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Judging Criteria

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Judging will be performed by three industry professionals using the following criteria.

Category appropriate: Entries that are obviously in the wrong category may be re-assigned or disqualified at the judges’ discretion.


  • Curb Appeal
  • Proportion and scale
  • Market relevance


  • Use of space/flow
  • Sightlines
  • Consideration for logical furniture arrangement
  • Market relevance
  • Details

Functional Strengths:

  • How well the design meets client criteria and overcomes challenges as stated in the project description
  • Whether the design fills a particular niche or demonstrates innovation in its category


  • How well do the presentation materials (including documentation, description, and imagery) help the judges to understand and evaluate the project according to the criteria listed above

Green Design Category:

How the building is situated to benefit from environmental influences

  • What measures were taken to reduce the project’s environmental impact
  • How well those measures were carried out and how did they impact the function and aesthetic of the project

Working Drawings Category:

  • How well do the working drawings communicate the details of the design to the tradespeople that will use them
  • Organization
  • Drafting technique and proficiency
  • Detail

Indoor Living Category:

  • Does the interior space’s design serve the space’s function in a, particularly unique or pleasing way?
  • Whether the merit is in the work of the designer in terms of space planning, permanent finishes, and details, rather than transient elements (such as furnishings) that may represent the tastes of a client or interior decorator.

Design Feature Category:

  • The purpose and function of the element, detail, or feature, as well as its aesthetic merit.

Healthy Home:

  • Judging for this category considers the creative nature of the “healthy home” solution(s) and their integration.
  • Resilient Design: Judging for this category shall take into consideration the aesthetics of the design, in addition to the resiliency of the structure.

CLICK HERE to go to the Call For Entries page.

Program Chairperson:

Ted Hake

Ted Hake is the owner of Hake Custom Design LLC in the Canton, Ohio area with more than 20 years in business. His work received numerous awards over the years and he is currently serving as a national Director of AIBD and on the local BIA board of directors. Ted is a professional AIBD member and a Certified Professional Building Designer, as well as a Certified Green Professional of the NAHB. 

This Year’s Jury:

Join us.

The ARDA Committee is still finalizing its jury, click here to apply to be an ARDA judge.

Typically, the committee looks for three AEC industry professionals, each one representing a discipline; i.e. building designer, interior designer, builder, architect.

Judging is done virtually using the Hopin hybrid conference platform. An internet connection, a webcam, a microphone, and the ability to share your screen is required.

We will attempt to judge all the entries during three five-hour online sessions from 12:00 pm ET to 5:00 pm ET on June 27, 28, and 29, 2022.

AIBD provides a $500 stipend to each judge for the approximately 15 hours of work, plus two complimentary tickets to the ARDA gala, tentatively to be held on July 30, 2022, at the historic St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul. MN (travel and lodging on your own).

It’s preferred that judges not submit entries into the ARDA program they are judging, however, it is not prohibited under very limited circumstances.

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