Some of the greatest new ideas come out of a unique combination of creative inspiration and the kind of pressure only generated by a contest with high stakes. From cash prizes to the chance to join a showcase, winning a contest or competition can create the opportunity of a lifetime for students, designers just starting out or established professionals. Editor at Large has compiled the following contests with upcoming deadlines.
The Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge is accepting entries until April 15, and requires that students present a commercial or residential design concept. The contest may be entered by students as individuals or teams. The top winners in each category will receive a $2,500 cash prize and have their work featured in STIR magazine and on the Sherwin-Williams for Design Pros Facebook page. Full rules and requirements can be found online.
Calls for entries for the AIA New York Chapter 2015 Housing Design Awards are now open, until April 17. The awards are meant to recognize and honor design excellence and innovation in multifamily housing design. Entries may be submitted regardless of project size or budget. The contest is open to any project located in New York City or Boston, or a project anywhere in the world designed by members of the AIA New York Chapter or the Boston Society of Architects. The awards will be announced on May 11. Full requirements and eligibility rules can be found online.
The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) Educational Foundation has announced a call for entries for the Raymond Waites National Design Competition: Dream Home Entertainment Area. Entrants will need to design a traditional or eclectic indoor gourmet kitchen with attached outdoor entertainment space and pool. The reward is a $5,000 cash prize, plus a trip to the October High Point International Home Furnishings Market. The contest is open to full-time undergraduate interior design students who have completed at least one semester of interior design coursework. Entries should be submitted by June 1, detailed requirements can be found online.