The AIA Austin Design Awards program showcases excellence in design produced by AIA Austin members as selected by a panel of distinguished jurors. The Design Awards Committee coordinates both the annual AIA Austin Design Awards Competition and the Awards Celebration to celebrate the accomplishments of its members as they relate to architecture.

2018 Design Awards Call for Entries


Jury bios:

Roberto de Leon, Jr., FAIA, LEED AP

Roberto de Leon is a partner and co-founder of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW), a collaborative design studio focusing on public projects with a cultural, civic or not-for-profit basis. His work is recognized for its contextual sensitivity, innovation in material applications, and the holistic integration of sustainable strategies rooted in regional specificity. His research operates at a range of scales and environments - both urban & rural – while exploring relationships between local & global building traditions. Roberto holds a Master In Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts In Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. DPAW’s working methodology draws inspiration from regional traditions of craft and fabrication, placing an emphasis on the potential of conventional materials and construction methods. Through an immersive process of research & investigation, the studio cultivates an understanding of contextual specificity as a nuanced relationship between place, time and local culture. In implementing this approach, the Workshop purposefully embraces a a design rigor aimed at simplicity and precision, with the underlying premise that innovation necessarily equals economy. The Workshop was chosen for the 2010 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record, the 2011 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York, and awarded the 2012 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre For Architecture Art & Urban Studies. In 2013, DPAW received the American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Award for the Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility, a project which has garnered attention for its innovative use of passive sustainable strategies. Most recently, DPAW received its second American Architecture Award in 2014 and another American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Award in 2015 for the Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. DPAW has been published in numerous design magazines and books nationally and abroad, and their work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the 2012 Istanbul Biennial, the 2011 Beijing International Design Triennial, and WOOD 2010 in Smaland, Sweden. For the 2014-2015 season, their recent work was again included in the 2014 Istanbul Biennial, the Contemporary Space in Athens, a travelling exhibit throughout Europe, and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. In 2016, Roberto was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects for his ‘notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture’.

Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Partner, KieranTimberlake Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect and partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads trans-disciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. Billie has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for a trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate, and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture's 'posture' towards trans-disciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time. Her book Plastics Now, On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, was published by Routledge in 2015. Billie currently teaches at Harvard University.

Andrew Klare

Andrew Klare is an accomplished architectural designer with 17 years’ experience in various building types, including mixed-use developments, supertall towers, institutional, commercial and residential projects. His talents also extend into product design, having collaborated on lighting fixtures and furniture. Since joining KPF in 2001, Andrew has worked on a number of complex projects across the globe. These include the Beijing Huadu Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use development on the banks of the Liangmahe River on which Andrew worked as Senior Designer. The project incorporates high grade commercial office space, a Bulgari Hotel, serviced apartments, and an art museum. Its sophisticated mix of program elements offers a refined model of urban integration combined with architectural forms that integrate the development into the surrounding urban context. Andrew also worked on the world headquarters for a confidential automotive client in Seoul, Korea. This 3.5 million-square-foot development consists of a 540-meter-tall corporate headquarter tower, an automobile museum, observation deck, convention center, retail facility, and parking garage. At the heart of the tower is a central atrium space, a transparent center for creativity and collaboration. Most recently, he served as the design director on a 40-storey luxury residential tower in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue for a confidential client.


Claudia Harari

Claudia Harari is founding partner and Creative director at Harari Landscape Architecture (HLA). Claudia has been instrumental in the firm ́s growth and recognition positioning HLA as one of the most recognized Mexican Landscape firms nationally and internationally. Her leadership role in the design of Horno 3 landscape architecture and green roofs for Grimshaw Architects, garnered HLA an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape architects. This iconic project has been widely published around the world, becoming a role model for contemporary green roof design and implementation. The winning entry for Guadalajara ́s Metropolitan Park Competition, has positioned HLA as leader in urban park design in Northern Mexico. The project for BBVA soccer stadium with POPULOUS is the first LEED accredited Soccer Stadium in America and recently declared "the most beautiul soccer stadium worldwide" by the BBC. It not only includes master planning, landscape integrated architecture, green roofs, custom made furniture and paving design, but introduced LID (low impact development) and sustainability best practices for the first time in the country in this kind of project. HLA's project transformed a huge parking area into an urban forest that filters storm-water, and a public metropolitan park which serves an important part of the city and links through a linear park along the river 5 other public parks, becoming the largest metropolitan park in Mexico. HLA has been very successful in the design of new urban developments and new city sectors such as Town Centers, Life Style Centers, Mixed use developments, Urban center regenerations and similar, from the Master Planning to the implementation of the urban "theme" and "sense of place", which are meaningful to their inhabitants and visitors. HLA has collaborated with international recognized firms such as: Rafael Moneo, Grimshaw, Zaha-Hadid Architects, Populous, Gensler, Legorreta+Legorreta, Design Workshop, Moneo-Brock, HOK, Cebra, JSA, and Sasaki, among others. As leader of the profession in Mexico, Claudia and HLA have been nationally and internationally published, and invited to lecture throughout Mexico, South America and the US.

2017 Winners