Send Comment Print Friendly Generate PDF
ArchVoices Home
Smaller Text Medium Text Large Text

Do you have a question that's not listed here?

Email it to the ArchVoices Essay Competition Committee.


Who is eligible to participate in the ArchVoices Essay Competition?

Non-registered architects, intern architects, current graduate students, and undergraduate students in their final year are eligible to participate. This includes interns and non-registered architects who never attended and/or finished architecture school.

I am an architecture school graduate, but not working within the architecture profession--am I eligible to enter the competition?


Can more than one person from a firm or school enter the competition?

Yes, we highly encourage you to promote this opportunity among your peers and colleagues.

Can I enter more than one submission?

Yes, but each entry requires a separate registration.

Are employees or colleagues of committee members, jurors, and sponsors eligible to participate?

Yes, all essays are blind-reviewed.

I am a current graduate student--can I enter the competition?

Yes, all graduate students are eligible, provided you are not yet licensed.

I live outside of the United States. Am I allowed to participate?

Yes. The competition is not restricted to U.S. residents. If you are a non-licensed architect, a graduate student, or an undergraduate student in your final year, you are eligible to participate. However, please be aware that ArchVoices cannot guarantee the availability of all prizes for participants outside of the U.S. and Canada. We reserve the right to substitute alternative prizes for international honorees.

Entering the competition

For Stage One, is the 500-word proposal an excerpt from the complete essay I will submit later?

The Stage One proposal is a 500-word abstract for a longer 2,000-word essay. If selected to move on to Stage Two, you will have an opportunity to further develop the ideas described in the first draft.

When is the deadline to submit?

Stage One essays must be submitted by March 18, 2005, no later than 9PM, Pacific Standard Time.

Who do I e-mail my essay to?

There's no e-mailing involved; once Stage One opens on February 11, 2005, you will be able to submit your essay online through this website. On that day, a link will appear on the To Enter page.

When will the winners be announced?

Selected essay writers from Stage One will be invited to continue their participation into Stage Two. Stage Two participants will be given an additional four weeks to develop a 2,000-word essay, based on their Stage One first draft. Overall winners will be announced on May 27, 2005.

Can I change my essay after it is submitted?

Upon registration, you will be given a username and password. Once you make your initial submittal, you may use these to login and edit your essay, if you like. No changes are permitted after the Stage One deadline of March 18, 2005.

Can mentors and colleagues provide feedback on my essay and/or help with editing?

Yes, mentors and colleagues may advise you, but are asked to neither compose themes nor edit written texts. You are strongly encouraged to solicit recommended and relevant sources that you could consult in preparing your response to the competition topic.

How will the winners be selected?

Proposals and essays will be judged for content, clarity, and specificity. Content refers to the overall theme of the proposal; clarity includes grammar and spelling; and specificity is meant with respect to how the competition questions and theme are addressed.

What if I win the competition, but my firm already pays for the ARE?

The first place essay author will receive a cash prize of $981. The use of this cash award is not restricted. If your firm does not already cover the cost of the ARE, we encourage you to use it to cover those costs, assuming you are seeking licensure.


In my essay, do I have to cite sources or include a bibliography?

Yes, you should appropriately cite quotes and any other referenced sources in your essay. A full bibliography is not necessary. Visit the Resources page for writing tips.

Can I submit an essay that I wrote for something else?

No, your essay should be an original piece that has not been published previously.

My Stage One essay proposal contains 525 words--is that too much?

The Stage One limit is 500 words and 2,000 words for Stage Two. There is no minimum word count for either stage.

Do I have to specifically respond to the issues raised in the three excerpts?

No, although you may do so if you choose. The essay excerpts are intended only to help you in your investigative process.

Should I include personal stories in my essay?

You are encouraged to include personal allegories and experiences as illustrations of broader themes. However, your essay should not consist solely of personal stories. Your challenge as a participant is to use your personal experiences as an intern to inform and complement your broader views on the future of the profession.

More information

What is ArchVoices and how do I learn more about it?

ArchVoices is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization and think tank on architectural education and internship. Other major ArchVoices initiatives include its weekly email newsletter, interactive website, surveys, and conferences. ArchVoices also organized the 2002 National Summit on Architectural Internship, which inspired the ArchVoices Essay Competition. To learn more, visit

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

E-mail or call 510/757-6213.

Visit ArchVoices
©2005 ArchVoices, Inc. | version 3.00 | updated 10-Feb-14 | visitors: 71497
Designed and powered by RedClay - Seattle