PHOTO: Branch House by Tolo Architecture. Detail of a photo by David Hartwell

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. The 2020 awards program showcases residential design by any AIA member, Assoc. AIA member, or non-member.

The AIA|LA thanks the 2020 AIA|LA RAA jury: Frances Anderton, Hon. AIA|LA – Host/Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture; Frank Clementi, FAIA – Partner, Smith-Clementi; and Christopher Hawthorne – Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles.


KEY DATES / 2020

Registration Opens / Tuesday, January 21

Registration Closes / Wednesday, February 26

Submissions Due / Tuesday, March 17

Jury Day / Friday, March 27

Awards Ceremony / Thursday, June 18

Winning Projects Announced / Thursday, June 18

Winners of the 2020 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Awards Announced
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See the stellar projects that are the 2020 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Awards recipients.
Read the Press Release
Learn about the twenty-nine projects awarded RAAs this year, discover their designers and read the jury comments.

2020 Residential Architecture Awards Ceremony
Say cheers to this year's winners at a virtual awards ceremony that includes the stories of this year's winning designs and jury members Frances Anderton, Hon. AIA|LA - KCRW DnA, Frank Clementi, FAIA, smith-clementi, and Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles. Zoom-cocktail-attire required, of course.

Detail of Birch Residence by Griffen Enright Architects. Photo by Benny Chan.
AIA|LA Members and Non-Members may submit projects located in the greater Los Angeles area AND/OR AIA|LA Members may submit residential work completed anywhere in the world.

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

Architects and associates and non-members 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 2020 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, 2016.

In order to submit, registration fees must be in receipt by the chapter office no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
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 Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


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 CATEGORY*** Temporary Shelter (TS): Temporary housing or portable housing or modular housing to transition people from streets to housing, or serve during environmental disasters.

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 +