Design Competitions 2017-18

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Barcelona Social Housing

Barcelona Social Housing
Posted 09.07.17

Sponsor: ARCHmedium
Fee: 60 euros
Eligibility: Students and young graduates
Deadline: October 30, 2017 
Awards: 1st Place: $5.500 euros and Publication in Architecture Magazines
Design Challenge: For this competition, contestants are tasked with the creation of the transformation of an existing building of the 20th century into social housing in the city center of Barcelona 
Submission Requirements: Visit for more details.

Infiniti Green Factor Design Contest 

Green Factor Design Contest
Posted 08.24.17

Sponsor: Infiniti
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Students and young professionals.
Deadline: October 30, 2017 
Awards: 1st Place: $5.000 euros
Design Challenge: The contest addresses to designers under the age of 35 to design a pair of sustainable and 100% recyclable items (a chair + stool or an armchair + table) made in wood. The winner, who will be chosen by the jury composed of Stefano Boeri (president), Gilda Bojardi, Timothy O’Connell and Marco Ceccato, will be awarded a prize of 5,000 euros and the possibility that his or her project is put into production. 
Submission Requirements: Visit for more details.

ACA 5th International Design Competition

Posted 08.23.17

Sponsor: Aditya College of Architecture
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Students and professionals.
Deadline: October 1, 2017 
Awards: 1st Place: $1550; 2nd Place: $1000; 3rd Place: $750
Design Challenge: The proposed design intervention could be ranging from built form and landscape to urban renewal and systems. As long as the chosen intervention fits the scope of the brief, the participants are encouraged to think on multiple scales.
Submission Requirements: Visit for more details.

Race to Zero Student Design Competition

Race to Zero Competition
Posted 08.09.17

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy
Fee: $100
Eligibility: Each team must be associated with a collegiate institution and include a faculty lead. The competition is open to all universities and degree-issuing institutions, including community colleges. International institutions are welcome to participate. Each team must have at least three current students, with one student designated as the student team lead.
Deadline: November 7, 2017 
Awards: The winning teams are recognized at an awards banquet, and the winning designs are published on the Race to Zero website. The competition and winners are promoted through a variety of media outreach efforts, which provide participants and their collegiate institutions an opportunity for national exposure. Collegiate institutions that participate in the Race to Zero are recognized as leaders that are producing career-ready young professionals with cutting-edge skills. Builders who collaborate with teams gain national and local recognition and have the opportunity to interact with knowledgeable future design and construction professionals. 
Design Challenge: The Race to Zero challenges teams of 3 or more students led by a faculty advisor to design a single family house, townhome, apartment building, or elementary school so energy efficient all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy. During the course of one or two semesters, students will learn about building science through free training webinars, collaboration with industry, and incorporating high-quality architecture, engineering, financial analysis, energy modeling, and more into their design.
Submission Requirements: Visit and see the flyer for more details.

ARKxSite Site Theatre Competition

Site Theater
Posted 08.09.17

Sponsor: ARKxSITE
Fee:  60€ + VAT *(early),  75€ + VAT * (regular),  90€ + VAT * (late) [*A tax of 23% (VAT rate in Portugal) will be applied to the fees]
Eligibility: Open to Architecture Students and Young Professionals (≤ 40 years old)
Deadline: Early registration deadline September 25, 2017, regular registration deadline October 26, 2017, and late registration deadline November 6, 2017
Awards: 1st Prize: 2000€, 2nd Prize: 1000€, 3rd Prize: 500€, 7 Honorable Mentions
Design Challenge: The Site Theatre aims to create a new cultural destination and provide a place for open-air performances to enhance the experience within the landscape. The Site Theatre is a place to engage with the land, the sky and the sea, where performers and audience are both participants and observers while the landscape becomes a natural scenic venue.
Submission Requirements: Visit for more details.

Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards 2017  

Architect's Newspaper
Posted 07.26.17

Sponsor: Architect's Newspaper
Fee: $125
Eligibility: Open Competition 
Deadline: September 30, 2017 
Awards: Winners and honorable mentions will be published in a special Design Annual created for Best Of Design. It will be mailed out in December 2017 and distributed at industry events and conferences throughout 2018. Winning projects will also be featured on our website, where they will reach national and international audiences, and will be promoted via social media. Winners will also receive a limited edition print from Archigram produced especially for A|N. 
Design Challenge: Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 42 categories that reflect A|N’s editorial coverage, as well as the interests and obsessions of our readers. This year, we have two landscape categories, for public and private designs. The BoD jury will judge entries based on several criteria: strength of the presentation, evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, and, most importantly, good design.
Submission Requirements: Visit and see the flyer for more details.

2017-18 AIA COTE Top 10 for Students  

Posted 07.20.17

Sponsor: AIA
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Student Competition
Deadline: December 6, 2017
Awards: Winning students 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. 
Design Challenge: The program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The competition will recognize ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate adaptive, resilient, and strategies for moving towards carbon-neutral operation within their broader design concepts. 
Submission Requirements: Visit for more details.

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