SANTA ROSA – The Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is accepting submissions for its 2010 Design Awards through Oct. 25. The awards recognize excellence in architectural design by architects in the region and will be presented at a gala Nov. 20 at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma.

There will be a Juror's Presentations on Nov. 5 at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa, where the jurors will present and discuss their own projects and design challenges. This year's jurors include award-winning architects Daniel Soloman, FAIA, and Mark Jenson, AIA, from San Francisco; Alice Kimm, FAIA, from Los Angeles; and Taal Safdie from San Diego.

Nominations for this year may include projects designed between 2000-2010 that have not previously won, in recognition of the lull of projects designed in the last two years. For more information, go to or call 707-838-2672.