Registration Deadline . . . . . . . . . March 6, 2013
Submission Deadline . . . . . . . . . June 5, 2013
Winners Announced . . . . . . . . . . August 2013


Winning students, their faculty sponsors, and schools will receive cash prizes totaling $5,000. The design jury will meet August 2013 to select winning projects and honorable mentions. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA website ( and the FSA website (

First Prize . . . . . . . . Student $2,250 . . . . . . Faculty Sponsor $750
Second Prize . . . . . Student $1,500 . . . . . . Faculty Sponsor $500

Third prize and honorable mentions may be awarded at the jury’s discretion, with no prize money.

IMAGE: ITE College (West). Choa Chu Kang, Singapore. DP Architects

The ACSA/FSA Student Design Competition is open to students from all ACSA member schools in the United States and Canada. Students may work individually or in teams. All entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students.

Faculty who wish to enroll students must complete an online Registration Form (available at by March 6, 2013. Complete a form 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 form. There is no entry or submission fee required to participate in the competition. Each registered student and faculty sponsor will receive a confirmation email that will include information on how to upload your final submission online

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 2012-2013 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. The final result of the design process will be a submission of up to four presentation boards describing the design solution. In addressing the specific issues of the design challenge, submissions must clearly demonstrate the design solution’s response to the following requirements:

  • Adherence to the specifications of the program 
  • The appropriate and creative use of fabric 
  • The successful integration of the fabric structure(s) within the overall design of the resort 
  • Responsiveness to typical architectural considerations such as site, context, function, circulation, structure, building services, construction, and climatic and environmental issues 
  • Clarity of thinking and effectiveness of the visual presentation and design essay / abstract 

IMAGE: Sun Valley Pavilion. Sun Valley, Idaho. FTL Design Engineering Studio, RLB Architects

Each presentation must directly address the criteria outlined in the Design Challenge and Criteria for Judging and must include (but are not limited to) the following drawings:
  • SITE PLAN showing the surrounding buildings, topography, and circulation patterns 
  • FLOOR PLANS, ELEVATIONS and BUILDING SECTIONS sufficient to show site context and major program elements 
  • LARGE SCALE DRAWING, either orthographic or three dimensional, illustrating the use of fabric, methods of support, assembly, and connection details 
  • THREE DIMENTIONAL REPRESENTATION in the form of either an axonometric, perspective, or model photographs, illustrating the character of the project. 

All drawings should be presented at a scale appropriate to the design solution and include a graphic scale and north arrow.  

A brief essay, 500 words maximum, (in English) 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 as much as possible, and not rely on the design essay to convey a basic understanding of the project. The essay must address and describe the site, chosen by the faculty sponsor and/or student(s). Why is the site appropriate for a resort? What makes the site a destination? 

Submissions that do not adhere to the program criteria outlined must provide a program brief.

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 student is required to submit the final entries that must be uploaded through the ACSA competition website at by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time, on June 5, 2013. 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 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. 

A final Submission upload must contain the following:

  • Completed online registration including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Up to four 20” x 20” boards, uploaded individually as high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) or image (JPEG) files
  • A design essay or abstract (simple copy/paste text box completed during submission)

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

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:

For questions please contact: 

Eric Wayne Ellis                                                   Angela DeGeorge
Director of Operations and Programs              Programs Coordinator                                
202.785.2324                                                       202.785.2324


Fabric in Architecture Competition Full Program (PDF)