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New for 2023- Housing Awards 

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Often a person’s first and most impactful interaction with architecture, housing shapes the way we live and react with our environment.  Well-designed housing provides comfort, safety, and functionality, as well as influences our psychological and emotional well-being. By recognizing the best in housing design, AIA North Carolina aims to show others how well designed, sustainable, and comfortable spaces can impact our society.

Submission Categories

One and Two Family Custom Residences- Recognizes outstanding designs for custom homes for specific client(s).

Multifamily Housing - Recognizes outstanding multifamily housing design, both high- and low-density projects for public and private clients and mixed-use projects.

Renovations and Restorations - Recognizes renovations and restorations of housing projects of any size. 

Affordable Housing - Recognizes architecture that demonstrates excellent design responses to the needs and constraints of affordable housing at a variety of scales.

Mixed Use Community Connection - Recognizes projects that integrate housing with other community amenities for the purposes of neighborhood transformation, meeting resident needs and/or supporting community objectives such as transit=oriented development.

Specialized Housing - Recognizes outstanding design of housing that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types such as single room occupancy residences (SROs), independent living for disabled, residential rehabilitation programs, domestic violence shelters, residential halls/student housing, and other special housing.

Unbuilt - Recognizes projects that are fully commissioned, with a construction start date, but are not completed.



Our new Housing Awards will be juried separately from the Design Awards. These awards will be chaired by Brandon F. Pace FAIA, of Sanders Pace Architecture in Knoxville, TN. 

Brandon Pace is a founding partner of Sanders Pace Architecture, started in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2002 with partner John Sanders.  With work that is extensively researched and thoughtfully executed, Brandon has become a critical voice for a region and context often overlooked.  In an era of increasing globalization, Brandon approaches architecture with a local mindset, identifying and expanding upon those cultural, physical, and social characteristics and circumstances that define a place and make it unique.  By identifying opportunities within these constraints Brandon has established a foundation and framework for a design process that has led his projects to more than 50 local, regional, and national AIA design awards and publication in books and magazines throughout the world.

Brandon holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Tennessee where he has served as an Adjunct Lecturer and invited critic.  He is also an active critic and lecturer at colleges of architecture and design across the United States and has become a resource to other AIA chapters across the country through invited lectures and as jury chair for multiple local and state AIA design awards programs. In recognition of his design work and contribution to the profession Brandon was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2019.  He currently lives in the historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood of Knoxville with his wife Ashley and children Esther, Theodore, and George.