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The Alice Washburn Award is named for the distinguished Connecticut designer and builder of the 1920’s, largely self-taught, whose work is known for her thoughtful stylistic and programmatic invention.  Focusing on style: the program acknowledges excellence in traditional house design through the thoughtful adaptation of tradition to address 21st-century needs.

Works are to be located in Connecticut and designed in a style broadly considered as “traditional”.

All Award Categories: 
New Construction - Home(s)
Additions, Adaptive Re-use, Renovations and Restorations
Accessory Building(s)

2021 Alice Washburn Awards Jurors:


  • Projects must have been completed in the last 5 years.
  • Submitting architect must be the Architect of Record, practicing in Connecticut and crediting any other contributing architectural firm.
  • Eligible works include one or two-family Connecticut residences, free standing projects, additions, renovations, restorations, adaptive reuse and accessory buildings including but not limited to:
    • Studios
    • Pool Houses
    • Barns
    • Playhouses
    • Pet Shelters
      • Conservatories

Judging Criteria:

The Jurors will take into consideration and acknowledge:

  • Excellence in traditional house design and attention to detail.
  • Thoughtful adaptation of traditional style(s) to address 21st-century needs.
  • Sustainability features

Styles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shingle Style
  • Georgian
  • Queen Anne
  • Gothic
  • Colonial
  • Greek Revival

Submission Format:

Submissions are to be composed as a single multi-page PDF document. The document is to include:

  •  The Project Name and Location
  • Site information showing the context
  • A brief synopsis of the program and design rationale 
  • Identification of structures that may have more than one purpose or may have addressed unique challenges 
  • A minimum of 3, maximum of 5 pages addressing the exterior (with at least 1 that includes the site context). There can be multiple photos on each page.
  • A minimum of 3, maximum of 5 pages addressing the interior.  Photographs are to indicate that the house is furnished (permission to show these should be cleared by the Owner prior to submission).  There can be multiple photos on each page.
  • All photography permissions and releases are the responsibility of the submitting architect.

AIA Connecticut Member: $100.00
Member of another Chapter: $200.00
Other Registered Architect: $400.00

Registration deadline: March 1, 2021
Submission deadline: April 5, 2021



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