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Competitions, Scholarships, and Professional Development for Design Students: Design Competitions

Discover information about competitions, scholarships, and professional organizations. Students, as emerging professionals, explore and aspire to participate in these forums. Join a professional organization for networking, volunteer committee work, and leadership opportunities. 

Design Competitions are grouped by discipline
Scholarships for undergraduates and graduates include external funding opportunities and additional New York Tech resources.
Internships & Professional Development includes a selection of programs for designers and digital artists in the New York metropolitan region. Professional groups range from architecture, histories, interior designers, urban designers, and digital artist communities. In addition to networking, professional organizations influence mentorship and advocacy issues.

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Architecture and Interior Design Competition Directories

  • UNI Global Architecture & Design Community Competitions Dashboard (Various)
  • AIA/ACSA CoTE Competition: Every year, the Committee on the Environment recognizes ten student designs that provide health, sustainability, and equity. Held annually in January.
  • Young Architects Competition: Annual, with different themes, 2022: Design Dubai Sea House, a villa in Jumeirah Bay with the intention to have a peaceful creation. (Annual call closes June 2022)
  • Design and Build 2022 Challenge “Sanctuary Continental”: The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) in Englewood, CO is looking for design concepts following the theme of 'Sanctuary Continental. Open until July 10th, 2022. Competitions on similar themes held annually.
  • Architecture At Zero: This competition focuses on environmental awareness. The challenge is to create affordable housing for farmworker families in California. Competition closed for 2022 but held yearly. 
  • IN Award: An international competition for students and professionals involved with Architecture, Interior Design, and Urban Design.

Source: Campana Brothers. 2006. Corallo Chair. Place: The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of the Architecture & Design Society in honor of "The Friends of the Society".

Interior Design

Carl Blechen. 1834. The Interior of the Palm House on the Pfaueninsel Near Potsdam. Place: The Art Institute of Chicago, Through prior acquisitions of the George F. Harding Collection; L.L. and A.S. Coburn and Alexander A. McKay endowments; through prior gift of William Wood Prince; through prior acquisitions of the Charles H. and Mary F.S. Worcester Endowment.


Architectural History and Writing Competitions

Source: Raphael. 1519. Front of a Theater (Architectural Study). drawing. Place: Gabinetto disegni e stampe degli Uffizi, inv. no. 560 A.

Urban Design & Community Competitions

Source: unknown. c. 1530-1550. Globe within medallion. Textiles - Tapestries. Place: United States, New York, New York, Columbia University (?),, French & Co..

Sponsored By Professional Organizations

Source: Richard Neutra (American architect, 1892-1970, born in Austria). 1959. Job 2956: Crescent Professional Building (West Hollywood, Calif.). Architecture. Place: Julius Shulman Photography Archive, 1936-1997, Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2004.R.10,



Source: 20th cent.. Wind winnow. agricultural equipment. Place: Museum fⁿr V÷lkerkunde, Vienna, Austria.

Digital Art and Design Including UX/UI Competitions

Nkencho, Basil (UMass Boston Student artist, active 2017). 2017, CE, Image:2017. Electric.

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