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Residential design is the purview of a wide array of practices. From young offices developing their own design language to established firms refining a sensibility or investigating new ideas.

Celebrating these firms and projects are the AIALA 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.

KEY DATES / 2021

Registration Opens / Feb. 1, 2021

Early Bird Registration Closes/ Feb. 15, 2021 at 11:59P

Registration Closes / Feb. 26, 2021 Extended: March 5, 2021

Submissions Due / March 15, 2021 Extended: March 22, 2021

Jury Day / April 9, 2021

Awards Ceremony / May 26, 2021

Winning Projects Announced / May 26, 2021

Winners of the 2021 AIALA Residential Architecture Awards Announced
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See the stellar projects that are the 2021 AIALA Residential Architecture Awards recipients.
Read the Press Release
Learn about the 30 projects awarded RAAs this year, discover their designers and read the jury comments.

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

You may submit any number of built projects for the AIALA 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 2021 AIALA 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, 2017.

In order to submit, registration fees must be in receipt by the chapter office no later than Friday, February 26, 2021.
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 via Submittable

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

All submissions will be due Monday, March 22, 2021.


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.

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 +

2021 Jury
Ruth Wallach

Associate Dean for Public Services, USC Libraries
Peter Culley, Int. Assoc AIA, ARB, RIBA
Creative Director, Founder Spatial Affairs Bureau
Monica Mazzolani
Giancarlo De Carlo Associati, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Xi'an Jaotong - Liverpool University

Presenting Sponsor

AIA Los Angeles Climate Positive Residential Design Award Sponsor