SARA Design Awards Programs

The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) is a national professional organization of architects established in 1956. As part of its mission, “Architect Helping Architect,” the Society has been sponsoring programs, awards, and scholarship opportunities at National as well as Regional Council levels.

The following 2019 Design Awards Programs have been announced and will be open in Spring to all eligible students and faculty. 

National Design Awards

“The SARAs” – Our National Design Awards Program: The National program is available to students all levels and grades, worldwide. Entries may respond to 18 categories of project types, student submissions are due in late Spring. Award recipients are invited to participate in an evening celebration in mid October, this year to be held in Chicago. For more information, contact

Regional Council Design Awards

The New York Council Design Awards Program:  The NY Council design awards program is open to students, faculty and professionals. Registration deadline is March 7th, 2019 and project entries are due by March 14th, 2019. Award recipients are invited to receive their award at the NY Council’s annual design award celebration held in the summer. Information on the program may be downloaded at

The Pennsylvania Council Student Design Awards: The PA Council gives this award to an undergraduate student enrolled in a NAAB accredited architecture program located anywhere in the United States. All studio project types are acceptable. Registration opens in the spring, and entries are due during late summer. More information may be accessed at

Scholarship Opportunities

SARA Education Fund Inc. Past Presidents Student Scholarship Program: This educational funding in the amount of $3,000 is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited architecture school. This program is announced in spring. The scholarship is presented at the national conference of the Society of American Registered Architects held in October. Information on the program criteria and requirements can be obtained at and by emailing the organization at

The Sean Mellon Memorial Architectural Scholarship Program: The New York Council’s program is a $5,000 gift awarded to an architecture student enrolled in a full-time architecture degree program in the United States. In the fall application, the student must exhibit high moral character and strong academic achievement. Award recipients are announced in the spring and invited to participate in a dinner celebration in New York City in the late fall. Information on the program may be accessed at