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Bigger & Better! 48th International Design Competition Submission Process is Now Easier

The deadline has been extended until March 8, 2019!!

The Institute’s 48th design competition is on an all-new system this year. Here's a preview of the new signup process.

  • Submissions require a 750-word narrative, plus photo captions for each submitted image (maximum of 8 for specialty stores and 12 for department store, big box and mass merchant categories).

  • Submissions require a floor plan.

  • The narrative should cover the project’s scope, goals and objectives, customer journey and branding. Text should also outline details such as store planning, design, materials, lighting and visual merchandising. Entrants are also asked to list the general contractor and suppliers to the project including additional consultants and contractors, plus equipment and decor vendors.

The competition welcomes exceptional retail experiences ranging from full-line traditional department stores to specialty apparel stores and restaurants to kiosks and pop-up shops.

Eligible projects are those completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The competition portal opened Tuesday, December 11, 2018 for entries and closes Friday, March 8, 2019.

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The Awards:

The “Class of 2018” (finalists for Best in Class award) will be announced in March 2019. The Store of Year (Best in Class) winner will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala scheduled for May 22, 2019 in New York City. Winning projects will also be published in CSA magazine.

International Design Competition Registration

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International Design Competition Submission

Below is a preview of the form and all of its form fields. Images, including floorplans should be in RGB color, and in jpg, jpeg, bmp, png, or other web-friendly format. If your image is between 2000 and 4500 pixels wide, in 8 bit RGB color, your file size should fall well below the 5MB limit. You can save your entry as a draft as many times as you need, and all the way up to the deadline date. When your submission is ready, click "Submit" and watch your email for your project's approval. If there are any issues with your entry The Institute will return it to draft status and write you to let you know what issues need fixed.

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