Plans for and models of structures and outdoor spaces.

Examples   may   include   but   are   not   limited   to:   Building   designs,   landscape   designs,   interior designs,   urban   plans.   Can   include   2D   work   such   as   hand-drawn   sketches,   computer-aided designs,  blueprints,  and  floor  plans,  OR  3D  work  such  as  scale  models  made  from  foam  core, balsa wood, cardboard, wooden blocks, polystyrene, found or reused objects, etc.


  1. Only one  (1)  original  project  may  be  submitted.  The  project  must  be  the  creation  of

the competing contestant, rather than a replication of another architect’s design.

  1. Submit six   (6)   copies   of   a   double-spaced   paper   to   accompany   the   project.   The content  of  the  paper,  which  should  not  exceed  five  (5)  pages,  should  include  overall statement  of  goals  and  processes,  design  objectives,  the  history  of  the  project  and execution  of  the  project.  The  student’s  name,  page  number  and  branch  must  be  on the top of each page.
  2. Blueprints of  the  project  must  be  24  x  36  inches  in  length  or  width.  The  contestant must  also  submit  a  site  plan,  floor  plan,  a  minimum  of  two    (2)    elevations    and    a section of the design at appropriate scale.
  3. Contestants are  required  to  conduct  a  minimum  five  (5)  minutes  oral  presentation, explaining  his/her  project.  This  time  limit  does  not  include  the  time  required  for  the judges to ask questions and the contestant to respond to the judges.
  4. Contestants are  required  to  construct  a  scaled  model  of  his  or  her  project.    (The

national office will provide Display tables and electricity.)

  1. Contestants must  submit  a  STEM  Verification  Form  from  a  qualified  architect  with an  earned  professional  degree  or  license.  This  person  can  also  serve  as  a    coach, working  closely  with  the  student  during  the  course  of  the  project  to  ensure  the accuracy of the student’s research and qualification for entry.
  2. Gold medalists  advancing  to  the  national  competition  will  be  required  to    upload

images of their entries to a designated site.

NOTE:   The  deadline  for  submission  of  national  registration  documents  is  May 15, 2020. No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Complexity of  Project/Originality  (15)
  • Planning and Space Concepts (10)
  • Aesthetics (10)
  • Consistency and Validity of Design Concepts (10)
  • Drawings (15)

  1.Quality of line work

  2.Organization  of  drawings

  • Model (10)

  Workmanship,  Scale

  • Site Analysis/Design  (15)

  Construction  Materials/Methods  of  Construction  (5)

  • Written Statement  (5)

  Explaining  Project,  Establishing  Parameters

  Identifying  Project  Limitations  and  Design  Objectives

  • Verbal Presentation  (5)