Detail of image by Matthew Millman. | Top Row (L): Birch Residence. Griffin Enright. Detail of image by Benny Chan. Top Row (R): Garden House. Design, Bitches. Detail of image by Laure Joliet