Home Tour

A 2-day, self-guided tour featuring custom homes in the Houston area designed by licensed architects.
October 21-22, 2023
Noon-6:00 PM

Home Display

2023 Submission Guidelines

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Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2023
12:00 Noon to 6:00pm each day. Last Entry at 5:45pm


We seek to show the best new residential architecture by AIA members and a variety of architectural styles.  New construction, renovations and additions will all be considered.

Eligibility is limited to homes located within the Houston metropolitan area, designed by an AIA Houston architect, and completed within the last 5 years. 

Homes must be substantially complete* and available for photography upon submittal. Architects from outside the Houston area are invited to submit, but will be expected to fulfill all requirements of particiating architects.

All entries must be received by MONDAY, JULY 3 at 5:00pm.


A selection committee of qualified industry professionals will review the submittals and make a recommendation to the AIA Houston Executive Committee.

As Houston grows and its urban density increases, the variety of housing options and solutions continue to expand. Consequently, location will not be a determining factor in the selection process, and the committee will strive to have a variety of architectural styles represented on the tour.

The criteria used to select homes for the tour will include:
   1. Design Excellence
   2. Quality and Craftsmanship
   3. Innovative Design Solutions and Use of Materials
   4. Sustainability of Design


  • Single Family Home - projects meeting the R-3 Residential definition and permitted under the International Residential Code. May include outbuildings or ADU’s.
  • Multiple Unit Residential (Condo, Apartment, Co-Op) - Custom designed units within larger developments with unique homeowners.
  • Model units or showrooms may be accepted with prior approval from the AIA Houston Residential Committee.
  • Alternative Residential Projects - Live/work homes with at least 50% of the space dedicated to living spaces. 
  • Other building types with a strong residential focus and identifiable residential function may be accepted with prior approval from the AIA Houston Residential Committee.
  • Remodels and Additions to the above project types


  • The architect must be an AIA Houston architect and is responsible for providing docents. Construction must be substantially complete*.
  • A submittal form must be completed for each house submitted and must include a 250-word description of the house.
  • Before submitting a house, you must discuss with and get approval from the homeowner.
  • House must be the work of registered architects who are members of AIA Houston and  demonstrate the value of using an architect.
  • Homes are not eligible if they have been on or been accepted by any other local home tours.
  • Projects must be substantially complete, as denoted per AIA document A201*, by date of submission and preference will be given to houses that are furnished, occupied and landscaped.
  • There is no limit to the number of home submissions that may be made.  Architects or their firms must send the submittal.  A maximum of two projects by the same architect and/or firm will be selected. The Jury will be strongly encouraged to pick no more than one home per firm.
  • The home must be made available for photography so that the photographer can make appointments to visit each house. This is typically done between late June and early July.
  • The architect will be responsible for securing a minimum of $2,000 in sponsorships. Sponsors are generally contractors, consultants, subs, etc.
  • Deadline for sponsorships is SEPTEMBER 15, 2023
  • The architect will be responsible for recruiting an adequate number of docents to staff the house during the tour.
  • The architect must be present at the home during the tour.

*Section 9.8.1 of the AIA Document A201-2007 defines substantial completion as “the stage in the progress of the Work when the Work or designated portion thereof is sufficiently complete in accordance with the Contract Documents so that the Owner can occupy or utilize the Work for its intended use.”


To submit a home for consideration, please upload the following:

  • 250-word house description
  • 8 digital images (4 exterior and 4 interior)
  • Floor plans.
  • High quality photographs that tell the story of the project are encouraged.

NOTE: Please make sure your name/firm name does not appear on your images, floor plans, description, etc. as this is a blind jury process. There is space on the registration form where you'll include this information.

If you would like to recommend a house, please give us as much information as possible, and we will contact the architect.

For questions please contact Ellen Grodjesk.