ACSA / AISC Steel Design Student Competition
An annual student competition. Administered by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.
The ACSA/AISC 2016-2017 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate Categories.
Category I will challenge architecture students to design a MUSEUM. The project will allow the student to explore the many varied functional and aesthetic uses for steel as a building material. Students will be exploring the ways in which design and imagination can create a popular visitor destination and a city focal point. The student must keep in mind the current needs of the city, the compatibility of the new structures with the existing surroundings, and the building’s ultimate acceptability into the existing urban fabric.
Category II will be an OPEN competition with limited restrictions. This open submission design option will permit the greatest amount of flexibility with the context.
For more information:
Program updates, including information on jury members as they are confirmed, may be found on the ACSA web site.
arch out loud - Multiple Competitions
arch out loud is an architectural research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers to explore the current atmosphere of architectural and cultural thought.
Among the many formative forces in today’s society, geopolitical, spatial and cultural issues are demanding the constant rethinking of former ideologies. arch out loud was created to offer opportunities to examine the relationship between the oddities of culture and processes of the built environment.
arch out loud is dedicated to maintaining a research platform through which designers can explore contemporary issues and fronts of the architectural discourse through architecture competitions and publications.
Hosting open ideas competitions is arch out loud’s means of both researching the most pressing issues in society as well as igniting dialogue between designers at a global scale. arch out loud intends to explore innovative solutions, find better alternatives to convention and invigorate the field of design through the means of our organization and public platform.
Registration happens throughout the year for various competitions. Check the website for details.
Better Philadelphia Challenge and Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Award
First Prize is $5,000!
Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], this annual international competition challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to urban centers around the globe.
Conducted every October, the competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students in any field of study; the most successful entries tend to come from teams which include students from a range of majors, including architecture, urban planning, design, landscape architecture, business, political science, and others.
Registration is always FREE - a $25 per-team fee is charged at the time of submission.
Held annually In October. For more information and to register, visit the website.
BLTa Student Design Competition / Napkin Sketch Competition
The BLTa Student Design Competition for undergraduate and graduate architecture students enrolled in an architectural program at an NAAB or CACB accredited school during the academic year. The competition carries a first place prize of a paid summer internship at BLT Architects, the Philadelphia architectural and interior design firm and a cash prize. There will also be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.
For a separate cash prize, the competition will include an additional napkin sketch contest for the project described in the challenge. Entrants do not need to complete the main challenge to enter the napkin sketch contest or they may enter both competitions.
The competition closes during July or August. Visit their Facebook page or their website for more information.
Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the 2016 Charles E. Peterson Prize, which annually recognizes the best sets of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. The prize honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the HABS program, and is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.
First Place: $3,000 and Certificate
Second Place: $2,500 and Certificate
Third Place: $2,000 and Certificate
Honorable Mention Certificate
Competition generally opens in late winter or early spring. See website for more information.
Future of Shade Competition by Sunbrella and Architizer
Light and shade are essential components of architecture. Sunlight can enliven a space, or it can make it unbearably hot and bright. The way architects and designers create shade for buildings, homes and public spaces transforms the way people use them.
The advent of cutting-edge technologies has enabled new building typologies. Just as steel elevators and air conditioning have changed the built environment, fabric’s versatility opens up new opportunities for aesthetically pleasing shade structures that take building design and function to a new level.
For the past few years, Sunbrella partnered with Architizer, the largest online community of architects and designers gathered for inspiration and idea exchange, to crowdsource the latest thinking on shade innovation. The Future of Shade competition called on designers and architects to create new conceptual visions in shade design using Sunbrella fabric for three categories: building shade, wellness gardens and humanitarian. Whether you’re a designer, architect or fabricator, we hope the selection of entries presented here provides a source of inspiration for your own shade solutions.
Registration for this annual competition is generally due by the end of April. $10,000 prize available.
Leicester B. Holland Prize
The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, the American Institute of Architects, and the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress, and is administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS). The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), FAIA, chairman of the AIA’s Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress, first curator of the HABS collection, co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.
Preservation Architect, the online newsletter of the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, will publish the winning drawing, and the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Merit awards may also be given.
Competition generally opens late winter or early spring. See the website for more details.
The Robert Bruce Thompson Annual Student Light Fixture Design Competition
Bruce Thompson was a twenty-five year veteran of the lighting industry. He had a broad background in the profession having worked in theatre, retail, as a factory representative, and concluding his career in manufacturing as vice president of sales and marketing. Throughout his career Bruce emphasized design and innovation. He was also an accomplished light fixture designer. He established this independent competition to encourage creativity and education in light fixture design and manufacturing.
Prizes will be awarded annually:
• First Prize: The Thompson Prize is a cash award of $5,000, plus a trophy.
• Second Prize: The Award of Distinction is a cash award of $2,500, plus a plaque.
• Third Prize: The Award of Merit is a cash award of $1,000, plus a plaque.
• Special Citations: A Special Citation is a cash award of $500, plus a plaque.
• Entrants must be full time students, enrolled in an accredited academic degree program in the
United States. Approved programs include architectural engineering programs, architecture
programs, interior design programs, theatre, or industrial design programs. Because of the high level
of competition, it is recommended that entrants be undergraduate seniors or graduate students.
• Only individuals may apply. Group projects are not acceptable.
• The fixture must be designed within the past year and while the entrant is a student.
• A faculty member at the student's school must sponsor the application.
For more information, please visit the website.
Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge
That’s right — the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is back and we’re looking for your original, innovative designs.
What it’s about: It’s our way of celebrating excellence in interior design by students in the U.S. and Canada.
The contest has two categories: residential design and commercial design.
Prizes: The top winner from each category will receive $2,500, plus have their work featured in STIR magazine. Second-place winners win $1,000, and third-place winners win $500. All winners will be featured in our Sherwin-Williams for Design Pros social media channels.
NEW in 2017, we’re awarding $1,000 to the design schools our first place winners attend!
This annual interior design competition is generally open March - April. Individuals and teams can enter. Find all of the details on the website.