Trumbauer Awards

— November 15, 2018 —


The Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is excited to announce the Second Biennial Trumbauer Awards, to be bestowed on Thursday, November 15th, 2018. The awards program honors exemplary work in contemporary classical architecture, design, planning, and the allied arts. It is named in recognition of the work of internationally renowned, native Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) and recognizes contemporary projects characterized by the breadth and inclusiveness present in his work. Trumbauer’s extraordinary success followed modest professional and social beginnings, and he was unrivaled in the early 20th century in American architecture for the number and magnificence of his projects. “When Philadelphia boasts of its native sons, as occasionally it does the architects among them, let the place of Horace Trumbauer be the first of the chosen,” Henry Hope Reed wrote of Trumbauer.

Click here to download and print the Call for Entries.


May 1, 2018 – Release of Call for Entries
July 31, 2018 – Submissions Postmark Due (including all forms and fees)
October 5, 2018 – Winners Notified
November 15, 2018 – Celebration of Winners at Trumbauer Awards Gala. To purchase tickets, click here


Submitted professional projects must have been completed in the last ten years (since November 2008) and be by ICAA members. Additionally, the project must meet just one of the two following geographical criteria:

  1. Project must be physically located within the geographical boundaries of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA, which encompasses all of Eastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey. Below is a map of the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter boundaries.
  2. Submission is by an ICAA Philadelphia Chapter member firm, so the project may be located anywhere in the world. Entrants can join the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA at the time of submittal:


The following categories will be used as a guide for adjudication:

● New Residential Architecture over 5,000 s.f.
● New Residential Architecture under 5,000 s.f.
● Historic Preservation
● Renovation / Sympathetic Addition
● Large Architecture – Non-Residential
● Small Architecture – Non-Residential
● Interior Design – Residential
● Interior Design – Commercial / Institutional
● Interior Design – Single Room
● Ancillary Structure
● Landscape Architecture
● Urbanism & Planning
● Architectural Arts / Craftsmanship
● Fine Arts
● Patronage / Stewardship
● Student Project / Portfolio

For information on these categories, see the Call for Entries.


Entry fee is $100 for the first submission, and $75 for each additional entry by the same applicant.

Entry fee for Student Project / Portfolio is $25. There is no entry fee for Patronage / Stewardship.

Submission materials can be returned if desired. Include an additional return fee of $25 per return address and indicate location to which entries are to be returned on your entry form.


All entries must be anonymous. Entrants’ names and/or firm names should not appear anywhere except where indicated on the Entry Form document. On this Entry Form, entrants must provide a title for the submitted project that will not reveal authorship, and this title will be used to identify the project on all other submittal materials.

Each entry must be submitted electronically via upload to our awards website and as hard-copy printouts in an 8.5-by-11-inch Itoya Art Profolio Expo with 12 sleeves (24 faces). The first sleeve must contain the Project Description (front) and the remaining sleeves must contain the Project Presentation.

All forms can be downloaded below.

Refer to the Submission Requirements for all instructions.



Click on the following links to download the necessary forms. Do not fill them out in your internet browser.

Entry Form

Project Description Form

Image Description Form

Additional Downloads

Call for Entries

Submission Requirements


Have questions? Email


November 15

Awards, Cocktails, Fine Fare & Dancing to Swing Jazz in the Lincoln Ballroom of The Union League of Philadelphia


Available until July 31

Ambassador: $250
Supporter: $150
Member: $125
Students: $40
To purchase early bird tickets, click here







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