The design industry is crawling with competitions and contests, as well as calls-for-entries for major design awards. With rewards as enticing as $5,000, a trip to the Bahamas and production of your furniture design, organizations are looking to recognize great talent and new, innovative ideas.
Below are some ongoing contests in which designers may participate:
As part of a multi-component NYCxDesign presentation in May, Fab will be hosting an exhibition of new product design curated around the theme "First Things First." Designers, both established and emerging, can submit their ideas to be exhibited. Selected items will be shown in New York and may be put into production by Fab. The deadline for submissions is March 21.
The Boston Society of Architects’ Housing Design Awards co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter are open for submissions. Any housing type anywhere in the world may be submitted if the architect/firm currently resides in New England or New York. Any architect anywhere in the world may submit projects located in New England or New York. Eligible projects may be new construction or rehabilitations of any private-sector or public-sector project type completed after January 1, 2005. The deadline to enter is March 21.
Southeast-based designers are invited to submit an electronic portfolio of their work into competition for the prestigious 2014 Southeast Designers and Architect of the Year. Each year, ADAC recognizes firms and individuals from across the southeast whom exemplify the highest level of talent in the categories of contract interior design, residential interior design and architecture. Winners will be announced at the ADAC Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards celebration. The ceremony will coincide with ADAC’s annual spring market week, DESIGN ADAC, co-sponsored by VERANDA, April 28 – May 2. The winners will benefit from pre and post-event coverage in VERANDA and on EditorTV. The deadline to enter is March 21.
The International Furnishings and Design Association has opened its Educational Foundation Scholarships for applications. The scholarships are for undergraduate students attending U.S. institutions with a major in interior design or a related design/furnishings program. The scholarships range from $1,500 - $3,000 to be applied to tuition. The deadline to enter is March 31.
The Florida chapter of the ICAA is calling for entries for the third annual Addison Mizner Medal, which recognizes excellence in classical and traditional architecture and the allied arts. The awards are open to projects, regardless of location, completed in the past 10 years by ICAA-FL Chapter Members and to all ICAA members who have completed projects in Florida and the Caribbean. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony this fall. The deadline to enter is April 1.
For the upcoming High Point Market, Surya will give attendees the chance to win a trip for two to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Market attendees need to RSVP online prior to the show (April 5) and present an electronic entry confirmation when visiting the Surya showroom, Showplace 4100, during market. The winner will be announced in Surya’s Spring Market Pulse newsletter in mid-April.
The ADC Young Guns 12 (YG12) competition is open to design professionals 30 years or under. ADC Young Guns is the industry's only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today's vanguard of young creative. Eligible entrants can submit a combination of professional and personal work. The deadline for entries is April 7.
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has opened the CIDA Award for Excellence Competition. With the newly implemented Award for Excellence, the CIDA Board of Directors aims to recognize outstanding practices in interior design education. The Award for Excellence competition is open to faculty members and collaborating teams at CIDA-accredited interior design programs. Awards of up to $5,000 are available to winning entries. The deadline to enter is September 15.
Sub-Zero and Wolf have announced the start of their bi-annual Kitchen Design Competition and the company is planning to give away more than $100,000 in cash prizes. Eligibility for the contest requires that all design and construction be fully completed within the contest period of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Qualifying kitchen designs must include at least one full-size Sub-Zero built-in or integrated refrigeration unit and at least one Wolf cooking appliance, including ranges, rangetops, ovens and cooktops. Entries must also include a floor plan and elevations or perspective drawings, a minimum of two color photographs of the completed design, and details describing the kitchen design. The deadline to enter is December 31.