2nd Street Design Challenge

Sponsor: 2nd Street Community Partners

Type: Open, student, one-stage

Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students majoring in architecture, engineering, interior design, or other design-related disciplines

Entry fee: none


1st Place: $500 Cash Prize and Certificate

2nd Place: $250 Cash Prize and Certificate

3rd Place: $100 Cash Prize and Certificate


11 January 2013 – Submission deadline

25 January 2013 – Winners announced


• Buwa Binitie, Principal, Dantes Partners

• Marc Feinstein, AIA Principal, Miner Feinstein Architects

• Denise Johnson Project Manager, DC Department of Housing and Community Development

• Bo Menkiti, CEO, The Menkiti Group

• Carlos Perdomo CEO, Keystone Plus Construction

Design Challenge:

2nd Street Community Partners, a real estate developer in Washington, DC, is currently undertaking the rehabilitation of an existing 37-unit residential building located at 1831 2nd Street NE. What is currently a vacant, derelict building shell will soon be transformed into a sleek, modern condominium community. The new property, branded Metropolitan Overlook, will be an exciting addition to the Eckington neighborhood and has been envisioned as a vibrant, mixed income housing community. The new development will offer environmentally sensitive, aesthetically pleasing architecture that complements the existing neighborhood fabric.

Competitors are challenged to design Metropolitan Overlook’s main entrance lobby interior and associated exterior entrance. These features will set the stage and create the all-important first impression for the property. Design concepts and ideas will inform the final design, thus having an immediate impact on a real project being constructed right now in Washington, DC.

Competition winners will be given an opportunity to take part in the design and construction process, attending meetings to discuss their designs – a chance to work side-by-side with the building’s developers, architect, engineers, and general contractor. As an added benefit, all competitors will be eligible to earn AIA Intern Development Program credit for their participation in the competition.

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