Competition Guidelines

  
DESIGNING HEALTHY PLACES | 
Tackling Wicked Problems
2017-2018 Designing Healthy Places Student Competition

Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
                 American Institute of Architects (AIA)
                 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)


SCHEDULE
March 28, 2018           Registration Deadline (free registration)
May 23, 2018              Submission Deadline
Summer 2018             Winners Announced
Fall 2018                     Exhibit & Summary Publication


AWARDS
First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, in addition to a selected number of honorable mentions, at the discretion of the jury. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA web site at www.acsa-arch.org. A total of $7,000 will be distributed in the following manner:

First Prize          Student                      $2,500                                              
                          Faculty Sponsor         $1,000

Second Prize    Student                        $1,500
                         Faculty Sponsor           $750

Third Prize        Student                        $750
                         Faculty Sponsor           $500


ELIGIBILITY
The Designing Healthy Places Competition is open to current students, from an ACSA member school worldwide. Students need to be upper level (third year or above, including graduate students) and are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Entries will be accepted for individual as well as team solutions. 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.

 

REGISTRATION
A faculty sponsor is required to enroll students online (available at www.acsa-arch.org) by March 28, 2018. Registration can be done for your entire studio or for each individual student or team of students participating. Students or teams wishing to enter the competition on their own must have a faculty sponsor, who should complete the registration. There is no entry or submission fee to participate in the competition. Each registered student and faculty sponsor will receive a confirmation email that will include information on how the student(s) will upload final submissions online. Please add the email address competitions@acsa-arch.org to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your submission.

During registration, the faculty will have the ability to add students, add teams, assign students to teams, and add additional faculty sponsors. Registration is required by March 28, 2018, but can be changed, edited, and added to until a student starts a final submission; then the registration is no longer editable.


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 on the competition should be structured over the course of one semester during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Each faculty sponsor is expected to develop a system to evaluate the students’ work using the criteria set forth in this program. 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.


DIGITAL SUBMISSION FORMAT
Submissions must be presented on four 20” x 20” digital boards. All boards are required to be uploaded through the ACSA website as Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards, or in the project title or project title file name(s).


DESIGN ESSAY or ABSTRACT
A brief essay, 300 words maximum, is required as part of the submission describing the most important concepts of the design project. Keep in mind that the presentation should graphically convey the design solution and context, 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.


PROGRAM SUMMARY
A program summary diagram/text of spaces and areas is required as part of the submission.  All interior and exterior spaces are to be included; total net and gross areas are required.


ONLINE PROJECT SUBMISSION
The student is required to submit the final entries that must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at www.acsa-arch.org by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on May 23, 2018. 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.

The final submission upload must contain the following:

  • Completed online registration including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Each of the four 20”x20” boards uploaded individually as a high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) file
  • A design essay or abstract
  • A program summary

The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards, or in the project title or project title file name(s).

Winning projects will be required to submit high-resolution original files/images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials. By uploading your files, you agree that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has the rights to use your winning submission, images and materials in a summary publication, online and in promotional and exhibition resources. ACSA will contribute authorship of the winning design to you, your team, faculty and affiliation. Additionally, you hereby warrant that the submission is original and that you are the author(s) of the submission.

 


For questions please contact: 

 

Eric Wayne Ellis
      
     
Allison Smith 
Director of Operations and Programs

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

LINKS & DOWNLOADS

Designing Healthy Places Competition
The Opportunity
Design Guidelines
Resources
Competition Guidelines
Competition Organizers

Full Designing Healthy Places Competition Program (PDF)