Submission Deadline: May 22, 2019

2019 Timber Competition

Timber in the City


May 2018

Competition Announced

May 22, 2019

Submission Deadline

July 2019

Winners Announced


New this year: Complete a separate registration for each individual or team entry.

A faculty sponsor, from an ACSA member school, is required to enroll students by completing an online registration form prior to the registration deadline of April 3, 2019. Complete one online 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 online registration form. There is no entry or submission fee to participate in the competition. Each student will receive a confirmation submission email that will include personal URL 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. Please add the email address & to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your participation in the competition.

During registration faculty will have the ability to add students and create teams. Registration is required by April 3, 2019, but can be changed, edited and added to until a student begins their final submission.

Registration Steps:

  1. Faculty log into the ACSA website,
  2. Click the Register button,
  3. Select the 2019 Timber Competition from the submission type dropdown menu & Click “Enter”,
  4. Add an individual student. You will need to know each student’s first & last Names, email, & institution, which are all required fields for each student. Click “Save”.
  5. If this is a team registration, you may add additional students to this team, Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students.
  6. Once the individual student or team is complete, Click “Complete this Registration”,
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 6 for each individual or team.

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. Research and design work on the competition should be structured over the course one or more semesters of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Online Project Submission

The entrant is required to submit the final project. It must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at by 11:59 pm, Pacific 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. You may “save” your submission and return to complete. Please note: the submission is not complete until the “complete this submission” button has been clicked.

A final submission upload must contain the following:

  • Completed online registration including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Four 20” x 30” (portrait format) 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.



Binational Softwood Lumber Council

The Binational Softwood Lumber Council, a nonprofit organization, was established in 2006 by the Canadian and U.S. governments. The Council is leading the effort to increase the use of wood products as part of the shift to innovative, affordable and sustainable buildings. Sustainably harvest wood products from North America create jobs in rural communities, keep forests as forests and help reduce the overall environmental footprint of a home or building.The BSLC benefits from the leadership and expertise of its 12 member board which consists of Canadian and U.S. senior industry representatives and stakeholders. The construct of this board is unique within the industry and offers an influential and powerful vehicle to establish strategic direction for market development programs, direct broad industry initiatives, and facilitate collaboration among organizations serving the North American softwood lumber industry. Underpinning the BSLC’s efforts is a firm belief that the relationship between the Canadian and American industries can only improve when the lumber market is sufficiently robust for both industries to first stabilize, and then to prosper. We also believe that this will only come about through increased demand for new and previous uses of lumber products. Since its inception, the BSLC has actively supported initiatives by a variety of industry organizations that meet the mandate. Funds have been directed into programs in which immediate opportunities can be quickly exploited for a fast turnaround in identifiable demand. Clear benefits have already been achieved for the North American softwood lumber industry as the result of some of these programs.


Administrative Organization

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

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.



School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School for Design

The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School for Design, The New School, located in New York City,  challenges students to grapple with forces shaping the world today: shifts in global and local ecological flows, changes in living patterns, growing economic disparities, excessive consumption, and increasing ethnic diversity. Architecture, interior, lighting, and product design students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels work with faculty and citizens of global communities to learn the skills of design engagement, integrated thinking, and material invention in a collective effort to reimagine the constructed environment. SCE offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Design and a Professional Master of Architecture Degree program, with opportunities for cross-disciplinary work and a dual degree with the Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design. SCE draws on the vibrant design culture of New York City, bringing together over 200 engaged faculty and professionals to work with students in addressing the pressing questions of today, transforming them into design opportunities for a better future.