LLAMA ALA/AIA Library Building Awards


2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards
Anacostia Neighborhood Library, DC Public Library
Architect: The Freelon Group
Location: Washington, DC

 To encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association (ALA/LLAMA) created this award to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture.



2015 Awards Entry Information

The 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Call for Entries is now available.  The awards, managed by ALA/LLAMA and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries and recognize accomplishments in library architecture.  The deadline for submission is 5:00pm Eastern Time on January 16, 2015.

Any library building project designed by architects licensed in the United States is eligible for entry.  The libraries may be built anywhere in the world and the program is open to all types of libraries that permit public access. Libraries must have been completed since December 1, 2010, and occupied and in service by January 16, 2014.

For details about the award, see the Submission Preview and the awards homepage.

For further information:
Elizabeth Henry, Director, AIA Awards
202-626-7563; ehenry@aia.org

Kerry Ward, LLAMA Executive Director
800-545-2433, ext. 5036; kward@ala.org

Members of the 2015 AIA/ALA Jury:

Christine Verbitzki, AIA (Chair)
GUND Partnership
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Timothy Allanbrook, FAIA
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
New York City

Drew Harrington
University of Portland
Portland, Oregon

James Richärd, AIA

Clyde Scoles
Toledo Public Library

John F. Szabo
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles

2015 Awards Presentation

Winning projects will be honored in June 2015 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

2016 Awards Juror Application

Applications are now being accepted for service on the 2016 Library Building Awards jury.  Completed applications are due January 23, 2015.  See the application form for more information.

Previous Competitions 

See the following for previous award winners

2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

2011 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winners (pdf)

Winners since 1995


For more information about the awards, contact Fred Reuland at 800-545-2433, ext.5032, or freuland@ala.org.