Next Generations Design Competition


Sponsor: METROPOLIS magazine

Type: open, international

Language: English

Fee: $75.00

Eligibility: open to any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students. The $10,000 prize is intended to support designers whose entries reflect considerations of inclusive design, systems thinking, sustainability, materials exploration, progressive technologies, function, and provocative form. Each design should speak to at least one or several of the 6 sub-disciplines of design supported by the magazine—architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, product design, and graphic design. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged. Employees of Sponsors are not eligible. All entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules.


18 February 2013 – Submission deadline


• Patricia A Moore, president, MooreDesign Associates LLC

• Jonsara Ruth, founding director, MFA Interior Design at Parsons the New School for Design

• Scott Walzak , LEED® AP, architectural technician, HOK

• Gianfranco Zaccai , FIDSA, ADI, president & chief design officer, Continuum

Moderated by Susan S. Szenasy, editor in chief, Metropolis

Awards: $10,000 total

Design challenge:

This year we are challenging you to develop solutions that empower, advance, and include groups often overlooked in the design process (including but not limited to, our rapidly increasing aging population and citizens with disabilities). The form is up to you; consider how tech-savvy people are becoming and what devices, materials, and modes of transportation will stay relevant 20 years from now. Keep in mind what other groups will benefit from the design.

We know that 1.13 billion people is hard to wrap your head around. So we ask you to think of your mom, your dad, your uncle or aunt, your friend, your kid brother or sister, your grandparents—any of your relations with special needs. And help them live better lives, beautifully!