Timber in the City FAQ

Questions on the competition program, registrations, or submissions should be addressed to Eric W. Ellis, email: eellis@acsa-arch.org, or Angela DeGeorge, email: adegeorge@acsa-arch.org. Questions and answers will be posted and updated on this page.

1) Code Information and zoning.

Suggestion: loosely reference NYC guidelines for zoning. The site would most likely be rezoned to be Residential (R) or Special Mixed Use District (MX).


Keep in mind the goals of this competition: to explore new construction opportunities enabled by contemporary timber technology that may not yet be anticipated or fully embraced by the current NYC code. Each entry is encouraged to understand the potential of contemporary timber systems, drawing from available resources and comparable code reviews from other jurisdictions and government agencies, as they pertain to new timber and wood systems, to inform the submitted design to the extent possible.

2) What defines a mid-rise building? Is there a maximum allowable building height?

The design challenge is to envision a timber, mid-rise complex. Generally a mid-rise building is 5-12 stories. Keep in mind that this competition encourages students to research contemporary timber technologies and lumber products.

3) Is the Dwight Street property line 214’ (as shown in the provided PDF) or 202’ (as shown in the provided .dwg)?

The provided PDF, which shows Dwight St. to be 214’, is measured curb-to-curb. The provided .dgw site plan, which shows Dwight St. to be 202’, is the actual plot-line measurement.

4) Is the Dwight property line perpendicular to Van Dyke and Beard?  

They appear not to be, however it may be assumed that they are.

5) Are the property lines on Van Dyke and Beard parallel?

They appear not to be, however it may be assumed that they are.  


How do I SUBMIT my final project? 

You must be registered for the competition; upon registration you should have received two automatic emails: One, confirmation of your registration; Two, personal ACSA credentials to login for project submission. 

  • Log into the ACSA website with your personal ACSA credentials
  • Click “My ACSA”
  • Click “My Competitions”
  • Confirm you are uploading to the correct competition/category
  • Click “Upload Submission”
  • From here you will have a series of tabs to complete, upload, or confirm all submission information
  • Once final project has been completely uploaded and confirmed, click “Complete This Submission” button found under the Submit Tab. 

You may “Save” your submission and return to complete. Please Note: the submission is not complete till the "Complete This Submission" button is pressed. For team projects: each member of team projects may submit the final project.

How large of a file can be digitally submitted?
For submission and judging there is a 25MB per document limit. We suggest a 150 DPI resolution for the individual submission boards.

My digital boards (files) are not uploading to the submission site?

Confirm your files are in PDF or JPEG format, with an individual files size maximum of 25MB. Each board needs to be a separate (individual) file and uploaded in the order you prefer the boards to be viewed. Please be patient, this process can take several minutes depending upon the size of the file you are uploading.

I forgot, lost, or did not receive my ACSA credentials (username & password)?
Please use the Forgot Password tool -or- contact the ACSA office directly for us to reset your credentials 202.785.2324. Please add the email address competitions@acsa-arch.org to your address book to ensure that you receive all emails regarding your registration and submission.

How will judging take place?
Initial judging will take place on each jurors personal computers followed by a final face-to-face jury with boards projected.

The boards I uploaded to the submission site have been converted to low-resolution JPEGs?
The submission site automatically converts the digital boards (PDF or JPEG) into low-resolution thumbnails. Your original submitted boards are stored in the database for juror review, as submitted. If you would like to control the thumbnail quality, original submissions should be in JPEG format.

How is the abstract/essay and program brief (edits) submitted?
Both the abstract and the program brief are completed during the student submission process. The abstract/edday and program brief are text boxes for copy/paste or typing of contents. The abstract can also appear on the submission boards, if you chose, but is required to be submitted separately in the abstract/essay text box. The abstract (required) has a maximum of 500 words and the program brief has a maximum of 2000 words. 


How do I change/edit/update my registration?
The Faculty Sponsor may edit, update or change any registration. To return to the registration and view, edit, add, remove anything you need prior to a submission upload. To get back to your registration please use the following steps. All edits need to be completed prior to your students submitting their project online.

  • Log into the ACSA website
  • Click "My ACSA" that will appear next to your name (upper right)
  • Click "My Competitions"
  • Select the competition you are interested in editing
  • Click "View/Edit My Registration"
  • Click the pencil tool next to the registration you want to edit
  • Complete your registration edits.
  • Remember to go to the Submit Tab and click the "Submit Registration" button once you are complete.
How do I register for the competition?

A faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing an online Registration Form by March 6, 2013. Complete a form 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 form. 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 submission 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. Registration is required by March 6, 2013, but can be changed, edited, and added to till a student starts a final submission; then the registration is not editable.

How do I find out if I am at an ACSA member school?
To find out if you are a student from an ACSA member school visit the Schools | Program Directory. If you do not find your schools please contact Eric Ellis (eellis@acsa-arch.org) for assistance.

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

Eric Wayne Ellis                                                   Angela DeGeorge
Director of Operations and Programs              Programs Coordinator
eellis@acsa-arch.org                                          adegeorge@acsa-arch.org
202.785.2324                                                       202.785.2324