RE-Form Design Competition

Submission: October 07, 2016
Registration: October 07, 2016
Language: English, Spanish
Location: Concept
Prizes: Grand Prize Award: $1,000
Type: Open


Experiences are intrinsically composed by the tangible and intangible architectures that trigger the senses. It is through this delicate exchange of sensory information that we create lasting impressions from space, objects and interactions. What new exchanges can we envision and suggest through meaningful design? We invite design thinkers to envision new modalities for exchange. Propose an innovative “skin” in which humans could interact with their surrounding environments and everyday activities through the different intertwined senses. The proposed “skin”/ product could be at any scale and serve any function that the designer envisions.


  • Sustainability: Could new environmental technologies inspire new tactile, visual, olfactory and/or hearing sensing interfaces for our everyday objects and spaces.
  • Biophilia: What are new forms and behaviors inspired from living organisms?
  • Synesthesia. How can some senses be provoked through other sensory stimulation?
  • Impressions: What new “handshakes,” introductions, memories, and feelings can be created or suggested through design?


The Jury will review the e-submissions and select the finalists based on the following criteria: Concept, Innovation, Transcendence, Social Relevance, Manufacturability, Graphic Quality and Compliance will all submission requirements.

The jury shall have the sole authority to determine whether and how many awards shall be awarded. Decisions of the Jury are Final.


  1. Entries must be submitted online by 11:59pm on October 7, 2016.
  2. All submissions should contain original content. All entries must be submitted without identifying marks, including logos, text, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s author.


1.  Product Description/Narrative. Written description of design solution, 500 words maximum, describing your targeted “problem” and your design solution.

2.  Presentation Format. Each entrant must submit a single PDF Presentation of 6MB or less. The PDF should be comprised of a maximum of 5 slides in the following format:

  • 24” x 36” – Landscape Orientation
  • 150dpi Resolution
  • The PDF must contain the following information:
    • Title – Name for your project.
    • Explanation of project through Text or Diagram.
    • Drawings and scenario views of the proposal in context.

3.  Video. Submit a short (1-minute) video introducing your project and concept (in .mov, .mp4 or .avi format).


Submissions due: October 7, 2016 by 11:59pm

Awards announcements and Reception: November 7th, 2016

Recipients will be announced at a dedicated EAC event at the District Architecture Center (DAC) in Washington, D.C.


Students & Assoc. AIA members: $28 Professionals: $44    ** Fees are non-refundable, including for submissions that are late, incomplete, or disqualified. **


This competition is open to all architects, designers, students, interns, will the following exclusions:

  1. Entries shall not have been published in any competition publication.
  2. Each entrant certifies, through submissions to the contest, that the entry is their own original creative work and does not violate or infringe the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. copyright law or patent law.
  3. Entries shall not have been selected as finalist, winner, honorable mention, etc. in any other competition.
  4. For evaluation purposes each design is considered as a separate entry and a separate entry fee must be paid for each. Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.
  5. Jury selected finalists are required to attend the Awarding event on November 7, 2016 at the District Architecture Center (DC) in Washington, D.C., to present their project and concept. This cost will be incurred by finalists.
  6. By entering the contest, the entrant agrees to hold harmless, AIA for all legal and administrative claims to include associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to their submission or its use.
  7. Entrants retain all copyright and equivalent rights but give AIA non-exclusive rights to use their names, likenesses, quotes, submissions or any part of the submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. These include, but are not limited to, website display, print materials, You Tube, Social Media outlets and exhibits.
  8. AIA will not be responsible for any claims or complaints from third parties about any disputes of ownership regarding copyright, ideas, solutions, images or video.

Go to the competition’s website