The Bright Ideas Awards will recognize the best new, completed projects submitted in two categories: single-family and multi-family. A third, honorary mention will recognize one unbuilt project of note. Learn how to enter here.
Winners and runners up will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges:
- Brandon Berg, senior vice president of research & development at Andersen Corporation
- E.B. Min of Min Design
- Kevin Kudo-King, owner and principal at Olson Kundig
- Lisa Iwamoto principal at IwamotoScott
- Ravi Raj, principal at Ravi Raj Architecture
- Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson of Design, Bitches
- William Hanley, editor in chief at Dwell
The contest is open to certified individual architects and firms anywhere in the U.S. Students pursuing architecture-related degrees and recent graduates are also encouraged to apply in the unbuilt category.
Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Creative approach to fenestration and daylighting;
- Environmentally responsibility in creating safe, healthy living spaces, and built with responsibly sourced materials;
- Structural innovation (i.e. use of new shapes and forms); and
- Contextualism (whether the project is responsive to the conditions that surround the building, i.e. being sympathetic to scale, materials, and the program).
The shortlist of nominees will be revealed on Dwell.com no later than September 30, and Dwell will announce the judges' selection of winning projects on Dwell.com on October 4, in celebration of World Architecture Day. The projects will also be featured in the print magazine this winter.
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