September Design Competitions

Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year 2008 Awards.  Interior Design Magazine's 4th annual Best of Year design competition honors over 50 categories of interior design projects and products.  Entry deadline is 18 Sept 2009. Here are links to PDFs of entry forms &  fee information for Project Design and Product Design.

Bricks-Stainable: Re-thinking Brick. This competition is seeking design solutions that explore the use of brick as a primary building material in creating an energy efficient building.  The challenge is to design apartments and meeting spaces for visiting dignitaries and their families in Emmitsburg, Maryland. You can find the full  competition brief here. Design AND performance will be the basis of selecting the winners.  Registration deadline has been extended to 30 Sept 2009. Entries must be received by 30 Oct 2009. There is a $50 entry fee.

3rd Advanced Architecture Contest.  This competition is open to students and professionals.  The challenge is to design a Self-sufficient building or city. Project size and location. is up to you. See full program requirements here. Individuals or groups may enter and there's no limit to the # of members in a group. Keep in mind only 3 teams leaders will receive cash prizes and a one-year grant to take the Master in Advanced Architecture at Institute of Advanced Architecture Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain)  to research self-sufficient architecture.The deadline is 28 Sept 09 & there is no entry fee.

Spark Awards International Design Competition.  There are over 14 categories & dozens of sub-categories.  The categories you, dear Design Elixir reader, may be most interested in are: Product, Furniture & Outdoor, Green, and Architecture & Interiors.  Check out these links for a full list of categories & sub-categories and the judging criteria. The competition was divided into two Phases to lower the initial cost of entry.  Register here for the Phase I competition by 17 Oct 09 (original deadline of 15 Sept 09 has been extended). Projects must be received by 17 Oct 09. Entry fee for professionals is $175 and $100 for students & non-professionals.  If you are selected as a Phase 2 finalist there are additional submission requirements, deadlines and fees.

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