Student Design Competition 2021 Call for Entries

Student Design Competition 2021: Call for Entries

Submission: June 22, 2021
Registration: June 22, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see detail below
Type:  Student competition

What is it about a space that makes one feel they belong? Students must be able to bring their whole selves to campus and into living and learning spaces. By employing inclusive design strategies, we can provide calming and engaging spaces to foster the community and creativity essential to the fabric of higher education. For this competition, entries should consider a space – a residence hall suite, a group of classrooms, OR a student study/social space to explore the ways diversity, inclusion, and equity can take a physical shape on campus.

You can either choose a space on your campus or use one of the attached templates. Your design should consider equitable use, flexibility, physiological comfort, and belonging for all users regardless of difference.

Your design ideas will help create a roadmap for institutes of higher education to address these issues in a way that is meaningful, authentic, and creates a more inclusive and student-centered campus environment through thoughtful, informed, and provocative design considerations. Preferred solutions will be repeatable and scalable for institutions of various sizes and student populations. Competition is open to creative interpretation, though suggested deliverables are outlined below.


This competition encourages creativity and exploration and therefore entries are open to whatever drawings or materials entrants feel are needed to convey the breadth of the idea. Proposals may be presented using any technique of your choice (sketches, diagrams, 3d visualizations, model photos, cad drawings, etc). Though not required, suggested deliverables include:

  • (1) floor plan with labels and dimensions as necessary to communicate the basis of design ideas

  • (2) 3D impressions (renderings, hand-sketches, collages, models, and other methods accepted)

  • (1) written proposal of 1,000 words or less explaining the main ideas of the design and how it promotes belonging and inclusivity for users


This competition is open to students who live in or attend an institution of higher education in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students who graduated in May 2021 are eligible to participate. A .edu address is preffered for participation. Submissions will be accepted from individuals or teams of four max, but all team members must meet the above qualifications. Pre-registration is not required, registration is done by submitting the requirements on time and via email. All registrants will receive a confirmation upon receipt of submission.


The team will select four winners: a first-place overall winner, and then an honorable mention in each of the three categories – residence hall, learning space, and study/social space. The winning entries will be included in a presentation at SCUP’s annual conference in July. All entries will be considered for inclusion as part of the SCUP fellow research report, Peripheral Vision: Planning and Designing Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Learning Environments.

The winning entry will receive a prize of $300. All honorable mentions will receive a prize of $75.

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