Restaurant Design Awards

Entering its seventeenth year, the AIALA Restaurant Design Awards honor and celebrate the delicious design of restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs/lounges and al fresco dining solutions.

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The program is an opportunity for both owners and designers to showcase the design of their premises that is as tantalizing and tasty as the culinary hotspots the architecture envelops.

2022 Project Categories:
+ Restaurants
+ Cafes
+ Bars/Lounges
+ Al Fresco Restaurants/Cafes



RD Awards 2021

RD Awards 2020 | Hiatus Year

RD Awards 2019

RD Awards 2018

KEY DATES / 2022

Early Registration March 24 – April 8

Regular Registration April 9 – April 30

Late Registration May 1 – May6

Registration Closes – May 6

Submissions Open – May 1

Submissions Due – June 13

Jury Day – TBA

People’s Choice Voting – TBD

Award Ceremony – TBA


Early Bird Registration 

$59 – AIA, Assoc. AIA, and Allied Affiliate AIALA Members 

$79 – Non-Members 

Regular Registration

$79 – AIA, Assoc. AIA, and Allied Affiliate AIALA Members 

$99- Non-Members 

Late Registration

$99 – AIA, Assoc. AIA, and Allied Affiliate AIALA Members 

$119 – Non-Members

2018 Finalist: Coffee for Sasquatch by Dan Brunn Architecture. Photo by Brandon Shigeta.
+The AIALA Restaurant Design Awards are open to owners, architects, designers; AIA Members and Non-Members alike.

+AIA members and non-members may submit projects anywhere in the world.

+You may register & submit any number of built projects or unbuilt projects.

+Projects must have been completed in the last four years - finished no earlier than January 1, 2018.

+Projects by any 2022 AIALA RDA jury member (or that jury member's firm, regardless of location) are not eligible.

+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.
In order to submit, registration fees must be paid via Submittable no later than Friday, May 6, 2022.
2018 Finalist: Dekkadance & Sora by AC Martin. Photo by Eric Laignel
+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 and step by step submission form will be sent to all entrants via Submittable, after May 1, 2022 or after registration, whichever comes first.

+Submission Period: May 1 - June 13, 2022. Submissions are due on June 13, 2022 at 11:59PM. We cannot accept late submissions.

+Within Submittable’s Additional Form, Registrants will be required to submit the following:
- Detailed information about the Firm and Project
- PDF Presentation: The template for the submission presentation is here (download from Google Drive):
- A high-resolution project images, a selection of which may be used during the AIALA Restaurant Design Award Ceremony and/or for publication and publicity.
+Applications are not complete until all submission and project information is received.

2022 JURY
Anthony Poon, FAIA
Principal, POON DESIGN
Chef Jennifer Hill Booker