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.
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.