The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay is letting the public decide part of its Design Awards program with the People’s Choice category.
AIA Tampa Bay
is an association for professionals in the architecture field that provides educational programs, community service and serves as the voice of the profession.
The Annual Design Awards Competition recognizes architectural design accomplishments and service. Design entries can be built or unbuilt projects of all types and sizes. Individuals or firms must be located in the Tampa Bay region, or designs must be planned/built in the region. Categories include: Built Commercial, Built Residential, Unbuilt Instutitional/Commercial, Historic Renovation and Urban Design.
"Our ultimate goal is to reinforce good design in the community," says Carlos Molnar, Co-chair of the Design Awards and owner of Sol Design
in Ybor City. "We want to demonstrate the benefit of the architect in the process of construction."
The People’s Choice
voting allows the community to select their favorite from a total of 57 projects submitted by Tampa Bay-area architecture firms, teams and students. Entries include the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club
in the Dominican Republic, Ulele Restaurant
in Tampa, USF St. Petersburg’s Student Center
’s main terminal modernization program.
A new aspect of this year’s People’s Choice Awards is the addition of a site called Behance which allows people to share a link to projects they want to vote for. Each submission has its own page with a voting option at the bottom.
AIA also plans to allow voting at the Awards Ceremony on November 6, providing an interactive experience including slideshows of submissions.
Online voting closes November 6.