Elvira's Tips for Entering DDA's Design Competition

We want you to be as successful as you can be when submitting your information and completing your entry.

  1. Design Statement : Tell us what the client was looking for from you, we really like to know what inspired you to create this space and how you solved any problems or challenges - this starts to create anticipation for seeing the design process from start to completion. Provide a clear and concise narrative for the photos - remember we want to know the challenges/problems and how you resolved them.

  2. Floor Plans - either hand drawn or computer generated, judges love them especially if you are entering in the Decorating categories and are mandatory for all of the kitchen and bath categories.

  3. Floor plans must be dimensioned - this is critical for any Kitchen or Bathroom entries - some elevations of cabinetry are also useful for kitchens or custom vanities.

  4. Photos - before shots are important they give the judges an idea of the challenges of the space - at minimum 1 before shot should be included.

  5. Photos - professionally done after shots are strongly recommended- worth the cost and they can be used for your portfolio and/or website.

  6. NO photoshopping - we can see this has been done!

  7. Proof read, proof read, proof read - this can’t be stressed enough.

  8. Double check that all identifying information has been removed.

  9. Showcasing custom cabinetry or millwork with great things happening in the interiors - show the judges with a photo, don’t just tell us, pictures speak louder than words.

  10. Check out previous winners on YouTube to see what you can learn from their entries in how they were presented.

  11. Maximize your chances of winning by entering as many projects as you are allowed.

  12. Have someone look at your entry when it’s done to see if they understand the project (story) you are showing (telling).

Judging will be completed in the six weeks following the competition entry deadline.

Judging panels consist of a minimum of 5 judges which will include the following: an Affiliate Member, a faculty member from a recognized institution, a DDA Accredited Member, and an independent residential or commercial designer or architect.

Each panel will judge complete categories.

All submissions remain anonymous to the judging panel.

The winners for each category will be announced at the DDA Annual General Meeting & Awards Gala held April 23th, 2018.

While there are provisions for three winners in each category (Gold, Silver, Bronze), DDA reserves the right to proclaim ties or not declare winners in any category. If a category has fewer than three entries, DDA reserves the right to eliminate the category and refund entry fees paid for that category or move the entry to another appropriate category.

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