This year’s design awards will be open to Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Bronx as part of our collaboration
with AIA Staten Island and AIA Bronx.

1-2 Family Residential
Multi Family/Multiple Dwellings
Mix Use Residential


Small Projects (Less than 5,000 SF)
Large Projects (More than 5,000 SF)

Modifications to an existing structure

Urban Planning/Design
A designed urban environment or urban element displaying multiple design disciplines; completed or planned

Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation
Projects displaying Design Excellence in the salvage and or renovation of a significant historic structure. Original architects must be identified as part of the submission.

Sustainable Design
Any project in any of the other categories that demonstrates achievements as part of the goals set forth by the AIA Sustainable
Architectural Practice Position Statement and 2030 Challenge (see and

Projects of a designed interior space

Small Firm/Sole Practioner
Projects submitted from firms having no more than 5 professional staff, including Principal. Projects submitted from firms having only one architects, and no other professional staff. The entrant must specify one category for each submission at the time the project is uploaded.

Local Firm/Local Project
Submitting firms must be located within the boundaries of the AIA Brooklyn, AIA Queens AIA Staten Island, and AIA Bronx Chapters to qualify for this award. Projects submitted must also be located within Chapters boundaries.

Commissioned project that has been completed through schematic design or beyond. Intended for projects that have not been built and/or have been part of a design competition or are conceptual in nature. Associate AIA members may submit to this category if it’s a competition project without the need of a licensed architect in their team (please indicate it is a competition project in your submission).

Local Firm/Beyond BQDA/International
Submitting firms must be located within the boundaries of the AIA Brooklyn, Queens , Staten Island, The Bronx projects to qualify for this award.
Projects submitted will be beyond the Chapter boundaries (Non Brooklyn or Queens projects).

Pro Bono Projects
A project for which those licensed architect(s) involved received no financial compensation.

Student Entry (For Student Entries Only)
Students are able to submit projects in the following below categories. Projects must have a Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Bronx site (Electronic Submission Requirements still apply for students):
a) Residential (Any Type)
b) Commercial/Industrial (Any Type)
c) Urban Planning/Design
d) Interior Design
e) Institutional
f) Institutional/Community

    • BQDA 18 Registration Opens – February 5th, 2018
    • BQDA 18 Submissions Due – April 5th, 2018

You can use the below informations below for now:

Registration will open on February 5th, 2018.
Submission due on April 5th, 2018.
Please go to for more information.

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