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Annual AIA holiday storefront display competition to close submissions next week

Have a holly, jolly competition

For designers already filled with holiday cheer, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) is hosting an annual holiday storefront display competition, known as Wonderland. On October 7, the competition will not accept any further proposals.

Proposals must be original, non-religious, and communicate a message about the built world. The display will end up in the District Architecture Center’s SIGAL Gallery storefront. According to the AIA|DC website, the dimensions for the display are approximately 8’-6" high x 41’-8" wide x 5’-0" deep and separated into three bays.

The competition is open to students, emerging designers, and professionals. Any applicant who has been awarded in Wonderland in the last two years are not eligible. Displays must be technically feasible and include an application form, conceptual design package, and sample design work.

The applicant is responsible for all expenses related to the research, design, materials, packaging, and installation of the display. The AIA|DC will reimburse the awarded applicant up to $2,000 with proof of purchases.

The big winner of the competition will receive recognition on the AIA|DC website, in AIA|DC Newsflash, the AIA|DC newsletter, social media platforms, and will receive complimentary admission to two lectures during the year 2017 for up to four people at the District Architecture Center.

After the submission deadline is met on October 7, the awarded proposal will be announced October 14. If needed, there will be a final design review on November 23 before the display is installed December 12 and 13. The display will remain up between December 14 through January 4 of next year.

For more information on the competition and the requirements, go to the AIA|DC website here.

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