detroit design competition

Detroit Design 139

Submission: August 09, 2017
Registration: August 09, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Detroit Design 139 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions that will result in an exhibition showcasing exceptional architecture and design work within the City of Detroit. Local, national, and international firms are encouraged to submit projects that have been, are currently being, or are planned to be built within Detroit’s 139 square miles. The top 20 submissions will be selected by an international jury and will then be displayed in the recently renovated 1001 Woodward storefront on Campus Martius in the heart of Downtown Detroit.


The Detroit Design139 Exhibition is open to architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, and artists.

The goal of DETROIT DESIGN 139 is to showcase innovative work happening within our city, so we welcome any projects that fall within Detroit’s 139 square miles. Projects with footprints outside of Detroit’s city limits will not be considered.

Board and staff members of Detroit Design139, as well as members of the jury, or those involved with the preparation or funding of this competition may not participate. This competition is to be conducted solely via this website – no additional printed material is available. The official language of the competition is English.


Interested participants are asked to submit up to three (3) projects that represent design excellence in planning, architecture, landscape design, and adaptive reuse. Projects must be built, or designed with intent to build, and must be located within the Detroit city limits. The three projects can be submitted into any of the following three categories:

  1. Urban Design (includes Planning and Landscape Architecture projects)
  2. New Construction
  3. Adaptive Reuse

The image and text content to be included in each of the submissions are at the discretion of the participant, but may include renderings, photographs, site maps, plans, sections, elevations, axonometric drawings, diagrams, and sketches. Accommodations may also be made for the display of a physical model at the discretion of the Detroit Design139 committee.


JULY 21st // Announce Open Call for Submissions

AUGUST 2nd // Questions Due

AUGUST 4th // Answers Posted to Website FAQ

AUGUST 9th 5:00pm EST // Submissions Due

AUGUST 21st // Winners Announced

SEPTEMBER 11th // Detroit Design139 Opens to Public

Go to the competition’s website