New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition—Rules & Requirements

Competition Rules

  • Participants do not need to be architects, engineers, or designers to enter. This is an international competition open to anyone over the age 13.
  • There is no fee to participate.
  • The competition begins Tuesday, March 1. The submission deadline is Friday, July 1.
  • Visually, submissions must include basic architectural forms of the New York State Pavilion, including the Tent of Tomorrow and/or the three observation towers. Text only submissions will not be accepted.
  • To be considered, participants must submit their ideas online via the competition’s website or in person at an official event.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions a person may enter. However, each entry must be unique.
  • Employees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, People for the Pavilion, the Office of the Borough President of Queens, the Hibridos Collective, RPGA Studios, the Queens Theatre, and the Queens Museum, and their respective parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate.
  • All winners will be highlighted at a public exhibition to be held in August 2016 at the Queens Museum.
  • By nature of being entered into the competition, all submissions may be featured in some way at the Queens Museum exhibition as well as on the websites, social media channels, and promotional materials of the competition presenters, sponsors, and programming partners.

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions must be one 11x17 landscape page uploaded as a PDF at 300 DPI. Maximum file size is 10MB.
  • Participants must provide full name, zip code, and a valid email address. Mailing address and telephone number are optional.
  • Participants must verify that they are 13 years of age or older.
  • Participants must provide a short submission title of no more than 75 characters and a submission description of no more than 300 characters.
  • Participants must agree to allow their submissions to be used, without future compensation, for commercial and promotional purposes related to historic preservation generally, including the preservation, restoration, and/or rehabilitation of the New York State Pavilion.
  • Participants must verify that their submission is their own original work and/or intellectual property, and therefore not subject to any other copyright.

Judging and Cash Prizes

  • There will be one round of judging conducted by a jury chosen by the presenters of the competition to determine first, second, and third place winners.
  • Entries will be judged according to the following criteria (1) quality, creativity, and authenticity; (2) response of the proposal with regard to the New York State Pavilion as a historic asset to the community of Queens.
  • Decisions of the judges are final and binding.
  • A fan favorite winner will be determined by the general public’s popular vote on the competition’s website.
  • In total, four cash prizes will be awarded: (1) $3,000 first place; (2) $1,000 second place; (3) $500 third place; (4) $500 fan favorite.
  • All cash prizes will be in USD. In order to receive prizes, winners will be required to sign a release. Winners are also responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes.
New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition

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