Photographers have long been an integral element of the architect’s work. The fourth annual AIALA Architectural Photography Awards honor the eye, celebrating varied visual styles and interpretations. Entry is open to photographers, architects, designers, and design enthusiasts. 

In 2021, we are celebrating three different categories of visual styles that capture various moments of architecture’s narrative. This year we are looking for renderings, photographs, or Instagram accounts that communicate the architecture’s story. Please remember, photographs will be judged by the jury on the basis of interpretation. It will not be the architecture that is judged.

Since many were unable to travel this year, we encourage you to submit photos in the best image category that interpret the year 2020 – through the lens of COVID-19, equitable design, and social justice.

+Best Rendering (new category)

+Best Image (features a new sub category: COVID19 and equitable design in social justice.)

+Best Instagram Feed (Photographer or Firm)

Registration is now closed, please stay tuned for more updates.

KEY DATES / 2021

Registration Opens / Tues. 11.17.20
Registration Closes / Thurs. 12.31.20
Submission Window / Mon. 1.4.21 – Fri. 1.29.21

Jury Day / Fri. 2.19.21
Awards Ceremony / TBA

2021 Architectural Photography Awards Jury
Michael ‘Caco’ Peguero - Designer + Founder of United Futures
Michael ‘Caco’ Peguero is a multidisciplinary designer, educator and founder of United Futures, a tech-minded creative studio...
Craig Shimahara, Hon. AIALA - President & Founder, Shimahara Visual
Craig Shimahara is a Los Angeles architectural illustrator and filmmaker. For over twenty years his company, Shimahara Visual, has produced award winning films...
Claire Zimmerman, Author + Associate Professor in Architectural History and Theory at University of Michigan
Claire Zimmerman’s published work focuses on architecture and photography: recently
in “The Anti-Photograph,” (Modern Management Methods, The Shed, 2019)...

Upcoming Dates
2021 Architectural Photography Awards Ceremony
AIALA invites you to celebrate the 2021 AIALA Architecture Photography Awards! The virtual ceremony will celebrate the art of photography and architecture and the winners of this years’ program.