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Interschool Design Competition
For over two decades, AIA Northern Virginia, along with neighboring AIA|DC, AIA Potomac Valley and AIA Baltimore, in partnership with the National Building Museum, have collaborated to organize the annual Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC). These competitions have helped open doors for students to the various local architecture curriculums and the architecture profession.

Who Takes Part in the Competition?
Participants in this design competition are students at all levels enrolled in the area's university architecture programs, including the following accredited universities:

How does the Competition Work?
Teams of six are composed of a student from each University. The competition takes place annually each September, starting with a virtual Kick-Off Event. At the kick-off event, the students meet their fellow teammates, are told limited information about the program and are given the site location. Teams are encouraged to visit the site and start planning strategies for the day of the competition. On the morning of the competition, teams receive the full program and have an 8-hour charrette to develop their entry. At the end of the day, groups submit their entries to the jury for deliberation. Once complete, the entries are judged by a panel of design professionals, with winners and prizes announced at the Awards Ceremony. Winning teams are announced the following week, as the awards ceremony commences the Spotlight on Design lecture at the National Building Museum.

Many thanks to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), our exclusive sponsor for this event. Their help and support of the competition are instrumental in its success.

View past events on the Chapter's YouTube Channel.