The Design Awards competition, held annually by the North Carolina Chapter of the AIA, recognizes the best design work of North Carolina architects. In 2005, a record 126 entries were submitted. Architects from firms in the Chicago area judged the entries. Awards are divided into two categories: honor and merit. Honor is the top award. The judges selected ten entries to receive awards. Clearscapes, PA, of Raleigh received the honor award and nine others earned the merit.