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Design Awards FAQ


Steps for Submitting

  1. Go to
  2. Read through all restriction, information, and guidelines.
  3. Submit Fee Here (unless you are a student or have previously received a waiver)
  4. Fill out Google Form (open on Sept 7)
  5. A confirmation email will be sent and we will share a Google Drive for you to upload your content.

What is the deadline for submissions?

  • October 22, 2021


Do I need to pay before submitting?

  • Each submission fee is considered a donation as it will all go back to supporting the museum as a non-profit institution. Each submission helps us continue to provide a platform for emerging voices in architecture and design.
  • As an inclusive institution we have reserved a number of fee waived submissions. If the submission fee is a barrier please email us at and we will work with you.


Once I complete the payment and fill out the Google Form, will I receive a confirmation?

  • You will receive a confirmation after filling out the Google Form within 24 hours.


How many entries can I submit?

  • You may submit up to two designs per category.
  • You may not submit the same design twice in a single category. Please note we ask you to submit the fee for each submission.


Can I submit one design into multiple categories?

  • You may submit one design into a maximum of 2 categories. Please note we ask you to submit the fee for each submission.

What dates do I need to know?

  • October 22, 2021        

    Submission Deadline

  • October 28-November 11, 2021   

    Jury Convenes

  • November 12,13, 14 2021   

Winners Announced

  • November 19, 2021 

Winners and Sponsors Award Gala

If I am submitting multiple entries, should I send in multiple google forms?

  • No, please only submit one form.
  • Within the form, it will ask you which categories you will be submitting to.
  • We will send you separate Google Drive Folders for Each Category that you select.


Is there a limit to the amount of images or documents that I submit?

  • There is no limit to the number of documents that you submit. You may submit all content that you believe will best showcase your work to the jury.
  • We ask that submissions do not exceed 500MB


Who qualifies as a student?

  • You must currently be enrolled either part time or full time at an academic institution


Can I get a refund and withdraw my submission?

  • We will not be offering refunds for submissions.
  • For any inquiries about a refund, please contact


Can I make changes to my submission?

  • For any changes that need to be made to the Google Form, please contact
  • You may make changes to your Google Drive Folder until Oct 17th at 1159PM PST.


Will I be notified if I’ve been selected?

  • We will only be sending out emails to the selected recipients.
  • Winners will be announced on 11-12,13,14-2021


What is the jury’s selection process?

  • The Jury for each category will review all submissions individually. The top five from each will be discussed among the group and a selection will arise.


What do the winners receive?

  • Winners will be featured in our  Awards Show Gallery and across all our social media platforms.
  • A physical award to be proudly displayed.
  • Guidelines and Resources permitting we will curate present a physical exhibition in a surprise location.

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