Rules & Requirements

AWARDS

First, second & third prizes will be awarded, in addition to a selected number of honorable mentions, all at the discretion of the jury. A total of $6,000 will be distributed in the following manner to the winners:

                  First Prize................... Student........................ $2,000

                  ................................... Faculty Sponsor............. $700

                  Second Prize.............. Student........................ $1,500

                  ................................... Faculty Sponsor............. $500

                  Third Prize.................. Student........................ $1,000

                  ................................... Faculty Sponsor............. $300

Winners will be notified of competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA website, CRAN website and promoted to media outlets. First place winner(s) will also receive a stipend to attend the 2017 CRAN Symposium in Miami, FL. All award winning projects will be displayed and winners will be recognized at the 2017 Symposium.

ELIGIBILITY
Because the AIA represents member interests of Architects primarily practicing in the U.S., the competition is open to students from ACSA Members Schools from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico only. The competition is open to all currently enrolled students. All student entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Entries will be accepted for individual as well as teams. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students. Submissions should be principally the product of work in a design studio or related class. Entries should be work principally developed for this competition over the course of the 2016–2017 academic year. Projects previously submitted for awards or competitions are ineligible.

FACULTY SPONSOR
The intent of this competition is to provide an academically rigorous design challenge suitable for integration into the curriculum of an architectural design studio or course. Curriculum integration is not a requirement of competition guidelines, but is strongly encouraged. The administration of the competition at each institution is left to the discretion of the faculty within the guidelines set forth in this document.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION FORMAT
Submissions must be designed on no more than four 20” x 20” (portrait format) digital boards. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards.
Registered students are required to submit all boards uploaded through the ACSA website in Portable Document Format (PDF) –or– image (JPEG) files. Each digital board should be uploaded as an individual compressed file. 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. 

DESIGN ESSAY or ABSTRACT
A brief essay, 500 words maximum, in English, is required as part of the student submission describing critical elements of the design concept and relay information on site selection and client. Keep in mind that the presentation should graphically convey the design solution and context as much as possible, and not rely on the design essay to convey a basic understanding of the project. The names of student participants, their schools or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear in the design essay. This abstract is included in the final online submission, completed by the student(s) in a simple copy/paste text box. 

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 SCHEDULE 
Summer 2016 
  Competition Launch

March 29, 2017 
  Registration DEADLINE

May 15, 2017 
  Submission DEADLINE

Summer 2017 
  Winners Announced