Eligibility, Submission Requirements and Registration Fee information below. 


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We encourage collaboration with professionals from outside the design community (science, technology, humanities, etc.) for the development of human-centered design solutions that respond to healthcare, social service, environmental, and education issues associated with home. Thus, the Design Challenge is open to individual professionals, firms, teams, and students comprised of architects, designers, and professionals in allied fields (interior, landscape, lighting, urban planning, graphic design, sustainability, historic preservation, etc.) (“Participants” or “Participant”).

If any entry into the Design Challenge involves more than one firm or individual, or a combination of firms and individuals, or a firm, such Design Challenge entry must identify a single individual as the lead for the entry (“Lead Participant”). The Lead Participant must have the authority to act on behalf of all individuals and firms involved in the entry and be authorized to legally bind all individuals and firms involved with the entry to the terms and conditions of this Competition Brief. Written confirmation of the Lead Participant’s authority to do so may be required at any time during the Design Challenge by all applicable individuals and firms.

To participate and be eligible to win an award in the Design Challenge, every Participant must be a legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and each individual Participant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of registration.

Employees of Home Matters, and any of its affiliated entities, the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter (“AIASF”), Wells Fargo Bank, AARP, AARP Foundation, United Housing and any members of any such person’s respective immediate families (parents, spouse, children, siblings) or individuals residing in their household (whether or not related) are not eligible to participate in the Design Challenge. This Design Challenge is void where prohibited by law.

Submission Requirements
Participants are required to submit all of the following materials, comprising their Design Challenge Submission (“Submission” or “Submissions”):

  • 50-word brief description
  • 400-word narrative describing how design concept responds to the Seven Principles of Universal Design
  • 100-word statement addressing how the concept responds to the competition’s priorities of initial design and construction costs, as well as multi-generation operation costs
  • Completed budget template
  • Conceptual architectural design including the following presentation drawings at JPEGs:
    • site plan
    • floor plan
    • exterior elevations
    • interior elevations
    • 1-8 renderings (3D modeling highly desired)
    • 1 additional item choice, including animation file

Images must be submitted as JPEG, 300 dpi. Submissions should NOT include identifying information such as firm name or logo. An incomplete Submission will not be eligible for an Award.

Eligible Submissions may not contain material that violates or infringes another person’s or entity’s rights, including but not limited to any privacy, publicity or intellectual or other property rights, such as copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, and must be an original work not subject to any use limitations. No entry shall violate any contract Participant may be subject to, including but not limited any employment contract. No Entries can or will be acknowledged or returned to any Participant, or any other person or entity.

Registration Fee
To register, a non-refundable, registration fee in the amount set forth below must be paid for each Submission before the Deadline. Registration fee covers one Submission. Multiple registrations are allowed.

Open Submission
$150 on or before April 16, 2016
$250 from April 17-May 11, 2016

Student Submission
$40 on or before April 16, 2016
$50 from April 17-May 11
, 2016

Copies of student identification will be required as proof of student status for all members of student submission teams.

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