2018-2019 HERE+NOW | A House for the 21st Century
International Student Design Competition

A faculty sponsor is required to enroll students online (available at by  April 3, 2019.An online registration form must be completed for an entire team or    for each individual participant. There is no registration fee to participate in the challenge. Each registered  participant will receive a confirmation email that will include information for final online submission. Please  add  the email  address  to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your submission.

The competition is open for currently-enrolled students only, and will require a faculty sponsor from an ACSA member school to enroll students by completing an online registration form (available at by  April  3,  2019. Faculty  sponsors must complete a form for the entire studio or for each individual student or team of students participating. Each student will receive a confirmation email that will include personal login information for final online submission. Students or teams wishing to enter the challenge on their own must have a faculty sponsor, who should complete the form.

During registration the faculty will have the ability to add students, add teams, assign students to teams, and add additional faculty. Registration is required by April 3, 2019, after which edits and additions can be made until a student starts a final submission, then the registration is not editable. Faculty may assign a “Faculty Representative” to aregistered student, who will have access to change, edit, and make additions to the registration.


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 requiredto 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.

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.

The entrant is required to submit the final project. It must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at  by 11:59 pm, Pascific Time, on May 22, 2019.  If the submission is from a team, all 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. Youmay “save” your submission and return to complete. Please note: the submission is not complete until the “complete this submission” button has been pressed.

A final submission upload must contain the following:

  • Completed online registration including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Four 20” x 20” boards uploaded individually as a high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files
  • A design essay or abstract, 300 words maximum (copy/pasted into the text box during submission) Incomplete or undocumented entries will be disqualified. 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 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.

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 6,000 architecture faculty members are represented. In addition, over 500 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals. ACSA provides a major forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools. 


Program updates, including information on jury members as they are confirmed, may be found on the ACSA web site at

Additional questions on the competition program and submissions should be addressed to:


Allison Smith
ACSA, Programs Manager
tel: 202-785-2324


Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs
tel: 202-785-2324


Program (PDF)