The Centennial Design Competition is focused on the qualities that make successful residential design - including style, comfort, function, appropriateness to setting, and beauty. Participants are asked to provide an all-encompassing design for the interior and exterior spaces of the project site, including, but not limited to, finishes, furniture, artwork, lighting, and window treatments.
A single winner will be awarded a $10,000 prize for use toward educational purposes. Prize will be presented and winner will be recognized at two awards events in spring 2018.
Evening of April 19, 2018: All participants and their guests, along with school representatives and Decorators Club members will be invited to an awards presentation during which all competition entries will be on view and winners will be announced. Tickets to this event are free of charge.
Evening of May 2, 2018: All winners and their guests, along with school representatives, leading NYC designers and vendors, and Decorators Club members will be invited to a gala awards event at The University Club in NYC. Winners will be formally announced, prizes will be awarded, and the 2017 Luxe Magazine and Decorators Club co-produced Master Class videos will be premiered.
- January 7, 2018 Registration opens
- March 3, 2018 Registration closes
- April 2, 2018 Submission deadline
- April 13, 2018 Jury deliberations
- April 19, 2018 Awards Ceremony
- May 2, 2018 Masterclass Ceremonies with Winners Recognition
The competition is open to all students enrolled in full- or part-time Bachelors of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degree programs during the spring academic semester of 2018. Students must be enrolled in one of the New York City area design schools listed below, and may be in any class year from freshman to first semester senior. Seniors in their final semester are not eligible. Each participant may submit only one entry.
Presentation must include:
- A written statement of no more than 500 words describing design solution, including concepts for choosing furnishings and artwork, and how visits to museums, showrooms, and/or auction houses influenced design scheme
- Floor Plan/Furniture Plan showing entire apartment
- Reflected Ceiling Plan/Lighting Plan to show proposed lighting throughout apartment
- Elevations of principal rooms as required to show design intent
- Scheme boards including images of proposed finishes, furnishings, lighting, textiles, and artworks
- At least one three-dimensional representation of a principal room
- Sketches and other material showing development of concept. Hand sketches and drawings are especially encouraged
Presentations will be submitted digitally, and are to comprise a maximum of four 30” x 40” presentation boards in landscape format, plus a single page written statement described above. The written statement should be the first image of the presentation, followed by the four boards.
Each presentation is to be submitted as a single digital PDF file, with a total file size not exceeding 15MB. The written statement as well as each board must be labeled with the ID code issued to the participant upon registration. The ID code must be the only visible identifying information on the submission. Presence of other identifying information will result in disqualification.
Instructions for submitting projects will be provided to each participant upon registration. Upon completion of the competition, project images will be transferred to this website, where they will be accessible for public viewing.
Since judges will be reviewing projects without the benefit of in-person presentations, participants are encouraged to make submissions as self-explanatory as possible. All boards, drawings, and other images should be clearly titled and labeled. Written descriptions should be thorough, and all graphics should be clearly legible on presentation boards.
Please note that representation technique is completely free, and may include two and three-dimensional drawings, pictures of models, sketches, renderings, etc. The jury will evaluate presentations not only on the quality of the project, but also the clarity and quality of the presentation.
Please note: All entrants must be present at the April 19th Awards Ceremony and winners must be present at the May 2nd, 2018 Masterclass Event in order to collect prize.
Between the registration opening date of January 7, 2018 and the submission deadline of April 2, 2018, participants must agree to visit a minimum of two of the New York City museums and trade resources listed below:
- 1stdibs Showroom
- Sales previews for auctions held at Sothebys, Christies, or Doyle Galleries
- Metropolitan Museum
- Brooklyn Museum
- The Frick Collection
- Museum of the City of New York
- Cooper Hewitt Museum
- Morris Jumel Mansion
- Bartow-Pell Mansion
- Van Cortland House Museum
- The Merchants House Museum
- Gracie Mansion
- Furnishings showrooms at New York Design Center and D&D Building
- Independent furnishings and antiques dealer shops and showrooms
The prize will be awarded based on overall excellence of design scheme. The jury will take into consideration the creativity of the proposed scheme, attention to the functional requirements of the program, and the response to the site and the architectural setting.
Judges will pay special attention to the qualities that make for successful residential design: natural and artificial lighting; comfort of spaces and furnishings; customization of the design scheme to the clients’ personal interests, tastes and collections; and the use of furnishings, materials and finishes to enhance the design concepts for the scheme.
Participants will also be judged on the quality of their presentations, which should clearly and logically convey the design solution, including both the general concept and specific details.
For more details, please visit the Competition Brief.