Contests | Jan 3, 2014 |
Seven design competitions and contests to note
Boh staff
By Staff

The design industry is teeming with competitions and contests with rewards as enticing as $15,000 and a trip to Italy as organizations look to recognize great work and companies look to harvest new ideas. Below is a look at some ongoing contests into which you may want to throw your hat.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the beginning of its annual awards season with a streamlined nomination process. The four ASID Awards represent best in class for the field: Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, Design Innovation and the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award. The winners will be honored at Celebration, the Society's annual conference, on June 21 in Los Angeles. The 2014 revised nomination process requires the nominator to complete a short online form. The deadline to nominate is January 5.

The AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Committee has launched the fifth New Practices New York 2014 competition. The competition identifies firms with unique and innovative strategies in both projects and practices. Architecture and design firms founded since 2004 and located within the five boroughs of New York City are encouraged to submit a practice narrative and a mini-portfolio of built, un-built, or theoretical work. An exhibition of works by the winning practices will open at the Center for Architecture on October 1, and winners will receive a stipend towards the exhibition as well as a free one-year membership to AIA New York, a symposium to discuss their practice at the Center for Architecture, an individual lecture at the Hafele showroom and media exposure through the Architects Newspaper. Click here to enter, the deadline is January 6.

Metropolis magazine is searching for the next big solution in residential high-rises for New York City. Since demographers predict that New York alone will add one million more residents by 2040, finding housing will pose a crisis for hundreds of thousands of them, unless new residential towers are built to house this urban influx. The Living Cities design competition asks professionals and students in architecture and engineering to share their vision of multi-use residential towers for the 21st century. All proposals must use a steel structural system, be 30 to 40 stories, and be sited within the five boroughs of New York. Considerations of changing workforce demographics and tenant lifestyle amenities with the role that a building’s form and features play related to constructability and sustainability are vital. The winner will receive $10,000. Click here to enter, the deadline has been extended through January 10.

“The global house-store” is an interior design contest sponsored by the Italian fashion brand Malìparmi. The company is looking for original concepts and innovative ideas to be wisely implemented in the monobrand stores that will soon open, and the brand wants to be established at an international level. The store should stem from the house concept to be transferred into a shop, combining craftsmanship and technology to better express the world conveyed by the Malìparmi brand. A total of 3,500 Euro in prizes are up for grabs. Click here for competition parameters and to enter, the deadline is January 27.

The 2014 Red Dot Award: Design Concept aims to be the defining platform that separates good ideas with good design solutions from the mediocre, to provide a professional evaluation and internationally recognized seal that gives an advantage to the design and designer in the competitive market. Click here to enter, the deadline for submissions is January 29, with a late deadline of May 21.

AIA New York’s annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York Chapter members, New York City-based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects from around the globe. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence. The winners will be featured in an exhibition opening in April, which will remain on view through early summer. Click here to enter, the submission deadline is February 3.

Ceramics of Italy is searching for the most original and imaginative projects featuring Italian ceramic tile. Now in its 21st year, the contest is the longest running competition of its kind and is open to North America-based architects and designers who have used Italian ceramic tile in their residential, institutional and commercial/hospitality projects completed in the past five years. At stake is $15,000 in prizes and three trips to Italy. Click here to enter, the deadline is February 3.

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