FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) or Questions and Answers (Q&A), are listed questions and answers, all supposed to be commonly asked about the competitions. The purpose of this FAQ page is to address common concerns, questions or objections that participants have. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information and support.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Part I: Before Registration
Q1: Are the competitions restricted only to students or professionals?
A1: No, competitions are open to all architects, designers or thinkers who want to show the world their solution to the issues we propose.
Q2: Is there any age restriction?
A2: Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Q3: How do I participate in an architectural design contest?
A3: Participating is very simple. Go to the contest page that you like, select ‘Register’, fill in the form with your team’s information, select if you participate individually or as a group and choose the payment method.
Q4: Is the competition open only to professional architects?
A4: The Competition is open to all students, professionals as well as design studios and organizations. No matter you are architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment, even people from other disciplines can also participate, such as engineers, philosophers, sociologists, photographers, etc.
Q5: Can we enter as a group?
A5: Yes. When you register the competition, you have to select ‘Individual’ or ’Team’.
Q6: How many people are allowed per team?
A6: A maximum of five people are allowed per team.
Q7: How many projects can be submitted per team?
A7: One project per team. Teams who wish to submit multiple designs can register their team multiple times.
Q8: Where can I find past arch out loud competitions?
A8: Please visit our official website to view the past competition results.
Part II: Formal Registration
Q1: How do I pay the registration fee?
A1: For the registration process, we only accept online payment through PayPal, a well-known, trusted, and secure way to make payments over the Internet.
Q2: Can I pay with credit card?
A2: Yes, you can. Through the PayPal payment gateway, it’s also allowed to add your credit card as one of your payment methods.
Part III: After Registration
Q1: I have paid the registration fee. What’s my Team Code? Where can I look for it?
A1: Your Team Code will be sent by email within 72 hours after the registration and payment process. Remember that the code is unique and valid for each submitted entry. Please check out your inbox as well as spam.
Q2: What if I still have questions related to the briefs and the competition after the registration?
A2: In case of any query, please contact us at the specific email address which is only valid for each competition. Please feel free to send your questions to us with ‘FAQ-YourTeamCode’ subject until the deadline of submission. All queries regarding the registration process, fees or payment should be sent to the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY-YourTeamCode’ subject.
Q3: Can we include more members in the team or modify the information for team members once finished the payment?
A3: Yes. Please send us email with ‘MODIFY-YourTeamCode’ subject and the updated information. We will record your modification details.
Q4: What should I do if I forget/lose my Team Code?
A4: Please kindly provide your PayPal address/account when you signed up the competition. We will help you track the registration reference. We advise you to check the email inbox connected to your PayPal account again, there should be an automatic confirmation email with unique TEAM CODE.
Part IV: Submission
Q1: Where do I have to send/upload my board? How do I submit my work?
A1: The submission should be mailed to a specific email address which is only valid for each competition. Please check the official website or competition briefing to know the unique email address.
Q2: Can we submit printed boards?
A2: No, all submissions must be in digital format as outlined in the competition brief.
Q3: What’s the size of my submitted design board?
A3: The image or board must comply with the following format: your design must be presented in oriented A1 sheet (841mm×594mm / 33.1 x 23.4 in), both horizontal display and vertical display are accepted. Minimum 72 dpi, and only JPG format will be accepted. The file must be no larger than 15 MB in order to facilitate uploads and downloads. Only the A1 board will be evaluated by the jury.
Q4: What should my A1 board have?
A4: The content and the presentation of the board are under the full responsibility and freedom of the participants, who can use any graphics tool to make better understand the design idea. Anyway, it is advisable to include at least:
(A)General plans and layouts of the project, including floor plans and sections, scaled adequately to ensure reading and comprehension of the plans.
(B)Diagrams, views, sketches, renderings, or any other form of visual representation that will help explain the project.
(C)Constructive details that are considered essential to explain the project.
(D)A 450 word-long (maximum) descriptive text. Any text or description can only be delivered in English.
(E)It is mandatory to put your Team Code (eg. PTF2016-HA8T6VC) on your submitted panel.
Q5: What should my A1 board NOT have?
A5: Since the contest is anonymous, the names of participants must NOT be presented on the sheet with the images and in the name of the file to be sent.
Q6: Can I write the descriptive text in an additional .TXT file and submit separately?
A6: No. The 450 word-long (maximum) descriptive text must be on your submitted board. The separated .TXT file will not be accepted.
