AIA Ohio Student Design Awards Program
The AIA Ohio Student Design Awards program focuses on high quality, innovative design responses. This program allows students to submit any school project they have worked on during the past academic year, including projects completed outside of the classroom setting (e.g. competitions). Students may even elect to re-address projects previously submitted as part of course work and improve their original design solution. The AIA Ohio Student Design Awards provides all students with the opportunity to submit their best and most innovative work.
General Submission Requirements
Students may submit any work that they have completed either individually or as a team within the past academic year. (June 2016 –June 2017)
The work can be from a studio project, independent study or just a project or concept that appeals to the student.
At or near the end of the academic year, students should submit projects for review by an in-house jury. The submission requirements for the in-house jury will be up to each school. Any format of projects (boards, PowerPoint, web based, etc.,) are acceptable. All are valid. The end result is that AIA Ohio is looking for each school to select the top eight (8) submissions to forward on to AIA Ohio. AIA Ohio will require the winning projects to upload their submissions using this program, OpenWater.
Each school should select a competition coordinator, who will have responsibility for communicating with students and AIA Ohio, receiving entries, and overseeing the school jury process.
The students, in addition to their images, will need to submit a written description of their work. This should be a 100-150 word statement of their process, or their approach to addressing the studio problem. While projects will be evaluated on the entire composition, it is also important for the projects to be juried against the students’ own statement.
AIA Ohio would like to see the best and most innovative designs submitted and as part of this focus, we are leaving the submissions wide open. There are no restrictions as to the type of projects submitted. Given this, key review criteria include, design excellence, innovation, and an assessment of how well the design solution solves the problem addressed in the written statement. No single student may submit more than one individual project.
AIA Ohio requests that the jury process include (in addition to faculty) design professionals, alumni, or others who will help strengthen the review process. While there are a number of adjunct faculty in many of the schools, it is our hope that others outside of the faculty would be invited to participate in this process. The actual makeup of the in-house jury remains the responsibility of the schools and AIA Ohio will accept the process determined appropriate by each school.
Through this process, the students will have the opportunity to submit their best work that illustrates design ability and innovative thinking on a range of topics. Once each school’s jury has selected the top eight submissions, the students/schools will be provided with information on how to upload those projects to Openwater for AIA Ohio to review.
The AIA Ohio Student Design Awards shall be coordinated by the AIA Ohio secretary or designee in
conjunction with AIA Ohio staff and management.
Once submissions are uploaded to AIA Ohio via Openwater, the jury will review all submissions
provided from the schools.
The jury will be comprised of approximately five individuals selected by AIA Ohio and will include respected designers from throughout Ohio who are members of the AIA and who represent some of the same innovative thinking approaches to design that we seek from student submissions. The Student Design Awards Coordinator (or designee) will coordinate the work of the jury and will serve in a non-voting capacity.
Given the anticipated variety in submissions, the jury will have flexibility in determining awards and the number and rank of awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd place, honorable mention). At least one first place award of $1,000 or more will be provided with other awards equaling not less than $500. A total of approximately $5,000 will be awarded.
All work submitted for review by the AIA Ohio must be anonymous. Names of students and academic institutions should be removed from all documents submitted.
The process for submitting and reviewing projects is flexible and adaptable to student and school needs. AIA Ohio will ask that the submission and review of student work and the school jury process occur any time between April and the end of May. AIA Ohio will assemble a jury to review once submissions are in. All submissions will be entered through the OpenWater Awards Software.
Student award recipients will be recognized at the AIA Ohio Valley Convention in Indianapolis on September 27-29, 2017. It should be noted that as part of the student submissions, AIA Ohio is not requiring printed or mounted displays. The projects will be displayed digitally.
June 1, 2017