The Shortlist> Top Five Competitions of the Week

The Shortlist> Top Five Competitions of the Week

Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here.

The Eco-Porn Competition. To investigate tropes in architectural representation, Reality Cues is conducting a competition series exploring the techniques and conventions architects depend on to convey space, form, and use. The first competition of the series is called Eco-Porn. For some, the issue of sustainability has generated resourceful design, but for others has created a pressure to make architecture merely seem green. The competition aims to uncover if there is value in this deception. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the bonus round winner will receive a 6-foot tall inflatable palm tree cooler. All winners and honorable mentions will be included in Reality Cues’ premier issue of Tropes.

Registration Deadline: September 21, 2013.
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2013.

Richard H. Driehaus Award. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design recognizes the importance of great architecture and craftsmanship to city life. Projects must be located in Cook County, completed within the past five years, demonstrate superior design quality responsive to the neighborhood context, and directly respond to residents’ needs. The winner will receive $15,000 and runners-up will receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. The awards presentation will be in conjunction with the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards annual event.

Submission Deadline: September 12, 2013.

Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition. Duravit USA has announced its first North American design competition. Architects and designers are invited to use Duravit’s 2013 launches (the Starck 2, Happy D.2, and DuraStyle) as inspiration to imagine an ideal bath space. Based on the  successful use of Duravit products to solve design challenges and the overall creativeness of the project, a panel of design experts will choose the winner. The winner will be awarded the Duravit products included in his or her project up to a value of $15,000 and up to three other entries will receive honorable mentions.

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2013.

2013 Dwell Vision Award. In partnership with Big Ass Fans, Dwell celebrates design innovation and skill by awarding a winning entry for excellence in modern design. The 2013 Dwell Vision Award invites projects completed between 2012 and today that are technically and artistically revolutionary. Submissions show a new method, material, or concept that advances modern design. The top three submissions will be featured on, and the grand prize consists of the first custom-designed Dwell Vision Award, an editorial feature in Dwell magazine, and an awards dinner with design luminaries.

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2013.

Hatch Live. Based in Soho, New York City, Hatch Live is a multi-day industrial design competition sponsored by Hatch Hub with Rhino 3D. Calling all aspiring designers, the inaugural series consists of four fast-paced rounds that take place in October and November. Each participating designer must use Rhino 3D to generate an original 3D object. The winning designer will receive $4,000, a brunch, and portfolio review with Dan Rubenstein, former editor-in-chief of Surface magazine. The runner-up will receive $500. Submissions open on August 31.

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2013.
Submission Deadline: October 2, 2013.