Q7: What’s the name of my submitted file?
A7: The name of submitted file must be your Team Code (eg. PTF2016-HA8T6VC) when you registered. Since the contest is anonymous, the names of participants must NOT be presented on the sheet with the images and in the name of the file to be sent.
Q8: Can I submit multiple works?
A8: It’s only allowed to submit one A1 board for each final work. One person could enter as an individual entry or a part of team entry. It is also possible for one team to enter multiple entries. But be aware of that, one registration/payment is only for one submitted entry. You are free to submit more than one proposal as long as you register each one separately and pay its correspondent fee. If a team submits more than one board only the first one will be sent to the jury.
Q9: Can submissions be sent on CDs or DVDs?
A9: No. Entries are only accepted by email in a JPG format.
Q10: Can a name or a company logo be included on a board or DOC document?
A10: Submission materials should NOT include any company logo or identification, boards with any identification on it will be disqualified without notification.
Q11: Should I use Manual, freehand or digital presentation?
A11: There are no restrictions regarding presentations as long as the team is submitting a digital copy satisfying the requirements specified in the brief. Dimensions will need to be clearly stated.
Q12: Is it possible to submit a project previously submitted to another competition or is it possible to reuse a project from another competition?
A12: Only the projects that have not already been awarded in another competition are eligible.
Part V: Jury Deliberations
Q1: Do I contact the jury members by email?
A1: No. Under no circumstances will the jury members be contacted by competition participants.
Q2: What reason will cause the Jury exclude my design work?
A2: The jury may exclude the works for the following reasons:
(A)Delivery outside or without complying with the provisions of the basis period.
(B)Breach of anonymity, either because they revealed authorship by any means, either by presenting identification graphic elements of the identity of the author of the proposal.
(C)Any attempt at communication or pressure the members of the jury, duly accredited.
Part VI: Results
Q1: When and how will the results be announced?
A1: Notices of results of the winners will be announced on the official website for the competition. The date and time will be scheduled on the competition briefing.
Q2: Can I share my project on social media before the announcement of the winners?
A2: Projects may NOT be shared before the announcement of the Winners. They may be shared once competition results are final.
Q3: In the case of a team, is the prize given to each team member?
A3: The award is given to a team for a single project. The prize is then divided for the team members at the team’s discretion.
Q4: Will I have the Certificate of Participation?
A4: Certificates will be issued to all competition winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) as well as 10 honorable mentions by the end of each competition.
Q5: Can I ask for refund if I don’t win the competition?
A5: According to our Refund Policy, to cancel a registration, teams must complete the Competition Cancellation form (Link: https://goo.gl/forms/kYtw81sN0mM5Q5nw1 ) Cancellation requests submitted via email will not be accepted. Please see our COMPETITION CANCELLATION POLICY:
(A)Cancellations submitted within 24 hours after payment, will receive a 100% refund.
(B)All cancellations submitted on or after the day of submission will not receive a refund.
(C)Refunds will be processed within 5-7 business days after receipt of the cancellation and will be based on the original payment method. I.e., payments received by check will be processed as check refunds; payments by credit card will be credited on the original credit card charged.
Q6: Will entries be returned?
A6: Please note that entry forms, models, materials and anything applied will not be returned.
Part VII: About Project/Building/House/Site
Q1: Is there a specific program requirement?
A1: Yes, there the competition program can be found in the competition brief.
Q2: What is the height requirement?
A2: There is no specific height requirement. The number of levels or floors are also NOT limited.
Q3: Is it possible to do underground floors?
A3: Yes, There are no design restrictions.
Q4: Should I design a temporary structure or permanent building?
A4: It's optional to design a temporary structure or permanent building.
Q5: Should I use metric or imperial units if my I need to show dimensions?
A5: Either metric or imperial units may be used.
Q6: Is there any specific location for the building?
A6: No. There is not any specific site location for this competition, as it mainly collects ideas and concepts and aims to create an exemplary prototype for all the new future houses to follow. Applicant shall choose a fictional location for their conceptual idea and proceed a design work.
Q7: Will I do structure design and construction proposal?
A7: Constructive details that are considered optional to explain the project. This is an ideas competition and there is no intention that the winning entry will be built.
Q8: Can I set different size and shape for modules?
A8: Yes. Modules can be in different sizes.


Last Updated: 2018-11