1.    Entrants give AIA Buffalo/WNY permission to reproduce their submission without restriction and no royalties shall be payable by AIA Buffalo/WNY or any other sponsors for use of the submission entry materials. Entrants affirm that they are sole owner of the materials identified in the submission entry, that each submitted entry is an original work, and that neither these materials nor the permission granted hereby infringes upon the ownership, copyright, trademark, or rights of others

2.  Entrants verify that all information provided in the Entry Form is true and the submission is subject to disqualification should it be found that any information has been falsified. Any deviation from competition rules may result in automatic disqualification at the discretion of the jury and/or Architecture Awards Committee.

3.  To be eligible for a Design Award a project must meet at least one of the following requirements: Either (1) the Architect of Record must maintain their primary architectural practice within the boundaries of AIA Buffalo/WNY or (2) the project submitted must be located within the boundary of AIA Buffalo/WNY. If the project complies with one of the above, it does not need to comply with the other. (Exception: Local Firm/Local Project Category requires both to be met to comply). For Architectural firms with multiple office locations the majority of principle project staff, considered no less than 75%, must work from the office located within the boundary of AIA Buffalo/WNY.

4.  If the design is submitted from a team of people, all primary team members must be identified on the registration form. Only primary team members will be recognized on awards, during the awards event and in official event publications.

5.  All projects must be recent.  The completion of construction should be within the last five (5) years. Previously submitted built projects can only be re-submitted for review one additional time after the initial submission. Projects in the un-built category can only be submitted once.

6.  Each project shall be designated and submitted into a category. An award for each category will not be mandated. Jury may choose to award a project in a different category. A minimum number of awards are not required from the jury.  Work from some years may yield more awards than others.

7.   The selection of the jury is determined by the Architecture Awards Committee and is approved by the Board of Directors.  The jury will not be local to Buffalo and preferably not from New York State for the most fair and impartial review.

8.   For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry and a separate entry fee must be paid for each.  Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.

9.  Entrants are not allowed to discuss details of their submissions with any of the judges directly; there will be no exceptions. Any attempt to do so will result in immediate disqualification.

10. All entries must be submitted without identifying marks, including, but not limited to, logos, texts, insignia, and/or images that could be used to identify the submission’s author(s).