AIA empowers architects to design a world that allows people, communities, and our planet to thrive. Its members work to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. While AIA has a long history promoting sustainability in architecture, in 2019, AIA took several actions to inspire sustainable, resilient, and inclusive design in all projects. AIA's Framework for Design Excellence organizes our thinking, facilitates conversations with our clients and the communities we serve, and sets meaningful goals and targets for climate action.

In 2020, the ten dimensions of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence were discussed, and examples projects provided in a 5-part AIA Dallas series.  As a follow-up to this series, this session will offer a synopsis of the ten dimensions of design excellence and offer resources and tools to help architects discuss these opportunities with their clients.  The Common App was developed to help project teams track which dimensions are achieved in their projects and has become a common tool for Design Award juries to evaluate the overall achievements of a project.  The 2021 Common App tool will be highlighted to help local architects understand what information is requested and why.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to name the ten dimensions in the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and describe their intent.
  • Attendees will be able to list resources available to further explore the dimensions of design excellence.
  • Attendees will be able to complete the Common App for a project to track the achievements of the project in meeting the ten dimensions of design excellence.
  • Attendees will be able to explain why addressing the ten dimensions of design excellence is being incorporated into consideration by design award juries.

Presenters:  Betsy del Monte, FAIA, Corey Squire, AIA, and Helena Zambrano, AIA