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.

2022 Jury Members

Flora Lee – Associate Partner, MAD Architects

Gisela Loehlein – Head of Architecture Department, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Stacy Williams – Bunche Center Librarian, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies



Early Bird RegistrationFebruary 1 – 15

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

$129 – Non-Members 

Regular RegistrationFebruary 16 – March 4 (Extended!)

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

$149- Non-Members 

Late RegistrationMarch 5 – March 11

$119 – AIA, Assoc. AIA, and Allied Affiliate AIALA Members 

$169 – Non-Members



Registration Opens – February 1, 2022

Registration Closes – March 11, 2022  at 11:59PM

Submissions Due – April 4, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Jury Day – April 29, 2022

Awards Ceremony – TBD



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

  • MUR_S Small: Up to 20 Units
  • MUR_M Medium: Up to 50 Units
  • MUR_L Large: 50 Units +

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

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

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


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

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

Alternative Housing (ALT): residential structures that are built or designed outside of the mainstream norm.

Sustainable Housing (SH): residential projects that are addressing climate-responsive, low-emissions, resilient design considerations.

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


2022 Jury
Flora Lee
Associate Partner, MAD Architects
Gisela Loehlein
Head of Architecture Department Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Stacy Williams
Bunche Center Librarian at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

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 register and 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 participants who substantially contributed to the design of the project.
+ Projects by any 2022 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, 2018.
+ In order to submit, registration fees must be paid via Submittable no later than Friday, March 11, 2022.
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 and step by step submission form will be sent to all entrants via Submittable, after February 28th or after registrations, whichever comes first.
+ Submission Period: March 1 - April 4, 2022. Submissions are Dues on April 4, 2022 at 11:59PM. We cannot accept late submissions.