Guidelines & Rules


 

A design competition to recognize student work that displays sustainable design at the highest level. 
Presented by AIA COTE + ACSA.

ELIGIBILITY 
The competition is open to students from ACSA Member Schools from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The competition is open to upper level students (third year or above, including graduate students). Students are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Submissions will be accepted for individual as well as team projects. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students.

Students are invited to submit their studio projects. Entries must be buildings, but can be of any program, at any scale, in any environmentally responsible location. Projects can be a remodel or adaptive re-use.

Work should have been completed in a design studio or related class from January 2016 – present.

AWARDS + RECOGNITION 
Ten projects will be chosen for recognition at the discretion of the jury. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. Winning projects will be displayed at the AIA Convention in Orlando, FL, April 27-29, 2017. Winning projects will also be promoted on the ACSA web site at www.acsa-arch.org and the AIA COTE web site at www.aia.org/cote.

The top 10 winning projects will receive a $500 stipend to attend the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando, FL, April 27-29, 2017.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS + REQUIREMENTS 
The submission will focus on how the project addresses ten sustainability measures through graphics and written narratives/abstract. You will submit the following materials online:

  • No more than four (4) digital boards at 20” x 20” (PDF or JPEG files). Boards should address the following:
    • Graphics: For each sustainability measure, provide one drawing, rendering, diagram, image and/or graphic that best displays how the project addresses the measure. Some measures ask for a specific diagram, and others are open ended. Following are primary drawings for basic project understanding:
      • Energy Performance Diagrams, Details & systems
      • Three-dimensional representation, either in the form of digital renderings; axonometric; perspective; or model photographs – to illustrate the character of the project.
      • Building/Site sections sufficient to show site context and major program elements
      • Site plan showing the surrounding buildings, topography, and circulation patterns
      • Floor plans
  • Metric: Some sustainability measures ask for a specific calculated metric. Provide a brief description of your approach to obtain that metric (basis, method, program used, and assumptions), when applicable.

  • Abstract: (200 words maximum for each sustainability measure for a total of 2,000 word maximum). The narratives should answer the questions posed in the ten measures. The specific questions for each measure are meant to be a guide; each one does not need to be answered.
    *During submission, simply copy/paste this text into the “Abstract” text field.

  • Program Brief: Your project/concept statement (approach, program, intentions, strategies) also describe the building type, lists all programmatic spaces, gross square footage and project location (setting and context) (200 words maximum)
    *During submission, simply copy/paste this text into the “Program” text field.

Incomplete or undocumented entries will be disqualified. All drawings should be presented at a scale appropriate to the design solution and include a graphic scale and north arrow.

Project authorship must remain anonymous. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards, narrative/abstract or project title. If authorship is revealed on any submission materials the entry will be disqualified. 

FACULTY RESPONSIBILITY 
The administration of the competition at each institution is left to the discretion of the faculty within the guidelines set forth in this document. Work should have been completed in a design studio or related class within the  2015-2016 or 2016-2017 academic year. Design work completed before 2015 will not be accepted.

Each faculty sponsor may develop an internal system to evaluate the students’ work using the criteria set forth in this Competition Program and the Curriculum Addendum. The evaluation process should be an integral part of the design process, encouraging students to scrutinize their work in a manner similar to that of the jury. The final result of the design process will be a submission of four presentation boards and a narrative describing the design solution and approach to the each of the ten sustainability measures.

ONLINE PROJECT SUBMISSION 
All boards are required to be uploaded through the ACSA website in Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files. Participants should keep in mind that, due to the large number of entries, preliminary review does not allow for the hanging end-to-end display of presentation boards. Accordingly, participants should not use text or graphics that cross over from board to board.

Project authorship must remain anonymous. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards, narrative/abstract or project title. If authorship is revealed on any submission materials the entry will be disqualified.

Students are required to upload final submissions through the ACSA Competition website at www.acsa-arch.org by 5:00 pm Eastern Time, on January 18, 2017. If the Submission is from a team of students all student team members will have the ability to upload the digital files. Once the final submit button is pressed no additional edits, uploads, or changes can be made. Once the final Submission is uploaded and submitted each student will receive a confirmation email notification. You may “save” your submission and return to complete. Please note: the submission is not complete until the “complete this submission” button has been pressed. For team projects: each member of team projects may submit the final project.

Winning projects will be required to submit high-resolution original files/images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials.
 


CONTACTS 

 

For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis
     
    
Allison Smith
Director of Operations and Programs

Programs Manger
eellis@acsa-arch.org
asmith@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324  
202.785.2324
    

DOWNLOADS 
+ Competition Program
+ Curriculum Addendum


SCHEDULE
 
Dec. 7, 2016
Registration Deadline (free) + Submission Site Opens

Jan. 18, 2017
Submission Deadline

April 22, 2017
Winners Announced on Earth Day

April 27-29, 2017
Exhibition at the AIA Convention in Orlando, FL

MORE INFO 
+ 2016-2017 COTE Main
+ Ten Sustainability Measures
+ Registration
+ Resources
+ Competition Organizers