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.
Competition deadline usually in the spring.
More information may be found on the ACSA web site.
AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition
Architects play a crucial role in addressing both the causes and effects of climate change through the design of the built environment. Innovative design thinking is key to producing architecture that meets human needs for both function and delight, adapts to climate change projections, continues to support the health and well being of inhabitants despite natural and human-caused disasters, and minimizes contributions to further climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. Preparing today’s architecture students to envision and create a climate adaptive, resilient, and carbon-neutral future must be an essential component and driving force for design discourse.
This year’s collaboration with Architecture 2030 – INNOVATION 2030 – is a design-and-ideas competition focused on addressing and designing for the future impacts of climate change.
Given their long lifespan, new buildings must be designed to address solutions to climate change and to respond to its projected impacts, well into the second half of the 21st Century and beyond. As with the COTE Top Ten award for built work by design professionals, COTE Top Ten for Students allows designs to be characterized in terms of 10 measures ranging from Community to Water to Wellness.
- Upper level students - Junior and Senior students at Drexel
- Students are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor
- Individuals and teams of two or three can participate
- Studio projects from this calendar year can be submitted
Awards and Recognition:
Winning students (individuals and team members) will be offered a paid summer internship at an architecture firm doing leading work in sustainable design. Students will specify their top choices from participating firms and internships will be assigned by lottery. An award of $2,000 will be distributed to each winning project.
Ten projects will be chosen for recognition at the discretion of the jury. Winning projects will be announced and displayed at the AIA Convention in New York City, New York and also be promoted on the websites of ACSA, AIA COTE, and Architecture 2030.
Each of the top 10 winning projects will receive a $500 stipend to attend the AIA National Convention.
Registration deadline usually early December. More information at the website.
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.
Registration deadline usually in Septmeber. For more information and to register, visit the website.
BLTa Student Design Charrette
The annual BLTa Student Design Charrette: Structured as an on-site hackathon-style partner challenge, the 2018 Student Design Charrette is open to all undergraduate and graduate architecture students enrolled in an architectural program at qualifying schools - Drexel included. A maximum of twenty teams will be accepted. Registration is open to teams of two and will remain open until February 3, 2018 at 11:59pm ET, or until twenty teams have registered. Both students must complete the registration form and upload all required documents. After the registration period, students may add their name to a waiting list. Additionally, BLTa will offer a travel stipend of $0.545 per mile for students traveling 100-300 miles.
Teams will be judged on the following criteria:
- The design response is innovative and inspirational
- The design addresses any critical issues
Response to Site:
- The design responds to the physical aspects
- The design responds to site context
- The design considers the environmental impact and energy use
- The design considers social sustainability, occupant lifestyle and well-being
- Planning and building organization is clear and appropriate
- There is a clear structural, technical and constructional rationale
All participants must be eligible to work in the United States and over the age of 18
Each member of the winning team will be awarded $1,000 and an internship with BLT Architects for the summer of 2018.
Registration closes February. 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.
HOK Futures Design Challenge
HOK invites Interior and Architecture Students to participate in their annual Futures Design Challenge.
Two-person teams will compete for internships and cash prizes in architecture and interior design categories. Finalists from each category will be selected to present their entries to leading design and development professionals at an awards ceremony in HOK's Philadelphia office. The winners will be announced that evening.
More info and registration here or Designfutures.firstname.lastname@example.org
21 January, 2019 Kickoff at HOK office
4 February, 2019 Online submission due
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.
ModernfoldStyles Student Design Competition
ModernfoldStyles hosts a student design competition to help support and promote the fields of architecture and interior design. Students in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are invited to use their creativity and innovative ideas to express their vision. Thesis students are not eligible.
The winner is awarded a scholarship of $3,750 and a summer internship with TPG Architecture. Second and third place finalists also receive scholarship prizes.
The competition opens in January. Full rules are available on their website.
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.
Deadline is generally in early March. 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.