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An Introduction to the AIA Framework for Design Excellence

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Propel your practice’s success with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence—the defining 10 principles of design excellence in the 21st century. In this introductory course, you will learn the origin, evolution, and significance of each of the framework’s principles and examine how they advance progress toward a zero-carbon, healthy, just, resilient, and equitable built environment. Learn from real-world case studies showcasing successful implementations across diverse firms and project types. Plus, you’ll learn how to navigate the valuable online resources for each of the 10 principles to use in your design process for future projects.

Course expires on 2/04/2027.

Learning Objectives


Describe the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, its origins, evolution, and importance, and the outcomes that it can achieve—including protecting public health, safety, and welfare.


Identify the principles of the Framework for Design Excellence, how they relate to each other, and the overall design process.


Evaluate a mix of case studies exploring how the framework and its principles have been implemented in different firms, project types, and sizes.


Identify the available online resources to help with your future projects.