Rochester Design Competition 2016

Submission: May 27, 2016
Registration: April 22, 2016
Language: English
Location: Rochester, USA
Prizes: 1st Prize: 1,000 USD, Honorable Mention Prize 250 USD
Type: Open


The 2016 Rochester Design Competition highlights an existing parcel that boasts the Historic Riverside Building on the prominent corner.  The elongated site has surface parking lots and some non-historic, 1-story buildings extending south to Hazama Park at the terminus of 6th Street SW.  The entire east frontage of the site engages the Zumbro River and the river trail system.

Both the Rochester Downtown Master Plan and Destination Medical Center Development Plan employ a strategy focused on the Zumbro River as a revitalized public amenity in contrast to the current flood control channel.

The 2016 Rochester Design Competition will focus on this entire site to envision a future development that can complement the Riverside Building, with a mix of uses, increased density, underground parking, and enhanced urban design.  This site truly has it all, only blocks from Mayo Clinic and Discovery Square.


Interns within seven years of graduating, architectural students, and unlicensed individuals are all eligible.  Licensed architects and teams of individuals are not eligible.


First Prize $1,000 and Honorable Mention Prize(s) $250  [NOTE: All designs will remain the property of the entrants and there is no guarantee that a winning design will be used by the City of Rochester, DMCC, or any other developer.]


$20 (multiple entries per individual are allowed provided multiple fees are submitted)

Go to the competition’s website