render of the year


Submission: December 31, 2020
Registration: December 31, 2020
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Designers are storytellers.​They assume many roles, but common to them all is the task of telling the story of the spaces andworlds they imagine. Often, they must convey these thoughts with images. Through their images, theycan shape and influence how others feel and understand their ideas.

Although designers continue to be equipped with better digital tools, making it easier to create images,there is still a great deal of craft in visualization. Designers must discern the ways people interpret theirimages. They must work with the feelings that emerge from an image. They must understand how tospeak to their audience without words.​​

The Render of the Year award is seeking compelling images that tell stories of architecture, interiors,cities, and worlds that could be.


Anne-Marie Armstrong ​- Founder | AAmp Studio

Deborah Berke ​- Partner | Deborah Berke Partners

Alice Britton ​- Cofounder | Squint / Opera

Keely Colcleugh ​- Founder | Kilograph

Ivi Diamantopoulou ​- Cofounder | New Affiliates

Peter Guthrie ​- Founder | The Boundary

Alex Hogrefe ​- Partner | Visualizing Architecture Design Distill

Catherine Huang ​- Partner | Bjarke Ingels Group

Juan Rico ​- Cofounder | Methanoia

George Yabu + Glenn Pushelberg ​- Founders | Yabu Pushelburg



01 The content of the image can be of any scale – cities, buildings, or spaces.

02 Images must show something that is not currently built.

03 Images must be 20 mb per file max.



Overall Winner

$ 3,000

+Render of the Year Book Feature

+Press Publications​

Young Designer Award​

$ 1,000

+Render of the Year Book Feature

+press publications

​Undergraduate Award

​$ 1,000

+Render of the Year Book Feature

+Press Publications​

Exterior Award


+Render of the Year Book Feature

+Press publications

Interior Award


+Render of the Year Book Feature

+Press publications

Honorable ​Mentions

+Render of the Year Book Feature

+Press publicationsDirectors Choice

+Render of the Year Book Feature

+Press Publications

Total Awards:​ $6,000


Early Registration Begins – October 5

Early Registration Ends – November 23

Regular Registration Begins – November 24 (​prices increase​)

Regular Registration Ends – December 31

Submission Deadline – January 2nd

Results Announced – January 2021


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