Registration Deadline: April 10, 2024

2024 Timber Competition

TIMBER IN THE CITY 5: Urban Habitats Competition

April 10, 2024

Registration Deadline

June 5, 2024

Submission Deadline

Summer 2024

Jury Convenes

Summer 2024

Winners Announced

Registration & Submissions

Faculty Sponsor Online Registration

One Registration for Each Entry

An ACSA member school faculty sponsor is required to enroll students online by April 10, 2024. 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 April 10, 2024, but can be changed, edited, and added to until a student starts a final submission; then the registration is no longer editable.

Faculty Registration Steps
  1. Faculty log into the ACSA website,
  2. Click the “Register your Students” button,
  3. Select the 2024 Timber Competition from the submission type dropdown menu & Click “Enter”,
  4. Select “Individual Registration” to add individual student. Click “Save and Continue”. You will need to know each student’s first & last names, email, & institution, which are all required fields for each student,
  5. Select “Team Registration” if this is a team registration, you may add additional students by clicking “Add Student” to the same submission to this team, teams must be limited to a maximum of five students,
  6. Once the individual student or team is complete, Click “Submit”,
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 6 for each individual or team registration.
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 2023-2024 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, no more than 20MB. All boards are required to be uploaded through the ACSA website as 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, 150 words maximum, 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. The program summary is included in the final online submission, uploaded by the student(s) in a simple copy/paste text box.

Required Submission Documents

Submissions must include (but are not limited to) the following required drawings:

  • Three-dimensional representations – in the form of axonometrics, perspectives showing the proposal in its context, montages and/or physical model photographs – to illustrate the character of the project;
  • Site plan showing proposal in its context of surrounding buildings and topography, together with details of access/circulation;
  • Building/site sections sufficient to show site context and major spatial and program elements;
  • Floor plans to show program elements, spatial adjacencies and navigation strategies;
  • Large scale drawing(s), either orthographic or three dimensional, illustrating:
    • the use and detailing of timber for building structure and/or envelope
    • integrated design

Incomplete or undocumented entries will be disqualified. All drawings should be presented at a scale appropriate to the design solution and include a graphic scale. The site plan should include a north arrow.

Online Project Submission

After the faculty sponsor completes the online registration, each student will receive a confirmation email, which will include a link to complete the online 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 June 5, 2024. 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. 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, but each project should be submitted only once. Once the final submission is uploaded and submitted, each student will receive a confirmation email notification.

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 high resolution JPEG files, no more than 20MB each,
  • A design essay or abstract (300 words maximum)
  • A program summary diagram/text of spaces and areas (150 words maximum).

The names of student participants, their schools and faculty sponsors must NOT appear on the boards, abstract, program summary, or in the file name.

By uploading your files, you hereby warrant that the submission is original and that you are the author(s) of the submission. Additionally, you agree that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has the rights to use your submission, images, and materials. ACSA will attribute authorship of the design to you, your team, faculty and institution.

Sponsor

Administrator

Edwin Hernández-Ventura
Programs Coordinator
ehernandez@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs
eellis@acsa-arch.org
202-785-2324