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Design has the power to solve some of the biggest issues facing cities today. We believe these stories are among the most important stories we can tell. AIA Film Challenge is a film contest that amplifies the stories of architecture projects that are transforming communities through the power of design and collaboration.

The submission period for the AIA Film Challenge 2022 has closed. We asked participants to produce 1:30- to 3-minute short documentary films about architects working with civic leaders to design sustainable and/or equitable communities.

You can watch those films here and vote for your favorite! The film with the most votes by October 14 will win the People’s Choice Award, a $2,000 cash prize, and more. You can vote up to once per day.

In addition to the People’s Choice Award, our esteemed panel of judges – made up of architects and film/media professionals – will select the Grand Prize Winner, the Runner Up, and the Third Place Winner based on the films’ adherence to the prompt, storytelling arc, architectural placement, and technical merit.

All of this year’s winners will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony in late October. Check back soon for more details!

Prizes

A panel of judges will select the Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Third Place winners. There’s also a People’s Choice Award selected by the public. Win both the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Awards and take home up to $7,000!

Grand Prize
$5,000 cash prize

Film screened at celebration
Physical award
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Runner Up
$3,000 cash prize

Film screened at celebration
Physical award
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Third Place
$2,000 cash prize

Film screened at celebration
Physical award
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Finalists (up to 10 films)
$500 cash prize

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People’s Choice
$2,000 cash prize

Film screened at celebration
Physical award
Official awards badge
Promotion through AIA channels

Judges

Stewart Hicks

Stewart is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an associate dean of the College of Architecture Design and the Arts.

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Mark Levine, FAIA

Mark is principal / vice president and Atlanta office leader at LS3P, a regional SE architecture, interiors, and planning firm.

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Jason Pugh, AIA

Jason is the 2021-2022 president of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a principal architect and urban designer at Gensler's Chicago office.

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Elisabeth Sereda

Elisabeth is an accomplished writer and journalist and a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who votes for the Golden Globes.

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Asia Taylor

Asia is a filmmaker and editor with her own production company, TaylorLane Creative, which visualizes human stories and creates digital experiences that encourage audiences to act.

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  • “Winning the Grand Prize of the AIA Film Challenge is something that I can take and utilize in every one of my presentations about storytelling and video in the world of architecture and design.”

    Brodie Kerst, architectural filmmaker, 2021 Grand Prize Winner, POP Courts! 

     

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