SARA Design Awards 2017 


  • Student entrants must have been enrolled in a NAAB-Accredited Architecture program in the United States within the past 6 months.  Students may be enrolled in any year of study.  
  • There are no restrictions as to project program or completion date.


  • Any academic project; there are no limitations of category or type of structure.
  • All projects are judged on a stand-alone merit basis. Each submission will be evaluated on the extent to which, in the Jury’s opinion, the Project achieved an outstanding solution to the program that defined the Project requirements.
  • Non-building projects (Sculpture, Hardware, Fixtures, Furniture, etc.) may be submitted.
  • Aspects of sustainability apply to every submission and will be taken into consideration accordingly.

  • Group/team projects will only be considered once.


One project will be awarded a $500 prize. The winning project will be announced at the Awards Banquet.


All registrants will receive free admission to the awards banquet (must complete a separate RSVP)

October 26, 2017

Kanbar Campus Center, Performance Space
Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls
4201 Henry Ave, Phila PA 19144


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Upon receipt of this registration form, you will receive an email containing submission instructions, data sheets & a project registration number.  This information will include detailed directions regarding the preparation and submission of your project for judging.  Below is a brief summary of the items that will be required:

  • Registration forms and fees are due at 11:59p on September 15, 2017 (link to the form at the bottom of the page)
  • Entries are to be uploaded by 11:59p on September 22, 2017 (instructions to follow)
  • All entries are to contain no more than (2) boards (PDF only) and (1) typed description (PDF & DOC)
  • All boards are to be formatted as 24”x36” portrait or landscape orientation
  • Boards are to contain images and text of the project created by digital media, photos/scans of hand-drawn images, or photos of physical models
  • A written description of your entry in no more than (250) words that includes a Project Statement and your Design Intent. You should also include project requirements, constraints, concepts, solutions, and any other information that is relevant to judging your project (include both PDF & DOC files) 

All entrants are invited to attend the the Awards Reception on October 26, 2017 in Philadelphia.  Award winners will be announced at the Design Awards Reception.

Note: All submitted projects will be printed and will be displayed at the Design Award Reception this fall.  Printing and related costs will be paid for by SARA PA Council. All printed boards will become the property of SARA PA Council. 



Click the "Register Now" button below to complete the online registration form.



Entrants may submit more than one project.