The 2019 Competition is Open!

This year’s competition, “DronePort”, asks students to critically study the elements of effective brand design, and apply those elements to a type of building which has never been constructed. Students will imagine a retail store in the near future serviced exclusively by drones. Entrants will be challenged to abandoned their preconceived notions of what a store is, and forge a new path which is recognizable as their company’s facility, but a departure from the traditional retail store. Each entrant will choose a real-world company to own their store, and be inspired by that company’s brand aesthetic as the starting point for their work. This multi-faceted design program presents many possibilities for design exploration and should be an engaging challenge for any student interested in art, architecture, drafting or interior design.

This design competition is an excellent vehicle for students to explore an interest in architecture and design, as well as a great resume builder. Three top prizes of $500, a custom designed trophy, a certificate of excellence, and a $500 scholarship to a summer architectural workshop, should be pretty motivating as well!

Since 1971 this statewide competition has been hosted by AIA Indianapolis in an effort to encourage the future generation of architects to enter the design field, and to promote the importance of architecture and design to all.

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Need Advice on What Medium to Use?

The competition committee loves hand drawings, especially because we see very few. If you possess any hand drawing skills, we encourage you to hand draw your entry. If you’d like to use the computer then AutoCAD or Revit (http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software) will both do the job well, and are the programs used by most entrants. We also strongly recommend Sketchup (http://www.sketchup.com/) Sketchup isn’t as limiting as other programs can be, especially to novice users. It’s also easy to learn, fun to use, and free.